The Regis Dress

09 Apr The Regis Dress

Sometimes I make embarrassing mistakes, and for a while I thought ordering this white cotton/nylon lace from Mood Fabrics was one of those times.

white lace

The flat lace reminded me of a tablecloth upon pulling it out of the box, revealing my inexperience in selecting lace. What can I say – I felt stupid for placing such an order when so many beautiful laces were available.

B u t   w h a t ’ s   a   g i r l   t o   d o  ?

After three worrisome weeks, I bought my first bottle of Rit Dye.


Thirty minutes later….. I had a new attitude,


and two days later, I had a new dress!

IMG_1296Still energized by sewing with lace and the Sew the Perfect Fit Craftsy course led me to make one more dress with Vogue 8766 for an annual event my husband and I attend – this year with Regis Philbin.

This pattern is designed to be cut on the crossgrain. Since I wanted to take advantage of the fabric’s pretty scalloped border I cut the skirt’s lower edge along the border and included the long, darted sleeve (my first).  What beautiful shaping darts add to a sleeve – so much better than easestitching !


I followed the exact method and instructions as I did for the navy lace dress.  Since I was working from a carefully constructed muslin, there were no fitting issues, though early on I melted the nylon netting in four spots on one of the back pieces. Recutting the pattern piece and using a press cloth got me back on track. After toying with several waist embellishments I opted for none.


The dress is lined with  Mandarin china silk from Mood which was designated for another project. I found that the silk’s beautiful depth of color and sheen nicely complimented the matte quality of the lace.

After exploring the lace scene this spring I get the feeling no two laces are alike in appearance or handling. However, sewing with lace need not be scary and I plan to learn more about a fabric that I once considered mysterious.

……….and the Rit dye? Oh my goodness! Did you know the Rit Dye’s website provides formulas for 500 different colors? I am a changed woman!



So how did my dress go over last night? I’m still a little self-conscious circulating my homemade frocks amongst hundreds of $$$$$$$$ garments, but I recognize a driving force behind putting forth my best efforts is wearing my projects – i n  p u b l i c .

When I walked in the venue with a very wealthy woman who repeatedly told me she wanted my dress I didn’t dare go into my tablecoth, Rit dye and sewing saga. Instead I relaxed  and remembered Diane Von Furstenburg’s motto that always rings true – Attitude is Everything!


Speaking of attitudes……….. my next project up is the Oonaballoona dress!

Until soon 🙂


  • Art Attack
    Posted at 11:38h, 09 April Reply

    Oh, this is spectacular! You should be so proud. What a yummy color! We truly are kindred spirits. I was dyeing yesterday, too, different bra components to see how each took the dye. Very interesting. This dress is one of my favorites of all you have made! Hugs…;D

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:52h, 09 April Reply

      Thank you, Victoria…… I mean Dorcas! I am proud to have made lemonade out of lemons and do love the dress. Can’t wait to see your next set of undies 🙂

      • artattack024
        Posted at 13:39h, 09 April Reply

        Hahaha…I am happy to be called Victoria as that was my mom’s name., although showing my undies all over the internet makes it hard to keep a secret!

  • Lauren
    Posted at 11:38h, 09 April Reply

    Inspired idea. I usually hate lace fabric, especially the dark blues. blacks. All look like funeral dresses to me. This orange is totally fantiastic! The cut, sleeves and scalloped hem line using the edge of the fabric all great! Now this is a lace dress! Best one I have seen out there bar none.

  • Teri
    Posted at 11:39h, 09 April Reply

    Oh my, you dress took my breath away! Great color, fit, style….:) You look fabulous!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:53h, 09 April Reply

      Thank you, Teri! Now I know why Rit Dye has been in business so long !! 🙂

  • Deb Fox
    Posted at 11:42h, 09 April Reply

    STUNNING! I am quite sure you turned heads…your look gorgeous and the dress is pure glamour.

  • madrod1
    Posted at 11:46h, 09 April Reply

    Beautiful creation! You look marvelous!

  • Tine
    Posted at 11:48h, 09 April Reply

    I bet that your dress is in comparison to the $$$ dresses much better crafted and with much better material made than the shop-bought designer pieces. I love it and would totally wear it myself, and it looks very DvF to me as well.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:03h, 09 April Reply

      Many thanks, Tine. I do love the dress and it did stand up well to lots of the dresses but there are always a few that knock my socks off! I look forward to wearing it again. 🙂

  • carolinascallin
    Posted at 11:50h, 09 April Reply

    OK, this was nothing short of brilliant, Sarah! SO impressed that you thought to dye your lace and actually had the courage to do it! It’s wonderful – love the dress on you. I think it’s hard to really tell what you’re ordering sometimes since you can’t hold that big piece in your hands, but you’ve turned a “shelf-sitter” into a beautifully colored fabric and a wonderful garment! Positively inspiring!

    Hats off to you! Can’t wait for your next project 🙂

    • carolinascallin
      Posted at 11:51h, 09 April Reply

      BTW…THANKS for the tip about the pressing cloth! I would definitely melt the netting 😉

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:05h, 09 April Reply

      Thank you so much, Cheryl! One of these days I’ll know how to order lace…… and silk organza makes wonderful pressing cloth 🙂

  • Susie Homemaker, MD
    Posted at 11:56h, 09 April Reply

    Sarah, I am quite sure your dress was much better than all the high dollar designer frocks at the event! Afterall, yours was fitted exactly to your body and one of a kind 🙂

    Great job — you have inspired me to buy some Rit dye and transform some “tablecloth lace” that came in a mystery bundle from Fabric Mart a while back.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:06h, 09 April Reply

      Thanks, Susie! My dress held up well to many but there are always some that knock my socks off! …… and the Rit Dye?……. miraclous for sure!!!!!

  • Anna Hinkle
    Posted at 11:57h, 09 April Reply

    That dress is amazing, and it looks fabulous on you. What a great project!!!

  • ClaireE
    Posted at 11:58h, 09 April Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Everything about this works on every level. I love that you made the jump to dyeing fabric – it can make such a difference!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:07h, 09 April Reply

      I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it 🙂 🙂 🙂 Rit dye is amazing. Thanks for writing, Claire!

  • kathi giumentaro
    Posted at 12:01h, 09 April Reply

    I love, love, love your dress. I was on the fence about signing up for the Craftsy class but did after I saw your first dress. I can’t wait to get started on it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:08h, 09 April Reply

      Oh good, Kathi! Can’t wait to see your finished dress 🙂

  • Mary
    Posted at 12:01h, 09 April Reply

    Wow. Again, wow! I love what you created out of what first appeared to be a problem. The dress looks wonderful and so do you. I’ve never dyed anything but now I am going to give it a try. How do you care for the dress going forward? Hand wash?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:09h, 09 April Reply

      Good Question, Mary! I have a feeling the dress is going to the dry cleaners 🙂 Many thanks for writing!

  • PendleStitches
    Posted at 12:07h, 09 April Reply

    I think I’m in need of some new superlatives. I am consistently blown away by your garments and always inspired to push myself just that bit harder.
    I have some lovely lace that just isn’t my colour. I’ve dyed before but it never entered my head to do so with this lace. Thank you for resolving this quandary for me.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:10h, 09 April Reply

      Hi Pendle Stitches! I never knew dying lace was so easy – good luck with your lace and many thanks for the nice comment 🙂

  • Linda T
    Posted at 12:11h, 09 April Reply


  • Claudia
    Posted at 12:12h, 09 April Reply

    I am no more interested in cloth one can buy – your creations are so beautiful- they reflect your sense of style and your perfect way to play with colour – I love that dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:11h, 09 April Reply

      What a nice comment, Claudia! Thank you so much! 🙂

  • caroline lazzara
    Posted at 12:14h, 09 April Reply

    Breathtaking… are so talented!

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

      Thank you, Caroline but believe me, this was more about luck 🙂

  • Jeyco
    Posted at 12:18h, 09 April Reply

    What a beautiful dress! You look absolutely gorgeous in it! Love your pedicure too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:13h, 09 April Reply

      Thanks, Jeyco! Springtime calls for pedicures for sure 🙂

  • Judi
    Posted at 12:23h, 09 April Reply

    Beautiful!!! I love the color and the lining shows off the lace. I’ll bet your dress was the prettiest one there!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:36h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks, Judi! While my dress held its own, there were some g o r g e o u s dresses there 🙂

  • Sam
    Posted at 12:34h, 09 April Reply

    Wow! This dress is fabulous. I love the orange, it makes the lace look really modern, and the scallop detail on the hem and sleeves is gorgeous.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:36h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Sam! I agree that the color changed the lace from vintage to modern!

  • Angela
    Posted at 12:36h, 09 April Reply

    Beautiful, and unexpected with that orange! I’m so glad you wear your creations in “public”. It inspires me to wear my stuff with “attitude” too:)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:37h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks, Angela! Wearing my projects is one of my rules……… and it is that rule that makes me really focus on what I’m doing 🙂

  • Beth (SunnyGal Studio)
    Posted at 12:38h, 09 April Reply

    Fantastic, you look so good in the bright colors (which I love!) Hmmmm dyeing fabric, now you have started me thinking…drat another project. Anyway, super cute and I think the Craftsy classes are really great.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:38h, 10 April Reply

      Hi Beth! …….. who knew RIT would have such results. Can’t wait to see what you do and thanks for writing!

  • Becky
    Posted at 12:41h, 09 April Reply

    Well we all make stupid mistakes, and gaining wisdom means we don’t feel stupid when we make them, we persevere! This is beautiful and very flattering. I don’t think you ever need to apologize for making your own masterpieces. I know this is sewn better than anything RTW, seriously. And, it’s an ORIGINAL, a one of a kind. It doesn’t get any better than that. Congrats!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:41h, 10 April Reply

      Hi Becky and thank you for the comment! It’s true – one should never apologize for making clothes…… but there are some fantastic RTW available…… far better (and far more expensive) than what I sew which is what I aspire too. 🙂 🙂

  • Joanie Molnar
    Posted at 12:45h, 09 April Reply

    What a great dress — it turned out beautifully. I especially love the way you hemmed it with scallops. I’m not an “orange” person, but this dress is fantastic. Of course, with your figure, it really is a stunning dress. Am I correct in assuming you have degrees in Home Ec or Fashion Design? You certainly aren’t the “average” sewer. I just recently started following you after always clicking on your photos in PR, and thoroughly enjoy everything from you. Thanks, Joanie

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:45h, 10 April Reply

      What a compliment, Joanie! No, I was a music major in college 🙂 I have bought so many clothes through the years that I can often envision a garment before I sew it as well as how it will look on me. I believe that’s where many home sewers fall short. Many thanks for writing!

  • Steph F.
    Posted at 12:52h, 09 April Reply

    What a great idea! It looks fabulous! Impeccable job!

  • Alex in California
    Posted at 13:08h, 09 April Reply

    Many people can sew beautifully but may not have style and good taste. You have both.

  • Kacie
    Posted at 13:13h, 09 April Reply

    This is absolutely stunning and that color is phenomenal on you! I’m a long-time fan of lace, but I haven’t tackled sewing with it yet. Your beautiful lace creations are giving me the itch to try it though 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:47h, 10 April Reply

      Hi Kacie! Many thanks for the nice comment – I urge you to give lace a try!!!!

  • Mollie
    Posted at 13:17h, 09 April Reply

    Just say “Thank you!” Attitude is indeed everything.
    The dress is stunning! The fit is wonderful,

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:47h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks, Mollie! That’s right…… it’s mainly about how we handle ourselves 🙂

  • jstarr4250
    Posted at 13:22h, 09 April Reply

    Oh YUMMY! This is positively your best color – you seem to glow in it. I didn’t think it possible but this one flatters you even more than your navy one. The juxtaposition of a traditional lace in your fun color is such a dynamite combination. I’ve started the Craftsy course and just bought some muslin. As always, thanks for the inspiration.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:51h, 10 April Reply

      That’s the word I was looking for – YUMMY! I was so excited about the color transformation and I too, love the traditional lace in a YUMMY color. I can’t wait to see what you do with the Craftsy course and my sure it will be dynamite! Many thanks, Julie!

  • Pauline Droy
    Posted at 13:27h, 09 April Reply

    you have totally transformed the tablecloth, I mean lace, into something spectacular – what a fantastic colour – glad it settled into your event comfortably.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:58h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Pauline! The event was definitely fun 🙂

  • Leigh
    Posted at 13:35h, 09 April Reply

    Don’t doubt yourself! Wear your lovely things. 🙂 The only thing your dress is missing is a teeny little scrap of fabric with a designer name sewn into it. Perhaps you should order some labels? Then you’d have the most exclusive label at any party. 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:00h, 10 April Reply

      Thanks, Leigh and what a good idea! I generally don’t doubt myself but this time I was slightly nervous……… now I know for no reason at all!

  • Carolanne Washburn
    Posted at 13:36h, 09 April Reply

    Wow, wow, WOW!! I positively love this dress and the events leading up to its creation! I understand your hesitation with sharing how this beautiful dress came to be; I frequently find myself in similar situations and have found time and time again that we who create and have vision are a unique breed and there are those who couldn’t fathom such things! 🙂 Love your attitude!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:01h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Carolanne! You’re right – there are those who create and those who don’t get it…….. so glad we got it 🙂

  • Coco Savage
    Posted at 13:38h, 09 April Reply

    Brilliant! Just goes to show you, it’s not what you wear but how you wear it! And you ALWAYS wear it well indeed!

  • Carolyn Wynn
    Posted at 13:50h, 09 April Reply

    How absolutely gorgeous you are in your orange lace dress! You are so talented and make such beautiful garments. I can’t wait to see what you are going to do next.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:02h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn! You have some amazing talent yourself! 🙂

  • Philippa
    Posted at 13:51h, 09 April Reply

    What a superb dress! Of course it held it’s own with the designer numbers – it fits perfectly and what a great colour. Totally agree on darted shoulders. I have seen some sewers mention that they don’t like them but I have never understood why. Smooth is always best in my book!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:05h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Philippa! I couldn’t believe what a beautiful shape my sleeve had from the darts – none of that trying to evenly adjust the ease stitching or gathers. I’m sold!

  • Michelle
    Posted at 13:51h, 09 April Reply

    This is absolutely stunning on you. Love the matching toenails!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:05h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks, Michelle! You know Spring had arrived when it pedicure time 🙂

  • KayoticSewing
    Posted at 13:54h, 09 April Reply

    Oh my goodness!! This is a fabulous dress!!!

  • Ann-Britt Uhrbom
    Posted at 14:19h, 09 April Reply

    Your dress is amazing – the color and model suits you perfectly!
    So smart to dye a fabric that does not feel quite right.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:07h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks Ann-Britt! I almost felt there was nothing to lose when I put that fabric in the dye. So glad it worked out!

  • Kathy T
    Posted at 14:37h, 09 April Reply

    Color, fit, construction all fabulous. Toe nail coordination so much fun. You really did a fantastic job.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:08h, 10 April Reply

      Thanks, Kathy! The toe nails were definitely the most polished accessory 🙂 😉

  • Vivian
    Posted at 14:46h, 09 April Reply

    I have to add my accolades to the rest! Stunning dress. I used to dye fabrics when I had my old top load washer. Now with my ultra high efficiency front loader I am not sure. I tried it in a kettle on the stove a few years ago, and that didn’t work at all. So how did you do it??
    This dress is just lovely.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:10h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Vivian! As I said I had never dyed fabric before and I have a high efficiency front loader too…. I had no choice but the kitchen sink. It’s large and stainless and worked out fine 🙂

  • Sandra W
    Posted at 14:47h, 09 April Reply

    I love your dress and that color looks fantastic on you. Who knew you could have such a delicious color from a bottle of dye. One again you have another fantastic creation.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:11h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks Sandra! I’m ready to buy stock in Rit Dye – what a miracle!

  • Alethia
    Posted at 15:13h, 09 April Reply

    What a magnificent looking dress! The idea to dye the fabric was a win-win!! And, you look fantastic as usual… the color is amazing… I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:12h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you for the nice comment, Alethia! The dye definitely took the fabric from ho-hum to a show stopping color. Who knew?

  • Elise Lin
    Posted at 15:23h, 09 April Reply

    You look stunning in that dress! I so admire how you took a fabric that you regretted and turned it into a fabulous garment. The lace looks perfect for it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:14h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks, Elise! I learned so much in this experience 🙂

  • Donatella
    Posted at 15:43h, 09 April Reply

    I got married in that color! it’s my favorite! this dress came out so pretty: has nothing less to pricey store bough, fits you like a glove! well done! xox, d.

  • Deb
    Posted at 16:02h, 09 April Reply

    That dress is Fabulous!

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 16:20h, 09 April Reply

    Magnificent and my favourite color as well! I love the dress and it sounds like it kept some posh company!!!

  • Aileen
    Posted at 16:22h, 09 April Reply

    Sent from my iPad

  • Mrs. K
    Posted at 16:34h, 09 April Reply

    I’ll just have to agree with all the above! Smashing!

  • Clio
    Posted at 16:49h, 09 April Reply

    Oh this is hands down my favorite thing that you have sewn to date (and there have been many I’ve loved and admired). Orange is a spectacular color on you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:24h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you so much, Clio! I do love orange for sure 🙂

  • Vicki
    Posted at 16:55h, 09 April Reply

    Wow, fabulous. Great fit, fabulous style to you and stunning colour.

  • lisa g
    Posted at 17:03h, 09 April Reply

    stunning dress! really, that color is just amazing on you! i have no doubt there were many jealous eyes on you. great job!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:25h, 10 April Reply

      Thanks, Lisa! I don’t know about the jealous eyes though…… I saw some knock-out dresses!

  • Ruth
    Posted at 17:28h, 09 April Reply

    Just WOW!

  • Elaine
    Posted at 17:36h, 09 April Reply

    I love the bright colors on you. The navy was very pretty too and perfect for so many other occasions. Do you remember the days of color analysis or are you too young? I’m thinking you must have been a “bright spring.” Want the shoes too!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:28h, 10 April Reply

      Hi Elaine! Would you believe I still have my color chart from……….the 80s? You nailed it – I’m a bright spring 🙂 …….. and I’m soooooo glad Spring has sprung in the South 🙂

  • Barbara
    Posted at 17:45h, 09 April Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress! I absolutely love the color, love that you decided to dye it and it is fantabulous!! Now I want one too! Beautiful!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:29h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you so much, Barbara! All can be found in the Rit tangerine bottle!

  • Laura
    Posted at 17:51h, 09 April Reply

    Absolutely love the dress! love it! You are fearless! And the Rit dye…..who would have thought?! The china silk color gives it such depth. Tell me more about sleeve darts could not tell anything in the pic, is it close to the wrist…or in the shoulder area?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:32h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Laura. I’m sorry the pic was not more helpful. The three darts are in the shoulder and the center dart lines up with the center seam. The shaping is beautiful and so much easier than adjusting an ease stitch. 🙂

  • Mary Lynn
    Posted at 18:18h, 09 April Reply

    Your ingenuity never ceases to amaze me! And………….. your dresses,etc. always turn out so beautifully! None of that “loving hands at home” ever!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:35h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks for the nice comment, Mary Lynn! My loving hands at home look is usually reflected in my homemade cakes if you know what I mean 🙂

  • 365 Creative Dresses
    Posted at 18:24h, 09 April Reply

    I echo all the other accolades! Just fantastic!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:35h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks! I’m missing your minis these days 🙂

  • Lawyerbilly
    Posted at 18:32h, 09 April Reply

    Though I am quite biased, I have set that aside …. the model and her time consuming and rewarding work are both beautiful!

  • Robyn Kirk
    Posted at 18:44h, 09 April Reply

    You look wonderful and the dress looks very ‘haute’.
    New Zealand

  • Valerie
    Posted at 19:33h, 09 April Reply

    Yowza! Great save of tablecloth lace. If you told the woman you’d made it she probably wouldn’t believe you. That happened to my mother once!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:40h, 10 April Reply

      Thanks,Valerie! Yes, I’ve learned to accept a compliment and move on unless you know the person well 🙂

  • Calico Stretch
    Posted at 20:29h, 09 April Reply

    Oh wow that is one wonderful dress. The colour. Gorgeous. Hoorah to owning your dress ‘in public’.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:42h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks, Calico! The public viewings keep me dedicated to honing my skills 🙂

  • LindaB.
    Posted at 20:37h, 09 April Reply

    Don’t know what I can say that hasn’t been said. This dress is exquisite and it looks fabulous on you! I so admire your sewing talent and apparent social ease! You have inspired me once again and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:46h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Linda! Sewing is a learned skill which I am striving to perfect….. . Funny, there were huge screens showing scenes from last year’s event and up popped one of me in my “Ice Cream Social” dress which looked nice on the big screen! 🙂

  • JoanneM
    Posted at 21:00h, 09 April Reply

    Please help me out.
    The lining is attached to the dress?
    The lining is a separate dress?
    Any pattern will suffice? Recommendations?
    I have a lovely black lace that I have been wanting to make…..INTO EXACTLY WHAT YOU HAVE POSTED TONIGHT! I squealed when I opened up your post.
    Any advice is welcome.
    Thank you so much.
    Your dress is truly lovely. Be very proud!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:50h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks, Joanne!
      The lining is attached to the dress at the neck (by machine) right sides together. Once flipped it is attached (by hand) to the zipper, and after the sleeves are attached it is stitched(by hand) to the shoulder seams.
      I recommend a Craftsy class or another online class because you will always have access to the lessons. Good luck!

  • Victoria
    Posted at 21:21h, 09 April Reply

    Simply stunning!!!! I loved how you transformed the original fabric. You deserve to show ALL the attitude you want in this dress!!!! Beautiful job!!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:51h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Victoria! I didn’t want to show ALL my attitude last weekend or I’d never be invited back 😉 🙂 🙂 It was a fun evening!

  • Pam
    Posted at 21:31h, 09 April Reply

    The dress is beautiful! I can’t believe what the dye did for that lace! Thank you for the tip about Craftsy classes. I have been hearing about them on different blogs, but, after reading your post about the fit class, I went straight to the website and signed up for the class. I am waiting for the pattern to arrive and then will start – maybe closer to summer time…I’m a teacher! 🙂
    Thank you for inspiring with you wonderful posts!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:52h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you so much Pam and good luck with the Craftsy class!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 21:57h, 09 April Reply

    This dress is stunning and the color is very “of the moment”. It looks fabulous on you.

  • bikinggrandma
    Posted at 22:06h, 09 April Reply

    Long time reader, first time commenter 🙂

    You Rocked that dress! Comparing the initial color to what you created? Amazing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:53h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you so much for the first time comment, BikingGrandma! I was amazed at the color transformation myself…… from there it was pretty easy! 🙂

  • Meredith P
    Posted at 22:07h, 09 April Reply

    I’m with them. 🙂 WOW! The dress and construction are fantastic, but would expect nothing less. But I can’t get over the color! An amazing result!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:54h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Meredith! I can’t get over the color transformation either and am a new and devoted Rit Dye fan 🙂

  • coco
    Posted at 22:16h, 09 April Reply

    Love love love the color! Stunning dress. Well done!

  • Joyce Love
    Posted at 22:41h, 09 April Reply

    Ok, I think I said the navy lace was my favorite of all you’ve done… but I think this one surpasses it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:55h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks, Joyce! They are two different kinds of dresses for sure. Hopefully I can enjoy both 🙂

  • katy
    Posted at 23:07h, 09 April Reply

    What a color! No one ever wore orange so well. So much more stunning than white would have been.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:57h, 10 April Reply

      Thanks, Katy! I was going to make a white dress with either nude or black lining…… until this lace arrived…….I knew it would look nothing like the dresses I had seen on the Saks website. We sewers must be flexible you know!

  • Shams
    Posted at 23:26h, 09 April Reply

    It looks lovely on you! What a great color!

  • jillybe
    Posted at 00:16h, 10 April Reply

    “WOW!” could suffice….jaw-droppingly beautiful on you! Great color on you, perfection in fit…just, just, just “WOW!”

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:57h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Jilly! I too, thought WOW when I pulled the fabric out of the dye 🙂

  • Linda Craig
    Posted at 01:40h, 10 April Reply


  • Mary. Matteucci
    Posted at 02:33h, 10 April Reply

    You are truly an inspiration! I have high hopes of again getting out the scissors and creating. My spring/summer wardrobe,still skirts of yore that I sewed in confidence and fun, are showing signs of too long wear. Reading your blog and seeing the beautiful results are getting me closer to the sewing machine and the wardrobe I so love to design. Thank you for your infectious enthusiasm and talent.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:59h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Mary for taking the time to write this nice comment! I hope you start sewing again soon 🙂

  • danvillegirl
    Posted at 05:19h, 10 April Reply

    This is a beautiful dress. Orange is one of my favorite colors and this looks drop dead gorgeous on you!. After reading your post about your blue dress and the Craftsy class on fitting, I took advantage of their sale and signed up for this class. It is very informative and helpful.. I am sure you had the right attitude at your event.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:59h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks and I ‘m so glad you bought the Craftsy course. Can’t wait to see what you make 🙂

  • Val Batty
    Posted at 05:45h, 10 April Reply

    What a fabulous dress and the colour is wonderful. I would never have thought of resorting to a bottle, What a rescue.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:01h, 10 April Reply

      I was ready to resort to the bottle in some fashion after pulling the lace out of the box! Thankfully it was a bottle of dye 🙂 Many thanks for writing.

  • Karen
    Posted at 07:10h, 10 April Reply

    I honestly think this is my favorite of all the dresses you’ve made. I can’t get over how stunning it is. Your sewing and “attitude” are an inspiration to me, for sure!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:01h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you so much, Karen! Your skills and expertise are certainly and inspiration to me 🙂

  • ZoSews
    Posted at 09:01h, 10 April Reply

    Beautiful! And GREAT idea – you rock orange 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:02h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks ZoSews! I’m signing up for MeMade May 13. Can’t wait 🙂

  • yyyz girl
    Posted at 09:10h, 10 April Reply

    I’m new to your blog, so I began at the beginning and have followed your progress. I was ready to compliment you on your beautiful navy lace dress when the tangerine lace appeared. The fit, style and workmanship are both perfect. You have inspired me to get back into sewing and to sign up for the Craftsy class “Sew the Perfect Fit”.

    After retiring (4 years ago) from the corporate world, sewing and living in suits, I need to find my new style. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:07h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Yyyz Girl! You are going to have so much sewing the fun clothes now! Good luck and enjoy your sewing 🙂

  • Cindy
    Posted at 13:44h, 10 April Reply

    Utterly fantastic! The beautifully fitted sleeves definitely take this dress to couture level. And I love, love, love that your silk lining is a smidge darker — it really pops the flowers and leaves of the lace and creates such a stunning visual effect. And talk about courageous! Your picture of the fabric in the sink full of dye doesn’t even show tarping around the edges to protect the counters! I would have tarped the entire room and still managed to smear dye on something that wouldn’t come clean! Congratulations on yet another smashing success.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:10h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks, Cindy! I believe the lack of tarping was more like lack of knowledge 🙂 I did wear an apron however! Whew! So glad I was unaware of the consequences on this one.

  • Joen
    Posted at 14:09h, 10 April Reply

    The color looks great! Totally changed the look of the lace, maybe someday I will venture into fabric dying. I’ve only used dye on shoes back when I was in my girlfriends weddings and we dyed our shoes to match the dress!! that was about 26-30 years ago!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:11h, 10 April Reply

      Oh yeah……. I’ve got yellow, turquoise etc…. bridesmaids shoes. Glad those days are past!
      Many thanks for writing 🙂

  • Joy
    Posted at 14:14h, 10 April Reply

    Love your dress! Fabulous colour! It looks really summery and suits you!

  • AddisonDeWitt
    Posted at 16:59h, 10 April Reply

    This word is sooooo overused but here I go: AMAZING!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:14h, 10 April Reply

      Hi Addison! It is amazing that some dull white lace was transformed into an orange cocktail dress. I’m all about Rit Dye now – hoping for some more amazing results 🙂 Thanks for writing!

  • Myra
    Posted at 17:42h, 10 April Reply

    This is GORGEOUS! That color looks stunning on you! I have never tried dying fabric, but love the results you got!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:14h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Myra! I was sooooo pleasantly surprised 🙂

  • sewingaddict
    Posted at 18:20h, 10 April Reply

    This is my favorite item you have made to date – and that is saying something, as I love everything you’ve made! Of course it helps that you’ve made it in my favorite color! Well done, as always.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:16h, 10 April Reply

      Many thanks, Sewingaddict for the nice comment! I too think orange is a great color. I really didn’t know how vivid the color would be from the dye, but WOW, when RIT says tangerine it means tangerine!

  • Cindy
    Posted at 19:00h, 10 April Reply

    I just wanted to add that now that you’ve got this dress body down pat, it is the perfect shell with which to whip out dress after dress. I could see you swapping out necklines for a square neckline, that slightly curved v neckline of your favorite t-shirt that you took a pattern of and made out of striped material, a turtleneck for a winter sweater dress, etc., and perhaps trying the below-elbow sleeve from the pattern for some versions. This could even be made up in a richly beaded fabric for some uber formal event, or in a breezy printed stretch cotton for summer. You’ve got the skirt, the pants, several tops, and now this dress in master patterns for your figure. What a wonderful accomplishment! Especially since you can now whip out these gorgeous pieces quickly, now that the hard fitting work is done.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:18h, 10 April Reply

      Thank you, Cindy and great ideas! I need to be more proficient at swapping out details on patterns. Maybe that’s the next technique I’ll focus on.

  • Sharon
    Posted at 01:05h, 11 April Reply

    Oh I love this dress, the fit, the colour you did a beautiful job in saving this lace.

  • sewbusylizzy
    Posted at 09:57h, 11 April Reply

    Stroke of genius. It looks divine!

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  • Heather
    Posted at 12:16h, 11 April Reply

    You wear orange well! What a gorgeous dress.

  • Jean C.
    Posted at 14:09h, 11 April Reply

    I’m really not at all surprised that people were looking your way. WOW! What else can I say… you did a great job.
    Years ago I made a wedding dress for my niece; the lace was originally $80 a yard. But, since the fabric store was going out of business it was dropped down wayyyyyy low…. we got it for $18 a yard and only needed 1 1/2 yards bodice/sleeves. It had beautiful overlapping tulip petals on the lace (in white). The woman at the store told me that I would “have to” do it all by hand…. ahem, she didn’t know what she was talking about!!! I did it by machine and was able to adjust things so that the petals near the seams were still adjusted to look normal. Now here it is over 20 years land over 30 wedding dresses later and I’ve learned a few things with each one. We are the ones who need to adjust once in a while. Follow thru with your plan… if that doesn’t work…. adjust!
    Again, great dress! And you make it even lovelier…

  • sheila
    Posted at 13:35h, 12 April Reply

    Totally Beautiful… love the color.

  • Michelle Orr
    Posted at 17:20h, 12 April Reply

    I was in Nordstrom’s today trying on lace dresses, and not a single one compared to your dress. I’m afraid you’ve ruined all your readers. That dress is my favorite thing I’ve seen you do. I expect because the color and style compliments you so well.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:59h, 14 April Reply

      Thank you for this nice comment, Michelle! I’m sure there were lots of dresses that compared, but do we want to spend $$$$$$ on such dresses? 🙂

  • Ernestine
    Posted at 01:12h, 13 April Reply

    Ok, I have no words for how freakin beautiful this is! You are incredibly skilled!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:58h, 14 April Reply

      Many thanks Ernestine! I must say some luck was involved as I had no idea of the result from dying fabric. It was also helpful that I just happened to have some orange lining too 🙂

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 22:03h, 13 April Reply

    WOW! Your dress is an absolute knockout! I’m not surprised you received so many compliments!

  • Almond Rock
    Posted at 06:09h, 14 April Reply

    Ooooh what was the elastine content of your lace please? I am eager to dye some lace mustard but have heard elastine doesn’t take dye evenly. Your fabulous dress gives me hope

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:55h, 14 April Reply

      I have no idea, Almond Rock! If you already have the lace, you may want to try a sample. Good luck!

      • Almond Rock
        Posted at 17:37h, 14 April Reply

        Not to worry. I’ll have a go in the spirit of adventure!
        Amy x

  • sbzurenda
    Posted at 21:16h, 15 April Reply

    That is a cute, sassy dress and looks wonderful on you. Susanne had on a maxi dress the other day, and I thought how cute it was. A style worth the come back.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:04h, 16 April Reply

      Thanks, Susie! Now that I know what’s possible with RIT dye, there’s no telling what’s next 🙂

  • Rita Lucido
    Posted at 11:24h, 16 May Reply


    How did you finish the hem on your dress. I see it is done differently than on the navy lace dress, and it seems that you added some edging or tape to the scalloped edge? If you’ve explained this, I must have missed it. If so, sorry to be redundant.

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  • Carol
    Posted at 21:25h, 12 January Reply

    I have more dodgy online material purchases than I care to admit, and whilst I’ve toyed with the idea of dying them, until now haven’t taken the plunge. Congratulations for having the courage to choose this colour, it is wonderful on you and transforms the dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:23h, 13 January Reply

      Many thanks, Carol! I knew any color would be better than off-white – what did I have to lose? 🙂 Fortunately it was a success and I learned a thing or two about the process 🙂

  • Liza R
    Posted at 19:45h, 17 March Reply

    I know this is an older post, but when i found out my son’s girlfriend LOVES orange, i searched your posts until I found it! Do you happen to remember the color or mix of colors that you used? It is such a perfect shade of orange. I love it and it looks amazing on YOU!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:37h, 17 March Reply

      Hi Lisa!
      I believe I used two bottles of tangerine with 6 gallons of water in the sink. It was easy and should be for you too. Good luck!

      • Liza
        Posted at 18:31h, 18 March Reply

        Hi Sarah! I just ordered all of the fabric from Mood and the RIT dye from Amazon! YAY! She is only 23, so I am going to make a strapless shift to wear under it rather than attaching a lining. She is getting ready to graduate with her BSN in Nursing – this will be her gift. Can’t wait to get started!! Thanks for being such a huge inspiration!

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