The Daily Mix

06 Jul The Daily Mix

People often ask me if I really wear all of the clothes I sew. Believe it or not I still wear a few clothes from 2011-2012, the year I reacquainted myself with garment sewing.

While I’ve experienced a few disappointments here and there, the short answer is Yes, I wear the clothes I sew. Last month I wore my six-year-old tunic for a family beach photo. I know, the wind………

It’s still a favorite garment sewn in Oscar de la Renta fabric and I continue to receive compliments on it.

Once in Charleston while wearing this tunic, a woman called out

“Goodbye Valentino?”

“Hi!” I responded…….

” I recognize the tunic!” 😂

I frequently style my makes differently than the gallery photos to accommodate various situations and circumstances. 

To document when and how I wear my clothes, I’ve created a new blog page, The Daily Mix, – you’ll  find it in the sidebar of the home and blog pages. 

For the next four weeks each Monday – Friday I’ll upload an Outfit of the Day featuring my daily choice of handmade clothes occasionally mixed with a RTW piece. Each post will describe the garment and accessories with product links. I will not send out daily emails, but you will find new content on the page each day.

Click on the photo and you’ll be linked to the page.

I began documenting my #OOTD on July 1, and all is updated.  I hope you’ll find the page and it’s content helpful. It’s easy to get into a rut and wear the same clothes over and over, but thoughtfully choosing the clothes we’ve so carefully crafted is a sign of respect for our time and efforts.

I’ve worn my makes internationally…………

and at parties among high end garments…………….

but the most fun of all is letting Birdie pick out my #OOTD…….. it’s always pink or purple.

A follow up from the last post….. I never expected the Charleston Shoe Company shoes to sell so quickly, but if you’re still looking for some, QVC offers a nice selection at great prices.

Many thanks again for the warm welcome back – I’ve loved reconnecting you and hope you’ll  join me for my daily dressing adventure!

Until soon 😊




  • Paula DeGrand
    Posted at 08:27h, 06 July Reply

    Wow–what a great idea for a new feature that is so inspiring and useful! It is so helpful to see real-life examples of outfit-dressing day-to-day, occasion to occasion. It is wonderful to see links provided to sources for fabrics as well as ready-to-wear. Thank you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:22h, 06 July Reply

      Thank you, Paula! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while and hope readers will find it helpful and enjoyable 😊 I appreciate your comment!

  • Lisa+Jones
    Posted at 08:58h, 06 July Reply

    Thank you for posting your daily outfit. And what a beautiful family you have.. in the first picture ( four green dresses), do you remember what pattern you used for the shirt dress on the right?? Than you and keep on posting!!! Lisa Jones

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:24h, 06 July Reply

      Many thanks, Lisa 😊 The pattern is McCall’s 6885. The picture above was my first make with the pattern. It has a strange hemline which I changed for subsequent dresses – otherwise, I love everything about the pattern!

  • Kathie Bennett
    Posted at 09:07h, 06 July Reply

    Wonderful, Sarah! I love having a personal stylist and shopper – I’ll check in daily!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:25h, 06 July Reply

      Thank you, Kathie for the comment 😊 It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, but everything takes time…..I hope readers will enjoy the page and find it helpful too.

  • Rhonda Gatti
    Posted at 09:36h, 06 July Reply

    It’s so good to see you back in action!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:40h, 06 July Reply

      Thank you, Rhonda! Taking time off was good for me and it’s great to be back 😊

  • Mary Schulz
    Posted at 09:43h, 06 July Reply

    What a nice article! And so nice to see some more of your beautiful outfits. You truly do encourage people to make and then enjoy their crafts!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:49h, 06 July Reply

      Thanks so much, Mary! That’s what it’s all about in my opinion. 😉

  • KariAnne
    Posted at 09:55h, 06 July Reply

    This is incredible! I’m so happy you are sharing this! You are my style icon and I’m so happy to get more outfit ideas from you!
    You. Are. Amazing.

    Happy day!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:01h, 06 July Reply

      Oh my word…… what an amazing reply, KariAnne 😊 I’m truly flattered.

  • Barbara Williams
    Posted at 11:28h, 06 July Reply

    You are such a breath of fresh air! Always classic, and classy. I am looking forward to following you on the new page.

    Barb in Texas

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:53h, 06 July Reply

      Thanks so much, Barb! I’m excited about the new page – wanted to do it for some time now 😉

  • Mary Anne Chambers
    Posted at 11:42h, 06 July Reply

    what a lovely blog post, so nice to see your creations in action with friends and family.
    I think your #ootd post is such a good idea, as you have natural style and talent at putting a look together.
    Oh, and a while back you mentioned how comfortable a pair of shoes you got from the C.S.C. were on a holiday you were on.
    I remember looking into them at the time, but postage and taxes to Scotland prevented me purchasing, so thank you for the link to Zulily, I have a pair ordered to try them, as I suffer terribly at times with my feet. The podiatrist gave me horrible inserts, and suggested the most ugly shoes…..I choose to suffer ….probably foolish of me!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:56h, 06 July Reply

      Hi Mary Anne!
      I hope the Charleston Shoes work out for you 😊 It’s true, I walked all over Italy in these shoes and my feet never hurt. They’re also washable!
      Many thanks for the comment!

  • chris johnson
    Posted at 13:08h, 06 July Reply

    Very fun and inspiring post! Yes, i, too will follow your daily OOTD. Having been part of your first and second RTW fasts, I have never stopped sewing the clothes I wear. Maybe someday you’ll feel up for another RTW fast? Connecting with other people around the world participating and sharing their sewing stories and makes has always been a highlight of my sewing memories and experiences.. So good to see your family healthy, happy, and growing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:59h, 06 July Reply

      Thank you so much, Chris! Yes, I remember you well from both RTW fasts. I’m not thinking about another fast at the moment but I enjoyed each one 😊 I agree with you that connecting with sewists around the world was the icing on the cake!

  • Judy Duerson
    Posted at 13:09h, 06 July Reply

    This page is nice. So enjoyed the pictures of not only the clothes, but your family as well.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:59h, 06 July Reply

      Judy ~ So nice to hear from you! Many thanks for the comment.

  • De Campbelll
    Posted at 14:29h, 06 July Reply

    I love the new feature – what a great idea!! Thanks for sharing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:27h, 06 July Reply

      Thank you, De! I look forward to it.😉

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 17:38h, 06 July Reply

    Sarah….loved seeing pictures of your family and how they have a grown, speaking of the Grands! I love the idea of your “daily wears. wea’s”twice a week…’s fun to revisit your Wrdrobe…..I think you’ve inspired me to make a shirt dress…..I have the pattern!
    Always good to receive your posts………Laura in Asheville

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:08h, 06 July Reply

      Hi Laura ~ Thank you so much! I’ll be uploading the #OOTD every Monday through Friday 😊 I should have made that more clear.

  • LB
    Posted at 19:27h, 06 July Reply

    I’ve so missed your post, thanks for getting back to it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:02h, 06 July Reply

      My pleasure, LB! I’m delighted to be back 😊

  • Julie Greene
    Posted at 15:04h, 10 July Reply

    I am so glad. you are back. I so look forward to your posts with wonderful instruction, gorgeous fabrics and style put together with such skill.. The first post Covid dress, “Lilly” style was gorgeous. I saved some dresses I made with Lilly fabrics that became too small. Boy, am I ever glad I did.

    So happy to hear you are ok. Looking forward to the new feature, OOTD


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:10h, 15 July Reply

      Hi Julie! Thank you so much for your nice comment. Lilly dresses are one thing I will not purge. Not that I have that many but there is a collection in the house from a Girls’ size 10 to adult women. There’s nothing like vintage Lilly Pulitzer 🙂

  • Kathy Wallen
    Posted at 08:33h, 30 July Reply

    Thank-you so much for this post. I’m going to do something similar to restart my sewing inspiration once summer is over. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Kathy

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:07h, 30 July Reply

      Many thanks for your comment, Kathy! You’ll find it beneficial 😊

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