New Look 6372

01 Aug New Look 6372

My husband and I have always been awed by the 7:15 am sun at the beach ~ so soft and scattered by the rooflines of homes as it rises, gently illuminating the water and sand. We thought this time would be perfect for shooting photos of my new dress, but were quickly reminded that best laid plans often go awry…………..

IMG_0047This is my third maxi in the last three months; one in linen, one in a knit and this one in Mood Fabric’s Grenadine Silk Crepe de Chine!

Earlier I ordered and reluctantly used this gorgeous silk for a dress lining. I thought the fabric could be put to better use, but the lovely silk transformed the dress from ordinary to extraordinary.

striped dress lining

My love for this richly saturated crepe de chine led me to order three more yards, and alas, I have a dress from this beautiful fabric using  New Look 6372.

Following Linda Lee’s advice from her Sewing with Silks: The Liberty Shirt  Craftsy Course, I pre-washed the silk with mild detergent in the washing machine. I admit the thought of this procedure is unnerving, and I tried out the remains from the lining which I did not pre-wash for the dry clean only dress before following through.

IMG_0045Pre-washing the silk not only ensures for successful spot cleaning, but makes the fabric easier to sew by removing a finish from the fabric that creates a slick surface. The color was unaffected.

One would think an unfitted halter type pattern with a gathered elastic back  and labeled as easy would be a breeze to fit, right?

6372 I almost cut a size smaller, but in the muslin below notice that it is  actually too small in the bust, too low in the neck, too tight across the front and lacking in coverage!

new look muslin

Fortunately the pattern was an easy fix with a full bust adjustment, shortening the chain and adding one inch from the top of the underarm to the top of the bodice for better coverage.

I’m so pleased with the dress, but not so pleased with the photos. The gentle breezes were replaced by wind,

imageso we left the beach with its beautiful light only to find glaring sun,

IMG_0105or uninspired scenery without the wind, and light perfect for showing off my farmer’s tan.

IMG_0122I intended the dress to serve as resort wear for which it is perfect……..

IMG_0050…… as long as I’m by a pool and not the ocean!


Book Update!

I just learned today that Amazon has installed the “Look Inside” button on The Tunic Bible page. If you’d like a closer look at photos and text go here and click on “Look Inside” 😉

Until soon 🙂

  • Jan Rowe
    Posted at 01:17h, 01 August Reply


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:32h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you, Jan 🙂 !!

  • Suzanne Landau
    Posted at 01:36h, 01 August Reply

    Beautiful dress and stunning fabric. However I think the neckline should be an inch or 2 lower like it is in the muslin. You have a great figure so you can get away with it. Where did you get the chain? It’s fabulous!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:33h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you, Suzanne 😉 The chain came from JoAnn’s and is easy to adjust.

  • Michele Brunskill
    Posted at 06:51h, 01 August Reply

    Beautiful dress!! What a wonderful make, so elegant and flows. Cheers, Michele

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:34h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Michele 😉

  • Loretta Somerville
    Posted at 07:16h, 01 August Reply

    Wow! What a stunning resort dress! As petite as you are I have to wonder what the New Look drafting team was thinking if it was a little snug on you! I am curious about your FBA for this pattern, did you cut and slash from the bottom of the maxi up, or did you use the Nancy Zeiman method of pivot and slide at the underarm seam? I have not ever done the cut and slash method, it frightens me! All in all, you did what it took to achieve yet another fabulous design for your lovely self!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:43h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Loretta! I guess I’m a slightly busty petite but frankly, I’m discovering there is no rhyme or reason to pattern design fitting. For instance, this New Look pattern was huge in the bust.
      I slashed from the bottom up. It’s the only type of FBA I’ve ever done which I am able to do in 5 minutes. Don’t be scared! 😉

  • Mary Ann Bassett
    Posted at 07:17h, 01 August Reply

    Love the dress! What I’m really excited about is receiving my copy of The Tunic Bible….looks fantastic!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:47h, 02 August Reply

      Ahh……… thank you so much, Mary Ann 🙂

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 07:42h, 01 August Reply

    Perfect! Love the color and pics!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:47h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you, Becky!

  • Myra Rentmeester
    Posted at 08:12h, 01 August Reply

    What a gorgeous dress Sarah! The color is absolutely stunning on you! I hope one day soon I will feel comfortable in wearing maxi dresses too! They are so elegant!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:48h, 02 August Reply

      Many thanks, Myra! Would you believe I never wore maxi dresses until I started sewing?

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 09:17h, 01 August Reply

    Windy or not you are a knock out in this one. Perfect color with a tan and I can’t think of anything more comfortable to wear in hot weather than floaty silk. Your resort wear collection grows ever more elegant!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:49h, 02 August Reply

      Many thanks, Julie! I wish my tan was as elegant as my resort wear collection 😉

  • Mary Glenn
    Posted at 09:27h, 01 August Reply

    Love the color. Looks very comfy!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:50h, 02 August Reply

      Many thanks, Mary!

  • Cindy Aymes
    Posted at 09:46h, 01 August Reply

    I too am curious about the FBA. Having a perfect fit really takes it up a notch! Beautiful fabric and colour too! Love this maxi especially – it looks fabulous on you!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:51h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you, Cindy! For the FBA, I used the cut and slash method, slashing from the bottom up. It’s the only type of FBA I’ve ever done which I am able to do in 5 minutes.

  • Eileen
    Posted at 10:17h, 01 August Reply

    Beautiful beach dress. Loved the peek inside your new book……you and Julie did not need any models for your tunics. You both wear them so well. I WANT this book!!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:53h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you so much Eileen, for the dress comment and for taking a peek inside the book! Julie and I decided readers would have grown tired looking at every tunic on only us 😉

  • Marnie
    Posted at 11:01h, 01 August Reply

    So you were afraid to wash the silk! 🙂 Silk fiber can always handle washing – it is the dye and embroidery that sometimes cannot. I wash most of my silk yardage in the washer or by hand. Some, especially those used for pillow cases, even get put into the dryer. Like you, I have found the hand for sewing and wearing, better in a silk that has been washed. Lovely dress. Your work inspires me to better sewing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:55h, 02 August Reply

      Yep, I was scared to death to put that lovely silk in the washing machine, but now I’m glad I took the plunge. I so agree that the hand for sewing was immensely improved.
      Many thanks for the comment, Marnie!

  • Martha Hughes
    Posted at 11:01h, 01 August Reply

    The color of that dress looks fabulous next to the blue of the water. Nice make.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:56h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you, Martha! Hubby and I knew the photos would work nicely ~ just wish it had not been windy 😉

  • Joen
    Posted at 11:33h, 01 August Reply

    Looks great! love the chain detail at the neck, yes perfect resort wear!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:57h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Joen!

  • peggy leah
    Posted at 12:46h, 01 August Reply

    This resort dress is just that: perfect resort wear and I love the color. Good fit. Isn’t it wonderful to find a fabric that you love?
    …and they had some left for you to reorder! Using it for a lining really added so much to the other dress. It made all the difference in the world even though only you know it’s there (and us). You will always love wearing it because it’s special! For a couple of
    days I thought I had lost the site, but there it is this morning. None
    of my friends sew and that makes this connection even more
    important. Love your color choices. I vow no more navy or black
    for awhile! Maybe..

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:03h, 02 August Reply

      Many thanks for your nice comment 🙂 I was thrilled to discover more silk was in stock and am pleased with the result! When I returned to sewing I too had zero sewing friends. Now I have several though very few live in my town, making my online connections and relationships very special.

  • Jeanie Joe
    Posted at 13:04h, 01 August Reply

    Hey, Sarah! The orange silk is fabulous!! I applaud your sense of color, and love that you aren’t afraid to go bright! I am also glad you took a chance and tested the silk for washing. Many silks are washable, and I do not like dry-cleaning. I have been sewing since I was little (and that was a long time ago) and now I am teaching my craft in college. I found your blog recently, and am loving the apparel sewing updates you post. Your work is beautiful, and I really love reading your blog!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:06h, 02 August Reply

      Many thanks, for your comment, Jeanie! Fortunately I had those scraps to test. Although I know many silks are washable, I still cross my fingers each time I put a piece in the washing machine.
      Where do you teach?

  • Claire
    Posted at 14:34h, 01 August Reply

    Very glam! The windswept photos really show the fabric’s movement nicely. Love the book preview on Amazon–my goodness, there are a lot of tunics in there and so many pretty variations. Can’t wait to try in October. Enjoy Edisto!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:07h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Claire!! I wasn’t going for the windswept look, but…… oh well 😉
      Yes, we made many, many tunics for the book to show the pattern’s diversity, and I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  • Sandy Hutchinson
    Posted at 14:45h, 01 August Reply

    I love this dress as well as most of your dresses & tunics. You look so great in them. I love the preview of your book & have also pre-ordered so that I can get a copy as soon as it is released. Thanks so much for this blog I love reading & seeing the stuff you do. You are one talented lady.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:08h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you so much for ordering the book, and for your nice comment about the dress, Sandy!

  • felicia
    Posted at 15:26h, 01 August Reply

    This is just gorgeous, both the colour and the style.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:08h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you Felicia!

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 15:35h, 01 August Reply

    This is gorgeous! Windblown or overshadowed by the sun, it is simply gorgeous!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:09h, 02 August Reply

      Ahh…… thank you Carolyn, and I hope all is well with you 🙂

  • Jennifer Shaw
    Posted at 16:28h, 01 August Reply

    Sarah, I am in love with your dress!! Wow, that particular shade of sunburst orange, is gorgeous on you. I am so glad that you mentioned that you preshrank your silk crepe de chine in your washing machine. You look like the star you are, in your wonderful new dress!!

    I ended up purchasing a gorgeous silk knit, whilst traveling to Mood in LA. in June. Would you recommend to preshrink the silk knit in the washing machine?? I am aching to make a wrap dress out of it, that I have previously made.

    Thanks again.

    Yours Truly, Jennifer

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:11h, 02 August Reply

      Many thanks, Jennifer! I’ve never been to the Mood LA store, but hopefully one day. I am afraid to advise you on the silk knit since but perhaps a reader will be helpful 😉

  • Rosemary
    Posted at 10:31h, 02 August Reply

    Stunning and elegant! Beautiful summer color and I love the breezy photos – shows such great movement of the fabric – what you want in a maxi dress. I recently made one similar to the A view in a vintage pattern but I love the neckline you chose – really cool and modern – I’m inspired to sew one for myself!

    All the best,

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:54h, 03 August Reply

      Thank you, Rosemary! The fabric does have good movement though I’m not so sure the photos flatter the garment 😉
      I was attracted to the neckline first and chains are readily available at JoAnn’s. I hope you’ll give it a try!

  • Jan
    Posted at 14:51h, 24 August Reply

    I agree wholeheartedly with comments complimenting you on colour etc etc!!! I have just ordered some crepe de chine from uk fabric store (duty too pricey!) and was wondering whether you lined the dress and if so in the same fabric?

    I have also pre-ordered you tunic bible – can’t wait for it!!! So happy to have discovered your blog!!

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