Happy Holidays Giveaway!

26 Dec Happy Holidays Giveaway!


In a world where there is no such thing as bad publicity, I managed to let a November GOMI thread get to me. Who would have thought refashioning my husband’s 10-year-old cashmere sweater would have set off  pages of fallacious comments about my lifestyle by the snarkers?

During this holy season and busy month I completely removed myself from the negative GOMI energy and returned to my musical roots. This December instead of sewing, I practiced the piano and presented two Christmas programs with my father. The break was refreshing and renewing, and now I’m ready to get back to sewing and blogging 🙂

The good news is I did not break the RTW Fast and I congratulate all of the brave souls who gave up shopping for sewing this year! We have only 5 days left, and I encourage anyone who wants to improve one’s sewing skills along with saving lots of $$$ to go for it in 2015!

For an End of the Fast and a Happy New Year celebration,  I’m giving away a beautiful book I recently received from Laurence King Publishing, entitled The Swatch Book.


A lovely book to enhance all garment sewing……………………..

This easily navigable resource provides 125 swatches of the most recognised and widely used varieties of fabric to encourage consideration of not just their aesthetic appeal but also their structure, feel and weight. Natural fabrics such as cottons, silks, wools and linens are included, as are artificial and synthetic fabrics like nylons, polyesters, microfibers, metallics and soya fabrics, and fabrics made from alternative plant fibers like bamboo and hemp. 

With information on fibres, basic construction of fabrics, weights, construction, and weave comparison, the book will help student fashion designers to make informed textile choices based upon an understanding of raw materials together with the processes that make up a fabric. The book will be useful for anyone who works with fabrics and is the ideal companion to Fabric for Fashion: The Complete Guide.

I believe The Swatch Book will be helpful to both new and seasoned sewists, and should be a great asset for online fabric shopping.

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment and the winner will be announced

DECEMBER 31ST, 2014.

Good luck in the giveaway and Happy Holidays to all!!

I’ve missed you 🙂

  • Dona Taylor
    Posted at 21:53h, 26 December Reply

    So happy you had a happy holiday. You are so blessed to still have your father……and who cares about snarky remarks…some people just need to be like that….so sad.

  • Barbara Carlon
    Posted at 21:54h, 26 December Reply

    Oh yes, count me in, please!

  • Susan Walls
    Posted at 21:54h, 26 December Reply

    This is a book I was just looking at online. Since I live over two hours away from the nearest fabric store unless you really want to count Wal-Mart, I usually resort to ordering fabric online. However it’s always a surprise really to see what I get in the mail as I can’t touch and feel the different fabrics. I would love this book as a reference guide!

  • Annie
    Posted at 21:55h, 26 December Reply

    I think the net is fully of rude, unhappy people. But be assured that everyone who is on the net, sooner or later, gets victimized; thus you are not alone. Having said that I’m sorry that happened. I love reading your blog. All of it. Thanks for writing it.

  • Michelle Gregorek
    Posted at 21:56h, 26 December Reply

    I have my fingers crossed!!!

  • melle@featheredruffles
    Posted at 21:57h, 26 December Reply

    Ugh. GOMI. I hate that site. What an awful, negative place. It just encourages judgement, gossip, snark (the nasty kind–not the funny kind!) and overall just beastly behavior by supposed grownups. Sorry you got caught up.in their web of hate. It’s a sad statement that those kind of sites even exist.

    I’m still kind of new and learning my way through sewing. A book like this would be very helpful to me when I’m navigating patterns…. And possibly avoiding that site myself!

    Oh man. now I wonder am I already ON that site???

  • Cheryl B.
    Posted at 21:58h, 26 December Reply

    I have just recently reentered the world of sewing and finding so many new things to learn. I have completed a few simply sewing projects but would like to go onto more complex construction like jackets , pants and coats. This seems to be one of the resources to help me on my way.

  • Margaret Cameron
    Posted at 21:58h, 26 December Reply

    I would love to have the wonderful book. I have just returned to sewing after many years away from it. I have much to remember and also to learn new things! Maggie

  • Fran Banks
    Posted at 21:58h, 26 December Reply

    Sorry you have to get rude comments from nasty people. Ignore them and keep posting. I enjoy your posts.

  • Tammy M
    Posted at 21:59h, 26 December Reply

    Please count my in as well. Thank you for offering. Enjoy the rest of the season.

    Posted at 22:01h, 26 December Reply

    Oh, me pretty please! Love your blog – you inspire all of us. Keep ignoring all the negative. They don’t have a life, obviously. 🙂

  • Mary Ann Bassett
    Posted at 22:01h, 26 December Reply

    Happy Holidays! So happy you are back. Have missed your posts. The downside to the internet is that it gives anonymity to those folks who feel the need to be rude. But the plus side is that it allows most of us to connect with wonderful people we would not meet otherwise .

  • Ellen Tatge
    Posted at 22:02h, 26 December Reply

    Yes please, count me in!

  • Kathy ftomme
    Posted at 22:02h, 26 December Reply

    I’ve missed your blog. Glad you are back!

  • Marsha Nikooforsat
    Posted at 22:04h, 26 December Reply

    WOW!!! It seems the internet blogging world can be quite cruel!! We adults can sometimes be like children but that’s ok. We can let others be entitled to their own opinions….but we do not have to except them….

    You are a blessing to the sewing community and an inspiration to many!! Keep on keeping on and those that care about you look forward to sharing sewing stories in 2015. God bless you and your family this year.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 22:04h, 26 December Reply

    Well I for one would encourage not to pay attention to those who take refuge in putting out negative comments on the World Wide Web. They are unhappy souls. Please shrug it off and continue being creative. I LOVE your blog. So count me on the side of those who appreciate your endeavors.

  • Melissa Schulze
    Posted at 22:04h, 26 December Reply

    Glad you were able to rise above the snarkiness!! How lovely to do two musical programs with your father!!!

  • Linda T
    Posted at 22:06h, 26 December Reply

    Happy to see you back! Love to have a chance at the book. It looks like a special one!

  • Marcsha Dominguez
    Posted at 22:07h, 26 December Reply

    I love your blog. You are very talented.

  • Judith Freeman Clark
    Posted at 22:07h, 26 December Reply

    I am appalled to know that you were slammed by a bunch of small-minded people. Shame on them — and hooray for you, using the healing power of music to get your groove back. I am seriously contemplating doing a RTW fast in 2015… Will be completed retired from parish ministry as of Jan 1, and I think sewing will be a good counter-balance to my watercolor painting… The Swatch Book reminds me of a similar resource that we received, as home ec majors, at UMass Amherst, in 1974. Too bad I transferred out of that major after one semester!! I never did learn to do bound buttonholes properly…

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 22:08h, 26 December Reply

    Dear Sarah,
    I’m so glad you shared your GOMI story. The world is indeed filled with cynical and snarky people. Imagine being one of them and not loving something as passionately as we do sewing. And your music…and my painting. I believe those are God-given gifts and talents. How sad it would be if your only talent was the ability to hurt others. You are blessed with style and flair and the grace to rise above the negative chatter. Happy New Year to you, my friend. Here’s to meeting up one day!

  • Martha Ann Murray
    Posted at 22:10h, 26 December Reply

    I would love this book to celebrate my return to sewing for myself! I am declaring a RTW fast for 2015 and once I get back from Florida I will be ready. Have fabric, will sew!
    Martha Ann in NC

    so sorry for mean people – those of us who follow your blog love to hear of the refashion – it’s an inspiration!

  • Linda Apps
    Posted at 22:13h, 26 December Reply

    Glad you’re back! I missed your blog. I can’t wait to see the treasures you create in the new year.

  • Tina Perry
    Posted at 22:13h, 26 December Reply

    Oh my goodness – this book is just what I need! I don’t have a lot of fabric stores near me, but being a touchy-feely kind of shopper makes online shopping a challenge. I would love to have this as a reference to use when ‘shopping’.

  • Deborah Penner
    Posted at 22:17h, 26 December Reply

    So sad to hear of the negative stuff. Thought you were taking a well-deserved break from the blog. I have missed hearing from you. I have made several of your choices since your build and coloring are similar to mine. Have purchased many of the patterns you review. Have never been disappointed with your choices. Glad to have you back!

  • Nancy White
    Posted at 22:19h, 26 December Reply

    You have inspired me to sew clothing again after a long time doing quilting only. Thanks for the encouragement with your blog..

  • Mary
    Posted at 22:19h, 26 December Reply

    Happy Holidays!! After a long break, I am very motivated to return to sewing. This book would be awesome!

  • Becky
    Posted at 22:21h, 26 December Reply

    Glad you had a good holiday! Down with snarkiness! I bet the break was just what you needed to get your enthusiasm back. I have missed you and your beautiful garments. Count me in to the giveaway, please.

  • Treasa Antony
    Posted at 22:22h, 26 December Reply

    Thanks for the give away. Happy New Year. :0)

  • Yolanda Reynolds
    Posted at 22:23h, 26 December Reply

    I would like to be in on the drawing. Hope things are better for you now.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 22:24h, 26 December Reply

    Too bad about the GOMI, but look what it led to. How exciting to be able to make music with one’s father! And yes, I’d love to be counted in for the book drawing. Thanks…

  • Barb
    Posted at 22:26h, 26 December Reply

    I was wondering if maybe I got dropped from your blog distribution — so glad to hear there were no physical or family problems. I guess when you are out there, you just need a thick skin (easier said than done, I know). I loved your cashmere makeover, and wonder if those who criticized are just a little envious? At any rate, Happy New Year, and I hope I win the book!

  • Millie Payne
    Posted at 22:27h, 26 December Reply

    I have missed you, and am glad you’re back with your inspiring posts. You are a positive light for many who love sewing, especially the ones who are learning. Best wishes for a happy new year.

  • Beth Ward
    Posted at 22:27h, 26 December Reply

    The swatch book looks amazing!! Include me in the drawing. I’m sorry that you have been hurting, but I’m so glad you’re back. You have such an amazing talent and you bring so much to “sew” many. I look forward to seeing your posts for 2015.

  • Helen Peemoeller
    Posted at 22:28h, 26 December Reply

    I would love to have the Swatch Book. It sounds like a great idea. And I am very glad to hear that you will be blogging again.

  • Karen ladelpha
    Posted at 22:29h, 26 December Reply

    I’ve missed you too! I’d live a book like this as for the snarkers… They don’t deserve your precious time! Happy New Year! Hugs!! Hope you are doing another RTW fast!

  • audrey
    Posted at 22:29h, 26 December Reply

    I have missed you! I’m totally thinking about 2015 Ready to Wear fast. Keep blogging! You are an inspiration to all of us!

  • Gail M
    Posted at 22:30h, 26 December Reply

    Sarah – Just ignore the nasty people. You have a community of women who think you are wonderful and who look forward to your posts. I thought the re-working of your husband’s sweater was brilliant and had me wondering if my husband had any goodies in his closet! The Swatch Book is fantastic! Maybe I’ll win it??!!

  • Karla Crane
    Posted at 22:30h, 26 December Reply

    What an interesting concept!

    Posted at 22:33h, 26 December Reply

    Your delightful posts have been sorely missed for these past many weeks. So pleased to know that you are now refreshed and renewed. Through your last post, I have just learned about GOMI…..what a truly hateful site it must be. One is reminded of the old adage, “Jealousy is a curse”. Keep your chin up for 2015, Sarah. You have plenty of loyal followers who appreciate your endeavours in the “RTW Fasters” stakes!!

  • Lyndle
    Posted at 22:38h, 26 December Reply

    Happy holidays to you too. I feel sorry for snarkers. They mistake snark for cleverness, and they’re wrong. Anyway, brighter things! Your concerts sound fun and lovely. And Thank You for taking the trouble to write your excellent blog, we really appreciate it! The book sounds amazing. I’d love to win it but I’m sure the person who does will enjoy it.

  • Jean Humphrey
    Posted at 22:42h, 26 December Reply

    I’ve missed your posts and I’m glad you found a good way to experience renewal. I’d love the book so that I end up with a fabric that is compatible with my project!

  • Leigh
    Posted at 22:42h, 26 December Reply

    Sarah! So glad you’re back. I’ve missed your posts. Sorry that mean-spiritedness got to you, but glad you were able to take a break and shake it off.

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    PS. GOMI = Never heard of it. I had to google it, and… I found an awful, negative place. UGH! I can’t imagine why anyone would even have a website like that, much less spend their life finding ways to spew nastiness. It’s a sad statement that those kind of sites even exist.

  • Kimber Crow
    Posted at 22:43h, 26 December Reply

    How wonderful you had a chance to do two musical programs with your father! And I would love to be included in the drawing.

    So sorry that there are such small minded haters out there. I thought the refashion was a brilliant idea!!

    To paraphrase Tayolr Swift:

    “The haters are gona hate, hate hate, hate
    and the players are gona play, play, play,play
    But I’m just going to sew it off, sew it off!!

    Here’s to a wonderful 2015!!

  • Susan Owens
    Posted at 22:44h, 26 December Reply

    Happy New Year! Love, love, love your blog. Can’t wait to see the next chapter!

  • Rhonda Lane Gatti
    Posted at 22:49h, 26 December Reply

    Welcome back! Your blog is fabulous.

  • Mary Glenn
    Posted at 22:50h, 26 December Reply

    I would pay no attention to any mean comments, that is what we have delete buttons for! Your work and you, though we have never meet is awesome.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:58h, 26 December Reply

      LOL! I wish it was that easy, Mary. It’s a website in its own right and I can’t delete a thing 😉 Many thanks for your comment!

  • judi ruben
    Posted at 22:55h, 26 December Reply

    I enjoy your blog. And I would like to learn more about reworking cashmere sweaters. Maybe a scarf or a pieced cashmere vest. Hugs

  • carolyn branch
    Posted at 22:56h, 26 December Reply

    Have enjoyed your blog

  • Debbie Simpson
    Posted at 23:00h, 26 December Reply

    Count me in for the book……I am totally ignorant about different materials and usually too afraid to ask!

  • Marilyn Sweet
    Posted at 23:04h, 26 December Reply

    Oh, my! What a book! Surely a wealth of information within . . . . and plenty of wonderings explained. Thank you for the opportunity for such a gracious gift, Sarah. And a happy new year to you. You are a blessing and a joy. It’s always a treat when you post one of your projects.

  • Tee Jones Actie
    Posted at 23:04h, 26 December Reply

    Happy Nee Year! I plan to continue FTW 2015! I made several pjs for Christmas gifts and one tote bag this year!!

  • Heather Myers
    Posted at 23:06h, 26 December Reply

    If you ever need positive thoughts, you and your posts & No RTW FB page have given me a lot of fun, joy and new friends – y’all plus 3 @ my local fine fabric store and a woman in my office who is now sewing again! And to (not) coin a phrase, joy to the world is what it is all about, right? And I’m happy to know you are a pianist.

    Remember you get what you think about, so banish the negativity. Meanwhile I’ll think about your wonderful book giveaway…..Thanks.

  • Bonnie Johnson
    Posted at 23:08h, 26 December Reply

    I was wondering where you were! What a great time you and your Father must have had with your pianos!

  • Margaret Cole
    Posted at 23:09h, 26 December Reply

    I could use that book!

  • Jackie Shepherd
    Posted at 23:13h, 26 December Reply

    Missed your posts and glad you are back. Wishing you a great 2015.

  • Mem isaacs
    Posted at 23:13h, 26 December Reply

    I am sorry that you have felt so affected by GOMI . That site takes me back to the nasty girls in high school. Some people just never grow up . I am struggling with battle between my emotions which seem so young and raw and what my intellect and considerable experience tell me . I don’t think that ever goes away and is just part of life’s struggle but I won’t ” let the bastards get me down ” . Keep blogging . I am so grateful to all the generous people out there who do . I enjoy your blog and if one day I don’t I will just stop reading it but without the nasty ness that GOMI etc thrive on . It’s just yuck stuff

  • Cynthia Baudendistel
    Posted at 23:14h, 26 December Reply

    Glad you had a wonderful holiday! Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.

  • Karen Prince
    Posted at 23:16h, 26 December Reply

    I love your posts and always learn so much. I’d LOVE to have the wonderful swatch resource book. I don’t have access to fashion apparel fabric so must do most of my purchasing online. Often know what I want but don’t know what it is called or its fiber content.. So great when you can actually FEEL and touch the fabrics. Please count me in ! for an opportunity to have this resource…….and Im so glad you are back to sewing. Looking forward to all that 2015 brings to you

  • Rebecca Trittel
    Posted at 23:18h, 26 December Reply

    Welcome back – you have been missed! I love reading your blogs – pay no attention to those negative comments over at GOMI. I’m so glad you enjoyed Christmas and playing music with your father – how wonderful! I would LOVE to win the “Fabric for Fashion” book – thanks so much for this opportunity!

  • Sandra O'Leary
    Posted at 23:18h, 26 December Reply

    I am so happy you are back, you have been missed!
    I declared a 2014 RTW fast and was looking forward to start sewing again. Unfortunately, it was not to be due to illness, cfs/mcs, but you should see my pattern collection

  • Ruthe Ploskunyak
    Posted at 23:19h, 26 December Reply

    2014 was my first RTW fast year and I loved it. I bought a pair of Spanx leggings, Spanx tights and a sorely needed pair of boots. I am looking forward to doing it again in 2015. Reading your blog entries has been encouraging and inspiring. Thank you so much!

  • Susan Martin
    Posted at 23:22h, 26 December Reply

    What a great reference this would be. Really enjoy your postings.

  • Ruth Lombard
    Posted at 23:23h, 26 December Reply

    I wondered where you were! I loved the sweater remake.
    Thanks, Ruth

  • CJ Muller
    Posted at 23:23h, 26 December Reply

    I’ve gotten back into sewing/tailoring this year….thanks to your blog for inspiring me to dig back into this art!

  • diane wittik
    Posted at 23:34h, 26 December Reply

    Thanks for sticking it out. Looking forward to your 2015 blog!

  • Elle C
    Posted at 23:35h, 26 December Reply

    I occasionally peruse GOMI, and I did catch a little bit of the crap flung your way. Don’t let them get to you. They didn’t dis your sewing skill or your taste, which as we all know is impeccable (and which I am jealous of, btw).

    Thank you for the generous giveaway, it looks like an amazing book. Add my name to the virtual hat.

  • Sueann Walter
    Posted at 23:36h, 26 December Reply

    Nice to see your blog post. Sorry for your negative experience, I often wonder why people can’t remember the old saying our mothers taught us – “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I would love to win the book and I’m looking forward to another year of fasting.

  • justine
    Posted at 23:36h, 26 December Reply

    I failed at my ready to wear fast but am thinking of trying in 2015. Congrats for making it! I too let the GOMI haters get to me this year, they hate me,and almost quit blogging.

  • Angela
    Posted at 23:39h, 26 December Reply

    Wow… I remember the post about refashioning the sweater – never in a million years would I have thought that would become a source of contention! Truly, it is sad that some people feel the need to spread such negativity. Rest assured, many of us love your blog, and do NOT want to you to stop posting!

    The book looks great – I have it on my wish list, it would be a welcome addition to help me learn more about fabric.

  • Carly
    Posted at 23:39h, 26 December Reply

    Happy holidays! That book looks incredible.

  • Rosemary O'Koren
    Posted at 23:40h, 26 December Reply

    I did very well on the RTW Fast. I picked up a shawl for Christmas Eve Mass and that is what my husband bought for me for Christmas. Next year, it’s all about the stash.

  • Marilyn Hagopian
    Posted at 23:40h, 26 December Reply

    This book would be a valuable resource for the fashion sewer. thanks for the chance to win. Happy sewing in 2015!

  • Sew, Jean Margaret
    Posted at 23:42h, 26 December Reply

    I have been missing your blog Sarah, and wondering what had happened to you. So sorry to hear of all that negativity, but glad to hear you have been able to rise above it and enjoy your other talents for a change. I have enjoyed every post on your blog this year and have enjoyed following the RTW fast with you (apart from the Wedding Dress indiscretion of which I have no regrets). Looking forward to continuing sewing in 2015 and following Goodbye Valentino as it is a wonderful source of inspiration.

  • Deborah Pugliese
    Posted at 23:46h, 26 December Reply

    Please add my name. Looking forward to 2015 and the inspiration you provide.

  • Stephanie Dean
    Posted at 23:49h, 26 December Reply

    I would love to have a resource like that book. Choosing the right fabric can be intimidating. I’m glad I came upon your blog. People like the ones posting on those ugly sites might want to remember that ‘what goes around comes around.’

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 23:50h, 26 December Reply

    Welcome back, Sarah! Glad to hear you’re doing well. There will always be people who have negative things to say about you (and everyone else), and I know it’s easier said than done to not let the negativity get to you.

    Count me in for the giveaway – that book sounds really informative.

    Happy holidays!

  • Betsy
    Posted at 23:50h, 26 December Reply

    Keep blogging. You are an inspiration to so many!

  • Linda Richards
    Posted at 23:50h, 26 December Reply

    My, goodness! I’ve been wondering why you were so quiet and there was no post on a fabulous holiday outfit! Shame on anyone who made a nasty remark about your refashion project! Jealous fools, all of them!

    Another wonderful give away! A fabric swatch book should be in every sewing room! I would love to be the lucky winner!

    Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year! I look forward to seeing more projects from you!

  • Jayleen Lawler
    Posted at 23:52h, 26 December Reply

    It just blows my mind that anyone could say anything bad about what you’re doing. It takes a brave soul to put yourself out here for us all to learn from. It’s a privilege to be allowed to join you in your journey. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to like a good letter in the mail!

  • Lynn Pinda
    Posted at 00:03h, 27 December Reply

    I had to google GOMI??? I LOVE your blog and have followed you for over a year. Keep up the good work and inspiring some of us us to dust off our sewing machines! You have a beautiful style and I have enjoyed seeing you work to make the garments fit you. That is my goal for the new year. Keep up the good work!

  • Peggy Fehncke
    Posted at 00:03h, 27 December Reply

    I am sorry you received bad comments about the cashmere sweater makeover. Post. I enjoy every one of your posts.. Your sewing projects are beautiful and your skills are remarkable. Keep them coming. I’m inspired to do a an abbreviated version of RTW fast myself in 2015.

    I would love to have the book. And hope I am selected. Keep sewing in 2015.

  • MelissaB
    Posted at 00:03h, 27 December Reply

    Happy New Year! Sounds fun to enjoy your musical roots for a bit. Glad you’re back to sewing tho. 🙂

  • Faye Lewis
    Posted at 00:06h, 27 December Reply

    Please enter me in your contest.

  • chris Johnson
    Posted at 00:16h, 27 December Reply

    Sarah, I am aghast at your online experience and completely in sync with how the negative ugly comments affected you. I must say that your sweater remake inspired me to refashion a very old sweater my mother-in-law made over 30 years ago for my husband. Sadly, it did not turn out well, but was well worth the effort. The RTW fast has been such a rewarding experience, and I know my sewing skills, interest, and focus would not be where they are today without your blog and inspiration. I feel that you and others who have been on this yearlong journey are kindred spirits that enrich my life. Joy to you and yours.

  • Deon
    Posted at 00:18h, 27 December Reply

    Glad you’re back blogging. I only heard about GOMI from a post on Shams blog. When you have a more prominent blog, it’s probably a temptation to look at the site, but if you never visit it again, you’ll soon forgot the site exists (hopefully!)

  • Glenda
    Posted at 00:18h, 27 December Reply

    I missed your posts, but am so glad you are back and regained centering during your musical break.

    Snarky, rude people are, most often, jealous and insecure; ignore them, please. You are so talented and your blog is a true blessing to those of us that find your sewing motivational. Thank you for all your posts and sharing your expertise and instruction with us.

    I am looking forward to seeing all you sew in 2015. It is because of you I am attempting clothes sewing once again in my 60’s.

    I love your pictures you post. South Carolina is beautiful. My entire maternal side of the family resides there and have since the 1700’s.

    Many blessings to you.

  • Linda Richards
    Posted at 00:18h, 27 December Reply

    I also had to Google GOMI because I had never heard of it before and quite frankly I’m glad I didn’t know about it and I will never visit there again! Who are these people anyway and why would anyone ever post something there? They are like vultures just feeding off of one another. Who needs that much negativity in his/her life? They all need to get a life and do something positive instead of trying to tear others down.

  • m(i)e
    Posted at 00:21h, 27 December Reply

    welcome back !

  • Emily Anderson
    Posted at 00:23h, 27 December Reply

    Thank you for your inspirations! A most Happy Holiday and wonderful New Year!

  • Frana Graco
    Posted at 00:23h, 27 December Reply

    Here’s my solution when all those cup-half-full people try to drag me down. Visualise a 61-year-old dancing, as if no one was watching, while singing louding and sooooo out of tune, as if no one was listening, to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”.
    And if I’m still feeling the pain of their words, I do it all over again!!!!!!
    Remind yourself of all those who appreciate your blogs and as I did last week, wonder why you have been a little quiet of late. Shake it off and sew, sew, sew in whatever style and whatever fabric YOU want to use.
    Here’s to a creative 2015.

  • Amanda S.
    Posted at 00:23h, 27 December Reply

    I wondered where you’d gone off to. So sorry you were so discouraged by GOMI. The world is full of unhappy people who enjoy being unhappy. But I LOVE your blog and love seeing what you make, and I totally get what you’re trying to say about saving money and not buying expensive stuff that doesn’t fit anyway.

  • Charlene Lindenmayer
    Posted at 00:26h, 27 December Reply

    You have been an inspiration to me. Since doing a 1 yr rtw fast beginning 2012, I still have little motivation to buy rtw. I want clothes that fit and am willing to take the time to make them.
    Thanks for sharing your projects. Those who don’t appreciate what you share don’t need to read it.

  • Susan Balcirak
    Posted at 00:28h, 27 December Reply

    Would be great to win this book! I’ve been inspired by your blog many times and love to check in to see what you’re up to. Looking forward to seeing what you create in 2015!

  • Debbie Cook
    Posted at 00:28h, 27 December Reply

    So sorry that GOMI set its sights on you. I’ve visited GOMI from time to time and while I think some of the commentary has a place IF IT WAS NOT ANONYMOUS, most of it is just drivel and piling on and negativity. Meh.

    I’m glad you rose above. Being on the internet means developing a very thick skin, which I know can be hard to do when barbs are thrown in your direction.

    Anyway … Merry Christmas (late) and welcome back! Don’t let the snarkers get you down!

  • Wendy Melnikoff
    Posted at 00:31h, 27 December Reply

    Love reading your blog and am so sorry you experienced negativity! You are an inspiration to all sewers!

  • Lizzie Dickson
    Posted at 00:34h, 27 December Reply

    I had never heard of GOMI before!!!
    I love your blog – I find it inspiring and I totally love your style.
    Keep up the good work!
    I live in Australia – can I enter the book giveaway?
    If so, please enter my name to the list.
    Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful 2015!

  • Lamar Yvette
    Posted at 00:36h, 27 December Reply

    Hi there:

    Love your blog and follow it all the time. Have decided to jump on the bandwagon and make my own clothes (including lingerie) for 2015 and beyond, hopefully. Thanks for all the encouragement and keep up your great sewing. Lamar from Texas

  • Peggy Lobello
    Posted at 00:39h, 27 December Reply

    In the words of the philosopher Taylor
    swift, “Haters gonna hate,” sorry about the bad remarks. I love your blog.

  • Debbie Iles
    Posted at 00:41h, 27 December Reply

    I’d love this! Thanks for the great giveaway and a very merry Christmas to you!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 00:45h, 27 December Reply

    I would love to win this book. I am still unsure of the differences between certain fabrics.

  • jenny reid
    Posted at 00:48h, 27 December Reply

    Would love to win the book and remember “success is the best revenge”. so happy you are back

  • Emmanuele kimpe
    Posted at 00:53h, 27 December Reply

    Was wondering about the absence. I always enjoy your posts. Please remember that for every snarky commenters out there, there are loads of people like me who truly enjoy the posts but usually do not leave comments (which would of course be positive comments)… I am thrilled to hear you will continue blogging…..

  • Elle
    Posted at 00:59h, 27 December Reply

    Anyone who dares to stick her neck out–on-line or in the flesh–will sooner or later be the target of trash talk. Whether a fine gardener, a community leader, a sewing adventurer, any excellence or attempt at excellence, will be critiqued by narrow hearts and minds. Better to wash off the ill-aimed critique (taking a moment to see if there’s a kernel of truth) and keep on keeping on. Easier said than done because, well, it does hurt. Been there….

  • Kate McIvor
    Posted at 01:00h, 27 December Reply

    Don’t let ’em get you down! Congrats on not buying new clothes for a year. And count me in. I need that book!

  • Aileen Rykiel
    Posted at 01:02h, 27 December Reply

    I believe there is room for all life styles on blogs. I happen to choose your blog because it talks to my interest in good quality fabric and clothing. I love getting ideas from you and fellow Fasters. Do I Like everything Others make? No, but neither does my style appeal to everyone. No reason to make nasty comments when we don’t agree. I learn from others and enjoy seeing your creativity and hearing about your sewing experiences.
    GOMI seems like sour grapes to read. I would rather see and read about the successes on your blog. You are inspiring and very creative. Please continue your great blog and know how much we all care about you and your input.
    Would love to win the Swatch book.
    Hang in there and go fasting in 2015.

  • Doris Sayer
    Posted at 01:03h, 27 December Reply

    So sorry to read that you have had bad reactions, I love the remake sweater, I loved it and am doing a downsize one for my granddaughter., your posts have been an inspiration for me, I have bought virtually no clothes this year, and intend to buy none in 2015.. Plus have made birthday and .christmas presents for family and friends, and also had some asking for me to sew some.
    I will be so looking forward to your new posts, I haved missed you and wondered why, so glad you are back.
    I would also love to be entered into your giveaway book.
    Doris x

  • Virginia
    Posted at 01:06h, 27 December Reply

    i would love to win this book. Also, I am so glad you are back….I really missed your posts.

  • Vicki Maiorano
    Posted at 01:07h, 27 December Reply

    I’m not here for the book (but thanks for the give-away anyway) – just want to say welcome back, missed you.

  • lori Albrecht
    Posted at 01:09h, 27 December Reply

    I would love to have this book

  • Traci Oneka
    Posted at 01:15h, 27 December Reply

    Would love to win the book & Happy Christmas

  • Kay Cole
    Posted at 01:19h, 27 December Reply

    I’I’m not sure if your giveaway is open to readers half a world away but I would love this book as I have limited fabric stores near me so need to buy online. So sorry to hear that your absence was due to someone leaving negative comments. I love your blog, it is so inspiring and I have made a couple of dresses similar to yours as we seem to like the same styles. Please don’t let a few sad people take away your love of sewing.

  • Sewtechy
    Posted at 01:21h, 27 December Reply

    I ran across your blog about 6 months ago while visiting the MOOD site. I’m so glad that I did. I love your sense of style. I’ve haven’t done serious sewing for about 20 years now. I’m ready to get my groove back. Your site is inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jennie
    Posted at 01:23h, 27 December Reply

    I visited Goodbye Valentino earlier this morning and wondered what had happened to you. So glad that you’re back and looking forward to another year of handmade inspiration.

  • genya
    Posted at 01:24h, 27 December Reply

    Somebody need to get a hi-five, in the face, with a chair 😉 dont let all the negative powers get you! Missed your blog and thank you for the great giveaway!

  • Marie Mander
    Posted at 01:31h, 27 December Reply

    I look forward to you inspiring posts, I would love to win the book as I have just got back into sewing after several years!! Welcome back.

  • Margaret Winters
    Posted at 01:31h, 27 December Reply

    Sarah, I’m so happy to see you back again, we missed you!! I would love to win the book — it looks like a wonderful resource!
    Happy New Year!

  • Ann Geocaris
    Posted at 01:31h, 27 December Reply

    Hi – Don’t be bummed by any comments! Your refashion post made me not throw away an old cashmere sweater of mine that I received as a gift probably about 10 years and 15 lbs ago… Needless to say it is a bit too tight and a bit too short now….sigh….keep on sewing and giving us all inspiration in the new year! Thanks!

  • Susan Jacobson
    Posted at 01:32h, 27 December Reply

    So glad you’re back!

    About GOMI, I’m quite sure none of the contributors would make any of those comments to your face. They hide behind the anonymity of the internet and don’t think (care?) about how their words can hurt others.

    I’m happy you’re back, I love your style and look forward to your pattern reviews.

  • Amber Hunter
    Posted at 01:32h, 27 December Reply

    I have been dying to get my hands on this book! I would love to win it! Thanks for the great give away!

  • nique et
    Posted at 01:32h, 27 December Reply

    Thanks for the opportunity

  • Gina Flores
    Posted at 01:33h, 27 December Reply

    yes, count me in.


  • Mary Ann Carlson
    Posted at 01:34h, 27 December Reply

    Such a source of information! Your blog encourages me to seww

  • Debbie Weber
    Posted at 01:36h, 27 December Reply

    What a great resource book! It would be a welcome addition to my collection of sewing books. So sorry about the negative comments. Immersing yourself in music, especially with your dad is always a
    great way to soothe the soul. Happy 2015!

  • susanne reynolds
    Posted at 01:41h, 27 December Reply

    so good to see you posting again. really missed you insight and looking forward to what wonderful pieces you might share with us. Please add my name to the drawing for the book.

  • Lynn olsen
    Posted at 01:41h, 27 December Reply

    Looking forward to all your makes in 2015! Love the giveaway.

  • Tiffany Whitehead
    Posted at 01:41h, 27 December Reply

    I would love to have the book. I cannot believe anyone would have negative comments about anything you have sewn. I am always in awe of your tremendous sewing talent. You inspire me and make me want to sew more and sew better. Although, I do not think I could ever take the challenge to do without store bought items. I have been sewing most of my life but am no where near as good at it as you are. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

  • Danita Courtney
    Posted at 01:44h, 27 December Reply

    Thank you for the lovely opportunity for a great book! That shows the true nature of YOU! I just signed on because I enjoyed some of your older posts still fluttering around Pinterest and I just had to follow your blog! Please know there are actually more of us then the unkind people who forget their manners and hide behind the screen by which they type. It will always be the thoughtful, sometimes, quite ones who make life fun, fabulous, and memorable! Thank you for being one of those kind people that make this world still turn! I am also happy to hear you have treated yourself with kindness! That’s always good medicine! 🙂

  • Sandy Gibson
    Posted at 01:48h, 27 December Reply

    I have thoroughly enjoyed following your journey…as author Sandra Boynton would say..”Don’t let the turkeys get you down!

  • Janice Bolling
    Posted at 01:50h, 27 December Reply

    Love your bog

  • Laurel Wilson
    Posted at 01:52h, 27 December Reply

    I loved your sweater remake project so much that I did one myself. Don’t let others spoil your pleasure in creating something you enjoy wearing. It is great to have you blogging again.

  • Kerry Schafer
    Posted at 01:55h, 27 December Reply

    I struggle with fabric selection. This looks like it would help me!

  • Ann
    Posted at 01:55h, 27 December Reply

    I would love to win the book, but mainly wanted to say I’m sorry you had such an awful experience! I don’t even blog but can imagine how yucky that would be. I never read GOMI. I looked at it once when another blogger mentioned a kerfuffle there, and it was so sour and unhealthy, I dismissed it immediately. It seems like it’s the same 10 people doing their insular negative thing in circles, over and over. What a crazy way to spend one’s time. You are supertalented and I love the colors you choose and your cheerful photos. Thanks for blogging!!

  • Melissa Brown
    Posted at 01:57h, 27 December Reply

    Put me on your list of supporters. For all of history clothes have been remade, restyled, and passed down or inherited. Keep it up. Tacky people need to keep it shut. I look forward to having a new book to inspire me. You go girl!

  • Carol Saravo
    Posted at 01:57h, 27 December Reply

    Happy Holidays! Here is to a a sew productive 2015! I have been reading about this book, and would love to own it. Count me in too!

  • MadebyMeg
    Posted at 01:59h, 27 December Reply

    Ooh I do need to learn more about fabric!

  • Denise
    Posted at 01:59h, 27 December Reply

    That would be so useful! Please enter me, and ignore the trolls of the internet- you do lovely work 🙂

  • Madeline
    Posted at 02:00h, 27 December Reply

    I am looking forward to continuing the fast. I made about 5 pieces this year….. Not enough! I am running out of clothes. I have been weaving and hope to make some cloth for clothing. I will do some of the Craftsy classes I have bought to increase my clothing but I refuse to buy junk! I love your post so keep them coming. Ignore the negativity, there is just to much around and you are to classy to spent any time on it! Looking forward to further post! Happy New Year.

  • Name *Kathy Steigleder
    Posted at 02:05h, 27 December Reply

    Since I found your blog, I have been a loyal reader of it, and love your posts. Some of us (me) read and enjoy, but don’t leave comments about how much we appreciate you.
    So sorry those snarky folks dissed you. I remember the cashmere post- I thought your refashion was inventive and very green!
    I’m feeling my way back to garment sewing, would love to have a copy of this book.
    Welcome back. I missed reading your posts.

  • Beverly June Davis
    Posted at 02:07h, 27 December Reply

    Thank you for your wonderful blog. Enter my name to win this contest.

  • Toni Morse
    Posted at 02:07h, 27 December Reply

    Please Ignore any negatIve comments. I love your blog. You are very InspIrIng and do beautIful work! Of course wInnIng the book would be great too. 😉

  • Melanie Leigh
    Posted at 02:11h, 27 December Reply

    You are a great inspiration and if any one is so negative it is a reflection on themselves and not you. Stay positive!!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 02:13h, 27 December Reply

    So glad you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you and your family all the very best for 2015. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog (even though I have been quiet for a while – work) and really look forward to seeing your creations.

  • Vereatha Morales
    Posted at 02:18h, 27 December Reply

    I have been following your blog for over a year and love the admire your grit. You had a challenging year for sticking with your challenge. Most people would have understood if you had to drop it during the flurry of events and such leading up to your daughter’s wedding. You however did beautifully and your clothes were wonderfully executed and an inspiration. I think what you did with the cashmere was a way to recycle something that was not being used into something beautiful. I know you will not let negative thoughts get you down. People have their own issues that they then try to put upon others. Please keep up the wonderful blog and you have inspired me and their negative comments have helped me cement my decision to do a RTW fast for 2015. I’m a little nervous, I love to sew, however am not as good with fabric choices and I tend to choose colors I like and not those that place my coloring to advantage, lol. I do have an old leather jacket that may need to be restyled for 2015. I am doing this challenge as I take on a challenge I have to lose my “baby weight” in the next year. Thank you so much for your blog, I look forward to it because your enthusiasm and charm shine through!

  • Shirley McCollough
    Posted at 02:19h, 27 December Reply

    Nice give away

  • Becry bagwell
    Posted at 02:20h, 27 December Reply

    Nothing better than being with family !

  • Mollie Bobo
    Posted at 02:24h, 27 December Reply

    i learned something…GOMI….getoffmyinternets. Yes, please enter me in the book give away. I LOVE SWATCHES!

  • Susie
    Posted at 02:24h, 27 December Reply

    So sorry those snarks got to you. It’s hard not to take it personally, though. I am glad you drowned your sorrows in music, I would love to have heard it! I wish I had a cashmere sweater to refashion, I did love yours. Looking forward to more of it in 2015. I saw the swatch book somewhere else and thought it sounded fun.

  • Priscilla Shorne
    Posted at 02:24h, 27 December Reply

    You have so many fans that it must far outweigh the snarks. This looks like a great resource for any sewer at whatever stage

  • Starla
    Posted at 02:30h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back! I’m so glad you had a wonderful Christmas and created new, loving memories with your Father. (By the way, I loved the cashmere sweater refashion. Is there anything better than taking something unused and making it into something that will be loved and worn? O.K., I know there are many things even better than that, but it’s still a magical feeling.)

    I hope your New Year’s resolution will be to stay where the positive, uplifting energy is. you can’t delete that website, but you don’t have to go there and let them tear you down!

  • Shelby Smarte
    Posted at 02:30h, 27 December Reply

    I thought your sweater redo was great and something to share with your hubby.

    The swatch book would be a great resource and I would love to have it to use for teaching young sewing enthusiasts about the different fabrics available.

    Enjoy the new year and keep blogging!

  • Sarah Liz
    Posted at 02:32h, 27 December Reply

    I’m sorry this happened to you, Sarah Beth. You have done the right thing by anchoring yourself – reset your boundaries and carry on. As you are popular (which says something much more positive about you) you will be targeted – I have looked at GOMI once and refuse to go again – I do not believe in associating with unpleasant people :). Perhaps they are jealous, which is their problem and not yours.

    I hope your book goes to a good home. Happy New Year, and keep playing and sewing.

  • Becky Fisher
    Posted at 02:33h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back from your blogging hiatus! Sounds like you turned that nasty little situation into a delightful respite. I hope this season continues to be a lovely time for you and your family.

    Dare I make a suggestion for a New Years Resolution? – Don’t give that rude website any more power over you. Ignore it, Keep doing what you do so well.

    Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

  • Beth Mulvey
    Posted at 02:36h, 27 December Reply

    I’m sorry people are unkind; I thought the idea was brilliant! Your post sparked me to re-fashion 3 sweaters in my donate bag.

  • Jan Brandt
    Posted at 02:38h, 27 December Reply

    I have lost sixty pounds in 2014. I am going to join your rtw fast for 2015 as I am in great need of new clothes. I’m so glad you are back. I know it really must hurt having negative comments. Please believe the rest of us, you are fabulous! Talented, beautiful and smart. Jealousy is an ugly thing and it seems others have it in great supply. I truly look forward to all your posts in 2015.

  • Marissa Nielsen
    Posted at 02:38h, 27 December Reply

    What a fun prize!

  • Cynthia Parker
    Posted at 02:41h, 27 December Reply

    Your emails are so fun and inspiring! it has been years since I’ve consistently sewn my own clothes, but my sewing room is now ready to sew again! I started out in college as a Home Economics major with an emphasis on clothing design and construction, but later ended up going to law school and working with delinquent kids! Your wonderful emails have inspired me!! So sorry that the naysayers were so discouraging in their responsive comments to your blog! Life is too precious to waste on pointless dissonance, including people with nothing positive to say. Glad you rose above the negativity. Piano playing and sewing both refurbish and strengthen the soul. I would love to win the Swatch Book for further inspiration!! Thank you for the inspiration you bring!

  • Carolyn Holmes
    Posted at 02:44h, 27 December Reply

    I really enjoy your postings and they are successful in encouraging me to keep on sewing!
    This book would be a valuable addition to my sewing library.

  • Maureen Cover-Bryan
    Posted at 02:48h, 27 December Reply

    I stumbled upon your blog quite by accident, and so glad I did. You have renewed my interest in sewing my own clothing. I’m looking forward to your posts this year and hoping to keep up — don’t let the haters get you down. Your clothes and commentary are lovely and inspirational. Thank you!

  • Dianne Pitner
    Posted at 02:52h, 27 December Reply

    I’m so glad you are back! I’ve missed your blog posts. However, it sounds as if you took the kind of break that is renewing and refreshing. I hate that you were the victim of snarky remarks. Personally, I don’t understand. I’d never heard of GOMI and I don’t intend to go there. I love the items you’ve chosen to sew and am so impressed with everyone who succeeds at the fast. Y’all are amazing. I’m just trying to get back to sewing most of my clothes! Happy New Year to you and all my fellow readers!

  • LeeAnn B
    Posted at 02:55h, 27 December Reply

    Glad you’re back! I would love to have a copy of this book.

  • Melonie Stanton
    Posted at 03:04h, 27 December Reply

    Ooh, I’ve heard about this book!! Thank you for the giveaway! And glad to hear you’re back, I love seeing what you’ve made and you inspired me to do a RTW fast this past year and I have not broken it! Thank you 😀

  • Beth Kauffman
    Posted at 03:06h, 27 December Reply

    Missed you too! Happy New Year.

  • Rita B
    Posted at 03:07h, 27 December Reply

    I have followed you for several years and I am really encouraged when I see what you make. Thank you for all of you for all I have gained. I would love to have the Sample book for my future choices.

  • Azita Osanloo
    Posted at 03:13h, 27 December Reply

    Oh, I would love this book! I was just looking at it. Thank you for your wonderful blog!

  • Patsy Holland
    Posted at 03:13h, 27 December Reply

    I am so glad you’re back. I was beginning to worry about you. You always inspire me to pull out the sewing machine and I enjoy looking at your pictures and reading your posts. Keep up the good work and ignore those negative people.

  • Vivien Doumouliakad
    Posted at 03:19h, 27 December Reply

    i have just started to see and this book would be so good to help me to learn to identify all the different fabrics.

  • Yoshie Wong
    Posted at 03:19h, 27 December Reply

    Looks like a great book. Glad you took care of yourself by getting into music for a break.

  • Sally Davies
    Posted at 03:21h, 27 December Reply

    I hope that the people with the snarky remarks think of you when they have been shopping and trying on clothes for hours and still can’t find the right outfit!!

  • EmSewCrazy
    Posted at 03:23h, 27 December Reply

    So glad you took the time to get refreshed and spent it with family. This giveaway is great. This book sounds like a great resource for figuring out what some of my vintage fabrics are.

  • Linda L
    Posted at 03:23h, 27 December Reply

    Glad you are blogging again. I visited GOMI to get an understanding about that site. I decided it was not worth visiting anymore. As Taylor Swift sings-“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate. Shake it off!” You have a lot of followers and I, like other followers, like what you post.

    Include me in your giveaway; looks like an interesting book.

  • Marcia Clever
    Posted at 03:27h, 27 December Reply

    Merry Christmas! Don’t let the haters get you down. For every one of them there are hundreds of supporter. The book sounds lovely and I would be happy to give it a good home in 2015…

  • Laura ONeal
    Posted at 03:37h, 27 December Reply

    What a shame for the GOMI, which, unfortunately, I did not even know existed until now as I had to look up the meaning. What a shame! I also could relate to your feeling ‘out of your sewing groove for many weeks’ as I too have had that exact feeling although mine have lasted much longer than that at times. I have been sewing for over 40 years, most recently quilting, and your creations, wonderful talent, and appropriate fabric selections have inspired me to return to garment sewing! I look forward to joining your 2015 RTW fast. Whoot, whoot! As for the book you are graciously offering, I say, ‘yes, please’!

  • Eileen
    Posted at 03:38h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back; you were missed! Let’s all FAST from that GOMI website in 2015!
    RTW fasters and now GOMI fasters. I never knew it existed and I do not plan to visit it.

  • Lu Anne Simpson
    Posted at 03:46h, 27 December Reply

    Best wishes for a new year!

  • Marta Tapanes
    Posted at 03:50h, 27 December Reply

    I enjoy your blog so much and look forward to every post. I look forward to many more. I wish I could help with the negative comments with that GOMI but I’ve never even heard of them. Happy 2015!

  • Danielle Hildebrant
    Posted at 03:56h, 27 December Reply

    Count me in!

  • Nadine Woods
    Posted at 03:59h, 27 December Reply

    I expect that the music was rather cathartic for you and a real blessing for those who had the pleasure of hearing you. What a wonderful time you must have had with your father
    After reading about GOMI, I visited it once (which was more than enough for me). I’m not going to allow others to rob me of the pleasure of reading my sewing blogs, and it was pretty evident that the negative spin they place on various blogs would have done just that. There are so many people who, not only enjoy your blog, but are encouraged and inspired by it. I am in awe of all the people you have inspired to fast from RTW. Just think of all the garments that have been sewn because you took the time to blog about your own personal journey! And each of those garments represents a venture in creativity by their seamstresses that they otherwise might not have had. Please don’t let the negativity at GOMI steal all that from you and from the people you encourage and inspire!

  • Ally - Design Rewind Fashions
    Posted at 04:01h, 27 December Reply

    I don’t know why but I am always surprised by the number of negative people out there. The internet makes it easy for people to hide behind their laptops without a care to other’s feelings. Your blog is WONDERFUL and I know I mentioned my daughter was going to try to use the techniques you shared to resize sweaters. Well she did and thanks to that post she has some sweaters that actually fit so much better and you’ve made a 15 year old girl very happy. Don’t worry about the negative people (though I know it’s hard). Know your fans love what you share with us!

    Take care and have a fantastic 2015!!! Thank you for this book give-away opportunity!

  • Margaret Koster
    Posted at 04:04h, 27 December Reply

    Sorry you had to deal with the starkers! Amazing that some people get so much enjoyment out of being unkind and unpleasant.

    Here’s my entry for the giveaway. Thanks

  • Kathy Zachry
    Posted at 04:13h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back! Obviously, we’ve all missed you too!

  • Patti Hall
    Posted at 04:14h, 27 December Reply

    Never heard of GOMI until now but I HAVE heard of Goodbye Valentino and have loved every post you have done. So glad to know you are coming back as I have missed your posts immensely! But I know a break is needed along the way to refresh and renew. As for the book, this looks like an excellent resource for my beginner sewing classes and I would love to win it so I can share it with them. What a great giveaway! Thank you!

  • Jessica van Wylick
    Posted at 04:16h, 27 December Reply

    Wow thank you so much for offering this giveaway!

    Some people can be so negative – just wanted to say good for you for rising above the negativity!

  • Rhoda K
    Posted at 04:25h, 27 December Reply

    Glad you’re back. Sorry you had to be the brunt of those out there who have to be so negative and hateful. Looking forward to future posts. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year.

  • Wanda Stewart
    Posted at 04:28h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back. I always enjoy reading your post. I would love the book!

  • Jessica Antion
    Posted at 04:33h, 27 December Reply

    People were actually upset over your clothes!? This befuddles me. I would love to give you the same advice I give my daughter but for some reason “just don’t listen to them” seems like tarnished advice when everyone in question is an adult.

  • Bernice Francisco
    Posted at 04:44h, 27 December Reply

    Sarah, you are a very talented lady, and so generous to share your sewing creations and knowledge with the rest of us. Your blog was the first one I found when I returned to garment sewing, and it never fails to inspire me.
    That GOMI nastiness is distasteful and truly a waste of time. I agree with one of your other commenters – let’s have a GOMI fast.
    Thank you for the opportunity for the book!
    Looking forward to lots of fun sewing in 2015. Happy New Year!

  • Daya Monay
    Posted at 04:49h, 27 December Reply

    Happy holidays! That book looks pretty super awesome! Please enter me in the drawing.

  • Lexley W
    Posted at 04:54h, 27 December Reply

    Hi Sarah
    I knew something must be amiss as you had not posed in over 5 weeks which is very odd! These naysayers are not even worth mentioning so don’t give them a second thought! How blessed are you to still have your Dad with you…….all the best for 2015!

  • Lisa Watson
    Posted at 05:12h, 27 December Reply

    I’m not aware of GOMI, but I can’t imagine what on earth they could find fault with??? Honestly! I thought your refashion was great, and the look you put together looked fantastic on you! I’m commenting not for an entry, but to let you know how much I enjoy your posts and your fashion sense. There isn’t any way to please everyone, and it should never be the aim….just know that you’ve been an inspiration for lots of people to get back into sewing and that’s a major gift.
    Happy Holidays Sarah!

  • Sara Havemann
    Posted at 05:12h, 27 December Reply

    Keep blogging please. Xx

  • Ro
    Posted at 05:14h, 27 December Reply

    I would love to win this book. I find fabric stores overwhelming! This book as a beginner would be a great asset.

  • Ro
    Posted at 05:17h, 27 December Reply

    I am so sorry for the negative comments ignore them. You are awesome and all here on this site know it too. Merry Christmas !

  • Marla Harrison
    Posted at 05:18h, 27 December Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear that you were harassed. I appreciate your courage to come back to this world and I wish you all the best. If my name pops out, I would love to have your give-away book on fabric. Best wishes for 2015!

  • Linda Brooks
    Posted at 05:18h, 27 December Reply

    Hooray for you! You are a great inspiration. Your book sounds fantastic. Please count me in! I need to learn more so I may make more things with added knowledge of fabrics! What a great idea!
    I already am subscribed to your blog. Love your ideas!

  • Ro
    Posted at 05:19h, 27 December Reply

    I recently wrote a fabric store to see if they had fabric samples for sale and they said no

  • Liz
    Posted at 05:24h, 27 December Reply

    I saw this book online a few months ago and thought it was a great idea 🙂 Thank you for being awesome with giveaways etc 🙂

  • Roseanne Kaseforth
    Posted at 05:29h, 27 December Reply

    Please enter me into this book drawing. I enjoy reading your blog.

  • Pam
    Posted at 05:37h, 27 December Reply

    Glad you are back! (Haters… not much use in wasting time on that sort of drivel)
    Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  • Stacy Sterling Robinson
    Posted at 05:40h, 27 December Reply

    How Wonderful to be able to sing with your Father!

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    I’m so glad you are back!

  • juebejue
    Posted at 05:46h, 27 December Reply

    oh my goodness! I’ve wanted a book like that since i first started ordering fabric online. i hope to win this!!

  • Linda M
    Posted at 05:47h, 27 December Reply

    Well nice to have you back! Although I am sure piano playing with your father was equally, if not more, enjoyable! I was looking forward to my first year with your RTW fast and was hoping to see your post regarding it soon – if I haven’t missed it already? I would love to add this book to my collection! Happy Holidays to you!

  • Elaine
    Posted at 05:49h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back! I for one am actually relieved as I was afraid you might have had a family emergency of some kind. I also thought perhaps you might be traveling or working on a book. I recommend both.

  • SuziB
    Posted at 06:01h, 27 December Reply

    I seem to have somehow lost my original post so here’s the condensed version: If GOMI is snarking on you then you’re now officially a celebrity! Seriously, I liked the sweater refashion blog, Since I do a lot of “thrifting,” refashioning is often necessary and sweater knits can be tricky.

  • Victoria Tucker
    Posted at 06:34h, 27 December Reply

    I missed your entries this month. Glad you are up and running again. I would love to win this book because There are so many fabrics I don’t know yet. I’m always afraid to order online because of it.

    Posted at 06:41h, 27 December Reply

    So glad you are back! I would love to have this book!

  • StinaP
    Posted at 06:42h, 27 December Reply

    That book has been on my wishlist for years, but somehow there is always another book that screams louder… Good wishes for the new year – and please don’t be put down by people who don’t have anything better to do than complaining about others.

  • treva
    Posted at 06:42h, 27 December Reply

    Omg would love to win this. In my first of year of college (1976) we put tigether swatch cards in a first year design class. Since then there ate so many new fabrics and somewhere over the years and many moves those cards disappeared. As for the unhappy souls who.cannot not find something better tondo.than complain and moan about someone else.ignore them. Happy New year!

  • Jennifer Quick
    Posted at 06:47h, 27 December Reply

    So sorry to see you “got trolled” 🙁 Please count me in for the draw, I have seen blog posts about this book and it looks like a very valuable resource. Happy New Year x

  • Diane
    Posted at 06:53h, 27 December Reply

    Never win anything….but entering anyway1

  • Sian Patterson
    Posted at 06:59h, 27 December Reply

    I have no idea what GOMI is, but it sounds like a horrible place. Just for interest, in Japanese, GOMI means rubbish. So sad to hear that you have been badly affected by the negativity of other people, but relieved to know you are well and feeling better. You are an inspiration with your enthusiasm, generosity and style. I am so looking forward to reading your posts in 2015. Happy holidays.

  • Janie de Bruin
    Posted at 07:01h, 27 December Reply

    Daer Sarah, I love your blog from THE very early start .
    You have made sewing back in THE live of many, make modern .
    Go on I love iT and I am glad you are back .
    I missen you
    Janie de bruin from THE Netherlands
    All THE best for 2015

  • Mary
    Posted at 07:23h, 27 December Reply

    This looks like a really cool book! Just to set the record straight, for every snarky negative commenter on GOMI, there are a million readers like me who love your blog and enjoy seeing the pictures of your beautiful garments. Everything you make is fabulous – and I love it that you are not a 20-something, and make beautiful, classical, well-fitting clothes. And you play the piano too? So talented!!

  • Ariana Wyle
    Posted at 07:25h, 27 December Reply

    you’ve been missed as well. Welcome back. That is an amazing-looking book, and it would be a treasure for any seamstress.

  • Jenny stead
    Posted at 07:38h, 27 December Reply

    Happy New Year! I wondered where you had gone, but it’s great to see you back. Please think positive and remember the many people that you have inspired to start sewing or to dust off the old tools and start again.
    Regards, Jenny

  • Manju
    Posted at 07:38h, 27 December Reply

    Hi sarah, if the giveaway is open internationally I would like to enter. I am sorry the GOMI thread upset you so, but I am glad you have not let it stop you from coming back to what you love. Happy new year!

  • poppykettle
    Posted at 07:43h, 27 December Reply

    This book has been one that I have wondered about many times, and I would be pretty blown away if by chance, I won 🙂 The world will always have small AND beautiful people in it. I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Christmas!

  • Andrea Over
    Posted at 07:58h, 27 December Reply

    I Love your Blog!!! I Would love to have this book. Happy new year!!!

  • Nikie hughes
    Posted at 07:59h, 27 December Reply

    I,m glad your back, please dont let horrid people put you off, i love what you do 😉
    Thanks for the chance of this lovely book, have been eyeing this up as i find it quite difficult deciding on fabric choice 🙁

  • Kate hampshire
    Posted at 08:19h, 27 December Reply

    My RTW fast doesn’t finish until March but I have enjoyed it so much I am going to continue. Your blog is inspiring, don’t let the morons of this world affect you!

  • LaMona
    Posted at 08:31h, 27 December Reply

    Hi Sarah!

    Welcome back :-). I missed your posts, too!

    Please count me in, this book would be a real enrichment in my book shelf!


  • Denny Kenny
    Posted at 08:46h, 27 December Reply

    Unbelievable – I see absolutely NOTHING to criticize you about online…you seem such a warm, lovely and caring person who shares such wonderful sewing tips and inspirations. Wouldn’t you just love to be able to peer through the computer screen and see what these poor sorry soles look like? They are obvious jealous because they can’t sew so why even bother looking at informative sewing blogs?

  • Stella Falconer
    Posted at 09:05h, 27 December Reply

    Lovely blog. Yes, please, I would love to receive this book!

  • Mary Mayhew
    Posted at 09:20h, 27 December Reply

    What a terrific giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. As for the GOMI comments, I’m sure it’s much easier to say “let them roll off your back” than it is to do it. I always enjoy your makes (and remakes) and your honesty (and courage!) in posting them & letting us know whether it was a win or fail in your eyes & why. And spending precious time with your Dad—priceless!

  • Marianne
    Posted at 09:47h, 27 December Reply

    I hope your Christmas was a good one, Sarah. Good to see you’re back! The book looks wonderful, please count me in for the draw.

  • Jan Brown
    Posted at 09:56h, 27 December Reply

    Sarah, I too missed you and worried something had happened to keep you away from us. I too had never heard of GOMI and wish I could go back to that state of ignorance but my comment to you is not to let them win. If you let them get to you then that’s what they want. Take heed from all the outpourings of positive comments and admiration of your work to tell the world they lost and WE WON!!! I live in the UK so whilst I would love to win your book I fear the postage would be too much so please, if I were to win, pick another with my blessing. Happy New Year to you and all your faithful and devoted blog followers.

  • Linda Jones
    Posted at 10:08h, 27 December Reply

    Pleased you are back. Never heard of that website.

  • Hanne
    Posted at 10:16h, 27 December Reply

    I own a previous copy of this book and that one is already golden. I’m guessing this one will be even more amazing. Also: awesome pink cover.
    A happy new year to you and your family!

  • Terri Baker
    Posted at 10:16h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back!

  • Karen Barlow
    Posted at 10:29h, 27 December Reply

    I feel your pain. You wouldn’t believe the cruel things I heard during this past year’s dance with breast cancer. Blogs like yours and dreams of sewing and knitting kept me sane. I will be fasting with all of you next year! ALL of you have a blessed 2015 and I can’t wait to hear all about what you are making and how you are making it. We may not all like the same things, but we can celebrate each other!

  • Amanda Renea
    Posted at 10:48h, 27 December Reply

    Oooh, pick me, pick me! lol!

  • Cat
    Posted at 10:58h, 27 December Reply

    Good to have you back, and with a goveaway no less! Count me in, please!

  • Kathy Louisignau
    Posted at 11:15h, 27 December Reply

    I need this to categorize my fabric! I have so much I forget what I have! Welcome back, missed you, and glad you had a memorable Christmas with your family! Happy New Year!

  • eimear greaney
    Posted at 11:17h, 27 December Reply

    wow, what a great book – i have been looking at this a while online…. i would love to be in with a chance to win this!, lovely refashion on your cashmere jersey in your last post – i didnt know what gomi was – so just looked it up – what a creepy site – as george bernard shaw would say, sarcasm is the lowest form of wit……

  • Marysia Paling
    Posted at 11:26h, 27 December Reply

    Hi Sarah, I have missed your postings, but assumed that you were busy with the festive season upon us.
    I am saddened to learn about the negative comments; sorry I am not familiar with GOMI??

    It sounds like it gave you the opportunity to be with your Father and family and that is the best news.

    Welcome back from one of your “sewing sisters!”

    May I wish you a very very happy and spite free 2015.

  • Anna Stanley
    Posted at 11:26h, 27 December Reply

    Hi Sarah, I found your blog last year and always look forward to your posts popping into my inbox. I began to worry that your communications had ceased. So welcome back, forget the nasty people and KEEP SEWING you are an inspiration! lol xx

  • Anne Szabo
    Posted at 11:27h, 27 December Reply

    Thank you for all you do for the sewing community. Your RWF have been a great success. I retire Wednesday and wahoo, I plan to finally fit TNT patterns. Your give away would be a great help with my sewing

  • Belinda
    Posted at 12:01h, 27 December Reply

    Sorry to hear that gomi got to you – I love reading your posts and I’m always inspired by what you create! I aspire to be as chic and stylish as you, with sewing skills to boot! I’m not sure if you’re formally going a RTW fast in 2015 but I’m doing one anyway. I’m also thinking of coupling that with a fabric fast, to try to make a dent in my stash! I can’t wait to see what you make in 2015!

  • laura nespbor
    Posted at 12:04h, 27 December Reply

    I am glad you had such a lovely distraction of playing along side your dad to ignore the unproductive and hurtful comments
    pleas enter me in the drawing

  • Bunny
    Posted at 12:25h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back. This looks like a fabulous book for anyone, but particularly for any newbies. Brilliant!

  • Bonnie Wheaton
    Posted at 12:30h, 27 December Reply

    We missed you! Don’t let the snarks get to you. You’ve been an inspiration to many more sewists than you can count. As my granddaughter says, haters gonna hate.

  • Peggy
    Posted at 12:39h, 27 December Reply

    What a great idea for a sewing book! Just ignore the haters … aren’t you glad that you aren’t like that?! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Dimitar Kolev
    Posted at 12:55h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back.Keep doing what you love because we love it too! Your blog is amazing! I would love to win this book so count me in! I need to know more about fabrics and hope to win! You are great person…. this is so generous! Thanks for the giveaway and thank you for your amazing blog! People really need to stop hating 🙂

  • Cheryl Evers
    Posted at 12:55h, 27 December Reply

    I love your blog and miss it when you haven’t posted. I’m trying to move in the direction of RTW with my sewing and knitting. Would love this book as a reference guide to help me along the way.

  • Vernelle Nelson
    Posted at 12:59h, 27 December Reply

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I must admit I am challenged by the very idea that anyone would snipe at you because you refashioned your husband’s cashmere sweater. I thought it was absolutely adorable. Oh well. You can’t please all of the people all of the time.

    Just know that you are doing a wonderful job and please keep on doing what you do so well. So glad you took December to recharge your batteries. Too many of us never do that – which leads to burn out, and so many other unpleasant things. I, too am taking a break and don’t intend to submit anything new for sewinginsight.com until the new year. One of the first things I intend to post in 2015 is an updated list of my favorite blogs and yours is one of the new additions. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts – even if I don’t always reply, and I think the word needs to get around this great resource for fashion sewing. Like Peggy said… ‘IGNORE THE HATERS’! They’re just envious of your great style and taste..

    You are truly blessed to have your dad and to be able to share Christmas programs with him. I lost my dad in 2010 and will forever cherish the times we shared.

    The swatch book, as you said, would be a great asset to home sewers of all skill levels and ages. I, too, would love to get my hot little hands on such a valuable resource. Although I’ve probably been sewing since.before many of our readers were born, there are no doubt lots of things in this book for me to learn and benefit from. I think it is simply beautiful that you are willing to share this with others. You are truly exemplifying the spirit of the Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa season.

    Take care and have a blessed and prosperous New Year. Looking forward to seeing all the great things you’ll be posting next year.

  • Pattie. Giordani
    Posted at 13:02h, 27 December Reply

    I’d love to have this fab book for my sewing library!! You are amazing, don’t let them get you down. Remember, those who can’t, snark.

  • marina villalobos
    Posted at 13:10h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back! I think you are a talented sewer (wow, and you play the piano too!). I thought the refashioning of your husband’s sweater was clever, attractive and oh so original. Wear it with pride! I look forward to your next project.

    Happy New Year!

  • Jan
    Posted at 13:13h, 27 December Reply

    I certainly enjoyed being a part of Goodbye Valentino this year and sharing in all the news and fashions. A few years ago, I did a similar “fast” on my own, buying no new clothes for an entire year. I must say it was difficult the following year to go out and buy again, as one is more aware and discerning, not only of costs, but of their own talents in making their own. One also has developed a certain confidence in oneself and a discovery of what is really a “need” and what is a “want.” Thank you for sharing your journeys this past year–it has made me take a similar pledge of “minimalism” for 2015. which will extend over several areas in my life, even beyond fashion. I look forward to hearing all your journeys of self-discovery in fashion in 2015!

  • Lisa jones
    Posted at 13:19h, 27 December Reply

    So glad that you are back to blogging. Thought you were taking a well deserved sewing break from the wedding. The swatch book looks great!!! I have learned so much from sewing blogs- don’t let one miserable soul spoil it for us!!! Happy new year….

  • Sharon kane
    Posted at 13:21h, 27 December Reply

    Hello Valentino! Welcome back.. It takes a strong person to share their life with complete strangers. And that’s exactly what you’ve done these past years . You let us into your house, into your family and even taken us on some of your vacations. You opened doors and encouraged people to get their mojo going again. Your legion of fellow sewists will always be here to support you. And to play a concert with your Dad…bring me to tears.
    Please include me in your gift drawing.
    Thank you.

  • Erin Ellis
    Posted at 13:27h, 27 December Reply

    How fantastic! I would love to add this book to my studio. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    fairyfractal at gmail dot com

  • cheri schwartz
    Posted at 13:29h, 27 December Reply

    happy,healthy new year to you and your family. of course I would love the book and now I have to google gomi. cheri schwartz

  • cheri schwartz
    Posted at 13:31h, 27 December Reply

    i thought i just did this, but ok. happy, healthy new year to you and your family. Of course I would be interested in the book and am now googling gomi,

  • Janeice
    Posted at 13:33h, 27 December Reply

    Hands down…you are my favorite blog. I really missed your posts and I am so glad that you are back. This book would be so helpful to me. Most of my “misses” are due to poor fabric choice. I am still learning about fabric and what transforms an ok garment to a fabulous garment. Please include me in your gift drawing. Thanks! Looking forward to seeing what you create in 2015.

  • Deanna Concidine
    Posted at 13:34h, 27 December Reply

    Happy Holidays to you. You have inspired me to get back to sewing and I will be making all my clothes for 2015. I have been stocking up on patterns so I am almost ready to go. Do not let the jealous naysayers get to you. I think you are wonderful.

  • Donna Emberson
    Posted at 13:38h, 27 December Reply

    Sarah, I wish for you and your family much good health, peace and joy for the coming new year. Your sweater redo made me go through my bags of long-forgotten clothes and look at them with renewed imagination and creativity. So I thank you for the post. You are an artistic, creative soul who brings pleasure, enthusiasm, and true passion for textiles and garments to many people. And I thank you. I look forward to seeing your imagination unfold in 2015.

  • Sheryl Belson
    Posted at 13:38h, 27 December Reply

    So glad you’re back! I’ve missed you! Would love to win the book!

  • Jean Feller
    Posted at 13:39h, 27 December Reply

    What a great idea for a book!

  • lucy price
    Posted at 13:42h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back; I missed your blog. I have thought about putting a book like this tovether for myself, but the task seemed so big for collecting small bits of fabric. Thank you for the opportunity; I would love to win this book!

  • Diane Lackey
    Posted at 13:53h, 27 December Reply

    I have enjoyed this year’s RTW fast and am still going. Thanks to all for inspiration! Next year’s focus in lingerie!!! ;-). Thanks, Sarah, for offering this wonderful resource as a giveaway. Happy New Year….

  • Sassy Lass
    Posted at 13:54h, 27 December Reply

    I just found your blog and I find it so inspiring! I am a beginner sewist and am making my first garment – a christening dress for our Lil one! You’re blood has given me so many ideas on how I can take second hand clothing and renew it. Can’t wait to follow you into 2015. Keep up the amazing work.

    (PS I had to look up what GOMI was and now that I know, I find it appalling. It sounds like the childish “slam tables” that students bearing a grudge would use to malign professors in college. There is enough negative destructive behavior in this world without needing GOMI to add to it. )

    You blog is a wonderful inspiration. Keep it up! !

  • Diane Doherty
    Posted at 13:55h, 27 December Reply

    I have loved reading your blog this year. While I do not belong to the RTWF group any longer( after a while, one transcends all groups), I receive inspiration from you. I love your ideas, color choices, writing style…am learning as I go(albeit slowly) in my own blogging. This book reminds me of a book I bought back in the 1980’s, explaining fabric in a way I could understand when I am searching for ‘wearables’. Keep up the good work. You have a big heart!

  • Sassy Lass
    Posted at 13:56h, 27 December Reply

    Whoops! I meant blog not blood! Darn auto correct!

  • ReneeAnn
    Posted at 13:57h, 27 December Reply

    Ignore the haters; they never go away. You and your family have worked hard to be where you are and don’t let the negative Nancy’s of the world stop you from enjoying it. Know that there are many who value your insight and your joy of sewing.

  • Cynthia Adkins
    Posted at 14:07h, 27 December Reply

    I absolutely love and am inspired by your blog, just ignore those haters. Obviously they have issues 🙂

  • Denny Kenny
    Posted at 14:07h, 27 December Reply

    Wow Sarah you have so much lovely support!

  • Tasha Henry
    Posted at 14:13h, 27 December Reply

    That book is on my wishlist! Count me in! Merry Christmas!

  • Abbey
    Posted at 14:23h, 27 December Reply

    I’ve been so curious about this book–I bet it would be a great tool for fabric shopping online!

  • Celina Hardin
    Posted at 14:27h, 27 December Reply

    What a great idea for a book! I’d love to win it!

  • Hillary Tulley
    Posted at 14:31h, 27 December Reply

    Yay! RTW fasting 2015! This year I vow to post as I go, rather than rush through in one afternoon with horror photos. Also will revive my blog and share how I got the fabric/pattern stash organized, categorized and Noted.

    thanks for making such a positive, creative, and smart influence on the lives of so many. And, we’re all connected and can get any question answered! Wow, can’t really beat that.

    You know you have arrived when you have been GOMI-ied.

  • Jackie
    Posted at 14:36h, 27 December Reply

    I have enjoyed and been inspired by ALL of your posts. Your blog fills a niche, and as soon as I found it I thought, “Finally, a woman around my age who sews things I love and would both make and wear!” I have been reading it ever since and love to go back and look at old posts. Please continue! You’re a classy sewist and have given me many usable and effective ideas.

  • Rheta Stears
    Posted at 14:37h, 27 December Reply

    I know a lovely young woman who is in her first year of collage studying fashion design who would love this book. If i win, I would give this book to her. Rheta Stears

  • Jessica
    Posted at 14:38h, 27 December Reply

    In case you would also send this book to Europe, I’d love to enter your giveaway. I hope you enjoy the last days of this year. Greetings from Germany! Jessica

  • Bernadette
    Posted at 14:42h, 27 December Reply

    Sarah, I am so sorry to hear that you were targeted by the forever junior high crowd. Thank you for sharing your immense talents. Hope 2015 is an amazing year for you and your family.

  • Ann Hiler
    Posted at 14:44h, 27 December Reply

    Sounds like a useful book. I never seem to get the fabric and the pattern style matched up correctly.

  • Theresa niblock
    Posted at 14:49h, 27 December Reply

    I would love to win.

  • Joan Hedin
    Posted at 14:54h, 27 December Reply

    I had no idea what/who GOMI was until I looked it up. I have some advice for the administrators of the site: do something productive with your time; start sewing!

    And yes, please add my name into the drawing!

    Welcome back–I have missed your posts.

  • Mary Lewis
    Posted at 14:55h, 27 December Reply

    Please enter me in the drawing. Glad you’ve had a break. I”m looking forward to following you in the new year!

  • Bobbi Piles
    Posted at 15:02h, 27 December Reply

    My birthday is Monday and winning a great book would be an awesome present…just saying!

  • Margo
    Posted at 15:07h, 27 December Reply

    Congrats on making it through the RTW fast!! Wonderful. Thanks for the giveway, this book looks great!

  • Sue Parrott
    Posted at 15:07h, 27 December Reply

    Oh snarky comments, don’t they just zap your energy and enthusiasm? Argh! Winning a book would be cool! Thanks for all your lovely posts! They are inspiring!

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 15:16h, 27 December Reply

    I’m so happy to see you back – also so sorry some snarky people caused a blip for you . Your energy & inspiration is so much greater than negativity . Thanks for rising above & a lovely giveaway . Looking forward to another year of fasting

  • Sheree
    Posted at 15:27h, 27 December Reply

    Have missed your posts, Sarah. I also have not heard about GOMI. It seems that most of your readers have not heard of it. So, the conclusion is that your positive, inspiring blog is far,far more influential on the Internet, than they can ever hope to be. Glad to have you back and look forward to your 2015 makes.

  • Ann Leenhouts-Shane
    Posted at 15:34h, 27 December Reply

    So good to have you back! We’ve missed you — you are the perfect interlude for a busy holiday season. You have inspired me to try clothing sewing again!

  • Diana Travis
    Posted at 15:41h, 27 December Reply

    So happy you had a wonderful December! Love your ideas and look forward to seeing what you come up with in 2015!

  • Jackie Thompson
    Posted at 15:50h, 27 December Reply

    I really like your refashioned garments. Thanks for sharing, and please continue!

  • Donna
    Posted at 15:51h, 27 December Reply

    Happy to hear that you are back, but a rest and change of activities is renewing! I’m glad you had time with your music, especially working together with your father to make others happy. Happy New Year!

  • Elizabeth Lewis
    Posted at 15:53h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back, I’ve missed hearing from you and I know I am not the only one regretting your tangle with such negative energy. Glad you found a positive outlet and am also glad you’re back. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  • Heidi Blanke
    Posted at 15:58h, 27 December Reply

    Thank you for having the courage to refashion a cashmere sweater–you’re an inspiration to all sewists.

  • Jamie B
    Posted at 16:04h, 27 December Reply

    Happy holidays, and so good to have you back!
    Like many others here, I too had put sewing on the back burner for too long; what a joy to be knee deep in fabric, again!
    I can’t thank you enough for your inspiration and air of sophistication.
    . I ve always considered myself a dress maker and have completely devoured your site and look forward to your posts. You’ve helped me through a few dresses without knowing!

  • Janice Stokes
    Posted at 16:09h, 27 December Reply

    Merry Christmas. Love your blog! Thanks for this book giveaway – it would be a great reference in my library, especially as I teach my granddaughters how to sew.

  • Gayle
    Posted at 16:09h, 27 December Reply

    We have missed you! Glad you’re back and don’t let the snarkies get to you!

  • Jennifer Miller
    Posted at 16:14h, 27 December Reply

    Please include me in your giveaway………it would be a great resource as I return to the craft I love after decades (yes, decades) away. Also planning to begin a blog soon (but not fashion because sadly, I am not very fashionable) and have been often inspired not only by your amazing sewing talents but fine writing. Sorry that unpleasant people have given you some sad moments. Jen in NY.

  • Roberta Fahrni
    Posted at 16:15h, 27 December Reply

    I have also missed your posts! I am glad you are back and I am sorry people can be so mean and thoughtless…. You are a great seamstress and blogger – don’t stop – you inspire me! Thank you and Happy New year!

  • Dorothy LaBounty
    Posted at 16:33h, 27 December Reply

    Thanks for the inspiration…and don’t let the snarkers get you down.

  • Mary
    Posted at 16:35h, 27 December Reply

    I would say that the number of responders above wishing you well tells you all you need to know about the goodness of most people as compared to those who would do harm by their words and deeds. Glad you were able to gain solace through music and family.

  • Leigh Ann Snyder
    Posted at 16:55h, 27 December Reply

    Ooh, I would love to win! What a lovely book. Ignore the snarky comments. The anonymity of the internet lets people make rude comments and then hide–things they would never say if they had to take responsibility for them. You would think they be ashamed of themselves, but apparently not.

  • Zeila Schmidt
    Posted at 16:58h, 27 December Reply

    How lovely that you had that time with your father! I miss my dad every day. I loved the cashmere remake, just like I’d love to have that book.

  • Delores Williams
    Posted at 17:02h, 27 December Reply

    So glad you got an opportunity to refresh and enjoy another creative avenue. The book looks like one I will own; win or buy!

  • LUCY V
    Posted at 17:09h, 27 December Reply

    I had to Google GOMI.It didn’t take me long to get off that page. I’m very sorry to were the target of such negativity but I”m glad to read that you were able to turn to something you enjoy and share it with your father. I’m happy to see you blogging again. You are an inspiration to me. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2015! I look forward to another RTW fast.

  • Renee
    Posted at 17:16h, 27 December Reply

    I’ve had my eye on that book and I would love to have one!

  • Micki Suzuki
    Posted at 17:19h, 27 December Reply

    Thank you for leading the RTW Fast. It has brought me a lot of great experiences this year. I was just thinking that I would like to learn more about fashion fabrics, not only just about types but what and how each type will affect construction of the garment or how a type of fabric will hung when made into a garment. Anyway, still a lot to learn. Looks like a great book to look into.

  • Becca T
    Posted at 17:23h, 27 December Reply

    Welcome back! Looks like a great resorce.

  • Rachel
    Posted at 17:23h, 27 December Reply

    I can completely empathise with how corrosive negative comments can be – however they are received. So I am very pleased that you were able to (so gracefully) rise above them. I hope that your subconscious/inner monologue remembers all of the nice wishes above sooner than the negative. Thank you for the giveaway. As good as the book sounds, I fear that postage to me would be prohibitive so please draw another should my name happen to be called. With fond wishes, Rachel ☺ oh, p.s.! Four days and (not) counting!

  • Annie
    Posted at 17:31h, 27 December Reply

    Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. I did not get in as much sewing as I would like during the holidays but it was a blast. The Swatch book looks interesting and I would give it a good home. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jean OReilly
    Posted at 17:40h, 27 December Reply

    Thanks so much with your sharing and generosity of your time inspiring others, much appreciated! Please do enroll me in the book drawing. All the best for 2015!

  • Debbie Williams
    Posted at 17:48h, 27 December Reply

    Glad you are back in the land of ”making”. Is it true that you are sponsoring or
    sheparding a group of us who would like to challenge ourselves to a RTW FAST in 2015? I hope so! I, for one, will need encouragement and guidance!
    Thank you, Debbie

  • Rachel Busby
    Posted at 17:48h, 27 December Reply

    This book sounds like the perfect addtion to my sewing room – PLEASE pick me!!

  • ghainsom
    Posted at 17:49h, 27 December Reply

    Glad to have you back! Put my name in the hat,please!

  • Erin
    Posted at 17:57h, 27 December Reply

    Fabric choice is most often the thing that causes my garment sewing failures. I’d love to win this book!

  • Suzanne Egger
    Posted at 17:58h, 27 December Reply

    Glad you are back!

  • Vicki Gianniny
    Posted at 17:59h, 27 December Reply

    Have missed your regular posts. Wishing you and your family a Very Happy New Year and lots of sewing in 2015!

  • Maria Merante
    Posted at 18:34h, 27 December Reply

    Hoping the new year keeps the snarky crazies away!

    And thanks for a chance at winning the book- very kind of you.

  • Lynette Jennen
    Posted at 18:41h, 27 December Reply

    Have missed your posts. Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year, and many great sewing adventures.

  • Maggie Priest
    Posted at 19:01h, 27 December Reply

    I would love this book!

    I did the fast in 2014 and plan to continue.

  • J K Williams
    Posted at 19:07h, 27 December Reply

    What a great resource especially for those of us who are trying to self teach in rural areas.

    So enjoy your blog! You have vision and a following!!

    Don’t let any of those who would try to take that away have any influence!!

  • Karen mccoll
    Posted at 19:11h, 27 December Reply

    I create annual sewing goals with my girlfriend and for 2015 I will take inspiration from your approach to not give up on a garment and to sew…not buy….

  • Nancy Cook
    Posted at 19:29h, 27 December Reply

    What a wonderful tool that book would be!

  • S P
    Posted at 19:32h, 27 December Reply

    I love your site…it is an inspiration to get me going into sewing again…I gave it up because everything looked so “Home made” but your projects never look this way! Keep up the great work and sharing your projects! Happy New Year!

  • Bev Newman
    Posted at 19:34h, 27 December Reply

    Yes! Please enter my name for this great book! Happy 2015!

  • Aafke
    Posted at 19:55h, 27 December Reply

    I would love to win this book since I have so much difficulty recognising different fabrics.

  • Laura Yee
    Posted at 19:58h, 27 December Reply

    So glad that you didn’t let the negative feedback get you down! Hope to read more of your adventures in the coming year!

  • Matilda
    Posted at 20:04h, 27 December Reply

    GOMI sounds terrible; sorry you got caught up in it. I really enjoy your posts, so i’m glad to see you’re back.

    I’ve managed to survive the 2014 fast despite a major move and, just last week, my 40+ year old machine giving up the ghost. A 2015 fast will Force me to get a new machine!

    Welcome back & have a terrific 2015!

  • Mary St. Germain
    Posted at 20:05h, 27 December Reply

    I look forward to your blog every month. And love your choices of fabric and styles. Please enter my name in the book give-a-way. Happy new year! Mary

  • Anna O'Day
    Posted at 20:05h, 27 December Reply

    Oh my goodness. Don’t let the haters get you. I don’t really care whether I win the swatch book. I do care that you have been hurt by people that do not know you. You clearly have a beautiful, creative and sensitive spirit. Those of us that follow you appreciate all that we know you to be. I haven’t sewn a stitch but you inspire me. I’ve been on crutches, had shots on my knees, moved into a new house and started a dental renovation. Somehow I have not gotten to the sewing part. However, I find inspiration in your posts. For every snarky comment out there about your refashioning of a sweater there are at least a hundred that think highly of you. Shake the dust from your feet and move on to the next “city” much as you have chosen to do. Blessings, health and prosperity to you and your loved ones in 2015. May this year bring you more positive personal recognition than ever before. I will look forward to your next beautiful garment, refashioned or otherwise.

  • Jacqueline Davidson
    Posted at 20:11h, 27 December Reply

    Thank you for your inspiring blog. There are far more people who appreciate what your doing and share the passion for sewing as you do. Ignore the unkind comments.

  • Karen Leander
    Posted at 20:23h, 27 December Reply

    Sounds like this would be a super useful reference. I usually Google something if I don’t know what it is, but it would be awesome to be able to see and feel a fabric. Your blog is very enjoyable and I love your style!

  • june lovell
    Posted at 20:24h, 27 December Reply

    you inspired me to rework some of the items in ‘our’ closet, sorry you were harpooned. hope to get going on a ‘french’ jacket and i have to thank you for the processes you shared in the construction of your MOB dress. very best wishes.

  • Rebecca A.
    Posted at 21:10h, 27 December Reply

    I always enjoy reading your posts… I’m a long time RTW faster, myself. And thanks to your blog, the number of fasters is growing!

  • Judith M Cardwell
    Posted at 21:27h, 27 December Reply

    Have missed your blogs — glad to hear you are back. Would enjoy this book. Thanks for a chance to win.

  • Bernadette O'Brien
    Posted at 21:35h, 27 December Reply

    welcome back!

  • Evelyne
    Posted at 22:18h, 27 December Reply

    What a fantastic giveaway and thank you for your generosity. Have a happy 2015 full of sewing.

  • Susan
    Posted at 22:28h, 27 December Reply

    So glad you’re back! I really enjoy your blog.

  • KerriMoon
    Posted at 23:19h, 27 December Reply

    I love your blog. I would also like to be entered. Thank you on both counts.

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 23:21h, 27 December Reply

    Sounds like you had a lovely holiday break. Here’s to a great 2015!
    As for haters, I’d say consider the source, bless, and release.

  • Sheryll R
    Posted at 23:34h, 27 December Reply

    I’m not sure what a GOMI is, also pretty sure I’ll keep it that way. Your blog is so inspiring and I missed reading it while you took a break! Glad you’re back 🙂

  • Jet Set Sewing
    Posted at 23:39h, 27 December Reply

    I read GOMI once, when I was mentioned briefly, then spammed the site so I wouldn’t see it on my blog stats. My thought was, if these people spent half the time they spend on GOMI building something for themselves, instead of creating content for someone who’s making advertising bucks off the site, they’d probably be a whole lot happier. And at 57, I honestly don’t have time to worry about what they think.

  • Cindy
    Posted at 23:44h, 27 December Reply

    I’ve missed reading your blog—glad you are back! I’d love to have the book–sure I could learn something!

  • Hannah Froehlich
    Posted at 23:52h, 27 December Reply

    Hello from Saskatchewan…I was so happy to receive the email that you had posted an article… upon reading it I felt ill for you. I have read every comment and was looking for one that really, in my mind would make you and me feel better….You have received a lot of positive comments… You have a lot of fans..Ya sum wanted the book, but most are like me and only wish you the best. Thanks for your great blog. Thanks for your great work. All the best in 2015. Sincerely Hannah

  • Patty Thorell
    Posted at 00:00h, 28 December Reply

    I spent 2014 getting inspired; hope to return to garment sewing in 2015. Thank you!

  • Snobahr
    Posted at 00:12h, 28 December Reply

    I just found out about RTW Fast, 5 minutes ago. I’m a plus sized woman, and I want clothes that fit ME. And that fit my son, who is tall for his age.

  • Andrea Verbanic
    Posted at 00:34h, 28 December Reply

    Ignore them! You’re great

  • Tamara
    Posted at 00:40h, 28 December Reply

    Music is good therapy anytime. I’m resolving to get back to the piano in 2015.
    Every garment sew-er should have a book like this. Most of us don’t get formal training in fabric.
    Happy New Year!

  • Judy hale
    Posted at 00:42h, 28 December Reply

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. I am encouraged by your challenge and how you didn’t give up. I have loved sewing for many years now and love to try a new way of doing something or learning to sew a fabric I had’t sewn before. How will you challenge yourself in 2015? By the way, there are always people who like to find fault with others instead of working on their own. GREAT JOB,

  • Christin Yingling
    Posted at 01:12h, 28 December Reply

    What a great idea for a reference book- I def want it….please!!!!!

  • Nancy Settle-Cannell
    Posted at 01:32h, 28 December Reply

    I say POO to the negative nellies! Those who can’t do, critique. Honestly some people just haven’t learned from Bambi’s mom, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Anyway don’t let them get to you Sarah, you are an inspiration to so many with your beautiful style and talent – I’m in for another year of no RTW for 2015. This year I get to start right at the beginning! And I’ve given myself a brand new sewing machine to start the year off right! I would love this book as I begin my new year of sewing my own clothes – would really help me to plan out my projects.. I wish you all good things for the coming New Year!

  • Linda Clarke
    Posted at 01:38h, 28 December Reply

    SEW glad you are back we missed your posts

  • Carolyn McGinnis
    Posted at 01:39h, 28 December Reply

    Sorry you had to oendure negative comments. Why can’t people follow that if you can’t say something nice then say nothing at all.

  • Katy A
    Posted at 01:43h, 28 December Reply

    You & your blog have inspired me to take my sewing to another level. I admire your sense of style and the quality for which you strive. Thank you for posting your creations. The book looks awesome, and I’d live to own a copy.

  • Diane Atwell
    Posted at 02:19h, 28 December Reply

    Never heard of GOMI. I took a look and that will be the last. Ignore them!! Your blog is fabulous.
    I would love to win the book.
    Happy New Year

  • Deb D
    Posted at 03:28h, 28 December Reply

    So sorry you had to deal with hurtful comments. I love your blog, and thought the sweater post was brilliant! Thank you for everything you’ve given to so many of us out here.

  • Deborah Bowles
    Posted at 03:32h, 28 December Reply

    It has been over five years since I purchased any clothing for myself. (except for a cheap nightgown when I forgot sleepwear for an overnighter). Keep up your blog. You keep me inspired. Hopefully, I can win the book so I can understand all those fabrics I love to buy.

  • Genevieve
    Posted at 03:46h, 28 December Reply

    I love your blog and I love your style.
    I can’t wait to see what you make in 2015.
    Thanks for the giveaway. It sounds like a great book.

  • Tomasa Jimenez
    Posted at 03:51h, 28 December Reply

    Ignore GOMI and keep on posting!

  • Keren kabbes
    Posted at 04:51h, 28 December Reply

    Just ignore the negative comments! I love your blog and you have encouraged me to sew again! Thank you for devoting your time and talent to us “new sewers!”

  • Viviana Davila
    Posted at 05:27h, 28 December Reply

    I’m so glad you took some time to do positive, constructive things with music and family as a counter response to negativity. But, I am looking forward to all the beautiful sewing things you will create with your hands in 2015! Your blog inspires me! Thank you!

  • lia elfira
    Posted at 06:35h, 28 December Reply

    woaaa….its about fashion design….really hope that would be mine…luv ur blog

  • Katalin
    Posted at 06:56h, 28 December Reply

    I’m so glad you are back, I really missed your posts!
    I’m very sorry to hear about the negative comments, unfortunately some people find pleasure in criticising others. Just concentrate on the positive ones, they far outweigh the negative ones.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Wishing you a happy 2015!

  • Mara
    Posted at 09:51h, 28 December Reply

    Sounds like you had a lovely non sewing vacation, This book sounds awesome I am new to sewing garments and need to learn more.

  • Sandy Hagness
    Posted at 12:44h, 28 December Reply

    I’ve missed your inspiring posts as well. I’m glad you’re back! My skills and determination to sew well fitting and beautiful clothes have grown through reading your blog.

  • Debbie Findlay
    Posted at 12:48h, 28 December Reply

    What a rewarding and precious experience it was to play with your father..thanks again for the give-away!

  • Wrenaissance Art
    Posted at 14:09h, 28 December Reply

    Glad you’re back–and sorry to hear you were targeted for slander and bullying. I had to google GOMI–pretty disgusting group.
    I really enjoy your blog, and the fact that you focus on making attractive, wearable clothes that fit you and your lifestyle. As a 50+ returning to sewing after a long layoff, it’s inspiring to see you and other midlife sewing bloggers create good-looking outfits!
    Please enter me in the giveaway. I’m not sure if I’m ready to join the RTW fast, but definitely plan on making more of my own clothes this year. Do you have any suggestions on sources for technical/performance fabrics ? Most of my outdoor clothes need replacing, and I’d like to make some pieces that aren’t the same color as a pup tent, lol.

  • Jean W
    Posted at 14:10h, 28 December Reply

    You are such an inspiration and your work is beautiful. I am sure you feel blessed to be able to share another uplifting hobby with your father as well. Hoping you will continue your blog in 2015! The book sounds very interesting.

  • Jeanne Longo
    Posted at 14:12h, 28 December Reply

    Dear Sarah,
    I’m sorry that a “hater” got to you, and am happy you worked through it. No matter what business you are in, success in any form produces those who will allow jealousy to rule their world. They try to hurt you and bring you down. I am an English teacher and talk about this concept in literature all the time with my students (Shakespeare would have had nothing to write about!). You are a beacon of positive energy for all who read your blog! Several years back, on the website Pattern Review, there was a star reviewer who resigned from the site because of negative comments slung by haters. Shocking that it even happens in sewing! You have single-handedly motivated me and thousands of others to get back to sewing. I got a new serger for Christmas and am going to try the RTW fast for 2015! You rock and we all know it!!

  • Kimberly Ebert
    Posted at 14:57h, 28 December Reply

    Dear Sarah,

    Your blog and sewing are lovely. I appreciate how well your creations suit you.

    The refashion of the cashmere sweater was very well done.

    I resolve to fast from ready to wear next year AND to post positive comments!

    • Kimberly Ebert
      Posted at 22:03h, 28 December Reply

      I meant to say that I never post comments, but will post my compliments.

  • Parker Hill
    Posted at 15:07h, 28 December Reply

    Wow, reading through some of the GOMI threads is quite entertaining, in a “I can’t look away from the train wreck” sort of way. The “hamcats” sometimes turn on each other, quite viciously, and will drone on for pages about the dumbest of minutiae.

    They fancy themselves to be quite clever with their stupid animated gif’s and overuse of emoticons.

    Heaven help you if they get a whiff of “monetization” of your blog. They will then fly, like bats out of hell, to gang up on you while “rolling their collective eyes so hard,” LOL. They will drop you from their blog reader (a blessing, in my opinion) pronto. Because, of course, we all have all the time in the world to forever provide free content. Everything for them must be FREE, FREE, FREE.

    You’ll see a lot of “I liked her until she started doing sponsored posts, or shilling for xyz, or selling ads on her site, or selling her sewing patterns.” They must all live in lalaland, where there is no need for them to get paid for their hard work either.

    Here’s an idea, hamcats, if certain element of the SBC, as you call it, are so offensive to you, don’t let the door hit your collective arses on the way out.

    Sarah, keep up the good work that you do for all of us out here who really appreciate your blog.

  • Miss J
    Posted at 15:09h, 28 December Reply

    You can’t please all of the people all of the time!
    I like your posts and think you’re sewing skills are impressive.
    I saw the GOMI posts, on line as in real life people are always speculating on how others live.
    I also read some positive posts about your blog on GOMI also so you know, keep on blogging.

  • Melissa Smeets
    Posted at 15:48h, 28 December Reply

    Hi Sarah. I’ve been following you for a few years now and am always amazed at what you do. I had no idea what GOMI was until I read your post. Upon checking it out all I can say is, I wish I had as much free time as some of those people do!! As the saying goes: haters gonna hate. Take it all with a grain of salt. By the way, in Japanese the word for garbage (trash, rubbish) is gomi. Just saying.

  • Tanya
    Posted at 15:57h, 28 December Reply

    Your site is saved as an app on my laptop because your sewing expertise amazes me. As a rule, I NEVER COMMENT ON ANYONE’S BLOG, but I had to comment on yours after the incident from that very negative website. You did not deserve what these people have tried to do to your reputation. Keep your head up and ignore the negative, which is very difficult because we are all humans with feelings. You do wonderful work and I thoroughly enjoy your site.

    May you and your family have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

  • Robin Reid
    Posted at 15:59h, 28 December Reply

    I missed your blog and hope that you have a great holiday.

  • SunGold
    Posted at 16:19h, 28 December Reply

    Welcome back. You were missed. I have no idea what the GOMIs said, but they were patently incorrect. Can I GOMI the GOMIs?

  • Elizabeth Kovalcik
    Posted at 16:33h, 28 December Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about the negative posts. Please do not bother with such negative people. I thoroughly enjoy your posts. You are truly inspiring and very talented. You have motivated me to sew more than ever this past year. Please keep posting your projects online!
    Best wishes in 2015!

  • Celeste Yanisch
    Posted at 16:41h, 28 December Reply

    Dear Sarah, I hope the outpouring of love in all these replies to your post will assure you that you are followed with more admiration and affection than you dreamed possible. I know that I have clicked on your logo daily for the last month, only to be sadly disappointed until today. You have inspired me so much, to reach beyond my skill set and to do more with what I have. You have also introduced me to a part of life in the South, which is very different from mine here in Minnesota. I will probably never meet you but I am very grateful to you for what you do in your blog.

    Of course the GOMI’s hurt you deeply, that is how they draw their followers, by being so caustic and Joan River-ish in their comments. Commenters said that Carolyn made “the same old sheath dress over and over”; well, a sheath dress is exactly what Anna Wintour wears consistently and I don’t see them criticizing HER. You are a very sensitive soul; it is evident in your writing. Don’t let the ugliness of the GOMI’s stain the beauty of what you create. Don’t give them that power. We need you.

  • AJW
    Posted at 16:44h, 28 December Reply

    Welcome back — you have been missed. Obviously you chose the sanest way to deal with negativity; I congratulate you. Please include me in the Holiday Giveaway drawing. Best wishes for 2015.

  • Kristal
    Posted at 17:40h, 28 December Reply

    Great book!!!

  • Julia Lemon
    Posted at 17:56h, 28 December Reply

    Some people need to get out more! Just don’t read those websites Sarah….. Yes it’s that simple. Keep on with your blog, so many of us love to be inspired by what you make 🙂

  • Phyllis
    Posted at 17:59h, 28 December Reply

    Love your blog. Would love the book. Always something new to learn in sewing.

    Happy New Year!

  • Anita Engert
    Posted at 18:28h, 28 December Reply

    Negative events are always a part of our lives. What distinguishes their impact is in the way we choose to respond. Just like the projects that could have been jettisoned, you once again took a lemon and made lemonade. It is why I look forward to your posts and greatly admire all you are doing. You are one of the rays of sunshine in a sometimes gloomy world. Thanks!

  • Patricia Davidson
    Posted at 18:41h, 28 December Reply

    Since it took me a few moments to page down through all the posts here on your blog, I would say that, if there’s a popularity contest….you won!

    Keep up the good work!

  • Victoria M
    Posted at 18:43h, 28 December Reply

    Thank you for your blog! I enjoy it so much.

  • Renee Gibson
    Posted at 18:58h, 28 December Reply

    Glad you’re back in the sewing groove!
    The Swatch book looks great!

  • Trish F
    Posted at 18:58h, 28 December Reply

    This would be a great book to have when deciding on what fabric to use when sewing fashion items. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  • Kath Johnson
    Posted at 19:00h, 28 December Reply

    Don’t expect to win that interesting looking book but just wanted to say that like many others I wondered where you were. Had to look up what GOMI was.. Ugh!! Pleased you are back on track. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • Joy c
    Posted at 19:17h, 28 December Reply

    So very glad you are back and have not let the GOMIs cause you to,give up what you enjoy doing and sharing your results.mmyou sewing skills are quite impressive and I live the way you challenge yourself. Great work! Keep them coming!

  • Jan Phelps
    Posted at 21:17h, 28 December Reply

    So happy to see you back! It has been demonstrated on GOMI how jealousy can be a terrible thing, and how hurtful some people can be. Know that you have made a wonderful mark on the sewing world! Please do not change a thing….except, maybe, to post more often! I love to see a new post from Goodbye Valentino in my inbox!

  • Catherine Smith
    Posted at 21:22h, 28 December Reply

    I had never heard of GOMI until your post. Naturally I had to see what you were referring to and I can’t believe that there are such small-minded people who have nothing better to do than be critical of a multi-talented person. You have inspired me many times in not only fabric selection, but sewing techniques and patterns. We are basically the same size so I already have an idea of what the garment might look like on me. Looking forward to your next projects and the Swatch book sounds very interesting.

  • Sarah_H
    Posted at 21:41h, 28 December Reply

    I had never heard of GOMI, and I intend to forget it exists as soon as possible. I have been following you from the beginning and I love your blog. I honor you for the way you have gone for excellence in sewing right from the beginning. I know you have worked hard to get it right. Personally, I adored the sweater makeover. It got me eying some of the older sweaters around here. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to sew in the future…I will be right here reading along.

  • Nancy Peth
    Posted at 22:54h, 28 December Reply

    Dear Sarah, you are so beloved! I look forward to your posts and you have definitely inspired me to branch out and try many new projects. Hands down- you are my favorite blogger! Keep up the good work and know that you have so many loyal followers!

  • Maria
    Posted at 00:38h, 29 December Reply

    GOMI = whatever. I follow blogs because I enjoy them. I could care less what some web site says.. So continue to blog because you enjoy it and don’t worry about what other people say.

    I saw this book on Amazon and I have been drooling over it. I’m still learning about fabric and could spend hours with that book.

  • Carole Whitridge
    Posted at 00:58h, 29 December Reply

    I LOVE your blog and your personal style. Thanks for sharing the book.

  • Meigan
    Posted at 00:58h, 29 December Reply

    I have been drooling over that book as well! It is so difficult to know how fabrics feel when shopping online. This would be a wonderful addition to my library. Happy New Year to you!

  • Sewer
    Posted at 01:16h, 29 December Reply

    I believe there should be spaces on the web for intelligent criticism, but GOMI is not one of them. Some of the nastiest people there don’t know what they’re talking about.

    Screw ’em, and keep sewing.

  • Dawn Jones
    Posted at 02:23h, 29 December Reply

    This looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win. I’m a new follower here, and I will look forward to the blog posts. Have a great day!

  • Jeanne Hatle
    Posted at 02:39h, 29 December Reply

    I don’t need the book. Just wanted to say welcome back. You are an inspiration and incredibly creative. Thanks for sharing that.

  • Caroline Emmons
    Posted at 03:43h, 29 December Reply

    Your Christmas spirit sounds wonderful and refreshing.

  • Caroline Emmons
    Posted at 03:44h, 29 December Reply

    What a wonderful Christmas spirit.

  • nalani
    Posted at 03:46h, 29 December Reply

    Sending you Light and Love for this upcoming year of 2015! Staying grounded by standing in your truth is a beautiful thing.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 04:03h, 29 December Reply

    I thought that sweater refashion was very chic!

  • Evelyn Peavy
    Posted at 04:20h, 29 December Reply

    I’ve missed you too! Glad you’re back and I’m excited to enter this giveaway. I have so much to learn.

  • Marie Schroeder
    Posted at 09:18h, 29 December Reply

    Just read Ann’s review of this and would love to have it. I also wanted to say ignore the rude comments I love to read your blog.
    People are just silly sometimes.

  • A No
    Posted at 12:46h, 29 December Reply

    Sarah: thanks for all the good reads, great inspiration, gracious glimpses of lovely South Carolina, and your generosity. Best wishes for a happy new year from a sewing novice!

  • Christie Porter
    Posted at 14:17h, 29 December Reply

    I really enjoy your blog. It inspires me to become better at sewing (especially fitting!).

  • Marnita Miller
    Posted at 14:32h, 29 December Reply

    YOU and this blog inspire me; enough said.

  • Cindy Byrne
    Posted at 14:40h, 29 December Reply

    Looked for a post every couple of days. I missed you!

  • Deborah Anne
    Posted at 14:43h, 29 December Reply

    Thanks for all the inspiration via your blog this past year, and I look forward to more to come.

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 15:05h, 29 December Reply

    You know it’s sad that their are people still playing “high school” forget the Snarkey comments, you are such a wonderful person, talented, smart, able to finish your goals, make dreams come true for you and others…..Just let it go, like water on a ducks feathers….
    Looking forward to a new year…plan to start an ETSY store myself with my Knitting Project bags I make……

    Tale care my friend, LAURA

  • Beth Lacey
    Posted at 15:32h, 29 December Reply

    Wow! What’s left to be said. You are beloved in the sewing world of women who appreciate hand-crafted garments. Be proud!

  • Rose in SV
    Posted at 15:33h, 29 December Reply

    Thank you for the opportunity! I’m glad to see that you aren’t letting the GOMI people stop you from sharing your experiences and projects. I have always enoyed reading your blog.

    Rose in SV

  • Bonnie Byington
    Posted at 16:07h, 29 December Reply

    I have missed you this past month! You have inspired me to start sewing for myself again. Thank you so much! Just “let it go” and you can see from all the comments all the fans you have. Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

  • Debra Howard
    Posted at 16:40h, 29 December Reply

    So happy to see you are back, you have been missed. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. Best of luck to all 🙂

  • Rose Britton
    Posted at 17:08h, 29 December Reply

    I’ve been delighted with the remodeled garments you have shown — great ideas.
    I ope you enjoyed every note of the Christmas music.

  • Lisa Algiere
    Posted at 17:12h, 29 December Reply

    Would love to win this book!!

  • Trudi Zandes
    Posted at 17:33h, 29 December Reply

    From one who has been inspired by your blog for some time now, thank you for taking the risk and putting yourself out there. Many of us truly appreciate it.

  • Susanna
    Posted at 17:56h, 29 December Reply

    Please don’t let negative energy from “the darker side of Internet” affect you. There will probably always exist jealous people and we can probably not do anything about it more than hoping that they’ll find a hobby of their own, which will give them the same kind of happiness that sewing bring to us.
    Your sewing projects and your blog is incredibly inspiring and it has encouraged me along with a couple of hundred other women around the world to take a year off from buying RTW in favour of making our own clothes. Imagine! A whole year! Wow! 🙂
    Who would have thougt that a person one hasn’t even met before could affect so many just by her strong and positive energy? Think about that and please continue your great work!

  • Linda Playter
    Posted at 18:05h, 29 December Reply

    Thanks for the opportunity. This book looks very interesting. As for the negative comments – I love your blog. I wish that if people did not have something nice to say they would just keep quiet.

  • jules
    Posted at 18:23h, 29 December Reply

    Thanks for inspiring me to continue sewing for pleasure. Of course I would also love to win the swatch book as I join the RTW fast in 2015.

  • Ruth Gregory
    Posted at 18:31h, 29 December Reply

    I would enjoy the book because buying fabric on the Internet can be scary. There are so many types of fabrics! Glad you are blogging again. You obviously have many interested, sincere followers–the negative comments were totally out of line.

  • TinaLou
    Posted at 18:43h, 29 December Reply

    Hi Sarah, I recently learned of the existence of GOMI; I’m convinced it;’s just a couple of mean highschoolers using a bunch of aliases to appear larger than they really are. And besides, there’s no ‘my’ in Internet! keep on with your love of sewing and communicating, please; the Internet needs you! And I’d love a copy of the fabric book, too 😉 Thanks! Tina

  • Joen
    Posted at 19:04h, 29 December Reply

    What a great giveaway! I’m always excited at the chance to win a reference book for my sewing library! It’s great that you were able to make a holiday memory with your father. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing all your sewing projects.

  • Mary Frances Giattina
    Posted at 19:06h, 29 December Reply

    Merry Christmas! Would love to win this beautiful book 🙂

  • ingeborg
    Posted at 19:25h, 29 December Reply

    your blog is inspiring and I’ve enjoyed reading about your creative journey this past year. I’ve recently started back sewing. First project was a lace jacket for a chorale concert last winter. I just spent Christmas day teaching my 10 year old nephew about feed dogs and the mechanics of his new sewing machine from Santa. I keep a low profile on the media, but I had to add some loving energy to your site. Thank-you for the wonderfullness of you.

  • Ari T.
    Posted at 19:51h, 29 December Reply

    Your e-mail updates are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your RTW goal this past year with your projects and creations!
    Unfortunately the web can be a downright ugly and nasty feeding ground for every kind of negativity. I’m glad you could rekindle your music and let it take away the sting a bit. Nevermind the snarkers! Your work and creativity speaks for itself.
    I would love a chance to win the Swatch book, so please add me to the pool! I hope you the very best for the new year!

  • Linda Berube
    Posted at 19:54h, 29 December Reply

    Sooooooooo…..these people have so much time on their hands that they will spend it reading blogs they apparently don’t enjoy….and then go to a site where they can spend more time talking about blogs they don’t enjoy??? That’s just crazy. Ignore them Sarah! I (and obviously many others) love your blog!!!

  • Valerie
    Posted at 20:57h, 29 December Reply

    If you’ve been snarked at on GOMI – it must mean you’ve Made It in terms of the sewing blog world. Never mind. I admire your creativity and your drive and wish you a happy new blog year!

  • anne jewell
    Posted at 20:58h, 29 December Reply

    sarah–i’d love to have the book. thanks for your interesting posts.–anne

  • Marlene Mehn
    Posted at 21:21h, 29 December Reply

    I would love to win the book! I would also like to sew something for myself in 2015!

  • Laura
    Posted at 21:22h, 29 December Reply

    Everyone seems to think they have the right to say whatever they want in the anonymity of the internet. Would LOVE to have a chance to see the swatch book!

  • Emma L
    Posted at 21:35h, 29 December Reply

    We missed you! Glad you’re back and happy new year!

  • Trudi Zandes
    Posted at 22:50h, 29 December Reply

    From one who has been inspired by your blog for some time now, thank you for taking the risk and putting yourself out there. Many of us truly appreciate it

  • Lynn Marsh
    Posted at 00:53h, 30 December Reply

    I enjoy your blog and ideas. Ignore the negative. embrace your cereativity. . And add my name to o the giveaway. Book sounds fascinating.

  • Arlette
    Posted at 01:25h, 30 December Reply

    Hello, and Merry Christmas! Ignore the snarky comments – not your circus, not your monkeys 😉
    That must have been a lovely musical event with your dad. This is the perfect season to celebrate with music, but welcome back to sewing – love your blog and it’s inspired a few projects. Thank you.

  • Olynda Morris
    Posted at 04:26h, 30 December Reply

    I really enjoy your blogs. Welcome back! Please add my name to the giveaway. Thanks.

  • Liane mcConnell
    Posted at 07:33h, 30 December Reply

    So glad you’re back! I love your wonderful blog. Please add my name to the drawing.

  • Henblyth
    Posted at 10:02h, 30 December Reply

    I really enjoy your blog, thank you so much for it! I live in London and started following you earlier this year when I Decided that after 40 years of sewing and dressmaking it was about time I sharpened up my skills. I have found your posts really inspirational and have followed many of your tips – in particular about patterns and classes (I am also finding Craftsy pretty handy…). So please just ignore the snarky comments! As it happens my husband has two cashmere jumpers which have both got moth

  • Lorna Boyd
    Posted at 13:36h, 30 December Reply

    Thank you for your inspiring site and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015. If GOMI contributors could put their energy into something more practical and positive I’m sure they’d be much happier.

  • Jane Mary Green
    Posted at 16:07h, 30 December Reply

    I was not familiar with the nasty review site you mentioned. So I stopped over to visit it and by reading just a few, I knew this was not for me. If you can’t find something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. (I dislike all forms of negativity, especially when the purpose of a hobby as enjoyable as sewing/designing is suppose to inspire happiness and a sense of accomplishment!) What I loved most about Goodbye Valentino was the positive, inspiration that I received. Sewing all of my adult life, then taking breaks here or there and finding your site allowed me to see what a vast group of very talented ladies from all over the globe are doing. This positive energy help me to get back into the hobby that I love….for relaxing and being creative! So glad I found you and this fine group of very accomplished, imaginative group of ladies. Best Wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

  • LaToria Bolling
    Posted at 16:45h, 30 December Reply

    I’m sorry to hear that you received some not so kind comments about refashioning your husband’s shirt. I’m glad it didn’t discourage you from continuing to sew. As long as YOU were happy with your shirt that’s all that matters. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  • Nicole Sender
    Posted at 20:27h, 30 December Reply

    I think The Swatch Book would be great to have. Good sewing in 2015!

  • Hari
    Posted at 20:49h, 30 December Reply

    Welcome back! Love your blog. Here’s to a wonderful new year full of happiness, health and beautiful sewing 🙂

  • Jill Powers
    Posted at 00:11h, 31 December Reply

    So sorry about the rude comments. The net has some night crawlers. I was just worried that you took a break due to some family problem. Glad you are ok. Please continue to blog..we love reading your sewing column.

  • Sue
    Posted at 01:56h, 31 December Reply

    Hi Sarah
    Some people have nothing better to do in their life than try and make people feel as miserable as they do. You should be so proud of yourself for everything that you have done over the past few years and the joy you bring to everyone that reads your blog. You have got so many people back into sewing and pushing themselves to achieve more than they could every dream. myself included. Your beautiful clothes are a credit to you and have inspired me to start sewing again. At the moment I am fighting breast cancer and decided to get my new sewing machine that I bought in January 2013 out and get back into sewing. The joy that I had in making a fully lined dress and taking the time to do alot of hand sewing on it including the zip was just what I needed, I even took the time to make and adjust a muslin so that I got the right fit. I start radiation on Monday the 5th for 5 weeks, but have already cut on a couple of patterns to make my next two dresses as I have a wedding at the end of January and the other in February. Hopefully this will help me relax through the next few weeks. Once again you are a very strong person and you have to feel sorry for people that obviously lead a miserable life and try and bring people down their level.
    I would love to be in the draw for this gorgwous book. Wishing you all the very best for 2015 and look forward to reading your words of inspiration in the New Year. Kind Regards Sue Christchurch New Zealand

  • Cheryl Fontenot
    Posted at 02:43h, 31 December Reply

    Since YOU are the reason I started sewing again…I sure hope you’re with plenty of great projects for 2015 🙂 I’ve always admired your taste level, Sarah, and knew that if you were sewing your own clothes, they’d be wonderful. That inspired me to check out what’s going on in the fabric and sewing world and get back into it myself! So, hang in there, put your blinders on when you read (or better yet, pass that site up!) and continue to put out your interesting, wonderful and inspiring blog 🙂 I’m THIS close to trying a button close shirt…! I NEED this blog…lol 😉

    Can’t wait to see what you make in 2015!

  • Cheryl Fontenot
    Posted at 02:44h, 31 December Reply

    PS…This actually looks like an AWESOME book! Fabric choices have changed so much in the years since I’d quit sewing, I’m finding I’m having to really learn what everything is again. So glad to see a resource like this all in one neat package!

  • Diane Bell
    Posted at 09:11h, 31 December Reply

    I absolutely love receiving notifications that you have posted something! So sorry that you have had some negative comments. So unneccessary. As always I will look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations – so inspirational. I wish you, your family and your fans (yes fans!) a wonderful 2015

  • Keri J
    Posted at 18:50h, 31 December Reply

    Glad you’ve had such a great year inspite of some people’s poor manners. Really cool book! I’m still confused when it comes to making fabric choices.

  • Peggy Harper
    Posted at 00:32h, 01 January Reply

    I’m too late for the drawing I think, but this is a book I have dreamed about! I have two excellent books on fabrics but no swatches in either. This would a great way to learn what fabrics are what! If you go into a store where you get little help, you know how hard it can be to find the fabrics called out on the back of patterns!
    Thanks for sharing this book info! It makes me happy just thinking about it. I’ll be saving my sewing allowance for this one! I also am just now sewing my first dress in 10 years so I think I will do the RTW challenge this year too! I have followed you for two years, so I might as well start NOW, Thanks for all the great posts and you have impeccable taste and sew beautifully! Peggy

  • Fiona M
    Posted at 21:20h, 03 January Reply

    I had never heard of this GOMI thing, and, I must say, my life has not been remotely enriched by the discovery of it. Words fail me, in fact..
    Please don’t be discouraged from blogging, I love seeing what you make.

  • Marnie
    Posted at 19:57h, 07 January Reply

    Okay…So did these negative people think this was “Goodbye Targe Boutique”? (For those who do not know, that’s Target Store’s old clothing line.) Of course we want to be exposed to something a little beyond what we have or do – THAT IS HOW WE LEARN! And for one, I am happy to be shown techniques and supplies that are beyond my capability. You see, I want to become a better seamstress, not a lesser one! Keep up the good work, “Goodbye Valentino” And yes, I have purchased clothing items from Target – If the price is right and the quality is there, why not?

  • Rhonda Fritzlaff
    Posted at 04:16h, 11 January Reply

    Sarah I was shocked to hear of the negative comments on your sweater refashion. My comments are you are bigger than them whoever they may be and that they are jealous pure and simple. You are a lady of style and class and also very talented in your sewing and restyling of unused items – I wish I could come up and execute some of your ideas to your exacting standards, please do not let negativity get to you they are not worth it pure and simple.

  • Cynthia Rucker
    Posted at 12:03h, 12 January Reply

    I love your website! May a thousand quilting pins fall upon the heads of the haters:). While my job as a composition teacher leaves me little time to sew, you have inspired me to make several tops this year that garnered admiring compliments. You rock!

  • designdreamer
    Posted at 00:48h, 14 January Reply

    Shoot!!!! I would have LOVED that book. I guess that will teach me to be more of a regular reader of your blog, not that I would have won anyway, lol – I’m not that lucky.
    I’m curious what GOMI stands for. Never heard the term before, so (of course) “googled” it, but didn’t really find much help.

    At any rate, I get that people were making snarky, judgemental comments about you. I think that it’s a given that you have more disposable income than the average person (most people CAN’T buy Valentino) but to ME, that’s part of the charm of your blog! You COULD/CAN afford it, but choose to sew it instead!! And show the rest of us how to do it, in the process! I call that GENEROUS!!!
    Glad you’re back.
    Happy New Year!!!

  • designdreamer
    Posted at 01:15h, 14 January Reply

    PS I’ve trying to figure out what scuba fabric is. I read on SOMEONE’s blog that Joanne’s carried it, but when I asked a clerk if she knew if they had it/carried it, she told me to look in the Utility fabric section. Another one said to look in the swimsuit fabric section (insert rolling eyes) I’m pretty neither of them would have known what it is, so I didn’t bother to tell them that I was pretty sure it was a doubleknit.

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