Peacock Kaleidoscopic Neoprene!

27 Oct Peacock Kaleidoscopic Neoprene!

It is said the two best days in the life of a boat owner are the day you buy the boat and the day you sell the boat.  I’d like to extend the joke to writing a book…… thrilled to sign the contract, but good gosh, were we ever happy to put the manuscript in the hands of the publisher!

Honestly, how do some people manage to live these beautifully balanced lives?
Writing and planning another wedding tipped the scales to all work and no play. But now, I am back at play…


Recently I’ve been on multiple shopping trips with Mimi, my bride-to-be, who is in search of wedding festivity attire. Neoprene is everywhere……. and the dresses I saw were either column-like and designed for a 5’10” model, or featured a fitted bodice with a very flared skirt ………. and they were expensive.

I ordered Mood Fabric’s Peacock Kaleidoscopic Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene with Vogue 9047 in mind; a pattern I made in the sleeveless version last Spring.

IMG_3657While the pattern is simple, the fabric required careful placement.

e v e r y w h e r e……


I really love the flattering and slightly raised waistline of the dress,

V9047and hoped placing the darker portion of the design at the top of skirt pattern piece would create an illusion of a longer, leaner me 😉


This is my third neoprene project, and I’ve learned to keep a silk organza press cloth close by as this fabric does not like direct heat. Otherwise neoprene is very easy to sew.

After watching my co-author, Julie whip together a garment in record breaking time using the flat sleeve placement, I followed suit easily manipulating the ease of the sleeve in place. Within a few minutes both sleeves were attached, problem-free.


This method affected the remaining construction order which was unproblematic since the pattern is such an easy one. Rather than sew the side seams of the bodice together followed by the side seams of the skirt together and attaching the two in a circular seam at the waist, I attached the skirt to the bodice front as a flat piece, repeated at the back. Beginning with the bottom edge of the sleeve, I pinned the front and back together finishing at the lower edge of the skirt. The dress sewn together as two flat pieces with  two very long seams worked beautifully on this fabric and pattern combination. The seam allowances were finished with the serger prior to hemming the sleeves and dress.

I attached a lightweight piece of fusible knit interfacing to the lower edge of the hem  before folding and topstitching (enlarge to see better)…..


ant then folded under 1″, stitched at 3/4″ and trimmed 1/4″ next to the stitching line for a neat finish. The interfacing stabilizes the fabric, and the Fiskers gold-plated scissors are designed to lie flat while cutting enabling an easy and close trim.

IMG_3664Speaking of hems, I placed the hemline a little longer hitting the knee to keep me warm during our cool Fall weather 😉
Seriously, the pattern illustration features an almost knee-length hem which is nicely proportioned to the raised waistline,


and a great safety net for spontaneous celebratory moments.











  • Iris Montgomery
    Posted at 01:08h, 27 October Reply

    That is knockout gorgeous. I want one, yesterday.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:09h, 27 October Reply

      LOL – it’s so easy to make you might have it by then 😉
      Many thanks, Iris!

  • Barbara Speer
    Posted at 01:21h, 27 October Reply

    Glad you are back. Love the dress. Can’t wait for the book.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:16h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Barbara! It feels great to be sewing for fun again 🙂

  • Susan
    Posted at 01:30h, 27 October Reply

    Great you’re back. The dress is fabulous!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:17h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks, Susan! I’m happy to be back 😉

  • Lynne Cover
    Posted at 02:47h, 27 October Reply

    Beatiful dress! May I ask what you lined it with or is the reverse side cream colored?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:45h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Lynne! The reverse side is cream and this fabric needs NO lining 🙂

  • Teresa Davey
    Posted at 03:08h, 27 October Reply

    Beautiful fabric and the design suits you perfectly. Looking fab! The placement of the darker part of the fabric works perfectly. Love that final shot too 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:46h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks, Teresa! I did a little head scratching on the fabric placement, but am pleased with the result 😉

  • Sharon Jester
    Posted at 03:16h, 27 October Reply

    Wow, the dress is beautiful, very flattering on you look like you have a size 20 waist, perfect placement of the pattern.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:48h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Sharon! I fin the dress silhouette flattering, but a 20 inch waist is stretching it…….. I guess I should say shrinking it 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Clarinda
    Posted at 03:30h, 27 October Reply

    An absolute belter of a dress – you look fabulous Dahling!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:48h, 27 October Reply

      Clarinda!! I accept your compliment – many thanks 😉 🙂

  • Margo
    Posted at 05:04h, 27 October Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Congrats on finishing the book too!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:49h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Margo! It’s a good feeling to be sewing again 🙂

  • Mary Funt
    Posted at 05:53h, 27 October Reply

    Great placement of the print to produce a very figure flattering look. I haven’t tried neoprene yet but have looked at it. How does it feel wearing? Enjoy your wedding planning!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:56h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks, Mary! I really like wearing this fabric as it is such a stable knit. It does not feel like wearing a wet suit as some imagine it would. Synthetic fabric qualities have vastly improved over the years and I find it comfortable 🙂

  • kathie Bennett
    Posted at 06:09h, 27 October Reply

    Love this dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:57h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Kathie!

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 06:17h, 27 October Reply

    The color is fantastic! What does neoprene feel like?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:58h, 27 October Reply

      Thanks, Laura! It feels like a beefy stable knit, and I find it comfortable 😉

  • Cindy Aymes
    Posted at 06:39h, 27 October Reply

    I adore both of your dresses! They are very flattering and you got the pattern placement spot on! I bought this pattern after your first review last spring but just haven’t got around to sewing it! Now I must! Glad you’re back. I missed your lovely creations!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:59h, 27 October Reply

      Ah…. thank you, Cindy! I think you’ll really like many aspects of the pattern. Good luck 🙂

  • Sew, Jean Margaret
    Posted at 07:12h, 27 October Reply

    This pattern is the perfect design to showcase this gorgeous fabric. Your print placement is very flattering and you look amazing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:01h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you so much, Jean Margaret! I knew from the start it was all about the fabric placement, and relieved I got it right 😉

  • Ann-Britt Uhrbom
    Posted at 08:07h, 27 October Reply

    Good to see you again, I´ve missed your posts. The dress is amazing and you look wonderful in it – as always. I love neoprene, it´s so nice to make dresses with this fabric.
    Enjoy your daughters wedding!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:03h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks, Ann-Britt! I have truly missed my blogging friends like crazy and am so happy to be back. I,too, am becoming a huge fan of neoprene – it’s so well-behaved! Mimi’s wedding is in January so we’ve a little while to go.

  • Genevieve
    Posted at 08:24h, 27 October Reply

    Truly stunning as all of your garments are. The color way of this fabric is so rich and festive. Terrific!
    Genevieve of

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:05h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Genevieve! I feel the same way about the fabric, though I questioned whether it was right for me at first 😉

  • Suzanne Landau
    Posted at 08:33h, 27 October Reply

    Great dress, another success. I know you live somewhere in the south of the USA, don’t you find the fabric very hot to wear, it’s not a natural fabric so does it breathe at all? I live in Israel In theMiddle East, even In winter we wear cotton.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:09h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Suzanne!
      I do live in the South but through the years technology has vastly improved synthetic materials. This weight of neoprene is suitable for three out of our four seasons 😉

  • GayleMI
    Posted at 08:42h, 27 October Reply

    It’s stunning Sarah. So glad to have you back blogging!

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

      Thank you so much Gayle! I’ve truly missed my blogging friends 😉

  • Becky
    Posted at 09:09h, 27 October Reply

    This is absolutely gorgeous! It’s great to have you back. I think the fabric placement on this is perfect. Everything about this dress screams a lot of hard-won sewing wisdom. I doubt I will ever get there, but I will try.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:11h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks for this comment, Becky! You’ll get there – especially with this simple pattern 😉

  • Myra
    Posted at 09:17h, 27 October Reply

    Welcome back Sarah! As usual this is a gorgeous dress! The details you display in your workmanship are awesome! Another fine dress to wear for many years to come!

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

      Thank you, Myra! I wear it as long as I don’t gain one OUNCE !

  • Heather Dawson
    Posted at 09:22h, 27 October Reply

    Seriously. Great photo, of a stupidly perfect dress. Your choices are perfect.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:13h, 27 October Reply

      OK, I can now add a new oxymoron to my list 😉 LOL – Thank you, Heather !

  • Cynthia Flagg
    Posted at 09:25h, 27 October Reply

    Lovely dress! I have stayed away from neoprene thinking that it would be too hot to wear here in Florida, but perhaps I’m wrong? That fabric is just beautiful and your pattern placement perfect. Great post, particularly the informative info and pics. I must try the flat sleeve placement technique.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:15h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Cynthia! If you live in Miami………….. a long sleeve neoprene dress may be warm, but sleeveless may work just fine 🙂

  • Joen
    Posted at 09:27h, 27 October Reply

    Glad you back! this dress is so flattering and I just love the print and color of the dress. The fit is absolutely perfect!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:26h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you so much, Joen! I was happy to return to an easy pattern and some great fabric 🙂

  • Lisa C in Dallas
    Posted at 09:32h, 27 October Reply

    The dress is stunning! The color is fabulous and as usual you did a magnificent job. Welcome back!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:27h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks, Lisa!!!! It feels good to be back in touch with my blogging friends. I struggled being out of the loop 🙂

  • oonaballoona
    Posted at 09:33h, 27 October Reply

    GORGEOUS. And that color, that color is stunning on you!

  • oonaballoona
    Posted at 09:36h, 27 October Reply

    hit reply too soon! that sleeve insertion is so intriguing. i’ve done it flat before, but not using my dressform. do you use it to check the hang?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:30h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Oonaballoona! You’re right – I hung it on the dressform after pinning it flat to check the hang and photograph. 😉

  • Margene Yeaton
    Posted at 09:44h, 27 October Reply

    HOORAY, You’re BACK! First time writing to you. Another STUNNING dress, wonderful write-up. So excited to get back to sewing clothing and use some couture techniques from the past. Took a detour into quilting, but am inspired by you to get back to my first love of clothing design and construction. Wishing you all the best for another wedding and look forward to your next MOB design, as well as, to your new book. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSPIRATION!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:41h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely comment! I quilted for a few years which I found enjoyable and relaxing……….. but I find sewing clothes to be energizing and extremely purposeful! I’m flattered to know I’ve played a role in bringing you back to garment sewing 😉

  • Vancouver Barbara
    Posted at 09:56h, 27 October Reply

    This is a stunning creation and suits you perfectly. Tell us also about the beautiful necklace, please.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:42h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Barbara! The necklace is costume jewelry purchased at a Lilly Pulitzer store in February. I doubled it around my neck but often wear it long as a single strand too 🙂

  • Wendy Grossman
    Posted at 09:57h, 27 October Reply

    It looks fabulous on you. Excellent print placement, perfect colors and very flattering style lines. I love setting sleeves in flat, particularly when working in knits.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:43h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks, Wendy! I don’t know why I don’t set sleeves in flat more often. The stability of this fabric made it super easy to manipulate 😉

  • Alicia @ Pandora Sews
    Posted at 10:12h, 27 October Reply

    Your pattern placement is excellent with this dress. It is quite lovely!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:44h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you so much, Alice! I knew the pattern placement would make it or break it 😉

  • The Tilted Thimble
    Posted at 10:21h, 27 October Reply

    That looks fantastic! I just started garments and hopefully mine look as good someday.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:46h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks! This is a very easy pattern and one I recommend for beginners if you are comfortable with knits 😉

  • Andrea
    Posted at 10:50h, 27 October Reply

    Beautiful dress and perfect choice of fabric. That color just lights you up!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:47h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! I was unsure of the colors at first – turquoise is a good color for me but teal is not. Fortunately, the turquoise dominates the pattern 🙂

  • Wendy M
    Posted at 12:26h, 27 October Reply

    Looks beautiful on you. I love the longer length on you. Great job!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:48h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Wendy! I like the longer length too – with heels 😉

  • Erin
    Posted at 12:52h, 27 October Reply

    Great dress. I saw neoprene everywhere in Vegas this year. I love how some is reversible So far Mood is the best supplier. I better get a project going!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:49h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Erin! I’ve seen reversible solid neoprene and have been intrigued myself. Hmmm……. 😉

  • Sheri Frazier
    Posted at 13:42h, 27 October Reply

    Perfect use of this fabric!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:50h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks, Sheri!!

  • Karen Helm
    Posted at 14:03h, 27 October Reply

    You can wear a lot of colors well, Sarah, but none more so than the colors in this dress! Very lovely and very eye-catching! Know you must be pleased to have the hard part of the book behind you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:52h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Karen! The turquoise (which I wear well) dominates the teal (which makes me look like I’m coming down with something) and it all worked out 😉
      Yes, it is such a relief to be at this stage of the book process. I’ve missed my blogging friends so much!

  • Alice Elliot
    Posted at 16:06h, 27 October Reply

    I love the placement of the details on the fabric. Really flattering and interesting for the observer! Great dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:52h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you so much, Alice!

  • Juls W
    Posted at 16:16h, 27 October Reply

    Super dress, beautifully made as always. Fabric placement on the sleeves was spot on too. Did you also lengthen the sleeves ?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:53h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Juls! I did lengthen the sleeves from short to bracelet length.

  • TinaK
    Posted at 17:13h, 27 October Reply

    Wow is that striking. The dress is beautiful and I love the placement of the design. Nice Job

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:15h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you so much, Tina!

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 17:42h, 27 October Reply

    Love the dress and the color!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:15h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Becky!

  • Evelyn Sias
    Posted at 17:43h, 27 October Reply

    I’m always so impressed by the different things that you create. You have a very good eye for color and fit. Out of curiosity, how tall are you if you don’t mind sharing. I’m only five feet and through the years have been frustrated by pattern companies and what patterns they make available for a short woman. Some patterns are just more difficult to adjust. Look forward to your book,

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:22h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks, Evelyn! I am 5’2″. Somewhere along the way I accepted that patterns, like Ready-to-Wear clothing are designed for a taller woman with the difference being that patterns are easier to alter than clothing! I agree that some patterns are easier to adjust than others and I almost always select the ones I know I can easily alter 🙂

  • Heidi S.
    Posted at 18:40h, 27 October Reply

    Greetings from Germany and many compliments to a job well done – just like always

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:26h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you so much for your compliments, Heidi !

  • Linda B.
    Posted at 19:37h, 27 October Reply

    Absolutely stunning! I purchased this pattern after your last version and need to get to it! It really brightened my morning to see a new post from you today!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:27h, 27 October Reply

      Many thanks for your sweet comment, Linda! I do think you’ll like this pattern 🙂

  • Claire
    Posted at 20:44h, 27 October Reply

    Welcome back Sarah! The dress looks wonderful and it’s so fun!! I tried a scuba knit earlier this year and really fought with it when sewing and then didn’t like the feel on the skin. Perhaps the fabric I was using was particularly low quality… Do you have a preference between neoprene and scuba? Was the Mood neoprene easy to sew with?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:29h, 27 October Reply

      Thank you, Claire! I’m not sure I really know the difference between the two. Neoprene may be lighter weight? This fabric is very comfortable or I would not wear it 😉 It was very easy sewing. I used a stretch needle and a slightly longer stitch.

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 21:01h, 27 October Reply

    I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee the dress!!!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:30h, 27 October Reply

      Thaaaaaannnnnkkkkk you, Maggie!!!!!!!

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 21:43h, 27 October Reply

    Beautiful version – makes me want to attempt the neoprene s !
    Soooooo glad to have you back – I always love your tips & seeing what you make

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:20h, 28 October Reply

      Thank you so much, Mary Ellen – it’s great to be back! I think everyone should try neoprene at least once, and hope you’ll give it a try 😉

  • Elena
    Posted at 22:40h, 27 October Reply

    Thanks so much for the photos of your method for doing the sleeve and other details such as the needle (stretch) that worked best in sewing it. It looks beautiful on you. When can we expect your book to be out? I look forward to getting it in my hands — or on my Kindle perhaps.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:23h, 28 October Reply

      Many thanks, Elena! The book is due to be released in September 🙂

  • Barbara
    Posted at 03:46h, 28 October Reply

    Lovely to see you back. You look fabulous!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:23h, 28 October Reply

      Thank you, Barbara!

  • Barbara Hewitt
    Posted at 03:54h, 28 October Reply

    I was so happy to see your blog and look forward to your book. On the design of the fabric, when laying out and cutting your pattern, how do you decide which placement to use? I liked how your dress turned out but I might have trouble placing the peacock design just under my stomach area. Do you ever drape the fabric first on a dress form?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:27h, 28 October Reply

      Thank you so much, Barbara!
      When I begin placing the pattern of a fabric I wrap the fabric around me (like a towel) rather than use the dressform. Often it’s a matter of the color as well as the pattern. In this case I liked the turquoise and aqua closer to my face. I knew I wanted the dark border near the bottom, and soon things fell into place.

  • Annie
    Posted at 11:07h, 28 October Reply

    Gorgeous. What’s it like to wear neoprene in humid S.C.? More of a winter thing?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:21h, 28 October Reply

      Thank, Annie!
      Maybe it’s just me but I do not find neoprene to be excessively hot. I’ve made a sleeveless spring/summer dress and two long sleeve fall dresses. They have all been just right for the season 🙂

  • Jean O'Reilly
    Posted at 11:36h, 28 October Reply

    That’s great, good style with a touch of whimsy in the fabric.. What stitch and stitch length did you use? Is a stretch needle the same as a needle for knits?

    Thanks for your ongoing inspirations!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:24h, 28 October Reply

      Many thanks, Jean! I use a 3-3..5 stitch length and a straight stitch. The seam allowances are then finished with the serger. I learned about the stretch needle on a Craftsy course, I believe Sewing with Knits. I prefer it to the ballpoint needle. 🙂

  • Elise Harris
    Posted at 12:04h, 28 October Reply

    Thanks for your posts! You have such style, know-how, and cool creativity. So inspirational for young sewists like me!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:35h, 01 November Reply

      Thank you, Elise!

  • wilma ballard
    Posted at 13:32h, 28 October Reply

    It is so wonderful to have you back. I see others like myself have really missed you and your beautiful work. I am a pretty decent seamstress, but family life and responsibilities have kept me away from my sewing passion for quite a while now. People like you and so many other great seamstress and your awesome work helps me hold on to the dream. Your dress is so pretty. When I first saw it, I said WoW, and blue is not even one of my favorite colors. Again, it is so good to have you back. I wish your family well on the upcoming wedding, and you on the release of your book.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:37h, 01 November Reply

      Many thanks for this very nice comment, Wilma! I really missed my blogging friends and am equally happy to back 🙂 I was not sure if this color would work for me and I believe fabric placement was the key.

  • Alex in California
    Posted at 14:53h, 28 October Reply

    Wow. A stunner. I do like this length, too. I first thought: She must be wearing a higher heel because she looks taller. Glad to know it was a planned illusion. The photography never disappoints.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:38h, 01 November Reply

      Ha-ha-ha! Anything for an extra inch or two – many thanks, Alex 🙂 🙂

  • Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    Posted at 01:32h, 29 October Reply

    WOW! Just WOW! You look absolutely stunning! The dress is gorgeous. You really worked that pattern to perfection!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:39h, 01 November Reply

      Thank you, Sue! I wore the dress for the first time yesterday and all went well 🙂

  • Fleur bernasochi
    Posted at 17:29h, 29 October Reply

    We missed you!!!! Lovely to have you back, I just adore your work and admire you’re style, the clothes always look fabulous on you. Also your writing is consistently high quality and a pleasure to read, thanks for taking the time to write clearly and without grammatical errors. Best wishes Fleur (a recently retired sewist from Melbourne Australia )

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:42h, 01 November Reply

      Hello, Fleur! It’s a pleasure to be back 🙂
      Many thanks for the nice comment about both the sewing and writing!!

  • Sonja
    Posted at 11:48h, 30 October Reply

    Wow! This is a knockout! Amazing job!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:42h, 01 November Reply

      Thank you, Sonja!!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 02:52h, 31 October Reply

    Gorgeous dress and the pattern placement is perfect.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:44h, 01 November Reply

      Thank you, Sharon! I do love big prints – not so easy for us shorties, huh? 😉

  • Gerhild Turner
    Posted at 11:12h, 03 November Reply

    I love the look of the Neoprene but I am concerned about the fabric not being able to breathe. I live in Texas and it gets hot and humid here. How do you feel about it? Thanks. Gerhild

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:00h, 05 November Reply

      Hi Gerhild!
      Long sleeve Neoprene dresses are not for hot weather,but I consider this fabric to be very wearable. I made a sleeveless dress which I wore during our hot summer weather and it was great – especially during the evening 🙂

      • Gerhild Turner
        Posted at 20:18h, 06 November Reply

        Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it.

  • Marissa Nielsen
    Posted at 22:46h, 03 November Reply

    Gorgeous colors on you, and beautiful fit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:02h, 05 November Reply

      Thank you so much Marissa!

  • Celeste
    Posted at 17:15h, 05 November Reply

    I am so glad to see you posting again; it feels like you have been gone forever!

    I think this dress is my favorite on you ever; it is absolutely stunning. The color, the fit, the long sleeves….absolutely truly beautiful. You have hit it out of the park on this one!

  • Paula Chipman
    Posted at 16:17h, 30 November Reply

    I love your dress and the length of the sleeves. Could you tell me how you lengthened the sleeve pattern?

  • Claire
    Posted at 00:19h, 22 January Reply

    HI Sarah! I was just browsing and came across a Roberto Cavalli for Nordstrom dress that looks almost exactly like your dress. Had to share. I like your version better!

  • Yvonne Madden
    Posted at 18:37h, 18 May Reply

    Sarah, you make me so happy when your emails arrive! Love your style, not only in sewing and design, but also your writing. This dress is no exception! I purchased this same fabric a week before you posted and LOVE it. So, your fabulous neoprene sewing tips are very timely. I prefer a zipper in my dresses but notice that you did not install one on either of your neoprene creations.. Is it because of the pattern you selected or do you believe it is best avoided with this fabric. I am an advanced sewer and a perfectionist. This is my first neoprene experience and I don’t want any regrets. Thank you!

  • Karen Derbes
    Posted at 08:06h, 07 November Reply

    LOVE this dress! The cut and fabric are perfect! Just watched you sew one on Its Sew Easy, but I cannot find the pattern ANYWHERE. Do you possibly know of a similar one? I adore an empire waist dress like this! Please let me know, thank you!

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