23 Nov Invitation


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..

Happy Thanksgiving Dear Readers!

How’s the turkey coming along? Ready to start your Christmas and holiday shopping?  Here we go……….!

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Please join me for a wonderful year of all sewing and no shopping beginning January 1, 2018. 😀

For new Goodbye Valentino readers, my blog originated in 2011 when I decided to quit buying clothes for one year in favor of sewing my clothes. Since that time I hosted another RTW Fast in 2014, but my oh my, how quickly four years have passed and Dear Readers, it’s time for renewal!


The wonderful sewing industry has teamed up with me to make this the best Ready To Wear Fast ever! We will provide continuing focal points, interviews, giveaways and incentives to the participants for an unbelievable year. Giveaways include:

Fabrics Galore!

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Fabulous threads and notions!


Lots of online classes!


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Monthly giveaways from the following pattern companies!

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Discover your style, improve your sewing skills and bond with your online sewing friends!

What exactly is the Ready To Wear Fast?

The Ready to Wear Fast is a vow to abstain from buying clothes for one year. You will give up buying clothes from January 1 – December 31, 2018.  You may sew anything, and you may fabric shop as much as you would like!  The purpose is to Save Money and Improve Your Sewing Skills, but believe me, the rewards of the commitment will exceed your expectations.

Frequently asked questions.

1.May I buy sweaters since I don’t knit?
No, you may not buy sweaters.

2. What about bathing suits?
No, you may not buy a bathing suit.

3. I’m attending a ball this year. May I buy a ball gown?
No you may not buy a ball gown.

4. Do I have to make my wedding dress?
Please buy the wedding dress of your dreams. A wedding dress or bridesmaid’s dress is the only exception.

5. What about scarves?

6. What can we buy during 2018?
You many buy underwear, socks, stockings, jewelry, handbags and belts.

7. Can we buy shoes on a Ready to Wear Fast?
Y E S !!  Shoes are allowed – Enjoy 😉

8. Can I wear the Ready to Wear clothes I bought before the Fast?
Yes, absolutely.

9. May we accept gifts of clothing?
Of course.

10. Can we buy thrift shop clothes to refashion?
No. I encourage you to refashion clothes from your closet.

Please R.S.V.P. by December 31, 2017 to with the following:

1.  your name

2.  photo

3. your Facebook name –  Facebook is a convenient method for all of the Fasters to communicate. I will also be using Instagram and hope you will too #2018rtwfast.

4. blog address if you have one


I hope you’ll join me in the festivities of sewing during 2018. You’ve got over a whole month to prepare for a whole year of sewing, saving and looking fab!




  • Karen Mulkey
    Posted at 08:49h, 23 November Reply

    I’m seriously considering this fast!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:45h, 24 November Reply

      Lovely! I hope you will, Karen!

  • Lone Star Couture
    Posted at 08:55h, 23 November Reply

    What a great slate of sponsors you’ve lined up here, Sarah! I’ll have to give this some serious consideration. Have a great Turkey Day…we have so much for which to be grateful!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:46h, 24 November Reply

      Thank you, Dorcas! The sewing industry is very excited and very generous – hope you’ll join in next year 😉

  • Ann Thanos
    Posted at 09:43h, 23 November Reply

    I am very excited to be a part of this group. I participated in the last fast, and have not returned to ready-to-wear clothing since then.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:49h, 24 November Reply

      Ann – I am impressed that you have sustained the RTW Fast through the years! I’m delighted you’ll be part of the group next year. Please send the requested information to
      Many thanks!!

    • Lauren Loughlin
      Posted at 11:34h, 02 December Reply


      That’s impressive!

  • Ana Sullivan
    Posted at 09:56h, 23 November Reply

    I would love to consider this fast. My daughter is getting married in 2018. Can the mother-of-the-bride dress be excluded in the wedding category?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:57h, 24 November Reply

      Ana – I hope you’ll join in. You’ve got a heck of a year coming up with a daughter getting married! Mother of the Bride dresses are not excluded from the RTW Fast. Bridesmaids’ dresses are simply because they are particular dresses that must be ordered, and wedding dresses certainly are since no bride should ever have to make her dress unless she really wants to!
      I understand if this is not the year to take on the RTW Fast, but…… on the other hand, the RTW Fast forces us to learn new skills and accomplish projects we never thought we’d be able to do. One more thought……. if you’d like to join in perhaps you can buy the MoB dress before the end of the year 😉

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 09:56h, 23 November Reply

    I am absolutely in -I participated in 2014 & excited to join again !
    Happy,happy Thanksgiving !!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:58h, 24 November Reply

      Wonderful, Mary Ellen!! Please send the requested information to I’m so glad you’re participating 🙂

  • Sandra Wylie
    Posted at 10:44h, 23 November Reply

    I am so excited to read this today, I lost everything in the Sonoma County Wildfires last month I need a lot of clothes. My first purchase was a new sewing machine because I knew it would help me recover, this email today was just the cherry on the top, I literaly have teary eyes. Thank you so much for doing this again. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:03h, 24 November Reply

      I was very moved by your response, and express my deepest sympathy for the losses you sustained in the wildfires.
      Reading that your first purchase was a sewing machine was unexpected and most refreshing! I’d love to know which machine you bought.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you – I’m delighted you will be participating :). Please send the requested information to

      • Sandra Wylie
        Posted at 18:56h, 27 November Reply

        Sarah, I had a Creative Sensation Pro, now I have an Icon.

  • Mary Rames
    Posted at 11:11h, 23 November Reply

    Dear Sarah,
    I was so excited when I first saw your blog back in 2014! I’ve been following you and RTW “fasting” ever since. I did purchase a handful of items over these four years…10 all together…but about 95% of everything in my closet is made by me. You have been a true inspiration and I always enjoy seeing your posts and reading about your process!
    I’ve been working on a wedding for the past few months and currently do the finishing work on all of the dresses. So I’m REALLY looking forward to the 2018 challenge and it’s perfect timing too since I NEED to replace many basic items! I’m so SEW excited and honored to be a part of this. It will be fun! I’ve got a NEW PFAFF machine, FABRICS from almost all of the vendors mentioned and patterns/designs just waiting to come to life!
    Can’t wait to get started! Happy Sewing everyone!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:06h, 24 November Reply

      Terrific Mary – I’m tickled you’ll be participating!!! Good luck with the wedding and please send the requested information to when you have a chance 🙂

  • Madeline Rodriguez
    Posted at 11:39h, 23 November Reply

    So excited about doing it again! It would be very helpful if you would discuss on your blog or if you could direct me to a discussion on what to have and how to come up with a capsule wardrobe!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:13h, 24 November Reply

      Great news, Madeline! Believe it or not, a capsule wardrobe has been on my mind and something I’d like to focus on too 😉 Please send the requested information to and I look forward to having you on board again!

  • Lucy
    Posted at 12:56h, 23 November Reply

    How exciting! Thank you for coordinating this. It’s going to be so much fun. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:15h, 24 November Reply

      Lucy, I’m equally excited that you will be part of the group! You’ll be such a wonderful inspiration to everyone :). Please send the requested information to when you have a chance.

  • Angela
    Posted at 13:18h, 23 November Reply

    Oh, seriously considering this – I need to get myself back in that sewing room. Life has been a hectic disaster the last couple of years, would love to finally spend time on me. This fast doesn’t include undies or bras I hope? I could probably manage undies, but I’ve never attempted bras and I’m not quite ready to promise I won’t buy one.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:17h, 24 November Reply

      Hope you’ll join in Angela! The Fast does not include undies or bras (please see Frequently Asked Questions for all details.). 🙂

      • Angela
        Posted at 12:16h, 25 November Reply

        I already sent my information to you and set up an Instagram account for this. Do you already have an Instagram account we can follow? Or am I jumping in too quickly, LOL!

        • goodbyevalentino
          Posted at 19:01h, 25 November Reply

          Angela, My Instagram account is goodbyevalentino, surprise, surprise 😉

          • Angela
            Posted at 00:46h, 26 November

            LOL, after I posted that I realized that of course, I knew what it was… can’t wait for more details to be posted as the new year draws closer.

  • Jorja Price
    Posted at 16:33h, 23 November Reply

    Hi Sarah, I am a new sewer but I am going to consider seriously and see if I could pull it off and become a good sewer until next December.

    I have always wanted to learn to sew and have been teaching myself through this last year. Sometimes I get things backwards but I keep pressing through.

    As far as I am concerned 59 isn’t too old to learn a new art!

    Thanks for considering the opportunity,
    Jorja Price

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:19h, 24 November Reply

      Hi Jorja! Fifty-nine too old? I think it’s a perfect age for sewing ;). Hope you’ll join in…. once you decide please send the requested information to

  • Teresa Biskupek
    Posted at 17:16h, 23 November Reply

    can i participate if I am based in Australia

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:20h, 24 November Reply

      Yes you may, Teresa! In 2014, women across the globe participated, and I hope you’ll join in 🙂

      • kathleen wallen
        Posted at 11:09h, 08 December Reply

        Thankyou, you just answered my question. I live in south west France. Lovely area but fabric shopping possibilities very limited so that would be a challenge. How do I join?

    • Nicola Crawford
      Posted at 00:46h, 11 December Reply

      Hi Teresa. I too live in Australia- in Brisbane. I have just sent Sarah my details. I hope that you will consider joining too. I don’t want to be the only Aussie in the fast.

  • Kay
    Posted at 17:24h, 23 November Reply

    I’d LOVE to do it. But don’t want my picture out there. Is that okay? I’m okay sharing pics of my clothes on my blog (either on dressform or on me with head-less shots.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:20h, 24 November Reply

      Certainly, Kay! please send the requested information to minus the photo 😉

      • Kay
        Posted at 20:18h, 24 November Reply

        Thank you! You are such a sweetheart!

  • Thelma Black
    Posted at 18:52h, 23 November Reply

    How exciting! I had already decided to reduce my spending and my fabric stash. Sewing is a stress reliever for me so now this will give me a reason to stay focused and committed. Thanks, Sarah..

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:21h, 24 November Reply

      Wonderful Thelma! I’m delighted you’ll be joining in 😉 Please send the requested information to

  • Vanessa Thomas
    Posted at 19:48h, 23 November Reply

    I participated in RTW fast a few years ago, and am seriously considering next year! I think I will be more prepared for it this time around, and enjoy it much more.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:23h, 24 November Reply

      Vanessa – Great news and I hope you’ll join in again now that you know what to expect!

  • Becky Hopkins
    Posted at 21:44h, 23 November Reply

    I am seriously considering joining. I have plenty of “resources” to get me through – but I didn’t see any rules about not buying new “resources”. HAHA! The fast will definitely help the family budget as daughter #2 is in college. My only caveat is that my boss is retiring next year and my work duties very possibly will be increasing in the new year – a good opportunity for me. We’ll see. Thanks so much, Sarah, for sponsoring this again. It’ll be my first.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:25h, 24 November Reply

      Becky, I understand your decision either way. Some years are better for sewing than others but to answer your question – resources are permitted! Good luck with all 🙂

      • Becky Hopkins
        Posted at 14:40h, 24 December Reply

        Guess what! I’m going for it!! There is never a ‘perfect” year for this – at least not in my life. And sewing brings me such JOY!!! Thank you for putting this together. I’ll see you soon!

  • Margene
    Posted at 22:00h, 23 November Reply

    Seriously considering jumping into this exciting event. Thank you for the heads up so I can spend some December time getting ready. Thank you for doing this again. I’ve only read about a RTW Fast and it just might be time for me.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:26h, 24 November Reply

      Margene ~ I hope you’ll join in! It’s a life-changing experience for sure 😉

  • AJW
    Posted at 05:14h, 24 November Reply

    Currently doing an assessment of my fabric stash. Purchased over the years, it contains a lot of fabric originally intended for my pre-retirement life. However, if I don’t use it, my survivors will likely curse me for leaving such a rich (unused) resource. A RTW fast might be the galvanizing force to put this investment to use, as I will now have the time to sew with zest. Am seriously thinking of accepting your invitation.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:29h, 24 November Reply

      AJW – What I love about the RTW Fast with others is the momentum created. I hope this is the right year for you to join in 🙂

  • Linda K Anderson
    Posted at 05:33h, 24 November Reply

    Thanks for doing this. I found you after you had done the fast last time, and the idea of it intrigued me! It’s a little scary, but you’ve given us a month to “get ready.” I’m in!!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:31h, 24 November Reply

      Linda ~ It is a little scary – even for me! However, doing this with others is fun since lots of momentum and support is created within the group 😉
      Please send the requested information to

      • Angela
        Posted at 12:17h, 25 November Reply

        Hard to imagine this is scary for you when you are such an accomplished seamstress! But indeed, having a group makes this ever so much more fun.

        • goodbyevalentino
          Posted at 18:59h, 25 November Reply

          We all have our weaknesses and I love to shop, though I rarely buy clothes anymore. At any rate the RTW Fast should steer me towards new garments and new techniques!

  • Kath Truran
    Posted at 05:57h, 24 November Reply

    A fascinating concept. I’d love to be involved. Desperately in need of a whole new wardrobe and a huge stash that has to be put to good use. Can’t wait to begin planning.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:33h, 24 November Reply

      Sounds like you’re in great shape to get started, Kath! Please send the requested information to 🙂

  • Val Downes
    Posted at 06:32h, 24 November Reply

    I am considering doing this but I haven’t done much sewing in many years and, as the temp here is currently around 4.5C which is about 40F and is forecast to take a nose dive in the near future I couldn’t promise not to go out and buy the warmest hoodie I could find! Having said that, I have a large fabric stash that needs using up including some why the heck did I buy that, fabrics. Love the blog and you look great in everything you make. Am jealous of the availability of a wide range of fabrics but you certainly make the most of them.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:37h, 24 November Reply

      Hi Val~
      I hope you’ll join in!. Maybe you can buy the hoodie and other outerwear before January 1 so you can stay within the RTW Fast expectations. It’s a great year of being focused on sewing and you may surprise yourself at what you can accomplish. Also, almost all of my fabric is purchased online 🙂

  • Lisa E.
    Posted at 06:34h, 24 November Reply

    I was just talking about this with my sister yesterday. I’d love to join in! I’ve been sewing a lot the past year, but sadly haven’t used the blog I created ages ago to document. This is going to be the push I need. I followed your original RTW Fast and was so inspired – thanks for leading the charge!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:38h, 24 November Reply

      Wonderful, Lisa! Please send the requested information to 🙂

  • Laura Towe
    Posted at 08:41h, 24 November Reply

    I want to try this but I love to shop. How do you decide to stop.I. what will happen if I buy something I just can’t live without..So many great sales out there. I really want and need those boots you wore in your last post. I have been dreaming about them.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:18h, 24 November Reply

      LOL – I love to shop too, but now I shop for things other than clothes 😉 Just think about whether you want to do it – maybe the RTW isn’t for you, but should you decide you’re ready to take the plunge, I’d love to have you join me 🙂

  • Laurie Begnaud
    Posted at 09:20h, 24 November Reply

    I am interested. Moving to a new city, not sure what lifestyle changes are imminent. This could make it a right quirky year. Please send me information. Lauriebegnaud@gmail Thanks

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:20h, 24 November Reply

      How exciting Laurie! The post spells out everything you need to do to join and I hope you will participate. Once you decide please send the requested information to 🙂

  • Margie White
    Posted at 09:40h, 24 November Reply

    I would love to participate in this challenge. I do have a couple of questions, though. Is the a required number of items that must be sewn each day/week/month? Or is it just when we need/want something new we sew it instead of purchasing it? And, my other question concerns the type of sewing machine that will be needed. I have just a very basic Singer sewing machine. Will that be adequate?
    Thanks so much for your blog and this RTW Fast. I found your blog just after the last fast and wanted to do something on my own but there wasn’t any inspiration or accountability. Looking forward to 2018!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:22h, 24 November Reply

      There is no required number of garments to sew, and your machine should be fine. Once you decide please send the requested information to Hope you’ll join it 🙂

      • Margie White
        Posted at 06:22h, 25 November Reply

        Information sent! Can’t wait!!

  • Jacqueline Harris
    Posted at 09:52h, 24 November Reply

    Oh, I am so into doing this fast… First time for me… Info already sent!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:23h, 24 November Reply

      Wonderful Jacqueline! Glad to have you join in 🙂

  • Leslie McArthur
    Posted at 12:30h, 24 November Reply

    I’m definitely planning to join this year–just have to get my stuff organized to send in. I’m retiring at the end of January, and have several lifetimes of fabric stockpiled, so I’ll have no excuse not to do it. I sort of followed along in a past year and I felt really good about it. One question though–I’m a member of a dragon boat team, and I suspect they’re going to want us to buy new jerseys. I’m hoping that’s an acceptable exception….

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:52h, 24 November Reply

      Wonderful, Leslie! Yes, uniforms are excluded.
      Now about the Dragon Boat Team……… I’d like to know more. My girlfriends’ and I have discussed entering a dragon boat competition on several occasions. Can you send me a link or fill me in @ Many thanks 🙂

      • Leslie McArthur
        Posted at 16:17h, 24 November Reply

        Thanks! And yes–I would be thrilled to send you some information about dragon boating! It’s kind of been a game changer for me!

  • Crystal Rice
    Posted at 14:03h, 24 November Reply

    I just sent my email and I’m IN! I really sew just about everything already, but this will help me resist any impulse purchases that come up. I can save my shopping for shoes and non-fabric accessories. Thank you for coordinating such a large event. I’m looking forward to the inspiration to come.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:52h, 24 November Reply

      Great news, Crystal! I received your information 🙂

  • Paceda Petrone
    Posted at 17:37h, 24 November Reply

    The thought of participating in the RTW Challenge is exciting, challenging, and intimidating all at the same time! I am definitely considering joining you. My wardrobe does not work for my current lifestyle and I’ve gained some weight so I need to take a hard look at my needs. New basics, workout wear, and a dress for an upcoming wedding. Can I do it? I think I. can! Thank you for this great idea!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:25h, 25 November Reply

      So glad you joined in Paceda! I’ve received your info 😉

  • Sue Stoney
    Posted at 18:57h, 24 November Reply

    I’m in, but feel a bit cheaty as I haven’t bought RTW for about four years! However, it is always good to have an incentive just in case I weaken at some point. Thank you for hosting.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:26h, 25 November Reply

      Cheaty? I don’t think so! You’re just an experienced faster, Sue! Please send the requested information to when you have a chance 😉

  • Paula DeGrand
    Posted at 20:04h, 24 November Reply

    I took a break from Thanksgiving dinner preparations yesterday and saw your invitation in my e-mail. When I read it I noticed I just felt so uplifted–that told me I was ready and excited to commit! Actually, I have bought very little ready-to-wear the last couple of years anyway–almost everything is too darned big. I have been on the verge of breaking new ground in my sewing for ages. Four years of first house-hunting and then taking on a massive fixer-upper project are coming to an end, so I can devote my attention to making the most of this challenge. What good timing! I am lining up a time to have my sister take a new photo of me and then I’ll register–count on it! Thanks for doing this!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:29h, 25 November Reply

      I admire people who listen to their instincts, Paula! I’m delighted you’re going to join in and look forward to receiving your information 🙂

  • Patricia Pfeiffer
    Posted at 21:59h, 24 November Reply

    I have been planning to go without buying any clothes and sew up my stash of sewing projects, so I am welcoming this rtw fast. I plan to stick with it, even though I am sure there is no punishment if we must break our commitment to the fast. I am thinking that the advantages will keep us committed to it. My hardest part will be alterations. In the past few years I have lost a lot of weight and I am having a hard time knowing how to manage my new size. I quit sewing my own clothes when I was heavy, sewed instead for others. Then I tried quilting, but I found that I am not a quilter. I love sewing clothing, especially my own. I will need to have my daughter, my partner in sewing, take some pictures of me.
    I have been trying to determine if there is anything I need to buy in the next few weeks before the fast begins, but I think I am ready except for the pictures to get started. Sounds like a fun challenge!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:32h, 25 November Reply

      Hi Patricia!
      I look forward to getting your information.
      You’re right – there is no punishment for falling off the wagon, but all of the giveaways are for those willing to commit to fasting for the year. You can do it! 😉

  • Rhonda Dyer
    Posted at 08:54h, 25 November Reply

    This RTW Fast comes at a most opportune time.. I had already determined that I want a self sewn wardrobe, and this gives me the push I needed. I already shop with many of the sponsors and have patterns, fabric stash and ideas ready. This is exciting! Thanks for the opportunity to participate.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:22h, 25 November Reply

      Great to know Rhonda, and I look forward to having you on board! Please send the requested information to when you have a chance 🙂

  • Deborah Weber
    Posted at 10:11h, 25 November Reply

    My daughter and her husband are building a house and will be moving in with us. As I have been purging and and making room for them in the guest bedroom, I have had to move my overflow of fabric and yarn into my already bulging sewing room. I have a wonderful collection of beautiful fabric, yarn and patterns. I am tired of purchasing clothes that do not fit properly(I am 5’2”) and don’t hold up to even the first washing! I have been following your blog for several years and am always inspired by your creations. I have an awesome sewing machine. What am I waiting for?! This is a wonderful opportunity for me to just “Do It!” I am a little nervous about the year long commitment, but as you mentioned, this is a chance to fine tune sewing skills and fitting issues. Count me in!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:03h, 25 November Reply

      ‘Just do it!’ is the right attitude for this 🙂 So glad you plan to join! Please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Sally Scott
    Posted at 14:28h, 25 November Reply

    I have wanted to do this for some time so I am delighted to have the opportunity to take on the challenge in 2018. My stash needs to have a dent put in it! I may forego any new swimwear but I shall certainly try some things I have not made before. I’m definitely in,😁

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:57h, 25 November Reply

      Hooray! So glad you will join, Sally!! Please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Cynthia VanLandiingham Willis
    Posted at 15:36h, 25 November Reply

    I am in! What a great opportunity to hone my skills!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:56h, 25 November Reply

      Wonderful Cynthia! Please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Johnnie Pleasant
    Posted at 21:21h, 25 November Reply

    Considering this challenge but have questions. I don’t have much garment fabric in my stash. Have some patterns (Tunic bible included. I have made my muslin 👍). Do I need to stock up on some patterns and fabric? I am on IG but not FB. I have really enjoyed your posts, blog, etc

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:54h, 26 November Reply

      Many thanks, Johnnie, and I hope you’ll join in! When I started my first fast, I had nothing so you really don’t need to stock up, but of course one can never have too much fabric 🙂

  • Angela
    Posted at 00:53h, 26 November Reply

    Two questions: How many participated in the RTW fast 4 years ago? I know I did… but I don’t remember the total. And I’m looking forward to more people taking part this year 🙂

    Also, I know you are now a Pfaff ambassador. Do you also have a Pfaff coverlock? I’m looking at models that do the 5 thread safety stitch, and I know the lastest Pfaff model does, so I wondered if you were familiar with it. You used to sew on a Bernina I believe… but I don’t remember if you had a Bernina serger or just a sewing machine. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:57h, 26 November Reply


      335 people participated in the 2014 RTW Fast! I do not have a PFAFF 5-thread coverlock but wish I did! I own a Bernina 1150 serger that my husband gave me during my first RTW Fast in 2011.
      I’m a PFAFF convert now and encourage you to take a look 😉

  • Beth Hoefer
    Posted at 07:49h, 26 November Reply

    Hi! I used to sew when I was a little girl, but fell off it as I got older. I’m thinking of joining and participating in the RTW fast 2018 as I spend way too much money on clothes, but I’m a complete novice, and I’m nervous (but excited!) about sewing my entire wardrobe. Is this something that novices or complete beginners should undertake?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:34h, 26 November Reply

      Beth – The Ready to Wear Fast is perfect for anyone who wants to sew. Read some of my early posts and you’ll see what I mean 😉

  • Lorraine Denton
    Posted at 08:28h, 26 November Reply

    I am going to commit to this! I will send the info needed as soon as I can get a good photo. 😉 I have wanted to do this and I think it will be a good way to use a lot of my fabric stash, and try out new patterns!.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:35h, 26 November Reply

      Fabulous, Lorraine! I look forward to receiving your information 🙂

  • Tina Chester
    Posted at 11:33h, 26 November Reply

    waiting for a girlfriend to decide to do this with me. I rarely buy RTW anymore, such cheap fabric and poor fit, I also have so much that I could probably live out of my closet without sewing anything new, but we all know that will never happen! I think this will be so much fun and I really look forward to meeting everyone and having this community for ideas and motivation! For a picture do you accept head shot or do you want full body?

    And a huge THANK YOU for organizing and lining up sponsors. You are a gem

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:52h, 26 November Reply

      Thank you so much, Tina! I’m delighted you’ll be participating. A head shot or full body is fine 😉

  • Hadassa Epstein
    Posted at 14:28h, 26 November Reply

    My dad passed away about six months ago, and one of the customs of mourning in my culture is to refrain from purchasing new clothes for a year. I’ve actually been finding it so liberating, and have used the opportunity to start purging my closets.
    If I truely need something, I’ve been sewing it from stash.
    So I think I’m really ready to start this fast with you guys!
    I don’t have a fb account. Does that disqualify me?
    And if I fall off the wagon, will I face a firing squad?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:57h, 26 November Reply

      I’d love to have you join the RTW Fast, and I’m so sorry about the loss of your father. What an interesting custom of mourning….. can you tell me what culture practices this custom?
      Facebook is not required, however it is a great way to communicate and the page is a private one. If you fall off of the wagon you can always climb back on but the giveaways are offered to the committed fasters 😉

  • Janine M
    Posted at 15:17h, 26 November Reply

    Very tempting. But I really love to shop. Still, it may be time for me to flex my willpower muscle.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:58h, 26 November Reply

      LOL – I get it……. to fast or not to fast………..that is the question! Good luck with the decision Janine!

      • Janine M
        Posted at 10:24h, 30 November Reply

        I’m in! On Black Friday I walked through a couple of stores and kept saying to my friend, “I can sew this,” and “this would be better in other fabric”. There was nothing there that I couldn’t make myself. Shoes, boots and makeup will satisfy my shopping obsession. Thanks for doing this, Sarah. I met you at an ASG Atlanta meeting last year and truly have been so inspired by you!

        • Tina Chester
          Posted at 10:30h, 30 November Reply

          I did the same thing. All I wanted was some casual wear that would last longer than a month. Everything was so thin or cheaply made. I kept saying, I should just make it. Now I will with the help of this community.

  • Jan Pitts
    Posted at 15:34h, 26 November Reply

    I had been thinking of doing a RTW fast in 2018 so your invitation was very timely. I will send my information before long. Like you, I think Pfaff is the best. I’m very excited to see what the new year brings.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:21h, 27 November Reply

      Great news, Jan! I look forward to receiving your information 🙂

  • Maggie Thatcher
    Posted at 18:42h, 26 November Reply

    I have thought about joining this in previous years, but this year I will join up. I do make most of my own clothes anyway, but it will be fun to be part of the group and actually document the journey.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:20h, 27 November Reply

      Wonderful, Maggie! Please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Lisbeth Dambrowski
    Posted at 19:46h, 26 November Reply

    Will everyone be making the same type of garment at the same time? Will there be a time limit on making the garment?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:20h, 27 November Reply

      No, and that is a good question if you’re new to my blog or the fast. You will sew at your own pace. I hope to provide guidance and motivation, but the skill levels and clothing style of the group varies. 😉

  • Susie
    Posted at 20:51h, 26 November Reply

    I think I need this., might force me to learn to learn to use my classroom coverstitch machine!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:16h, 27 November Reply

      Hope you’ll join the group, Susie!

  • Lisa Jones
    Posted at 20:56h, 26 November Reply

    I am ready for the fast:

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:15h, 27 November Reply

      Wonderful, Lisa! I’m glad to have you on board. Please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Angela
    Posted at 21:17h, 26 November Reply

    When will the FB page be up and running? LOL, can you tell I’m getting excited? Just to clarify, we can post pictures on FB or IG or both, it doesn’t matter? And, will you be sending out an email or something at some point so we know that you have our information and we are officially enrolled?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:13h, 27 November Reply

      You will receive an email before January 1 regarding the RTW Fast. The FB page will by active on January 1 too, but you will receive an invitation to join the page earlier 😉

  • Marvel Donovan
    Posted at 10:02h, 27 November Reply

    I definitely am in! I have my winter wardrobe planned, and some fabrics purchased already. Sewing with friends always motivates me. Plus, I love seeing other sewers’ ideas.

    Here’s to a fun New Year!!👍

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:59h, 27 November Reply

      Wonderful, Marvel! I’ve received your information – thank you 🙂

  • Maryb
    Posted at 11:46h, 27 November Reply

    I’d love to have a go at this. I’ve had some problems with my eyesight and haven’t done nearly as much sewing as I hoped I would now that I’m retired. It had got to the stage where I thought I might as well give up sewing. But then I tried finding RTW to fit me – if I tell you I have narrow shoulders but go OUT at the waist you will understand why a FBA was the first thing I did when I broke out a new pattern. Let alone finding things in the right colour. So I’ve decided I’m going to keep sewing for as long as I can.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:41h, 27 November Reply

      You go, Mary – hope to have you join in! Once you decide please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Maria
    Posted at 12:55h, 27 November Reply

    What a wonderful challenge! When I first found your blog and read on how you did this for a year I thought it was an awesome idea! Now I too get to do it! I am IN! Needed an incentive like this to get started. I will be signing up. I’ve never done Instagram either, so it’s time to set that up too! Thanks for the wonderful inspirations and now for this wonderful challenge. Looking forward to a great year of sewing and creativity…thru your inspirations! 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:44h, 27 November Reply

      Wonderful, Mary! Delighted to have you participate and you’re going to LOVE Instagram 🙂 It’s my favorite social media for sharing creative endeavors!

  • Simone Schwarzmüller
    Posted at 13:30h, 27 November Reply

    Hi, I like the idea of sewing instead of bying, But I know that it takes a lot of time to write and take good pictures for a blog. But it might be an option to use Istagram. I sounds so interesting 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:45h, 27 November Reply

      Hope you join in, Simone! Yes……photographing for the blog is quite time consuming – LOL. Instagram is so much fun 🙂

  • Nicole Voegele
    Posted at 13:30h, 27 November Reply

    Just sent my email! I am so very excited about this! Its already been a couple of months since I purchased anything RTW just because I haven’t found anything that I couldn’t make with better quality at home and was thinking a few days ago how fun it would be to try to stay away from all RTW for all of 2018. Now to convince my fiancee to participate as well…

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:47h, 27 November Reply

      Wonderful, Nicole! I say one family member at a time – LOL.During my first fast, I noticed my children gradually quit asking me to buy them clothes…… a true miracle 😉

  • Danielle Boon
    Posted at 14:58h, 27 November Reply

    Lol, I think I only bought about 4 RTW items this year for myself! A parka, a sweater when I realized I forgot to pack one while on a camping trip and had no other choice, and some junk clothes for a Halloween costume.

    Does the RTW fast include the whole family, or is buying RTW for my 2 yo daughter and DH ok? What about extreme cold weather stuff? I’m going to try sewing ski pants, but it’s partly an experiment to see if they’re warm enough before trying jackets. We get -30’s here for about 2 months of the year. Also, do custom/commissioned pieces count as RTW or are they ok?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:49h, 27 November Reply

      The RTW fast is just for you! You may shop for your family. Stock up on extreme cold weather stuff for yourself before the first of the year if you plan to join the RTW FAST! Did you say -30s? Where do you live?

      I’m not sure I understand your last question about custon/commissioned/pieces.

  • Diane Cullum
    Posted at 15:33h, 27 November Reply

    I’m going to go for it! Thanks for hosting!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:50h, 27 November Reply

      Fabulous, Diane!!!! Please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Diane G
    Posted at 16:10h, 27 November Reply

    I think I’m in! I more or less did it this year, by about 90% so I think I can seriously go for it next year.
    I’ll send the necessary email off tomorrow. RTW fast here I come!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:50h, 27 November Reply

      Lovely, Diane! Look forward to getting your information 🙂

  • Heather Myers
    Posted at 16:30h, 27 November Reply

    Thanks, I just sent in my email. Are you open for more sponsors? I’d like to give my local shop the opportunity / heads up.I have a new Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 930 & loving it after years of a 1970s Kenmore / Singer. Is an Instigram needed? I got one a month ago and it was hacked and different email edited in — in 1 day.!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:52h, 27 November Reply

      Heather – I received your information and yes, I’m open to additional sponsors for businesses that offer online sales.
      Instagram is not needed but it’s lots of fun – sorry to read about your experience!

  • Jo Ann Riddle
    Posted at 19:32h, 27 November Reply

    I just came across this challenge posted on one of my sewing FB groups and I think I will join, I sew a lot for others (mostly lingerie and a corset wedding dress😊) but not nearly enough for myself! I have also been toying with writing a blog. This may be very motivational for me. Thanks for hosting this challenge💕

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:40h, 28 November Reply

      Wonderful, Jo Ann! Maybe this is just what you need to start your blog! Should you decide to join the Fast please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Carol Curtis
    Posted at 06:46h, 28 November Reply

    Hello Sarah, thanks for hosting this Fast. I am planning to head over to sign up today. I feel like i need to overhaul my wardrobe and this may be just what I need, I think it will also push me to upgrade my sewing skills. This will also, hopefully, jump start my blog which I started but have a hard time keeping up.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:43h, 28 November Reply

      Carol ~ I look forward to having you on board! You will definitely upgrade your sewing skills and much more ;). Please send the requested information to to get registered when you have a chance.

  • Anna Metcalf
    Posted at 10:51h, 28 November Reply

    Yay! Email sent!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:44h, 28 November Reply

      Got it, Anna! Many thanks 😀

  • La Riesha Simmons
    Posted at 12:24h, 28 November Reply

    I am so excited to be joining this awesome challenge. It is the push I need to do more sewing. I find myself in stores for hours looking for the perfect top or pants and nothing fits me, so this is just what I needed. I will call it my New Year’s Resolution to do more sewing for myself. Thanks for hosting this challenge.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:46h, 28 November Reply

      I hear you loud and clear, La Riesha! The ability to fit myself might be my favorite aspect of sewing😀 Glad you’re participating!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 13:44h, 28 November Reply

    I’m in. I’ve been thinking about this since you posted it. I very much want to upgrade my sewing skills but never seem to devote enough time to it to actually get better. I think this will help a lot. I’ve already bought my Craftsy classes and I’m sending you my information today!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:47h, 28 November Reply

      Fantastic, Cheryl! Thanks for joining 😉

  • Sue Scott
    Posted at 14:54h, 28 November Reply

    Ooh I’m tempted! I have actually only bought 2 pairs of leggings & a swimsuit this year, the latter while on holiday with a sudden desire to swim in the cold sea & the former because they were needed & I had no time. Everything else was me made.
    I may only join in spirit as my hubby is undergoing chemo & I can go weeks without being able to sew due to being chief dog walker, taxi drive,r cook etc as well as a full time worker so if I need clothes it could be a difficult task to actually get time to sew but ………….. there are no big family events planned so I only need to recycle/renew work clothes. Hmm. We’ll see.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:50h, 28 November Reply

      Participating in spirit might be the best choice for you this year, and I wish your husband a complete recovery.
      All the best 😉

      • Sue Scott
        Posted at 13:24h, 03 December Reply

        i’m going to have a go!!

  • jane
    Posted at 16:17h, 28 November Reply

    i am in, love this idea.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:51h, 28 November Reply

      Wonderful, Jane! Please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Elaine Sabin-Simpson
    Posted at 16:36h, 28 November Reply

    I’ve bought barely any RTW for several years now, just the odd T shirt, and undies and hosiery of course. I’m in!

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 18:52h, 28 November Reply

    Such good news, Elaine!!!! Please send the requested information to to get registered when you have a chance.;)

  • Tina Chester
    Posted at 20:50h, 28 November Reply

    sent my email and ready to go

    BTW, Stylemaker has a Makers Workbook in their gift section. I have it on my want list so I can journal my year of the RTW fast!

    • Angela
      Posted at 01:42h, 29 November Reply

      Thank you for posting about this – I had no idea this existed on Stylemaker’s website. Wonder what else I am missing? LOL!

      • Tina Chester
        Posted at 08:41h, 29 November Reply

        well with all the money we save from buying clothes, we can now buy from these sites more. win win for everyone

  • Jen Bartlett
    Posted at 02:11h, 29 November Reply

    I am keen on this idea so its good to have a month to plan the capsule (so yes please do a post on that), schedule in time to make the planned pieces, and to psyche myself up to improve my fitting and finishing skills….

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:57h, 01 December Reply

      Hope you join us, Jen! I plan to focus on the capsule wardrobe during one of the months next year 😉

  • Sandi Shorter
    Posted at 07:39h, 29 November Reply

    I sent the registration email but heard nothing back. What should I expect? Ready to do this!!! Lol

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:13h, 29 November Reply

      Thank you for signing up. I’ll be back in touch later in December 😊

  • Sheila Moller
    Posted at 10:54h, 29 November Reply

    Boy, this will be a challenge. I’m slow and I sew a fair number of blanks. But what fun!!! I have wished for you to host another raw year. Thanks a bunch. I’m in but I better go shopping before Jan.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:55h, 01 December Reply

      Wonderful Sheila! Please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Simone
    Posted at 12:59h, 29 November Reply

    I would like to join too, but i know that it takes a lot of time to write and take good pictures for a blog. Maybe I will try Instagram. And I have to by a bikini before January. 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:44h, 19 December Reply

      Wow! I’m impressed with anyone who can wear a bikini – go for it Simone! So glad you’ve joined the group 😊

  • Louise
    Posted at 11:00h, 30 November Reply

    Just signed up!
    I am really excited about participating. Already, I often see something in the store that I like, and I do not buy because I want to make it! Love to sew… after a thirty year fast of raising a family and working full time, I have started sewing again and love it! I love making handbags and am getting into bra making as well….. so much to do!

    I also love your style and really enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for the inspiration and great taste!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:53h, 01 December Reply

      Thank you so much, Louise! Happy to have you on board 😀

  • Karen Helm
    Posted at 14:55h, 30 November Reply

    Hi Sarah! It’s probably about time I joined in on this, but I have one important question before I can commit… are we allowed to purchase RTW as gifts for family? Happy December!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:52h, 01 December Reply

      Hooray!!! I’m so happy you are joining in, Karen 😀😀😀 Yes, you may purchase RTW gifts for others. The fast is just for you.
      Happy December to you!

  • Wendy Thomson
    Posted at 07:48h, 02 December Reply

    Just registered! So looking forward to the fast and also to further developing my rather rusty sewing skills!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:18h, 05 December Reply

      Great, Wendy! It should be a fun year 🙂

  • Lauren Loughlin
    Posted at 13:52h, 02 December Reply

    I am in! I bought a lovely Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2 last spring and decided I would like to make my clothes from now on. As a teen, I sewed a great many garments, but once I got older and my shape changed after having children, it was so hard to get patterns to fit–I had never had to alter anything before, and found I was not particularly good at it.

    However, with a support group to turn to, and Craftsy classes (and others) to learn new skills, I can definitely do this! I will find a decent photo to submit and enroll this week!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:18h, 05 December Reply

      Wonderful, Lauren! Please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Toni Carey
    Posted at 20:06h, 02 December Reply

    Hi Sarah, I am excited and frightened, but I will join in. I’ve been following you for a long time and have never had the guts to commit to this before. I, too, love to shop…I’m a Talbot’s girl, but am very tired of spending $100 for any article of clothing they offer. I also need clearer, more vivid colors than they usually offer. I would say that I’m an intermediate beginner… I feel pretty confident about doing this, but I’d like to request some blog posts specifically about making muslins and also about fabrics. I read other blogs where the sewists just buy fabric at WalMart or Hobby Lobby or even JoAnn’s, but I don’t find those fabrics to be very inspiring. I’ve never tried to order from Mood or the other online fabric shops. But if I’m going to do this, I’d like to be in love with the garments I create. Thank you so much!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:17h, 05 December Reply

      Hi Toney!
      Once you commit, you’ll get in the groove and learn the websites that work for you. I agree with you about Talbot’s colors and cannot figure out why they stick to those blended colors year after year! Please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Mary Anne Chambers
    Posted at 12:14h, 04 December Reply

    I also am seriously considering this fast! I love to sew, but figure change has made it more difficult getting a good fit. Fit is what I am dedicating my time to at the moment. If I can get a grip on this then I will almost certainly join. After all, I find it very difficult to buy clothes that fit anyway!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:15h, 05 December Reply

      I rarely find RTW that fits, too, Mary Anne. Hope you’ll join in!

      • Mary Anne Chambers
        Posted at 09:50h, 05 December Reply

        Well Saeah, I slept on it and woke up this morning decision made. I sent my details and then went to Glasgow (Scotland) Christmas shopping, and picked up a lovely piece of purple Paul Smith shirting fabric. I hope to mostly use up my stash, but who can resist new fabric! I am really looking forward to this.

        • Sandra Wylie
          Posted at 11:03h, 05 December Reply

          Hi Mary Anne, I was happy to see that someone from Glasgow has signed up to do the ready to wear fast. I was born in Glasgow and worked in Lewi’s on Argyle St my mum also woked there. I now live in California my husband was offered a job here in 1983 but I still get excited and a little bit teary when my flight touches down at Glasgow Airport because I still call Scotland home.

          • Mary Anne Chambers
            Posted at 12:43h, 05 December

            Hello Sandra, I am Glasgow born and bred, though now live in Kilmarnock Ayrshire. I remember Lewis’s well, shopped there every Saturday with my Mum. I still miss it, and it had a great fabric dept.
            It is so nice to meet you via the RTW fast. I am so excited to be a part of it.

        • goodbyevalentino
          Posted at 06:11h, 06 December Reply

          Delighted to have you join in, Mary Anne!

  • Joy Jensen
    Posted at 00:46h, 05 December Reply

    I’m in. I will email you the info in the next couple of days. I have been working toward this goal for the last couple of years. I think I’m ready and can do it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:14h, 05 December Reply

      So glad you’re going to join in, Joy!

  • Sveta Vedmed
    Posted at 03:04h, 05 December Reply

    Hello Sarah. I would be happy to be part of the fast. Thank you for your blog and such a great idea about this fast.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:14h, 05 December Reply

      Wonderful, Sveta! Please send the requested information to to get registered 😉

  • Gina Espindola
    Posted at 04:35h, 06 December Reply

    Yes, I want to be part of this!
    Just se t my reservation 😊

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:11h, 06 December Reply

      Wonderful, Gina!

  • Debbie
    Posted at 22:08h, 06 December Reply

    I joined today! So excited! Will be an adventure and a challenge I am looking forward to.


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:06h, 08 December Reply

      Thank you, Debbie! It will be a fun year 😉

  • Elissa
    Posted at 21:05h, 07 December Reply

    I’m in! I sent my details via email last week and am now planning my 2018 clothing construction.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:05h, 08 December Reply

      Wonderful, Elissa! Happy to have you on board 😊

  • Barbara Griswold
    Posted at 08:48h, 08 December Reply

    Great idea. I am in.

    • Barbara Griswold
      Posted at 22:14h, 08 December Reply

      How do i register

  • Ardy Wolynec
    Posted at 18:14h, 08 December Reply

    I joined the last fast but life happened and while I fasted for 11 months I didn’t sew. In the meantime, I now know what direction my path is going, I have also bought a tremendous stash, have a new sewing room and a new machine and I’ve done a tremendous amount of reading and discovering sewing support . It is time to rise to the challenge. My primary goal is to learn to fit properly as my shape is not quite in proportion. Will I need to repeat the info and picture-happy to do so. Thank you for the opportunity to participate. Ardy Wolynec

    • Angela
      Posted at 22:04h, 09 December Reply

      That sounds so familiar… join the fast, not buy clothes but not really sew much either. I am determined to do better this year!

  • Meg McKinnehy
    Posted at 10:07h, 09 December Reply

    Hello Sarah: I’m signing up!

    I need new clothes, no doubt. I made a pair of Jalie Jeans (black stretch denim) in August, after reading your posts about them. I like my new “dress” jeans, and the Jalie pattern company.

    Realistically, I don’t know if I’ll make one? two? or many? new pieces of clothing in 2018, but I want to try. I’m self-employed, a professional photographer for corporate and editorial clients, and an adjunct college photojournalism instructor. I need professional clothing for meetings, teaching, and then, comfortable clothing for photo-shoots, that can take wear and tear.

    Once in awhile I have a social life, and that’s when I realize that I don’t have enough pretty, new clothing. Perhaps this coming year’s sewing will improve that part of my closet.

    I could use improvement on fitting when I make my own clothing (often looks big-ish), and get a bump-up in quality of my clothing sewing. I read your suggestions in your blog about how you adjust patterns and fittings, and continue to be amazed at your talents.

    I’m also a quilter, have several sewing machines, a dedicated sewing room (messy, but it’s my mess), and make tuffets on commission.

    My sign-up information is via the e-mail address for sign-up..

    I’m looking forward to this next year of sewing.

    Thank you so much for the invitation. What a great idea and opportunity!!

    Meg McKinney
    Birmingham, AL

  • Christina Enright
    Posted at 15:04h, 09 December Reply

    I’ve been following your blog since 2011 – quietly, in the background – and I’m a big fan.
    I live in Canada where the winter temperatures can drop to as low as -30… the prospect of making a winter coat doesn’t daunt me, though, as I’ve already done that! Last year I did the Closet Case Files sew along, and made the Clare Coat, adding thinsulate…and it turned out!
    I’m self-taught and don’t have loads of confidence when sewing for myself, but my recent projects have turned out relatively well… so I’m in! Really looking forward to how much I will learn. Thank you!

  • Mary Robinson Cohen
    Posted at 17:02h, 09 December Reply

    Such a great idea! I’m thinking about joining!

  • Meg McKinnehy
    Posted at 23:13h, 09 December Reply

    Ooops, no “h” in McKinney. Some days .. I tell ya,

  • Paula Lansdowne @paulalovestosew
    Posted at 15:14h, 10 December Reply

    I would like to join in this challenge. I can count on one hand the amount of RTW I have in my hand made wardrobe. This will be fun. My Instagram name is @paulalovestosew
    This is a fabulous idea
    Warm regards

  • susan james
    Posted at 18:39h, 10 December Reply

    What a great idea. I think I will join. Sent my info via gmail this afternoon. looking forward to this challenge since I cannot find what I want in the stores.

  • Nicola Crawford
    Posted at 00:55h, 11 December Reply

    Hi Sarah. It took a few sleepless nights to decide but I am in. I have just sent my details via gmail. I am not sure if my sewing skills are up-to-scratch yet but I am sure I will learn plenty of new skills along the way. I live in Brisbane, Australia and am so glad that you welcome sewists from all over the world.

    • Michelle Hopkinson
      Posted at 13:11h, 28 December Reply

      Hi Nicola. I live on the Gold Coast. It will be lovely to have a sewing buddy fairly close by. Exciting eh??

  • Liselotte Johansson
    Posted at 15:25h, 11 December Reply

    What a great idea. I had my birthday yesterday. I got a mannequin as a present. I am very excited to be a part of this group. I will join today,

  • Stephanie Mendes
    Posted at 17:47h, 11 December Reply


    I just emailed in my R.S.V.P for this

    I am so excited for this challenge! I need to use up my big stash of fabric and patterns and get sewing all of the things that I have said that I was going to sew, only apparel shopping to “snoop” and get inspired.

    One question: I assume that buying clothing for others is OK? I like to make clothes for others, just sometimes time is not on my side for that.

    Thanks for the idea! I look forward to 2018 and what sewing adventures the year will bring. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:40h, 12 December Reply

      Wonderful, Stephanie! Yes, you may buy clothes for others 🙂

  • Carol Phillips
    Posted at 22:19h, 11 December Reply

    I sent my info last week but have not received any acknowledgement; should there have been a response? I am really looking forward to this challenge.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:32h, 12 December Reply

      Thanks for joining! I’ll be sending out a group email soon. 🙂

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    Posted at 12:43h, 12 December Reply

    I just read about this on Allie’s post this morning and YES I’M IN! I would love to join. I actually bought VERY little last year (I think 2 items and they were both sweater weight ponchos) so I feel ready to participate 100%.

  • kathleen wallen
    Posted at 15:31h, 12 December Reply

    Hi Sarah,

    I love the idea of this fast but a bit nervous of whether my sewing skills will be up to it and whatvelse will be required, but as someone else said above it is time to nail my colours to the mast and “just do it”. So I will send in my info in a couple of days.

    I started following your blog while you were doing the last fast in 2014 I think and have been fascjnated and so impressed by what you create. I hope this fast will improve my skills and take me out of my sewing comfort zone.

    I live in SW France, so if there are any other 2018 fasters living in France it would be great to touch base. So looking forward to joining this challenge.

    Kathy Wallen
    St Antonin Noble Val
    82140 France

  • Sandra Fagan
    Posted at 08:54h, 13 December Reply

    Hi Sarah!
    I’ve just sent in my info. Really looking forward to this exciting challenge! Happy Holidays!

  • Marjorie VanZile Graham
    Posted at 17:22h, 13 December Reply

    I’m really looking forward to this. Are you going to be setting up a FB group?

  • Lavina Brennecke
    Posted at 01:06h, 14 December Reply

    I have been following your blog for several months and am so excited to join your rtw fast. Sent my info in today. I need a new wool winter coat so I may start with that project. Thanks for your great ideas and inspiration.

  • Melissa Lee
    Posted at 02:52h, 14 December Reply

    Just sent through my details, can’t wait!!

  • Michelle Hopkinson
    Posted at 03:30h, 14 December Reply

    What have I done, I’ve just signed up.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:56h, 16 December Reply

      Wonderful! You can do it 😊

  • Shari Emery
    Posted at 10:35h, 14 December Reply

    Can I sign up if I am not on Facebook or Instagram?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:55h, 16 December Reply

      Yes, Absolutely!

  • Victoria Donnenberg
    Posted at 13:52h, 14 December Reply

    I signed up a few weeks ago but haven’t heard anything. Did I miss something?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:54h, 16 December Reply

      Yes I have your name and thank you for joining! A group email will go out soon.

  • Monika O'Brien
    Posted at 16:11h, 14 December Reply

    I’m very interested in joining this challenge for 2018. I started sewing again two years ago and I’m so loving it. I have the fabrics, I have your beautiful book on tunics and I’m ready to do some serious sewing…..ok, may not be as intricate as some of the stuff you make, but I am looking forward.

  • Cennetta Burwell
    Posted at 13:37h, 15 December Reply

    Hi Sarah, I accept the challenge! I will email my profile information soon. Thanks for the challenge! I only hope I can live up to it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:55h, 16 December Reply

      Wonderful! I’m so happy to have you on board, Cennetta!

  • Angela Hill
    Posted at 09:32h, 16 December Reply

    Hi Sarah, I would love to participate in the challenge I will be emailing my information today.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:38h, 19 December Reply

      Wonderful! So glad to have you join the group 😊

  • susan james
    Posted at 07:58h, 17 December Reply

    want to be sure you have my name. looking forward to the challenge

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:37h, 19 December Reply

      Yes, it was received on Dec.10. Hopefully you’ve heard back 😊Thanks for joining!

      • susan b james
        Posted at 08:10h, 22 December Reply

        have not heard back as of this time.

  • Ardy Wolynec
    Posted at 14:09h, 17 December Reply

    Hi Sarah, I participated in the 2015 challenge. Will I need to send the information again? I will be happy to do so if needed. Thank you as I’m looking forward to this!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:36h, 19 December Reply

      Ardy – So glad to have you back. Yes, please send the information again 😊

      • Ardy Wolynec
        Posted at 17:08h, 20 December Reply

        Thank you Sarah. I will send the info along after Christmas. Happy to be joining!

  • Fran Banks
    Posted at 18:31h, 17 December Reply

    Hi Sarah. I would love to participate in the RTW Fast. I’m so excited about getting back into sewing and stocking up my wardrobe. I sent my info today.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:35h, 19 December Reply

      Wonderful, Fran! Glad to have you on board 🙂

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  • Julie Blakeley
    Posted at 12:35h, 19 December Reply

    I will be sending my info soon–as soon as I get a picture to send! One question–will a Facebook group be set up for the RTW Challenge?

    This challenge will be the push I need to finally master fitting.

  • Marguerite Armstrong
    Posted at 21:03h, 20 December Reply

    Sarah, count me in! I’ll be sending my info this week. Really, really, looking forward to it. Marguerite

  • Karen vipond
    Posted at 02:53h, 22 December Reply

    Ive joined. Im really looking forward to this as I have been doing this on my own for the past three years. It will be nice to continue with a community of like minded people.

  • Bonnie Currens
    Posted at 10:04h, 24 December Reply

    YES, I am on board for the 2018 Ready to Wear fast. 2017 has been a pre fast and i have had a personal goal to sew everything —even underwear Since this goal I’ve bought yoga pants-could make but underarmour’s have great support and a black cardigan because wasn’t ready to make my own. The handbag exception is a happy one for me since I make and sell them I am so excited to find this community on line and to see everyone’s makes.

  • Austragirl
    Posted at 08:00h, 25 December Reply

    Ok. I’m in.

  • Gergana Kostadinova
    Posted at 13:44h, 25 December Reply

    Hello Sara,

    this sounds so exciting – please count me in 🙂
    I will send the info to the email.

  • Karen Cox Haymaker
    Posted at 15:19h, 25 December Reply

    Can one sign up if they are not signed up with Facebook or the other medium you are using?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:47h, 27 December Reply

      Certainly. The social media outlets are designed to provide support and connection with other RTW Fasters, but not required 😉

  • Sew Ruthie
    Posted at 16:49h, 25 December Reply

    Wow that sounds like something I would like to do.

  • Tina Lindstrand
    Posted at 21:34h, 25 December Reply

    Whoo – hoo, just sent you my information to join the RTW fast, and I am SO excited!

    My husband is also excited, for 2 reasons:
    1) My fabric stash is WAY too large and needs to be reduced and
    2) We have 2 kids in college and could use some breathing room in the budget!

    I don’t have a blog, I just post my review on PatternReview, is that OK? Looking forward to supporting and being supported by all of you in this venture!

    • Lisa Milam
      Posted at 19:20h, 28 December Reply

      LOL!! Tina, I have the same the same reasons for joining the RTW fast. My stash is very large and I also have two kids in school. I also have fitting challenges that make RTW a pain to buy (if I can find anything I like that fits).

    • Angela
      Posted at 23:43h, 28 December Reply

      Sounds familiar – we also have 2 kiddos in college, and I have a lot of fabric waiting to be used.

  • Raymonda Crowe
    Posted at 21:13h, 26 December Reply

    Looking forward to this challenge.

  • Annette Young
    Posted at 11:00h, 27 December Reply

    Really looking forward to this – almost got through last year this way so I’m really looking forward to not buying any clothes at all this upcoming year!

  • Carmen
    Posted at 12:00h, 27 December Reply

    I started sewing about 6 months ago after more than 40 years of not sewing. I consider myself a newbie but I am looking forward to this challenge! Do you think this challenge is doable for a newbie? Are the projects complicated? Thank you.

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  • Kathy Sprague
    Posted at 12:47h, 27 December Reply

    Just sent my info! I am excited to use this fast to focus more on what I have, filling gaps from my stash and getting inspiration from what is out there when making something new! It’s great too that a side benefit is skipping “Fast Fashion” which has become so harmful to the workers and environment. Thanks for organizing this!

  • Liane McConnell
    Posted at 13:03h, 27 December Reply

    I signed up!!! I’m super excited!!! I’m a jeans and tee shirt girl most of the time. I work from home for a large corporation so I don’t need a ton of work clothes. I currently make all my tee shirts and buy jeans. So this year I will sew up all the denim I’ve been collecting while telling myself I’m going to make a pair of jeans. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Angela
      Posted at 23:44h, 28 December Reply

      LOL, I have enough denim to make several pairs of jeans… no excuse to buy them! This RTW fast is just what I needed for some additional motivation.

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  • Rhonda Preece
    Posted at 17:09h, 27 December Reply

    What is a RTWFast?

    • Angela
      Posted at 23:42h, 28 December Reply

      Ready To Wear Fast – you fast from buying anything that is ready to wear clothing. You are allowed to buy your wedding dress if you are getting married… 😀 And, you many buy underwear, socks, jewelry, handbags, belts and shoes. No scarves.

  • Sew Ruthie
    Posted at 17:11h, 27 December Reply

    I’ve signed up too!

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  • Linda Hinds
    Posted at 13:05h, 28 December Reply

    I didn’t buy any RTW in 2017 but didn’t realise this RTWfast existed, I’ll have to sign up for 2018 – does it matter that I’m not in the US?

    • Angela
      Posted at 23:40h, 28 December Reply

      I’m not Sarah, but I do know that people from all over have participated 🙂

  • Victoria Donnenberg
    Posted at 23:52h, 28 December Reply

    I am having the same issue.

    • Angela
      Posted at 01:50h, 29 December Reply

      I’m having trouble also. I wrote in to ask, they said they are looking into it.

    • Michelle Hopkinson
      Posted at 03:20h, 29 December Reply

      Thank you. So happy I’m not the only one.

  • Jan Pitts
    Posted at 07:44h, 29 December Reply

    In response to the comments about not being able to access the link from e-mail to the Facebook group I, initially, had the same issue. The e-mail Sarah sent the link to was not my default e-mail for my Facebook account (I have more than one Facebook account). Once I changed my default account I was able to use the link Sarah sent. I hope this helps.

    • Angela
      Posted at 08:48h, 29 December Reply

      Thank you!!! That worked!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:20h, 29 December Reply

      GREAT ADVICE, Jan!!!!!! Thanks for your help 😊😊

    • Michelle Hopkinson
      Posted at 16:17h, 29 December Reply

      Feeling dumb and frustrated!! I also have 2 FB accounts, but is it just a matter of logging out of 1 and into the 2nd, ‘changing the default’. If so, I’ve tried this and still get the same error.

      • Jan Pitts
        Posted at 20:23h, 29 December Reply

        Hi Michelle, I logged into & set up the account linked with the e-mail address that Sarah used to send you the link. It didn’t work for me using the Facebook app. Maybe that will work for you.

  • Sue Kristiansen
    Posted at 08:03h, 29 December Reply

    I’m in! This year I’ve dramatically increased my sewing, and am determined to move fabric from the sewing room to garments in the closet. The only garments I purchased this year were “free,” when I got coupons. I can use those for gifts instead. Tomorrow is my daughter’s wedding, and I’m wearing the MOB dress I sewed last year for her sister’s wedding. I dyed the fabric from my own wedding dress. I will use that photo to send you!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 08:57h, 29 December Reply

    I’m going to try this RTW fast in 2018. I make a lot of my clothes now, I was feeling pretty shameful this week when cleaning out my closet. So many RTW clothes that I no longer wear.

  • Sarah Grace Kuhlman
    Posted at 11:16h, 29 December Reply

    I sent an email with my information, but I don’t have a good photo of myself. I hope that I can still participate 🙂 I really look forward to taking part in this Fast. I am hoping it will push me out of my comfort zone and into trying new techniques. Will there be a Facebook group or page for the Fast?
    Thank you for hosting this.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:06h, 29 December Reply

      Yes, you may still participate! a FB invitation will be sent to you. Many thanks 😀

      • Sarah Grace Kuhlman
        Posted at 20:47h, 29 December Reply

        Thank you so much!

  • Brenda Van Matre
    Posted at 20:04h, 29 December Reply

    I sent you an email this evening and really want to participate in the RTW fast. I had already planned to do so. I created a Facebook account for the first time just this evening. I had planned to do this as part of my New Year’s resolution, but how much more inspiring, and encouraging it will be to do so with your group. Thanks for creating one.

  • Pam Green
    Posted at 07:15h, 30 December Reply

    I’ve just sent my details – I’m in. I’m not big on FB, but am on Instagram – sweetpeagreen.

    I’m a Yorkshire girl, born and bred and my Instagram is a mix of sewing, my allotment, running and baking.

    I think I’ll find trying to source decent wicking material for running gear to be the hardest task – but we’ll see.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:57h, 30 December Reply

      Glad you’re on board, Pam!

  • Beret Aspaas
    Posted at 15:50h, 30 December Reply

    Hei Kate! I’d like to join! Used to make my on clothes in my twenties, but that went to sleep as other things took over. Will love to cmmit to this for a year! Photo? Wow, i am the one who takes photos, so none of me. Will take one and send. Happy celebration for New Year. Ready, steamdusjer, go!

    • Beret Aspaas
      Posted at 15:51h, 30 December Reply

      Norwegian auto correct . Ready, staedy, go!

  • Jamie Nelson
    Posted at 17:24h, 30 December Reply

    Decided to take the plunge and sent my information earlier today. Need the push to get back in my sewing room, like so many of us who sew, and for the amount of time spent surfing looking at clothes I could make a few outfits that really fit. Which is where I need the practice and patience. Thanks for doing this! Jamie

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:08h, 31 December Reply

      Thanks for joining, Jamie!

  • Julia Bizub
    Posted at 19:53h, 30 December Reply

    I just sent my info in! Excited to start the year!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:07h, 31 December Reply

      Wonderful, Julia!

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  • Julia Varnedoe
    Posted at 12:00h, 31 December Reply

    Cant wait to begin the challenge! I have been busy reorganizing my sewing room and getting ready for the fun!

  • Anita Lynne Holdren
    Posted at 13:29h, 31 December Reply

    OK, I’ve been pondering this for a week and have decided to dive in. The rules are straightforward and I think I can do it. As the new president of our local ASG chapter it will give me something to write about and encourage me to sew more for our ‘show and tell.”

  • Carol Howard
    Posted at 13:30h, 31 December Reply

    I sent my info to sign up by email but I’ve read in a couple comments of FB invitations and being sent a link to sign up…..? Just wondering if I missed an important step? Also wondering if this forum will be from your blog or Instagram primarily?

    Anyway ….. hoping my sign up was received. I’m going to use this challenge as an opportunity to be inspired to shop and sew from my stash!

    Happy New Year!!

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  • Becky Wooler
    Posted at 18:37h, 31 December Reply

    I just sent my information– talk about last minute, but I just saw the post when it was shared in another FB sewing group today. I guess it’s a good thing I’d already decided that my skill stretch project this year would be tackling my first swimsuit!

  • Tamara Oster
    Posted at 21:11h, 31 December Reply

    Hi Sarah!

    I am excited and going to give this a try. I have two years left in the Army (39 year veteran so far) and am looking forward to transiting to civilian wear; this will give me a great start on fun clothing for my next chapter. It has been many years since I made my own clothing, being petite it will be nice to have garments that fit properly. Hugs and Happy New Year! XOXO

  • Pam Archer
    Posted at 23:34h, 31 December Reply

    Hello Sarah,

    Quite excited to give this challenge a go. I retired a year ago and while I still adore fashion, my wardrobe needs/focus have changed considerably. It will be fun to see how things unfold and what style evolution’s take place. Can’t wait to get started.
    Thank you and Happy New Year.

  • Kirsten Houseknecht
    Posted at 13:33h, 01 January Reply

    i would love to join. i keep meaning to do this and never do… so having a group would be a huge help

  • Deb Lap
    Posted at 14:50h, 01 January Reply

    I would love to join, I hope it is not too late, I just heard of this challenge.

  • Debbie Stevens
    Posted at 16:08h, 01 January Reply

    I’m in! This is finally the year I am able to join!

  • Leanda Mayer
    Posted at 19:53h, 01 January Reply

    I have been trying to join in with this, but am not having any luck. It’s now past the deadline. My email bounced back and my message on facebook hasn’t been answered. Can anyone help me?

  • Linda
    Posted at 10:32h, 04 January Reply

    I’m in ! Again! I did it one of your first years and haven’t stopped since! What a good idea! So I wil continue with my RTW fast! Thanks. Sorry I am typing on the bus and can’t see a thing!

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  • Anne Scanapico
    Posted at 01:09h, 09 January Reply

    I’m so excited to do this and also very scared.. I am in the middle of making a long coat right now and am designing my own lining. It’s been over 20years since my last coat, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I got the email but am curious as to whether I should have received a Facebook invite yet. I have not seen that yet. Oh and congrats to the Mood winner, a very nice way to start. Thank you Sarah for this challenge. Maybe I will make a dent in my stash.

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  • Barb Scott
    Posted at 11:27h, 28 December Reply

    Is this group facebook page closed? I’d like to join and see what others are up to…..even though the fast is over…..thx

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