Don We Now Our Gay Apparel!

17 Dec Don We Now Our Gay Apparel!

Some fabrics are meant to be worn at night, and I believe this shimmery metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics is certainly one of them.

photo-20 I bought the fabric at the NYC store in November 2012, and admired it at home for over a year while waiting for a vision to appear. Perhaps, a coat, a suit, or another French jacket……

And then –  it came upon a midnight clear 😉


After nearly three weeks of no sewing I was eager to make something festive and chose the classic Butterick 5588 pattern as my base (available on Etsy).

Butterick 5588

Since the fabric is relatively heavy I wanted to avoid bulky darts as well as fullness and believed the princess seams would compliment the fabric. I completed a full muslin in View B before cutting the shoulders off of the front, gradually angling to the underarm.


I used the lower edge of the side back as my guide and cut straight across the back.


 After tweaking the fit until the dress was tight enough to wear strapless, I added 1 ¼” straps to increase the comfort level.

Would you believe I looked for a complimentary trim for over a year?

Nothing seemed to pop to my novice eye, but last week while browsing through the winter wonderland of festive clothes at Nordstrom, I noticed the Alice + Oliva Boxman jacket seen below…

_8407520 … and realized I had my own trim waiting at home.

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Pulling the neutral-color threads from a 1 ¾” strip of fabric resulted in a metallic fringe. After the dress was completed, I attached the fringe by hand around the top of the bodice. I was tempted to add it to the straps and around the bottom, but thankfully good judgment prevailed.

My new party dress is lined with this China silk also purchased at Mood .

IMG_3413It’s true, the fabric is lovely during the day …..

IMG_3454but it truly comes to life when the sun goes down!

gold dress

If only I could do the same!

Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la 🙂

  • Gerri Haumschild
    Posted at 07:49h, 17 December Reply

    lovely! Great job.

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 07:50h, 17 December Reply

    You’ve done it again, Sarah! Managed to make a pattern all your own. This is the perfect holiday dress. Looks so festive and is lovely on you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:30h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you for the nice comment, Cissie! I winged it big time but I had a clear image of what I wanted (with exception to the trim 🙂 ).

  • Cindy C.
    Posted at 08:06h, 17 December Reply

    Now THAT is what stashing is all about – buying a fabric that enchants you and waiting for exactly the right inspiration. What a perfect holiday dress! And the beautiful trim is truly inspired. You just glow in this dress! And I love the script caption at the top of your final reveal photo, “Deck the Halls With Pins and Needles!” — words to live by. ;=D

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:31h, 17 December Reply

      I wholeheartedly agree, Cindy! Stash what you love 🙂
      Many thanks for you nice comment!

  • b
    Posted at 08:14h, 17 December Reply

    Nice work, perfect color on you!

  • Anne Kendall
    Posted at 08:18h, 17 December Reply

    Fabulous use of this festive fabric. I especially love the fringe!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:33h, 17 December Reply

      Many thanks, Anne 🙂 Seeing the Boxman jacket at Nordstrom energized me big time !

  • Jane M
    Posted at 08:31h, 17 December Reply

    Wonderful new festive dress that looks fabulous on you. Happy holidays in the sewing room and in all the other rooms, too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:35h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you, Jane! Best wishes for a lovely holiday season to you 🙂

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 08:31h, 17 December Reply

    Simply stunning, Sarah. You look festive, fun and elegant all wrapped up in one perfect package. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if you stashed enough of that killer fabric to make a French jacket to match! The halls around here are decked with flour and sugar, rather than pins and needles, I’m afraid. Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:36h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you so much, Julie! I’m getting ready to add a little flour to the mix too 🙂 Merry Christmas 🙂

  • Treva Putsche
    Posted at 08:39h, 17 December Reply

    Love it. Now off to the party!

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 08:40h, 17 December Reply

    I don’t know which I enjoy the most – your beautiful sewing or fun to read and cleverly written blog. You are FA LA LA LA!! A Maggie

  • Becky
    Posted at 08:43h, 17 December Reply

    Sometimes it is worth it to wait on inspiration, yes? This is absolutely lovely, and it looks lovely on you. Happy Holidays, and I hope you have the perfect party to wear this dress and dazzle.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:39h, 17 December Reply

      Many thanks, Becky! I agree – sometimes a fabric is so pretty it’s worth buying, stashing …….. and waiting……. and waiting 🙂

  • Petra McLean
    Posted at 08:43h, 17 December Reply

    Wow, just wow, that dress looks like a million on you and I love the lining and the trim, what a great dress.

  • Carol Tiffin James
    Posted at 09:00h, 17 December Reply

    it’s gorgeous – but the word “novice” should NEVER appear in a sentence about you – even if only about your eyes. 🙂 You are, as always, a sensation and an inspiration! Merry Christmas!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:41h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you, Carol – but I am a complete novice when it comes to selecting trim. At any rate – it all worked out nicely 🙂 !

  • cathynd95
    Posted at 09:08h, 17 December Reply


  • Red Point Tailor
    Posted at 09:14h, 17 December Reply

    With such great fabric – keep cut simple! Great job! 🙂
    Have a great Xmas!

  • Beverly
    Posted at 09:28h, 17 December Reply

    This dress is gorgeous. And very flattering.

  • Linda Richards
    Posted at 09:39h, 17 December Reply

    Simply stunning! Enjoy your holidays and “party on!”

  • Leslie
    Posted at 09:46h, 17 December Reply

    What a beautiful dress. You did a fabulous job! You are always an inspiration and I love reading your posts. Merry Christmas!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:45h, 17 December Reply

      Many thanks, Leslie! Working on the muslin was fun for a change 🙂 Merry Christmas to you !

  • Shirley
    Posted at 09:49h, 17 December Reply

    You completely hit the nail on the head with this pattern, fabric and trim. The fit is perfect and I love the bit longer length. Love Love Love this one!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:47h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you so much, Shirley 🙂 I like the new length too. I think I was so tired of clothes being too long that I went a little overboard on the shorter length when I started sewing again.

  • Ji
    Posted at 10:02h, 17 December Reply

    Simply brilliant! I may borrow a page from your book and make my own trim that way. I love your dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:47h, 17 December Reply

      Go for it, Ji! Many thanks for the nice comment 🙂

  • Debbie
    Posted at 10:11h, 17 December Reply

    Wow, absolutely divine! Again, amazing pictures and looks like a beautiful tree behind you. Such an inspiration. Thanks for all you do! Merry Christmas to one and all!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:50h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you so much, Debbie! We continue to put up the big tree and it always brings about the Christmas spirit 🙂 Merry Christmas to you!

  • Vivian
    Posted at 10:19h, 17 December Reply

    Cute, cute, cute!

  • Dara Harper
    Posted at 10:34h, 17 December Reply

    Sarah, you dress is beautiful! it fits you to a “T”. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Happy sewing! Dara

  • justine
    Posted at 10:40h, 17 December Reply

    You look gorgeous in that!I have some similar boucle.perhaps ll make a dress too!

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 10:57h, 17 December Reply

    You look fabulous in that dress! The fabric looks just perfect for a festive dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:14h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you, Alexandra! I’m glad I saved it for something special 🙂

  • Lauren
    Posted at 11:13h, 17 December Reply

    Turn the heat up and enjoy. Lovely work”womanship”!

  • Beth (SunnyGal Studio)
    Posted at 11:33h, 17 December Reply

    super cute, a very lovely sparkly dress and the trim idea is great. looking at the pattern lines it is so similar to the Marfy pattern I made for myself earlier this year, just shows me there are no new patterns ! 🙂 Happy Holidays, Beth

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:16h, 17 December Reply

      There will always be new patterns as long as discard the old ones 🙂 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Beth and best wishes for a lovely holiday season!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 11:42h, 17 December Reply

    Oh wow! It looks fabulous on you! I love the trim! Very clever!

  • Pam Ellen Hudson
    Posted at 11:48h, 17 December Reply

    I absolutely love this — I wanted to comment on your previous post but couldn’t get the comments to work. You’ve done a fabulous job! I NEED. A. PARTY DRESS. NOW. Really, great job and I LOVE the fabric too! You’ve put your class skills to good work and results:)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:21h, 17 December Reply

      Pam, Many thanks for your lovely comment! I’m very pleased with the outcome and modeled the dress after a 10 year old black wool cocktail dress 😉 The fabric makes the dress for sure 🙂

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 12:01h, 17 December Reply

    Seriously gorgeous! What a lovely dress!

  • David
    Posted at 12:15h, 17 December Reply

    Your taste is always faultless, the fit is amazing and it looks perfect against the Christmas tree backdrop!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:22h, 17 December Reply

      Many thanks, David! The dress wouldn’t have looked nearly as nice without the tree 😉

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 13:59h, 17 December Reply

    You are so talented and I love everthing you make. What an eye for fashion!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:22h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you, Becky! Your sewing is looking extremely good these days 🙂

  • Vicki
    Posted at 14:39h, 17 December Reply


  • Laura H.
    Posted at 16:05h, 17 December Reply

    Beautiful work – beautiful dress!

  • Libby Paul
    Posted at 16:20h, 17 December Reply

    Another masterpiece! Stunning.

  • Sharon Latham
    Posted at 16:30h, 17 December Reply

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Dilliander
    Posted at 17:19h, 17 December Reply

    So festive! This is beautiful fabric and your dress is stunning. Looks like it came from a couture salon 🙂

  • Joanie
    Posted at 17:27h, 17 December Reply

    Absolutely stunning! What a great looking dress, and the fabric is exquisite. You certainly know how to motivate me!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:27h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you, Joanie 🙂 …… a garment that turns out nicely always motivates me!

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 17:53h, 17 December Reply

    Your dress is lovely!!! It is perfect on you, and I LOVE how you did the fringe.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:29h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you, Vanessa! I played around with the fringe pulling the metallic threads which left a neutral fringe and pulling the neutral threads leaving the metallic fringe. It was fun 🙂

  • Ro
    Posted at 18:09h, 17 December Reply

    Wow! Beautiful! You could be on the cover of a fashion magazine! The fringe is awesome, and goes so well with the dress. Wish u lived nearby, to teach me, to sew, something like this. I wish Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family and to all on you tube! 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:29h, 17 December Reply

      Many thanks, Ro! I wish you lived nearby too 🙂

      • Ro
        Posted at 22:18h, 17 December Reply

        Your welcome. Thanks so much!

  • Ro
    Posted at 18:12h, 17 December Reply

    Btw , Great toned arms. What’s your secret? lol

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:30h, 17 December Reply

      LOL indeed! Let’s just say I pay someone to make me lift dumbbells 😉

      • Ro
        Posted at 22:21h, 17 December Reply

        Haha!!!!! Its working, lol Plz do post the workout! 🙂 Lol

  • Cheryl Scott
    Posted at 20:13h, 17 December Reply

    Sleek, classy and your own special take on holiday dressing. Love it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:31h, 17 December Reply

      Thank you, Cheryl! It was exactly the type of dress I was after 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 21:03h, 17 December Reply

    Just beautiful – very clever and creative manipulation of fabric and pattern -and perfect for the party season! Merry Christmas!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:50h, 18 December Reply

      Many thanks, Karen and a very Merry Christmas to you ! 🙂

  • Pam
    Posted at 21:31h, 17 December Reply

    Great fit, great fabric, and beautiful design. The handmade trim was just the right touch!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:50h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you, Pam! I was close to giving up until I saw the Boxman jacket at Nordstrom 😉

  • Ro
    Posted at 22:15h, 17 December Reply

    Wow! Beautiful! You look like the cover of a fashion magazine.! Love the trim. You did and awesome job . Wish I could whip this dress up.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:51h, 18 December Reply

      Thanks, Ro! The good news is you can whip this up very easily 🙂

  • Alethia
    Posted at 23:28h, 17 December Reply

    Love this! It looks great on you!

  • Debby Wagner Varela
    Posted at 02:03h, 18 December Reply

    Very nice! I like that it took you a year to decide on trim, makes me feel normal for taking so long on making my mind up sometimes.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:53h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you, Debby. It was one of those fabrics I was afraid of ruining so I just looked at it for a while. Finding a trim was a whole different issue 😉 Fortunately it all worked ou!

  • Jean
    Posted at 06:18h, 18 December Reply

    Such a beautiful dress…simple but spectacular at the same time. Impeccable attention to detail. Looks like you are well and truly ready for the festive season.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:54h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you so much, Jean! Bring on the holidays 🙂 🙂

  • lisa g
    Posted at 08:13h, 18 December Reply

    stunning dress! i love simple designs with fabulous fabric. LOVE how you did the trim as well. perfection!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:04h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I love simple designs period! Merry Christmas 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 10:30h, 18 December Reply

    Your dress looks so lovely on you. I love the trim you came up with on your own. Wonderful new dress!

  • Laura
    Posted at 10:44h, 18 December Reply

    Well first of all you look like a Million Bucks!! Really you do. And then to make the changes you did….wow all the things you’ve learned and your confidence level! WOW! I can hardly wait till next year…with Ready to Wear NOT….I know I know, I need to get my head shot and acct into to you…the day after Christmas my dear.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:58h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you, Laura! As I said below – making a muslin is so worth the time and effort 🙂

  • auntsr9
    Posted at 11:14h, 18 December Reply

    Wow! I love your dress. It is so perfect for a holiday party. I hope the weather is not too cold to wear it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:56h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you! I wear a wrap with the dress, so not to worry about the cold temperatures in South Carolina 😉

  • Ann-Britt Uhrbom
    Posted at 13:28h, 18 December Reply

    Oh what a wonderful dress, so appropriate for a New Year’s party or something like that. What a journey in sewing you have done! Merry Christmas!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:55h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you so much, Ann-Britt and Merry Christmas to you!

  • Debra
    Posted at 13:50h, 18 December Reply

    I have a quick question – Do you make muslin’s for all of your new sewing projects?
    I am a beginner and have signed up for the RTW-Fast…the whole muslin thing kind of scares me! What does everyone else do?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:54h, 18 December Reply

      For me – Finding the discipline to make a muslin was the best thing that has happened to my sewing since I returned shortly over two years ago. Patterns are really just a starting point no matter the size or shape of the sewer. I would be more scared of cutting a nice piece of fabric without a muslin than making a muslin 🙂 🙂

      • debberak
        Posted at 14:30h, 18 December Reply

        It absolutely makes perfect sense…
        Your dress is amazing- I am so inspired by your work!

  • Wendy
    Posted at 14:01h, 18 December Reply

    Stunning! You’ll be the belle of the ball! Again!

  • Almeda
    Posted at 15:32h, 18 December Reply

    “Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, Let the Christmas spirit ring”!
    Sarah, you’ll be dancing a lot in this beautiful festive dress! Another beautiful creation. 🙂
    Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year to you and your family.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:39h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you so much, Almeda! Rockin’ around the Christmas tree is a little harder than it once was………but I get a sentimental feeling just thinking about it 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  • Roberta
    Posted at 17:52h, 18 December Reply

    You are a very gifted sewer! You have a great eye for style and matching fabric with a pattern. Great job!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 21:06h, 18 December Reply

    Perfect match of fabric and dress style! Love how you modified the dress and the trim finishes it off so nicely.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:18h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you so much, Sharon! The style was so simple I thought modifying the pattern was far easier than looking for another pattern 🙂

  • Micki
    Posted at 02:43h, 19 December Reply

    That’s so lovely. Beautiful work of art! And, as always, you look stunning in it!

  • Margie Tonkin
    Posted at 02:57h, 19 December Reply

    I just live the dress, fabric and the alterations, this is the beauty of sewing for yourself, you can alter the pattern to your own style, Merry Christmas

  • sewruth
    Posted at 03:23h, 19 December Reply

    Truly a couture dress! Enjoy the season..

  • Sewellen
    Posted at 07:16h, 19 December Reply

    Wonderful dress! Something to wear for many festive seasons: classic, simple, tasteful.

  • My Sewing Suite
    Posted at 09:49h, 20 December Reply

    Lovely dress, the color is just right very elegant. I have decided that I am going to join your 2014 ready to wear fast or at least try to.

  • poppykettle
    Posted at 17:54h, 20 December Reply

    It’s a stunning dress! Love it 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Yvette
    Posted at 08:13h, 21 December Reply

    Beautiful dress on a beautiful lady. Well done !

  • Zurenda
    Posted at 08:50h, 23 December Reply

    Gorgeous festive dress!

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