Naughty Girl, Happy Girl

25 May Naughty Girl, Happy Girl

It pays to be naughty sometimes.

Especially this time.

 Here is McCall’s 6700.

M6700For Moderate Stretch Knits Only

 I had sewn the pattern before and didn’t see anything stretchy about it…… and I had to have this Thakoon Blue Tie-Dye Silk Crepe de Chine Border Print from Mood Fabrics…… and I had to make this maxi dress in this silk.  At 5’2” I rarely wear border fabrics and I knew this was my chance.

It’s been a long time since I broke the rules, but I think it was worth it 😉

IMG_1947Indeed – a perfect dress for Memorial Day or Fourth of July.

I think it would look great with a big bowl of cherries, an armful of sunflowers, or even better walking along the beach – my hope is to wear this dress all summer long!


This is quite the easy pattern with four pattern pieces (five if you include the back ties). The neck and armholes are finished with a narrow hem rather than a facing or lining. Having made the dress once before (blogged here) I knew what issues I would face with the upper bodice popping open, and overlapped the upper front and back bodice an extra inch and a half to solve the problem.

IMG_1958 After sewing the dress in this luscious crepe de chine, I’m still not sure why the pattern was designed for moderate knits only!

I guess one could say I got away with it, but maybe I should have had my wrists slapped for taking a chance with this beautiful silk. It would be perfect for just about anything with its lovely drape and soft hand!

After I sent this post to Mood Fabrics, the store added a link to  Thakoon’s website showing how he used the fabric. I enjoyed browsing this page after I had sewn my vision of the fabric, but do wonder how it would have influenced my decision had I seen these photos before hand.


Regardless of my decision, the page was a great reminder of how thankful I am to be sewing again.

Best wishes for a safe, meaningful and fun-filled Memorial Day weekend!

  • Deborah
    Posted at 10:20h, 25 May Reply

    for showing this. I ordered this pattern after your first post. I wondered if it might work for a light, drapey woven. You have proved that it works!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:28h, 26 May Reply

      Thanks, Deborah. I did not see any difference in using the silk although the silk is a littel slippery 🙂

  • Mrs K
    Posted at 10:34h, 25 May Reply

    Beautiful fabric and great for summer! You wear it well.

  • Maggie
    Posted at 10:34h, 25 May Reply

    This is fabulous! It makes me think you need to wear it somewhere really cool, like a party on a yacht or something.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:29h, 26 May Reply

      Thanks, Maggie! I’m all about going to a party on a yacht, if invited that is 🙂

  • Libby Paul
    Posted at 10:51h, 25 May Reply

    I’ve not seen maxis in the shops as smart as your creations. Very flattering!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:30h, 26 May Reply

      Thanks, Libby! I’ve not been in a shop in a while – must go check out what’s there 🙂

  • lisa g
    Posted at 10:54h, 25 May Reply

    gorgeous dress! sometimes we just have to use our intuition when picking fabrics, and yours was a perfect choice!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:31h, 26 May Reply

      Many thanks, Lisa! Your’e right about that that and I’m relieved my intuition led me to a good place 🙂

  • quilty girl
    Posted at 11:04h, 25 May Reply

    I think this version is very pretty indeed. The addition of some extra fabric at the top allowing for a more secure top is a great idea. It has a bit of the hippy boho look I think – very cute for summer wear.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:32h, 26 May Reply

      Thank you, Quilty Girl! I agree and love the hippy boho in a high-end silk 🙂

  • Linda B.
    Posted at 11:04h, 25 May Reply

    This is gorgeous on you! What a great fabric choice! I am 5’2″ also and thought maxi’s were not for me. You are making me rethink that idea!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:33h, 26 May Reply

      Thank you, Linda! After making the first maxi, I quickly discovered maxis actually make us short girls look taller!! 🙂

  • Angela
    Posted at 11:19h, 25 May Reply

    Lovely dress! Thanks for the tip about overlapping the back further. Taking risks is one of the privileges of sewing;)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:34h, 26 May Reply

      Many thanks, Angela! I may be quoting you on this one – good point!

  • Allyn
    Posted at 11:27h, 25 May Reply

    I pulled out this pattern the other day . . . after seeing your latest version, I’m heading to my fabric stash and will make this up very soon! What a great dress . . . looks terrific on you!

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 11:51h, 25 May Reply

    Bad is good and now you have your summer breeze dress…beautiful! 😀

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:35h, 26 May Reply

      Many thanks, Dorcas! I need to quit thinking bad is good or I might really get into trouble 😉

  • Sam
    Posted at 11:52h, 25 May Reply

    What a gorgeous dress! It looks fabulous on you.

  • Martha Schildknecht
    Posted at 11:56h, 25 May Reply

    Do you dry clean your silks? Love your blog! I’m a new reader and have gone back to the beginning to read all your posts–what fun that was!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:36h, 26 May Reply

      Wow, Martha! Thanks for reading from the very beginning! Sometimes I wash silks but this one is going to the dry cleaners.

  • Reecie Wilkes
    Posted at 12:00h, 25 May Reply


    Sent from my iPhone

  • Ann-Britt Uhrbom
    Posted at 12:05h, 25 May Reply

    Hello naughty girl!
    Sure you have to be naughty when the result is so good. The dress is wonderful and it suits you so well.
    Happy Memorial Day! We, of course, don´t celebrate that day in Sweden. This Sunday will be Mothers Day here, so I think we are a little after you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:38h, 26 May Reply

      Thank you, Ann-Britt! I had no idea Mother’s Day was on a different date in Sweden. For some reason I thought it was a universal holiday. Thanks for enlightening me 🙂

  • Beth (SunnyGal Studio)
    Posted at 13:46h, 25 May Reply

    super pretty, love the fabric choice. perfect for summer

  • Haylee
    Posted at 13:47h, 25 May Reply

    Sarah this is gorgeous! It looks beautiful on you and I love that fun fabric- fun and eye-catching but not too in your face either. Love it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:39h, 26 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Haylee! The fabric surpassed my expectations!

  • carolinascallin
    Posted at 16:06h, 25 May Reply

    Love it! I saw this fabric on the Mood site the other day and thought it was fabulous! It would make a terrific DVF style wrap dress, too! Must order 🙂 This dress was a great choice – love it on you 🙂

    • carolinascallin
      Posted at 16:09h, 25 May Reply

      PS…Although I love what Thakoon did with the top, I think he might have done better to consult with you on the dresses and that pant…! 😉

      • goodbyevalentino
        Posted at 21:04h, 26 May Reply

        Hi Cheryl! A wrap dress would be fab – hope you will make one:)

  • Michelle
    Posted at 16:07h, 25 May Reply

    Swoon! I liked the first version but I love the second. The fabric is fabulous. I love wearing dresses, especially a maxi dress! I might need to add this pattern to my collection.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:06h, 26 May Reply

      Thank you, Michelle! Hope you will give it a try 🙂 !

  • katy
    Posted at 17:39h, 25 May Reply

    Well done as usual. Love that color.

  • Alethia
    Posted at 18:27h, 25 May Reply

    Now I know I’m gonna make this dress! I’ve had this dress in que, but I keep pushing it back. As a matter of fact, I’m a bit upset with myself because the fabric I was gonna use for this maxi dress, I just used it to make M6752. I’m not sure how I feel about the dress, so I haven’t posted yet. But, I will be trying this one!!
    It’s beautiful and, as always, looks super great on you, just as the Edisto dress did!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:13h, 26 May Reply

      Thank you Alethia! I hope you’ll make this dress soon AND blog about it!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 18:42h, 25 May Reply

    Beautiful summer dress!

  • Margo
    Posted at 18:44h, 25 May Reply

    Beautiful dress! This pattern is now on my wish list. Thanks!

  • Shams
    Posted at 19:32h, 25 May Reply

    A great use of a beautiful border print. And I bet it feels great on!

  • Cindy
    Posted at 19:45h, 25 May Reply

    Stunning, just stunning. What a smart move to use a simple pattern and let this gorgeous fabric speak for itself. You’ve created another perfect dress versatile enough to go from lunch at a cafe to a fancy occasion, dressing it up or down with jewelry. What an incredible gift you have for visualizing the perfect marriage of fabric and pattern!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:20h, 26 May Reply

      What a nice comment, Cindy! Some projects are easier to visualize than others but I’m very pleased with this one. Many thanks for writing :)!,

  • Joyce Love
    Posted at 23:02h, 25 May Reply

    You are an artist, Sarah!

  • Irene
    Posted at 23:23h, 25 May Reply

    Absolutely the perfect dress for summer living!

  • Pauline Droy
    Posted at 04:11h, 26 May Reply

    I have yet to make a maxi dress for summer but I have a wonderful honeymoon waiting for me in the Maldives in November so I have a complete wardrobe in mind to sew and this pattern could be one of them. Lovely.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:02h, 27 May Reply

      Thank you, Pauline! You would look terrific in this dress and look forward to seeing your trousseau 🙂

  • Sandra
    Posted at 04:29h, 26 May Reply

    What an amazing sewist decision resulting with a fabulous dress. I can only imagine how great if feels to wear. Congrats 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:04h, 27 May Reply

      Many thanks, Sandra! It does feel great to wear and I really don’t have anything like it at all 🙂

  • Vivian
    Posted at 06:33h, 26 May Reply

    It is good to think outside the box! Well done.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:04h, 27 May Reply

      That’s a nice way to put it! Many thanks for writing, Vivian 🙂

  • coco
    Posted at 07:42h, 26 May Reply

    So cute! I’m enjoying your venture into casual garments. This is a great pattern, have it in my stash just waiting for some attention! Your dress makes me want to take it out right now.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:05h, 27 May Reply

      Thank you, Coco! This pattern has your name written all over it 🙂 Hope you will make it soon!

  • oonaballoona
    Posted at 14:25h, 26 May Reply

    ah, sunny lady, you look like a dip in a silky ocean!!!

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 15:50h, 26 May Reply

    This is so pretty! I like the way you used the fabric so much more than Thakoon’s pieces!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:08h, 27 May Reply

      Thank you, Ginger! Thakoon made some pretty awesome garments out of this fabric, but this style suits me better 🙂 🙂

  • jillybe
    Posted at 20:38h, 26 May Reply

    That looks SO yummy! And having just discovered the joys of a maxi dress, it’s nice to know that this one works so well in the right woven (and what’s ‘righter’ than silk?) ;-D

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:09h, 27 May Reply

      Thanks, Jilly……… um……I agree that nothing is righter than silk! What a fabric 🙂

  • Myra
    Posted at 21:37h, 26 May Reply

    This is one beautiful dress! I just love it!

  • Almeda
    Posted at 08:12h, 27 May Reply

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    What a happy dress! It will bring lots of smiles. Love it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:10h, 27 May Reply

      Thank you, Almeda! This is such a sweet thing to say 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 10:55h, 27 May Reply

    Such a perfect Summer dress. It seems to me you relied on your educated intuition about the fabric – that it WOULD work for this pattern.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:10h, 27 May Reply

      Thanks, Karen – educated intuition is a good way to look at it for sure 🙂

  • Mary Carmen Sánchez Carrera
    Posted at 11:07h, 27 May Reply

    beautiful dress, congratulations, you do wonderful dresses, greeting from Mexico.

  • Thimble & Cork
    Posted at 11:42h, 27 May Reply

    You look stunning in your new maxi dress! That fabric is PERFECT for that pattern – it’s the ideal summer dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:12h, 27 May Reply

      Many thanks – I believe I’m going to enjoy it immensely !

  • Effy
    Posted at 07:14h, 28 May Reply

    What a lovely dress!! Well done! Im 5’2 so know exactly where you’re coming from! Happy Sewing 🙂 Effy x

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:39h, 28 May Reply

      Thanks Effy! We short girls have to take advantage of each and every opportunity to look taller, huh? 🙂

  • AllisonC
    Posted at 06:32h, 29 May Reply

    You were pretty brave diving into the designer woven fabric, but the gamble paid off, gorgeous print and dress. Isn’t it annoying that the pattern is marked up as being for knits only though when clearly it’s not necessary.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:44h, 29 May Reply

      Thank you, Allison! I still can’t figure this one out but am certainly glad I took the risk 🙂

  • ZoSews
    Posted at 08:14h, 29 May Reply

    Congratulations on a beautiful dress!

  • Britchick
    Posted at 13:08h, 30 May Reply

    Just love your blog and feeling inspired by the lovely things you are making. I have pulled out my sewing machine again – after a long period of neglect. This dress really cheers me up. Makes me think of high summer and takes my mind off the clouds and rain on this chilly UK summer day.

  • Winifred
    Posted at 06:05h, 02 June Reply

    Just beautiful. I am biased as blue is my favourite colour.

  • Erik
    Posted at 12:25h, 03 July Reply

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    am shocked why this accident didn’t happened earlier! I bookmarked it.

  • Natalie
    Posted at 22:24h, 01 August Reply

    Hi, this is a gorgeous dress and fabric. Did you have to line it?

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