Last Summer Wedding – New Look 6429

18 Sep Last Summer Wedding – New Look 6429

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If you have been reading Goodbye Valentino for a while, you might remember my blog started as a reaction to all of the money I was spending on dressing for weddings. Whether it was my daughters’ friends’ weddings or my friends’ daughters’ weddings, shopping for weddings was sending me to the poorhouse.

Six years later we are still in the wedding stage of our lives – not that I’m complaining. I truly love weddings, and am always honored to be included on the invitation list. Weddings are such special family events that I make it a priority to dress festively and appropriately for each one.

Over the weekend I attended the last wedding of the summer, and it was time for a new dress. My pattern is New Look 6429 but first let’s talk fabric.

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The  white sheer Spanish organza,  from Promenade Fabrics is made of 100% polyester and features a lime green lifted geometric pattern.

To date, I’ve only used silk organza as an underlining or a press cloth.  While the fabric looks delicate, it is quite strong and durable. I considered several patterns and styles including….  a wrap, a loose jacket and a partially lined A-line midi skirt, but the dress won out. I lined it with a high quality polyester white lining, so the entire dress is 100% polyester.

Last summer I sewed the New Look pattern which served as a great test run for this rendition…(blogged here).


Since I was sewing from a woven rather than a knit (last summer’s dress), and because I lined this dress, I made a muslin which led to a few  alterations.


  1. There are no provisions for petite adjustments in the pattern due to the French darts. The waistline was too low which through the entire fit out of proportion.
  2. Rather than alter the French darts, I added 1/2 inch to the side seams beginning at my waistline and tapered to just below my hips. It was an easy alteration and the bodice fell into place. IMG_0017
  3. The bust was too large leading me to take in 1/2″  inch on each side. IMG_0021
  4. To get the fitted back, I extended the back darts upward by 3 inches. IMG_0062

5.  This pattern is unlined. To add a lining, I cut and sewed bodice pieces as I did for the fashion fabric and attached the two pieces right sides together.


I understitched  the seam to prevent rolling.


The only tricky part was inserting the zipper without disrupting the construction order. By this time I was so far removed from the instructions that I had to do my own thing. Partially attaching the back neck pieces allowed me to insert an invisible zipper all the way up the back.

IMG_6838Next I basted the lining and bodice together and sewed the lining to the zipper tape. The front neckline then was sewn to the back neckline pieces and at last the the entire neckline was attached to the bodice.

I was relieved that I had not outsmarted myself during the process, but next time around I’ll think seriously before adding a lining to this dress. Underlining, maybe.

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So here’s to the end of the Summer Wedding Season. Pinks become rust, alfresco moves inside, basil disappears, dresses are darker but romance remains in the air….

Welcome Fall 😉


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  • Sue Jalowiec
    Posted at 10:15h, 18 September Reply

    Thank you for all that you do … you are an inspiration to all!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:07h, 18 September Reply

      Thank you, Sue……. and my readers are inspiration to me!

  • Helen S.
    Posted at 10:38h, 18 September Reply

    Beautiful. What kind of bra do women wear under dresses like this one? Strapless? Racer back style?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:08h, 18 September Reply

      Thank you, Helen :). I wear a strapless.

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 11:08h, 18 September Reply

    Perfect fabric and dress for an end of summer wedding. The achieved a perfect fit!
    Have fun.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:08h, 18 September Reply

      Many thanks, Cissie! It was quite fun 😉

  • Patricia Dorion
    Posted at 11:12h, 18 September Reply

    Just lovely!! Thank you for sharing all the details involved in lining the garment. Absolutely love your blog!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:09h, 18 September Reply

      My pleasure, Patricia! Many thanks for your comment 🙂

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 11:32h, 18 September Reply

    Once again Sarah you are a fabulous inspiration! The fabric is amazing & your fit & construction tips are so helpful .
    By now you lovely GD must be back in your area & we won’t have a chance to meet up in AZ . Someday 😍

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:12h, 18 September Reply

      Mary Ellen,
      The move back to SC was quick which did not afford us another trip to your wonderful state. If only we’d known a few months earlier……..
      Well, now you must come to South Carolina!
      Many thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Julie Tebay
    Posted at 12:14h, 18 September Reply

    Approximately how much fabric do you purchase when it isn’t for a particular project? Your sewing photos and techniques are inspiring as illustrated by another darling dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:13h, 18 September Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment!I generally buy 2 to 2 1/2 yards of fabric when I’m making a random purchase.

  • Jacqueline Harris
    Posted at 12:17h, 18 September Reply

    A very fine fit! The time spent working on the muslin version is invaluable. I’m new to this process, but already greatly appreciate how you can truly customize a look to your own figure.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:14h, 18 September Reply

      Thank you, Jacqueline! Getting the proper fit is one of the primary reasons why I sew. 😉

  • Toni Morse
    Posted at 12:54h, 18 September Reply

    LOVE everything about it! Another great job!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:14h, 18 September Reply

      Thank you, Toni!

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 14:47h, 18 September Reply

    Another perfect fit! Love the color!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:15h, 18 September Reply

      Many thanks, Becky!

  • joyjc
    Posted at 15:40h, 18 September Reply

    This dress looks so nice; you did a great job and it is perfect for the last summer wedding.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:15h, 18 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Joy! It was a great wedding 🙂

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 17:13h, 18 September Reply

    Beautiful dress for a summer wedding! I have a wedding to attend next month, and am still trying to choose a dress for it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:16h, 18 September Reply

      Many thanks, Vanessa! I’ve noticed several great dress patterns out this fall. Good luck!

  • Ardy Wolynec
    Posted at 17:40h, 18 September Reply

    I second Cissie’s comment! Lovely dress

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:17h, 18 September Reply

      All in favor…………LOL. 😉 Thank you so much, Ardy!

  • Linda Galante
    Posted at 21:45h, 18 September Reply

    This pattern was one of my favorites last summer and your version reminds me that I need to re-visit it, such a fabulous cut that you wear so well! Perfect for a wedding….

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:28h, 19 September Reply

      Thank you, Linda! The neckband, cut-in shoulders and French darts team up for a great pattern 😉

  • Karen Helm
    Posted at 22:01h, 18 September Reply

    Just lovely, Sarah – and the fit is spot-on!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:28h, 19 September Reply

      Many thanks, Karen! Fit is everything, isn’t it? 🙂

  • Janice
    Posted at 06:15h, 19 September Reply

    Love your blog; it is one of my favorites. I so admire your meticulousness and the time and effort you have put into becoming a near perfect seamstress. Further, I love that you temper it all with a subtle sense of humor about the process. 😻

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:56h, 20 September Reply

      Thank you so much for your nice comment, Janice! I believe sewing without a sense of humor would be downright agony 😉

  • Debbie
    Posted at 12:19h, 19 September Reply

    Sarah, what a beautiful dress, and I love the fabric that you used! I have a question, when you mentioned that you sewed the lining to the zipper tape, did you do that by hand? I always do it by hand, as I can’t figure out how to do it by machine. Could you please share.. Thanks.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:58h, 20 September Reply

      Thank you, Debbie! I always sew the lining to the zipper tape by hand – it gives you much more control 🙂

  • Linda Brooks
    Posted at 12:55h, 19 September Reply

    As always, this is a great presentation and very inspiring! Thank you for keeping me on your list!

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 05:58h, 20 September Reply

    Ahhh……. I should be thanking you for being a reader 🙂 !!

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