New Look 6057

08 May New Look 6057

Happiness may be a new puppy, but a new baby on the way is pure elation!

Greetings from beautiful Scottsdale, AZ! We’re here celebrating Mother’s Day with our little mother-to-be and her husband. Katie thinks she is having a girl, but I think she’s having a boy!

Katie and SarahShe and Will are one of the few couples I know who are not finding out the gender of their child. How am I supposed to sew anything for Little Baby without knowing if it’s a boy or a girl 😉

For our special Mother’s Day celebration I made a new dress with a pattern I’ve owned for years, but have never sewn – New Look 6057


The pattern originally reminded me of Lilly Pulitzer dresses with a bonus – the cleverly designed pockets!

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Sewn into the princess seams they can be as conspicuous or as invisible as you desire.

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My desire was to make the pockets as inconspicuous as possible to create a longer silhouette.

For the fabric I selected a tangerine and white geometric stretch from Mood Fabrics. My original intention was to make a dress with no contrast pieces, but the geometric design was too tricky to handle for the collar which actually connects the front and back bodices. Fortunately I found a piece of  matching linen in the stash to pull it all together.


Another flattering pattern feature is the concealed side zipper which zips down from the arm. Double-click on the photo below for an up close view..


Since I have sewn so many princess seam dresses I skipped the muslin. The pattern itself combined with the stretchy fabric made for a large dress which required enormous seams. All seams were finished with the serger and the dress is not lined due to the heavier weight of the fabric.  I’m pleased with the result although it could use a little tweaking here and there.

Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day for those who are celebrating and a beautiful Sunday afternoon to all!


Until soon 🙂

  • Deborah Penner
    Posted at 11:32h, 08 May Reply

    You will love being a grandmother. We have three grandkids. It is a special kind of love.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:08h, 09 May Reply

      I can’t wait, Deborah!

  • Florencia Lombardo
    Posted at 11:33h, 08 May Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day to you! And congrats on the baby on the way! Love your new dress and the fabric choices.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:09h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you, Florencia! It was a great day 🙂

  • Ramona Walter
    Posted at 11:38h, 08 May Reply

    Great job and looks so nice on you. Congratulations on the grandchild. I have two.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:10h, 09 May Reply

      Many thanks, Ramona! We are excited 😉

  • Rhoda K
    Posted at 11:44h, 08 May Reply

    Congrats to the new-to-be grandparents! I’m sure you’ll enjoy sewing for him/her. I love your dress, especially the pockets. Enjoy your stay!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:11h, 09 May Reply

      Many thanks, Rhoda! The pockets are da bomb 😉

  • Jeanne Paulsen
    Posted at 11:46h, 08 May Reply

    Beautiful. I love the pattern and fabric. Congratulations on your grandchild. Our daughter and her husband did not find out the gender of their baby either. My vote was for a boy also. We welcomed our granddaughter in March this year.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:13h, 09 May Reply

      LOL – that’s often the way it works, and of course, we will be happy with either 😉 Many thanks for the comment!

  • Theresa in Tucson
    Posted at 11:51h, 08 May Reply

    As someone who thought she was having a girl, even best guesses by the radiologist can be wrong. Congratulations on pending grandmotherhood. Love the pockets on the dress. I’m going to borrow the idea for a KWIK SEW pattern of mine.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:14h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Teresa! I hope you could tell by the construction photos that the side front pieces are split and joined by the pocket.

  • Gerhild
    Posted at 12:03h, 08 May Reply

    This dress is very flattering. I’m glad you used a solid for the collar/band. It gives the eyes a place to rest. I’ve been doing this lately as well when I’m using a busy pattern on a top or dress. Happy Mother’s Day.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:15h, 09 May Reply

      Many thanks, Gerhild. I knew I needed to make the change as soon as I put the geometric collar on the dress 😉

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 12:13h, 08 May Reply

    Love the dress and the neckline! You’re right those inset pockets are the best! Happy Mother’s Day to you and your daughter!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:16h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Carolyn! Hope you had a Happy Mother’s Day too 🙂

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    Posted at 12:46h, 08 May Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I have this pattern too, and like you, it’s been sitting unused in my pattern stash for a few years! WHY? It’s such a lovely silhouette and the perfect summer dress!

    • barbara
      Posted at 15:12h, 08 May Reply

      omg!! me, too! but the reason it’s been sitting there is that i don’t know about the join between the bodice and the ‘collar’. i’m a full-busted lady (only 36, but K cup) and i’m not sure if my bra strap will show or if i’ll need a specialty bra for it. my rule has always been – no specialty bras for one item. they’re just too darn expensive and strapless won’t stay up. i have made a toile and with a lot of fidgeting, and standing very still i can make it work. but with different fabric and a different bra i’m not too sure. if it shows, i can’t think of a retro-fit to cover it up.

      any ideas out there? or should i just look at the pattern every once in a while and smile ?

      • goodbyevalentino
        Posted at 12:19h, 09 May Reply

        Try tying your bra straps in the back with dental floss. You’ll have the flexibiity to adjust the straps to fit the dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:17h, 09 May Reply

      Sue – You should make this one. I know whatever you do will be really cute 🙂

  • Paula LH
    Posted at 13:12h, 08 May Reply

    Perfect summer dress! Dresses are so much cooler in the heat than shorts, too. I DON’T have it in MY stash, but maybe I ought to!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:21h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Paula! I too love a summer dress. Shorts are fine but dresses are cooler and more versatile. 😉

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 14:10h, 08 May Reply

    Great dress! You’re going to be the best-dressed, youngest looking grandmother ever! Old fashioned Baby has some great patterns that can be made in a unisex way — provided your son-in-law is not averse to putting day gowns on little boys!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:22h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you Cissie 😉 I’ll look into Old Fashioned Baby patterns. I think he’ll be fine with the day gowns.

  • Manju
    Posted at 14:30h, 08 May Reply

    Great dress grandma 🙂 exciting times ahead!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:23h, 09 May Reply

      LOL – thank you, Manju!!

  • jennifer miller
    Posted at 14:37h, 08 May Reply

    Your sweet new bundle will have the snazziest grandmother! Your new dress is so pretty, love the contrast yoke. Sweet that a couple chooses to be surprised these days. Congratulations to one and all!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:24h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Jennifer 🙂 It’s an exciting time!

  • Kathie Bennett
    Posted at 14:51h, 08 May Reply

    Fabulous dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:24h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you, Kathie!!

  • JS
    Posted at 16:05h, 08 May Reply

    “How am I supposed to sew anything for Little Baby without knowing if it’s a boy or a girl?

    Yellow, green, and it doesn’t matter if you dress a girl in blue and vice-versa.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:26h, 09 May Reply

      LOL – thanks for the advice, JS. . I’m sure I’ll find a happy medium 😉

  • Cindy Aymes
    Posted at 16:19h, 08 May Reply

    Wow, you really nailed those pockets! They, along with your zipper, are downright invisible!! Love the fabric and the dress! You look FAB , grandma-to-be!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:27h, 09 May Reply

      Ahhhh……….such a nice comment, Cindy! The zipper went in as invisibly as any zipper I have ever inserted 😉 It was a fun dress to make!

  • Karen Helm
    Posted at 16:44h, 08 May Reply

    Well, congratulations on a beautiful new, casual, fun dress – and on impending grandmother-hood! Good for your daughter and husband – both of our granddaughters arrived as little question marks – and it’s pretty fun that way! You’ll have plenty of time to sew for your little miss or master! Happy Mother’s Day, Sarah!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:29h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Karen! Truly we are loving the surprise of it all. I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day too 🙂

  • Creative Hormone Rush
    Posted at 16:58h, 08 May Reply

    Hahahaha! From a distance, it looks like the happy grandparents-to-be are dressed in pink and blue! Fabulous dress, and fabulous news. Knowing you, the kid will have a complete set of hooded baby sacks within hours after birth. (You’re such an overachiever you probably made them before you left.) Don’t forget to make a few oversize terrycloth bibs for your daughter, too — perfect for baby drool and such.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:31h, 09 May Reply

      LOL – Hubs was a good sport. Not exactly his cup of tea 😉
      Hooded baby sacks and oversize bibs? I need to do some research!

      • Creative Hormone Rush
        Posted at 00:21h, 10 May Reply

        See Kwik Sew 3089. They’re basically zip-up bags with armholes or sleeves and either a neck hole or, for cooler weather, a little hood. They avoid the suffocation risk that blankets can pose for newborn babies.

  • Cherie
    Posted at 18:05h, 08 May Reply

    A fabulous dress with interesting details – that pocket is neat, and your zip truly is invisible! Sewing for babies is addicting! You could make some onesies etc beforehand, and then plan that, if a girl, a lace border can be sewn on, or girly ribbons sewn on; even girly fabrics added as large borders, etc. Or appliqué boy things like boats or trains on the front of a garment.

    But you are so creative, you’ll come up with many ways!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:33h, 09 May Reply

      Yikes – I don’t need another addiction, Cherie, but hopefully I can sew with moderation 😉
      Many thanks for the comment!

  • Myra Rentmeester
    Posted at 18:15h, 08 May Reply

    Congratulations Grandma!! And a Very, very pretty dress Ms. Sarah!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:34h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Myra!!

  • Joan
    Posted at 20:03h, 08 May Reply

    Yellow and green — that was the answer from our babyhoods in the 1950’s — 70’s!

    Very cute summer dress! And how wonderful that you actually had a great matching linen in tangerine — without that, it might have derailed finishing the dress in time for your trip! 100% validation for a substantial stash… 😉

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:35h, 09 May Reply

      Indeed – the stash is always a good thing 😉 Many thanks Joan!

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 20:07h, 08 May Reply

    Too,cute! Love you guys!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:36h, 09 May Reply

      Ahhhh…….. you’re so sweet, Becky!

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 20:54h, 08 May Reply

    Your dress version is just stunning ! I love the addition pop of contrast collar . You have such a great sense of style & color use .
    Glad you are enjoying my Valley of the Sun !
    Congrats on your 1st grandchild – being a grandma is the best even tho our DGD lives in NYC

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:38h, 09 May Reply

      We love this beautiful area of the country, MaryEllen – such wonderful weather, scenery and fabulous restaurants!
      The solid collar was definitely the right decision;)

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 21:18h, 08 May Reply

    Grandchildren are so special and so happy the family is continually growing. Your dress is so cheerful. I love it.
    A Maggie

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:40h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you, Maggie! We’re really excited for Katie and Will…… and us of course 🙂

  • Sew Jean Margaret
    Posted at 07:32h, 09 May Reply

    Lovely dress and the contrasting neckline works beautifully. Congratulations on the exciting news. Grandchildren are such a blessing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:41h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Jean! All is very exciting for sure 🙂

  • Cheryl Lemmons
    Posted at 09:32h, 09 May Reply

    Sarah, congratulations to you and your family. Being a grandmother is the best thing ever! Your open will open up in new ways you never thought possible. Such joy!!!
    This is such a cute dress. Can’t wait to see the book you and Julie have done.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:43h, 09 May Reply

      So nice to hear from you, Cheryl! We look forward to the new arrival, due in September.
      Many thanks for your nice comment.

  • Amanda S.
    Posted at 10:10h, 09 May Reply

    Congratulations on the new baby! You will be an awesome grandma. The dress is very nice as well, and the contrast collar gives it that little something special.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:46h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you, Amanda – so looking foward to a new baby! The contrast collar collar was just what the dress needed 😉

  • Andrea Verbanic
    Posted at 11:12h, 09 May Reply

    I didn’t find out the gender of my children. It’s the best surprise ever! Congrats! And your dress is great, as usual.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:47h, 09 May Reply

      Surprises like this are the best for sure! Many thanks, Andrea 🙂

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 17:35h, 09 May Reply

    You and Katie both look wonderful and I love your matching sunglasses! How nice that you were able to spend Mother’s Day together. I’ve had this pattern in my stash for a few years and always meant to get around to it. I especially love that it’s sleeveless but still has good coverage around the armscye area. A perfect summer dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:40h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you, Julie! This pattern seems to be in many readers’ stashes 🙂 I’d like to make it once more but don’t have a vision yet.
      It was a great Mother’s Day – many thanks!

  • Loretta Somerville
    Posted at 19:51h, 09 May Reply

    Congratulations to you, grandmother to be! I have 3, I say it is like being in love! So much to look forward to. My daughter and her hubby also wanted “that moment” of surprise, Grandparenting is magical, I feel truly blessed for the experience and I know you will too!
    Your dress is lovely, like you!

    Loretta Somerville

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:25h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you so very much, Loretta! I am thrilled and also appreciate your nice comment about the dress 😉

  • Claire
    Posted at 21:25h, 09 May Reply

    Congrats and great dress. I hope you will post some of the grandma made baby clothes on your blog when the time comes. I just ordered Liberty lawn + yarn from Purl Soho last week during their annual sale for the slew of baby gifts I need to give in the coming months. The sale may still be going on if you are interested… Also their blog is great for simple sewn baby items like bibs, blankets, swaddling cloths etc. I find that they have a fresh aesthetic with lots of gender neutral inspiration. Enjoy this special time!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:49h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Claire! I haven’t sewn baby clothes before, so I’m not sure where to begin. I’ll check out Liberty 😉

  • Lori
    Posted at 22:26h, 09 May Reply

    Beautiful dress, but most of all congratulations to you Nana, it is amazing

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:13h, 11 May Reply

      Thank you, Lori! I can’t wait 🙂

  • Mary Funt
    Posted at 06:21h, 10 May Reply

    Happy Mothers Day and congratulations. You will have such fun sewing baby things. I know many couples who chose not to know the sex ahead of time. It does add to the excitement. Best wishes to the parents to be.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:15h, 11 May Reply

      Thank you, Mary! Do you reccomend any baby patterns?

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 10:03h, 10 May Reply

    I love all of your sewing projects but i can’t wait to see what kind of sewing you do for this new baby. Please share it all with us. There is no greater joy than becoming a grandmother !!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      Posted at 07:17h, 11 May Reply

      I’ll be happy to share Tiffany, and we can’t wait for the little bundle of joy to arrive 🙂

  • CarolinasCallin
    Posted at 21:51h, 10 May Reply

    How exciting – and she look wonderful!! Fun to be surprised, but it does propose a challenge getting things ready – especially the nursery!

    Your dress is super, too! I’ve always liked that pattern – I have it and also another variation on it by one of the big 4, I believe. Of course, I haven’t made it yet…!

    Enjoy your time in AZ!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      Posted at 07:20h, 11 May Reply

      Hi Cheryl!!
      I hope you’re in recovery mode after the second wedding in a year. It’s exhilarating and completely exhausting, huh?
      She is going with a gender neutral nursery – lots of Pinterest inspiration, but the biggest challenge for me is being so far away ;(
      About the dress, I don’t know why I never made the pattern, but I do like it. Many thanks for the comment !

  • Mary
    Posted at 17:18h, 11 May Reply

    Sarah, I just discovered your blog and am so inspired by your beautiful work! Have you ever done a post showing your closet? I guess I’m a nosey nelly, but I would love to see it! I’m mostly a quilter but want to start sewing garments again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Margo
    Posted at 06:35h, 12 May Reply

    How wonderful! Congrats Grandma! Love the dress, it looks fabulous on you!

  • mary
    Posted at 11:15h, 13 May Reply

    They might like a few baprons… a pattern I wish I’d known about when mine were little.
    My favorite bibs for my son were definitely the towels. The little specialty shop had taken a hand towel, cut a hole into it, finished that hole with sweatshirt ribbing. He couldn’t yank them off, and they were faster than velcro, and less annoying than snaps or ties. Just for proportion, the front of the towel hangs approximately till a six month old belly button. (I was going to say waistline….hahaha)

  • Joyce Latham
    Posted at 08:11h, 15 May Reply

    Congrats ! A new grand baby, such fun. Love the dress, the neckline really suits you.

  • Sandra in WA
    Posted at 10:55h, 04 June Reply

    I am also the “new 40” and in a few months will be the “new 41” I guess! My son and his wife just had their 3rd baby and opted to not find out gender till HE was born. I made a simple little knit jacket and pants in a neutral gray with white polka dot cotton knit. I figured it could be paired with whatever color shirt, socks, hat, etc for gender fun after baby was born. Both pieces can be worn separately or together. The pattern was gifted to me and is OOP, but is a big 3 standard pattern. I did find the sizing to be HUGE. I made the preemie size given and it was roomy on an 8+pound newborn.

    Try out Oliver + S patterns for baby and children. They fit very nicely and have such amazing construction instructions. Also,, I’m as big a fan of Kwik-Sew children’s patterns as I was 30 years ago when sewing for my own children. I also use my old Stretch n Sew patterns for kids wear, especially swimsuits..

    One thing about baby clothes is that they are small and stitch up quickly, so even if you wait till baby is here, you can get a lot done in a short amount of time. FYI, check out the free patterns on I just made the baby boy romper and it is super sweet.

    One final thing…double gauze is all the rage these days for baby swaddling. A yard and a quarter makes a very nice square swaddle wrap and my daughter in law uses them daily. I have started to notice infant garments out of double gauze too. I am anxious to give that a try.

    Oh, and Kwik-Sew is having an online sale right now!!!!! Patterns for$.3.99!

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