Nine Years & Counting! Butterick Pattern 6678

30 Aug Nine Years & Counting! Butterick Pattern 6678

Here it is, my nine year Blogiversary!

On August 31, 2011, I announced I would not be shopping for a year and vowed to renew my sewing skills.

I made this skirt from Amy Butler quilting cotton which I posted as my first garment and was so proud.

Nine years later I’m in a different place in life but one thing is certain. I’ll never go back to being a full-time shopper unless someone takes my machines away or I’m unable to sew. Sewing is truly in my blood.


People not connected with the online sewing community look puzzled when I explain this wonderful world I’ve joined. Sewing…..blogging……huh?

  1. There are those of us who sew and connect online.
  2. There are people who sew but don’t connect online, and even when I try to explain how enlightened their sewing world could become by joining the online sewing community, they say things like ” I’m not good at computers”.
  3. There are people who don’t sew but who nonetheless follow me. They tell me they like to see what I’ve made and skip over the sewing stuff. I’m deeply appreciative for their interest and support!
  4. And there are people who don’t sew or get online, but for some reason they know I sew and always ask me if I made what I’m wearing.

All I can say Dear Readers, is that I love you. Geeeeezzzzz…… I love having people who get it, and there are not enough words to thank you for reading my posts and interacting with me. We’ve inspired each other and learned from each other.  You’ve  followed my sewing journey (pardon the cliche) notable events in my life, watched me find my style, learn techniques, write books and try to give televised tutorials. You’re part of my life whether or not you realize it. Thank you ❤️❤️

I’m closing out year nine with Butterick 6678,  the last summer maxi. It’s taken me a while to warm up to maxis again, but I’m here! My fabric is Rayon Challis by Art Gallery Fabrics, purchased on a recent trip to Five-Eighth Seams in Charleston.

Rayon available HERE.

I enjoy wearing rayon challis due to its light weight, soft drape and wrinkle resistant properties. Sewing it however was slightly tricky as it is shifty and can stretch out of shape without careful handling.

While I really like the green eyelet maxi I made earlier, I find it bold. This go around I wanted a feminine tiered maxi that billows in the ocean’s breeze and keeps me cool, even when it is 94°.

The silhouette of this dress was just what I was looking for – fitted in the bust and
attached to an A-line skirt without gathers.

I made a sleeveless version of View C and made two alterations to the pattern:

  1. The dress is not lined. I lined the bodice with the fashion fabric by cutting extra bodice pieces.
  2. I shaved off an inch and a half from the shoulders.
  3. Otherwise, after making the petite adjustments I followed the pattern instructions.

It’s a comfortable fit and a pattern that I recommend.

As I enter my tenth year, I must thank the sewing industry at large for its support of my efforts. I find it important for all of us to understand we need not be victims of consumerism. Some choose to garden, others live in simplicity and well, I’m going to keep sewing 😉

Many thanks to you all  – I’ve got lots in store for Year 10 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until soon.

UPDATE: Five Eighths Seams is sold out of this fabric. Click on image below to buy at Fabric .com

  • Patricia Normand
    Posted at 06:54h, 30 August Reply

    ❤️❤️❤️ congrats on anniversary ten! We enjoy your posts so much and,more importantly, we are inspired! Thanks so much and can’t wait for the new year of posts and sews!

    • Patricia Normand
      Posted at 11:06h, 30 August Reply

      Oops….getting ahead of myself…Happy Happy Nine🥳

      • goodbyevalentino
        Posted at 14:03h, 30 August Reply

        😘😘😘Thank you, Patricia! I too try not to get ahead of myself!

  • Sonya Nash
    Posted at 07:02h, 30 August Reply

    Thank you for all your wonderful wearable fashion makes over the years! You are such an inspiration to your readers. Looking forward to the next ten years!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:02h, 30 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Sonya! Did you say another 10 YEARS? 😂😂

  • Suzanne Landau
    Posted at 07:08h, 30 August Reply

    Another beautiful dress and I so agree about rayon. It’s just as cool as linen but doesn’t crease. And such a nice simple pattern, I’ve noted the number for future sewing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:03h, 30 August Reply

      Many thanks, Suzanne! I’ve only a handful of rayon garments, but I’m hooked now.😉

  • PatB
    Posted at 07:21h, 30 August Reply

    Lovely maxi dress and I can just feel that ocean. I am one of many inspired by your sewing journey and your sense of style. Thanks, I really appreciate your posts.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:03h, 30 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Pat for your kind comment😉

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 07:25h, 30 August Reply

    Great colors on you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:04h, 30 August Reply

      Thank you, Rebecca!

  • Patricia
    Posted at 07:27h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations! Thank you for all the sewing techniques you describe. It really influences me in making my own adjustments to patterns.

    I also really enjoy the staging of your photos. I appreciate the thoughful planning and the various backdrops to the clothes. And you are a great model!

    Looking forward to year 10🥰,

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:07h, 30 August Reply

      Ah…. such a sweet comment, Patricia! Staging the photos is fun ~ just about as fun as sewing the garment!😉

  • Elizabeth Lancaster
    Posted at 07:51h, 30 August Reply

    You continue to inspire me!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:07h, 30 August Reply

      Hi Elizabeth! Thank you so much 😊😊

  • Heide Sorkin
    Posted at 07:52h, 30 August Reply

    Your article is inspiring, and your dress is lovely! I am going to make this dress to wear to my daughter‘s outdoor wedding next summer. Thank you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:09h, 30 August Reply

      Oh how exciting, Heide! When I finished this pattern, I immediately thought of different looks the dress could have depending on the fabric. I’d love to see it dressed up!

      • Heide Sorkin
        Posted at 08:46h, 31 August Reply

        I would love your input on a fabric choice for the impending wedding. The Color theme is red, white, and blue, as it is slated for July 4th next year. Thank you in advance! Heide

        • goodbyevalentino
          Posted at 11:56h, 31 August Reply

          Oh my – what fun! There are so many shades of blue that you can’t go wrong. I would consider, silk, brocade or jacquard for fabric😉 All of the online stores offer a nice choice of these fabrics!

  • Madeline Rodriguez
    Posted at 07:54h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations! I have so enojoyed reading your post. I love the books you and Julie have written. I look forward your next year!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:10h, 30 August Reply

      Thank you very much, Madeline for your comment and for buying our books! So nice to hear from you 😊

  • Becky
    Posted at 07:59h, 30 August Reply

    I cannot believe it’s been nine years! You have inspired me, taught me, entertained me, and allowed me to share your journey. Thank you so much!

      Posted at 10:09h, 30 August Reply

      Congratulations on your Anniversary. I is no mean feat to keep up the dedication, not only sewing, but blogging too.

      Looking forward to year 10!

      • goodbyevalentino
        Posted at 22:20h, 30 August Reply

        Many thanks Marysia! I’ve truly enjoyed the process of both sewing and blogging, and at some point gave myself the flexibility to take breaks when necessary 😉

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:18h, 30 August Reply

      Time flies doesn’t it? Thank you so much, Becky for following my sewing adventures 😉

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 08:04h, 30 August Reply

    Sara….well I thank you! I remember you had to help me get on the RTW roster…..because I knew so little about social media…! And like you also , many many sewing friends have I gathered. Love the sewing community especially on Instagram.
    Love this make as much as your bold green maxi… bought this pattern for myself and my sister too. So very few places to wear our new garments…but was able to wear a new outfit for a late lunch with son who was in town…..felt wonderful!
    My best to you, Sara….and your family. Keep sewing and blogging. Laura

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:22h, 30 August Reply

      Your going to love this pattern, Laura! You’ve been a long time follower and it means so much to me 😊 One of these days we’ll be out and about wearing our new makes. Weren’t you supposed to go to the Chelsea Flower Show this year?

  • Gail Cunningham
    Posted at 08:08h, 30 August Reply

    Dear Sarah, It has been a pleasure to read your blogs, view your latest projects, and discover snippets about your family! Congratulations on 9 years, wishing you many more satisfying “makes” in the future, enjoy those grandbabies, and best of health for your entire family! Lead us onward, Sarah!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:24h, 30 August Reply

      Thank you, Gail! I’ll be with our growing family over Labor Day and so appreciate your kind remarks and good wishes 😉

  • AJW
    Posted at 08:28h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations and deepest thanks for being such an inspiration. Reading your blog has helped me to see design and fabric options that I might never have considered. I consider you a rich source of sewing experience and knowledge and am grateful for all that you do to keep the sewing community connected.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:28h, 30 August Reply

      What a lovely comment! It’s a pleasure for me to be in the mix. I’ve always found others’ viewpoints and ideas inspiring, and I’m delighted to know I’ve inspired you. Many thanks for being a Goodbye Valentino reader 😊😊

  • Susan Kelley
    Posted at 08:35h, 30 August Reply

    There is another group=those who read sewing blogs for inspiration! I had gotten away fro creative sewing,except for mending sewing. for a long time. But I continued to buy fabric. as my stash was getting much bigger(storage issues) i decided it was time to get back to work. Low and behold I came across your blog. well, anything with Valentino sohuld be a good thing, right? So now I follow you and some others for inspiration. Yes, it works sometimes. But in the process, I have learned much about me and my work habits.(Also been in and out of the hospital for several non-life threating issues). So please keep on posting and encouraging,etc.Plus you all are such great early morning coffee buddies to help motivate me!
    P.S. love the maxie dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:30h, 30 August Reply

      Susan, How could I forget Group 5?! 😂 Many thanks for following along and best wishes for good health! Please take care.

  • Helen McIntyre
    Posted at 08:39h, 30 August Reply

    Lovely dress! I have enjoyed your journey and have been inspired by your sewing and pattern picks! Love seeing the next garment you make.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:32h, 30 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Helen! There’s always another garment to make 😉

  • Christine Rudinsky
    Posted at 08:45h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. I always look forward to your message in my inbox. Unlike some other sewing blogs, you don’t waste my time with silliness, and while I cannot wear exactly what you choose, you always generously share techniques and ideas that can be adapted to all sewiing. Thank you and congratulations once again!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:34h, 30 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Christine! I’m glad to know you find the blog valuable regardless of differing styles 😉 I constantly draw inspiration from those with who are unlike me.

  • Jane Jarvis
    Posted at 09:20h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations. I found you awhile ago and enjoyed your Journey. I to enjoy sewing. I feel that ps my super power lol. I love all kids of sewing. But pants cause me get problems. Maybe you’ll Lead us In how to fit pants next. Thank you for you inspiration

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:35h, 30 August Reply

      Thanks so much, Jane! I’m still looking for a pants solution 😉

  • Carol Tuntland
    Posted at 09:21h, 30 August Reply

    You are always inspiring! Thanks for all your tips and ideas. I always look forward to your posts.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:35h, 30 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Carol!

  • Jane Jarvis
    Posted at 09:24h, 30 August Reply

    Hate how spellcheck changes words and I forget to check too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:02h, 31 August Reply

      😂😂 You can’t imagine some of the spellcheck “corrections” I’ve made!

  • Mollie Bobo
    Posted at 09:24h, 30 August Reply

    The online sewing community has helped save my sanity! I love it! I have followed Goodbye Valentino from your beginning. It was the name that caught me. Nine years ago my beautiful only child was battling cervical cancer.. We lost the battle in 2012. My online sewing friends are just as real to me as the neighbor next door. Following your blog is interesting and informative. We are all in different seasons in life. It’s so refreshing to know that trying new things is really contagious. Keep up the good work! And thank you for sharing your talents with us.

    • Susan Kelley
      Posted at 09:56h, 30 August Reply

      Like your expression”different seasons of life” which really says a lot about the female condition! Thanks!

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

      Mollie ~ I’m heartbroken for you losing your daughter, and am very moved that I play a tiny role of enjoyment in your life ❤️
      I’m all about trying new things and each sewing project is just that. Thank you so much for your comment and for following Goodbye Valentino!

  • Cheryl Fontenot
    Posted at 09:29h, 30 August Reply

    Nine years! Amazing! Congrats on a blog that is always interesting, inspiring and informative. Looking forward to many more years of your adventures!

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

      Thank you so much, Cheryl and hope all is well in NC!

  • Martha Long
    Posted at 09:40h, 30 August Reply

    You have such great taste! I so enjoy your blog. Looking forward to many years of inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:09h, 31 August Reply

      Many thanks, Martha! It’s been a pleasure to connect with so many talented and interesting people 😊

  • Kathy Fromme
    Posted at 09:55h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I’ve sewn garments since the age of 7. I was too young to join 4-H but my mom taught me anyway. When I turned 9, I did join 4-H and took garment projects every year. My mom is an excellent seamstress and passed the love of sewing a well fitting stylish garment on to me.
    Your blog posts are inspirational and your garments are classy and stylish. Thank you for keeping garments sewing In front of the world!
    I only wish I could commit to a year of only sewing garments and not purchase any clothing. No doubt I have plenty of “stash” and the skills to do so, but it’s time I lack. I think I’ll try for a more achievable goal!
    Again thanks for your continued inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:12h, 31 August Reply

      Thank you Kathy! You’re so right in that the RTW is a commitment of time which I why I only managed to do it 3 times in the last 9 years. One reason I committed to RTW Fasts is to improve or focus on a particular sewing skill. It sounds like you are already very accomplished 😊

  • Toni Morse
    Posted at 09:56h, 30 August Reply

    Beautiful dress and it looks fabulous on you! Congratulations on your anniversary! I have been following you from the first year and enjoy reading about your process in each project. Thank you for sharing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:13h, 31 August Reply

      Toni ~ Thanks so much for the comment and for following the blog since the beginning!!

  • Jan Crews
    Posted at 10:01h, 30 August Reply

    Happy anniversary! I love how this has all turned out for you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:14h, 31 August Reply

      Crazy isn’t it????? Many thanks, Jan 😊

  • Mary Funt
    Posted at 10:05h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations on your landmark anniversary. Joining your first RTW fast was so much fun and enjoyable meeting other sewists. I’m so glad our paths have crossed several times and look forward to many more years of sewing adventures.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:17h, 31 August Reply

      Thank you, Mary! I can’t begin to tell you what an inspiration you are to me. Thank you for being a follower, for your support, and for teaching me endless techniques and tricks of the trade. You’re amazing 😉

  • Rita
    Posted at 10:13h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations and thank you for all the years! You are a blessing to my sewing. And I can’t wait to see Year 10!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:18h, 31 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Rita – it’s been such a pleasure for me 😊

  • Kathy McKenna
    Posted at 10:19h, 30 August Reply

    Yours is the first sewing blog I followed, and it led me to join the 2018 RTW Fast. I continue to enjoy following you – I’ve purchased both of your books, and I always look forward to seeing what you are making. Thank you for all that you bring to our wonderful community of sewists!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:19h, 31 August Reply

      Many thanks, Kathy for your years of support! I would not be here without you 😉

  • Leigh Rollins
    Posted at 10:21h, 30 August Reply

    Happy Blogaversary, Sarah! We are so glad you are writing a blog.✂️

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:20h, 31 August Reply

      ……… and I am so very glad I met you in Florida! Your tunic has always been a favorite of mine❤️. Many thanks for the comment, Leigh.

  • Mary Schulz
    Posted at 10:21h, 30 August Reply

    I am so thankful I found you while watching “It’s Sew Easy“ a few years ago. I thought “wow, this is a southern girl making her own clothes!” I really enjoyed learning about the tunics, and then I was so inspired when I read your story of how you started sewing again. Thank you for your lovely clothes and projects that your share – looking forward to year 10!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:23h, 31 August Reply

      Mary ~ You can’t imagine how much this comment means to me. I watch those It’s Sew Easy episodes and feel completely unnatural, so to read that you were inspired by the show…….. enough to follow my blog is meaningful ❤️

  • Lise
    Posted at 10:36h, 30 August Reply

    Whilst reading this today, this song came into my mind about you, it says it all. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment!

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

      So sweet, Lise! Many thanks 😊😊

  • Cheryll
    Posted at 10:40h, 30 August Reply

    What a great accomplishment. Each post is inspiring, even if you don’t sew. With your enthusiasm, I returned to garment sewing after a 10-year hiatus and quilting passion! Best wishes for the next 10 years!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:27h, 31 August Reply

      What a nice comment, Cheryll! Sometimes we need a 10 year break from things to get back in sync with life. I’m delighted I inspired you to return to garment sewing 😊

  • Deborah
    Posted at 11:14h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations for nine years! Have followed since the beginning of your second year. Have made a few of your recommendations. Blessings on you and your family.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:28h, 31 August Reply

      Thank you so much, Deborah! I hope my recommendations worked out 😉

  • Gayle
    Posted at 11:34h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations Sarah! I have enjoyed your posts so much and been inspired by them. I really appreciate the tutorials that you write for us and have purchased your books which are so well done. Thanks also to your husband for his superb photography! Please don’t stop writing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:30h, 31 August Reply

      Ah……. how can I stop writing when I receive comments as lovely as yours, Gayle?
      Thanks so much for following the blog and for buying our books. My husband also appreciates the compliment 😊

  • Elizabeth A Hinze
    Posted at 12:00h, 30 August Reply

    Thank you for sharing over the years: )
    I’m a new follower, I’m a quilter who is thinking
    about sewing my own clothes Yikes!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:32h, 31 August Reply

      Yikes is right!!! You’re in for a whole new world Elizabeth 😊 Many thanks for the comment!

  • Alice Elliot
    Posted at 12:32h, 30 August Reply

    Wow! 9 years already!! I’ve totally enjoyed following your blog. And the year of no RTW was life changing.
    This maxi dress has inspired me to rip the gathered skirt off the fitted bodice of a never worn online purchased dress. Up cycling now I can’t get out to shop.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:40h, 31 August Reply

      I can’t believe it’s been 9 years already either, Alice! How?
      I’m delighted to read the RTW Fast changed your life because it certainly changed mine 😉
      Good luck with the upcycle!

  • Kathie Bennett
    Posted at 12:47h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations!!!! I will never forget the Valentino dress you wore to my daughters wedding in May nine years ago. Shortly thereafter, you birthed this blog and year long shopping fast which continues to inspire women of all ages and all walks of life!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:43h, 31 August Reply

      Thank you, Kathie for this lovely comment. The Valentino was quite a dress for quite a wedding! I guess I could say you inspired me to start the blog 😉

  • Heather Myers
    Posted at 13:11h, 30 August Reply

    Thanks back to you!! Lovely summer dress too.😊

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:44h, 31 August Reply

      Thanks so much, Heather!

  • Sandy
    Posted at 14:21h, 30 August Reply

    I have enjoyed following along these 9 years. Thanks for sharing your work with us over the years.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:45h, 31 August Reply

      Sandy ~ Many thanks for following the blog all of these years! I wouldn’t be here without you 😉

  • Rita Johnson
    Posted at 14:54h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations, Sarah. It is hard to believe it has been nine years. You are truly an inspiration to me and so many others. It has been a pleasure to get to know you through the blog and IG but meeting you in person was extra special for me. To many more years, patterns, fabrics, and ideas, I raise a glass to you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:52h, 31 August Reply

      Rita ~ Thank you so much for your comment, but more importantly thank you for all you do with ASG. My trip to Nashville was enlightening and I’m impressed by the commitment of the ASG leaders. I’m also envious that you have such a close knit group of garment sewing friends!

  • Wendy Huss
    Posted at 17:58h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations on your anniversary. I need to thank you for doing your blog. I have been sewing all my life. When you decided not to shop for ready-to-wear I was on board. You have been instrumental in elevating my sewing skills. I look forward to each of your entries. You are an inspiration.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:53h, 31 August Reply

      Wendy ~ Comments such as this are inspirational to me. We’re all in this together, you know!😊

  • Tanya Love
    Posted at 19:10h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations on your anniversary! You are such an inspiration and I have been following you since your sewing journey began (again). Your sewing is impeccable and your garments and fabrics are beautiful! The dress is lovely and I looked at Butterick patterns last week and did not see anything. Now that I see your dress, I will need to go back and purchase THAT pattern. Thank you very much! All the best to your and your family!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:55h, 31 August Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment, Tanya! I have passed on so many patterns until I see another sewist’s vision. I really like this pattern and hope you will too.

  • Sheri Lewis
    Posted at 21:20h, 30 August Reply

    You’ve renewed my interest in summer maxis. Thanks for such inspiration.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:57h, 31 August Reply

      I had a hard time embracing the tiered maxi after all of 70s’ Granny Gowns, but it’s a new era 😊 Many thanks for your comment, Sheri!

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 21:32h, 30 August Reply

    Congratulations on NINE years of blogging! You’ve accomplished so much during that time! Looking forward to year 10!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:59h, 31 August Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn! You’ve been blogging longer than me and you are so darn productive! What a pleasure it’s been to meet you and get to know you over the years😊

  • Karen Helm
    Posted at 23:23h, 30 August Reply

    This is so fresh looking, totally feminine and just lovely! You have accomplished so much in nine years, Sarah. Congratulations and here’s to the next nine!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:00h, 31 August Reply

      Many thanks, Karen! Your thoughtfully written blog posts and impeccable garments serve as ongoing inspiration to me.😉

  • Sandra Garnett
    Posted at 02:40h, 31 August Reply

    Stunning as always 💞. Have you seen Manuela HK’s sewing pattern reviews? Link (hopefully) attached –
    Pop into her profile (tap her photo) and click into her Flicka photos – all beautifully made – just like your lovely garments 🐨

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:02h, 31 August Reply

      Sandra ~ I can’t thank you enough for sharing this talented sewist’s PR page with me! What an inspiration SHE is! Sharing links is one of the things I love most about our online sewing community 😊

  • Debra Tennen
    Posted at 11:23h, 31 August Reply

    Congratulations on your anniversary! i have been following your posts for awhile, but recently bought the tunic bible- which led to an unforgettable weekend helping my mother to create her very own blouse. We had such a great time, and the blouse is beautiful!! I wanted to thank you for your work which allowed that experience to happen! Keep it up- i’ll be reading!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:49h, 31 August Reply

      I’m delighted to know The Tunic Bible was a success for you and your mother! Many thanks for sharing this experience with me, Debra!

  • Susi McCarthy
    Posted at 11:45h, 31 August Reply

    Hi there Sara! I’ve read all the comments and they are lovely. Congratulations on your “anniversary”. I have been following and lurking since year 3 and look forward to each blog as it arrives in my inbox. I read and enjoy each and every one.

    My first job was picking up pins with a magnet in my mother’s sewing shop when I was five. She made custom drapes for the department stores in our town and I was “paid” to help after school while growing up. From the left over fabrics she made all my clothes for church and school. I wore beautiful jackets and skirts every day. Fortunately for me – we began sewing together and created a special mother-daughter bond.

    Thank you for your willingness to share with others – I look forward to your next blog post . . .and your next . . . and your next!!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:51h, 31 August Reply

      What a beautiful story, Susi! My mother would not let me get my driver’s license until I learned how to sew. I never enjoyed it until I was inspired by a summer-job colleague who made everything she wore. Now I thank my mother everyday for sticking to her guns. 😂😂
      Many thanks for your comment.

  • Linda L
    Posted at 12:16h, 31 August Reply

    Congratulations on 9 years blogiversary! I enjoy reading your posts and you have definitely come along way in the nine years. I love the maxi dress you are wearing. I had several back in the day and have yet to give this a try again. I do have a Butterick knit pattern in mind. Looking forward to seeing new garments in year 10!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:09h, 01 September Reply

      Thanks so much, Linda! It took me a while to return to maxis, especially the tiered maxis reminiscent of Granny Gowns from the 70s 😂

  • celestial
    Posted at 13:25h, 31 August Reply

    Dear Sara, I cannot tell you how much I look forward to all of your posts because they are so inspiring. The beautiful clothing, a beautiful model, and always amazing landscapes in an area of the country I have never been. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share your beautifully made clothing and world to us. All your work is so beautiful and so well made that it truly motivates others to the same standards. I think my favorite will always be the blue Chanel suit, which I would love to make. (My sole summer excursion this year was to a mammogram, so I don’t think it would be practical for me.) Maybe my daughter would wear it…. Anyway, thank you thank you thank you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:12h, 01 September Reply

      This is such a lovely comment – thank you so much. My summer excursions have been pretty limited this year too, so I’ve made clothes for going nowhere😂
      About the blue Chanel jacket…….. I was determined to make a jacket that could be worn casually or dressed up. With all the work that goes into making one it needs to be worn!

  • Bobbie Calgaro
    Posted at 14:04h, 31 August Reply

    Congratulations on 9 years of blogging. You are an inspiration to those of us who choose to sew our wardrobes. And although I might not be as good at fitting, I love learning from you. Can I ask what kind of dressmakers mannequin you use? Blessings for many more years of sewing am posting. My mom sewed for herself up until a few months before she died at 92. We sewing women get it and will always look our best because we do.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:15h, 01 September Reply

      Thank you, Bobbi! I use a standard dress form that is not a body double. I hope to take Mary Funt’s (Cloning Couture) dress form class in the near future. After using her form in the French Jacket class I took from her, I realized the value of a.true body double.

  • Cathie Paski
    Posted at 20:25h, 31 August Reply

    Beautiful dress. I always love your blog. Congratulations on 9 years.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:16h, 01 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Cathie!

  • Brenda Morton
    Posted at 00:42h, 01 September Reply

    Congratulations on 9 years of blogging. I am mostly a quilter but I love following what you are sewing. I would like to get back to clothes but there always seems to be so many quilts to finish. Looking forward to year 10. All the best.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:18h, 01 September Reply

      Many thanks for your comment, Brenda! Making quilts are such mammoth projects ~ maybe a quick sew in between quilts? 😊

  • Ginger Harris
    Posted at 09:42h, 02 September Reply

    Gorgeous! I’ve had this pattern for a few weeks and some lovely rayon. Your post has inspired me to get busy and get it sewn! I’ve enjoyed your blog posts for years now and so appreciate your tips, advice and lovely photos of the finished products. You are truly and inspiration to all of us who enjoy sewing! Congratulations and THANK YOU! Looking forward to year #10!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:59h, 07 September Reply

      Thank you, Ginger! It’s been a pleasure to connect with this way with sewists! Good luck with the rayon 😊😊

  • Anne Tunnell
    Posted at 13:39h, 05 September Reply

    Sarah, I love having my coffee, reading your blog in the morning. I sewed for years when I was younger, took 25 years off while working with young children, and now am back to sewing clothing. I love being creative with pattern and fabric and making outfits that fit! Thank you so much for your inspiration and sewing advice and links.I don’t have a sewing community where I live – most have given it up – so I appreciate being part of yours. “Sew” looking forward to your 10th year!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:07h, 07 September Reply

      Anne ~ Thank you so much for this comment. I believe there are many people in the same situation as you which is the beauty of the online sewing community 😉 I had no sewing friends when I started sewing again nine years ago, and doubt I would have continued without connecting with other sewists – virtual or real!!

  • CissievWlons
    Posted at 18:09h, 06 September Reply

    Love the gathers in the back. Adds to the breezy aspect. You have inspired so many people!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:08h, 07 September Reply

      Cissie ~ I miss you and think of you often! Many thanks your nice comment 😉

  • Kate Hanauer
    Posted at 21:54h, 09 September Reply

    I have been meaning to tell you for years now, that YOU and this blog are the reason I started sewing. After I found you, I was inspired and bought a machine – $50 for a refurbished Brother on Amazon. Then I bought a pattern. Then I made a shirt. Then I made another shirt… and now I’m making a French jacket! I make an annual pilgrimage to Mood and B&J, and I spend the day planning a year of projects. I’m obsessed now, and my whole family has a list of ‘please make me one’ projects. It has been 4 years since I first read about your brocade party dress, and I’m so happy to be able to celebrate your blogiversary with you! Thank you for everything, and your new book is on my Hanukah list already. Best to you and yours and thank you for putting yourself out into the universe to share!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:08h, 11 September Reply

      Kate ~ I’m thrilled to read your comment! You remind me of me 😂😂😂 Congratulations on your sewing successes and thank you for sharing your story with me!

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