The Rita Top, New Look 6434

30 Apr The Rita Top, New Look 6434


My lovely Nashville host, Rita emphatically stated that I needed this fabric. No arm twisting was necessary even though I had just completed my transaction of several other pieces before wholeheartedly agreeing  with her.


Everyone needs a little whimsy in their life, I thought……..

I certainly needed a little, and thanks to Rita, I’ve got a funky top in a favorite color.

My pattern is New Look 6434 – one I’ve owned for a while and almost made on numerous occasions, but this time it felt right.


The pattern is a breeze to sew but I took extra care placing the pattern pieces to ensure the appliqués were symmetrical and didn’t fall in awkward places😉 I also pre-determined my length and simply trimmed the selvedge away on the hem and the ruffled sleeves.



I just happened to have a lightweight shell in the same color which I’m wearing underneath the eyelet. The back closure is secured with a thread chain loop and button which I’ve decided to change to a matching color upon seeing this photo!

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While I’m all about growing, learning and gaining new skills, I also recognize the importance of sewing just for fun. This was a great opportunity to keep it simple and let the fabric do the talking!


Many thanks to Rita for knowing me better than I know myself and Happy Monday to all!

PS – The fabric is from Textile Fabrics in Nashville TN and new updates added to Workshops & Appearances page here.




  • Jackie Gildea
    Posted at 07:24h, 30 April Reply

    Beautiful!!! Where did you purchase the fabric?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:26h, 30 April Reply

      Thank you, Jackie! Textile Fabrics in Nashville TN. They don’t have an online store but do provide mail order purchases. I linked to the store in the post for contact information. 😉

  • debbi siebert
    Posted at 07:45h, 30 April Reply

    So gorgeous. Perfection.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:51h, 30 April Reply

      Many thanks, Debbi!

  • Rebecca Bagwell
    Posted at 07:58h, 30 April Reply

    Sew much fun…and a lot of work! Love !

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:02h, 30 April Reply

      Thank you, Becky! Actually this one was not too much work 😊😊

  • diane
    Posted at 08:13h, 30 April Reply

    This is lovely on you and yur skill in cutting really made the top look perfect.

    • diane
      Posted at 08:14h, 30 April Reply

      oops, spelling error.Your skill.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:26h, 30 April Reply

      Many thanks, Diane! The cutting is not difficult at all 😉

  • Sharon R Killian
    Posted at 08:33h, 30 April Reply

    This is beautiful on you, Sarah! Did you add the appliques from the same fabric? Many thanks for all you do for our sewing community!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:36h, 30 April Reply

      Thank you, Sharon! The fabric came with the appliqués making it all the more appealing to buy.

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 08:50h, 30 April Reply

    That fabric is everything and really makes the top sing! Lovely!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:04h, 30 April Reply

      It is everything, isn’t it? Thank you Carolyn!!

  • peggyleah
    Posted at 08:59h, 30 April Reply

    If this isn’t too mundane, does it come in WHITE?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:04h, 30 April Reply

      I don’t remember, Peggy, but I would give the strore a call and check.

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 09:30h, 30 April Reply

    Such a great top Sarah ! Love the color . I totally agree that fun items add more fun to our lives .

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:42h, 30 April Reply

      Yes! What’s that Gretchen Scott quote……….. Laugh More and Gripe Less? 😊😊 Let’s do it!

  • peggyleah
    Posted at 09:53h, 30 April Reply

    This is a p.s. to my comment above.: I want to thank you for all the information
    about sources for sewing fabrics, etc. I’m certain you have introduced to many of us, sources we may not have found on
    our own..

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:06h, 30 April Reply

      Ah…. thank you, Peggy! Goodbye Valentino readers have provided me with innumerable resources – a win-win for sure 😊

  • Debby
    Posted at 09:56h, 30 April Reply

    That fabric is certainly very beautiful and the color suits you well.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:06h, 30 April Reply

      Many thanks, Debby!

  • Linda Brooks
    Posted at 10:43h, 30 April Reply

    Love the new top! It is absolutely gorgeous!! Love the fabric. I will have to go see my best friend in Nashville to get some!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:07h, 30 April Reply

      That sounds like a plan, Linda! Have fun and thanks for the comment😊

  • Karen Helm
    Posted at 11:04h, 30 April Reply

    And that fabric talks “fun” – especially in that pattern! What a great result, Sarah!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:08h, 30 April Reply

      Thank you, Karen! Nice ‘n Easy did the trick 😊

  • Judy Duerson
    Posted at 11:08h, 30 April Reply

    I love how your top turned out. I admired that fabric when I went into Textile Fabrics as well. Great job and pretty on you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:09h, 30 April Reply

      Hi Judy!! Many thanks……… Textile Fabrics has such beautiful pieces – too bad for me they don’t have an online store.

  • Beth (SunnyGal Studio)
    Posted at 11:58h, 30 April Reply

    love it – I’m wild for eyelet lately. great color!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:09h, 30 April Reply

      Thank you, Beth! I’ve never seen an eyelet quite like this one 😉

  • Alania Sheeley
    Posted at 12:11h, 30 April Reply

    Glad that Rita talked you into the fabric while you were in Nashville. As soon as I saw this post, I recognized the fabric. Your choice of pattern/style was a perfect choice.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:10h, 30 April Reply

      Many thanks, Alania! I’m glad she did too – Rita knew best on this one 😉

  • Joyjc
    Posted at 21:30h, 30 April Reply

    Such an attractive top. Looks great😀

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:10h, 01 May Reply

      Thank you, Joy!

  • Diane Meyer
    Posted at 22:00h, 30 April Reply

    The last time when I was at Textile Fabric I saw this fabric and was wondering what I could make from it and not sure if I could something out of it. . After seeing your top now I am going to try to make one., I an going to stop at Textile Fabric and pick some up next week when I am in Nashville on Tuesday.

  • Diane Meyer
    Posted at 22:09h, 30 April Reply

    Sorry for the mistakes in the previous message; to much fresh air today,
    I love your top also. You did make a beautiful

    sorry for the mistakes

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:11h, 01 May Reply

      Computers often have a mind of their own! Many thanks for the comment, Diane😉

  • Rita Holladay
    Posted at 13:23h, 15 May Reply

    My name is Rita and I live in Franklin, just south of Nashville. I recognized the fabric the minute I saw the picture because I shop at Textile all the time. Like your rendering of something appropriate to make with this special eyelet. I’m kind of guessing that you may have gone to high school in Nashville. I know your father was on the staff at Vanderbilt. When he passed away I read the obit and may have Googled also. When in Nashville you should also visit Muna’s. Muna makes couture clothing and has a wide selection of really upscale fabrics. I real treasure for me when I’m at a loss for inspiration. She is located on West End.

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