Theory Striped Maxi

12 Jun Theory Striped Maxi

Once again, the spirits of Marcy the Medium have influenced my fabric selection!

“You need more yellow in your life,” she stated.

I think I ordered the best yellow a n y t h i n g  ever available, for Mood Fabrics’ Theory Light Canary Striped Viscose Ponte Blend  has more than surpassed my expectations!

Goodbye Valentino Mood Fabrics' Theory Canary Striped Viscose Ponte Blend   I wasn’t ready to put away the pattern from my last project (New Look 6210) quite yet – especially since the fit had been tweaked to perfection. Besides, I had set out to make a maxi and ended up with a short dress. The phenomenal drape of this fabric begged for a maxi and frankly, how could I resist?


My only new alteration was to add an inch of fabric to the front lower armsyce for better coverage.

Goodbye Valentino Mood Fabrics' Theory Canary Striped Viscose Ponte Blend  Since the fabric/pattern combination screams summer, I opted for the racer back rendition – a first for me.

Goodbye Valentino Mood Fabrics' Theory Canary Striped Viscose Ponte Blend  What took four days to make last week took four hours to make this week, due in part to this beautifully behaved viscose ponte knit. No slipping, no sliding, no curling and it is perfectly on grain.


Too good to be true?

Goodbye Valentino Mood Fabrics' Theory Canary Striped Viscose Ponte Blend  NO!

Goodbye Valentino Mood Fabrics' Theory Canary Striped Viscose Ponte Blend

Too good to pass up! Check it out 🙂



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  • Linda Richards
    Posted at 01:21h, 12 June Reply

    So summery and it looks great on you, too! Have fun wearing it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:20h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you, Linda! I’ve worn it out the last two evenings and plan to take it out of town this weekend. Something tells me it will be worn a lot this summer 🙂

  • Jane
    Posted at 01:40h, 12 June Reply

    Wow stunning! What a fabulous colour on you and a perfect shape. Love the back.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:21h, 12 June Reply

      Many thanks, Jane! I couldn’t be more pleased with the result much of which is attributed to this wonderful fabric.

  • Katalin
    Posted at 01:45h, 12 June Reply

    Oh, so stylish! I love your new dress!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 02:16h, 12 June Reply

    Gorgeous maxi dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:22h, 12 June Reply

      Many thanks, Sharon! Some things turn out just the way you envision and this was one 🙂

  • Barbara
    Posted at 04:03h, 12 June Reply

    Love that colour on you. Marcy is right.

  • Barbara
    Posted at 04:03h, 12 June Reply

    Love that colour on you. Marcy is right.

  • Maggie Fielding
    Posted at 04:16h, 12 June Reply

    The article about you in the UK edition of “Sew Today” inspired me to sign for your blog and also follow your example regarding making rather than buying clothes for the next year.
    I’m really looking forward to this exciting journey!
    Thanks for the inspiration and I love what you make!


    London, UK

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:26h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you so much for this nice comment! I didn’t realize Sew Today is the British Vogue Patterns Publication and am delighted to get this news.
      For me sewing has been liberating and empowering and I’m sure you’ll find similar satisfaction. Good luck with your sewing and please stay in touch! 🙂

  • Helen
    Posted at 04:19h, 12 June Reply

    Looks simply fabulous on you!

  • Myra
    Posted at 06:07h, 12 June Reply

    This is so pretty on you! Yes it screams “Summer”!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:27h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you, Myra! There’s nothing more fun to sew than an easy summer dress 🙂

  • Paula Hamrick
    Posted at 06:19h, 12 June Reply

    Since I was lucky enough to get to see you wearing this dress in person, I can say without a doubt, the dress was awesome and you look stunning wearing it!!! I’ve never ordered from Mood befor, but I will now.

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

      Hi Paula! You were one of the first to see it hot off the sewing machine! This is the best knit fabric ever and I hope you have great success with your Mood order. Many thanks for your comment and I’m delighted we have a mutual friend to keep us in touch with each other. 🙂

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 06:47h, 12 June Reply

    Wow, Sarah…the first thing that strikes me about this on you is the visual height that it adds. I’m glad you remembered Marcy’s advice- you glow in this color. Love the racer back, the side slit, the beautifully matched edge bands, all of it. I thought I was done with maxis for the season but since I realized that I have this pattern and a few likely fabrics, I definitely need one of these!

    • Julie Starr
      Posted at 07:09h, 12 June Reply

      Oh- and after seeing you in your fab aviator sunglasses I realize I need to dump my old Raybans and get with the program! They really update the whole look. Love!!

      • goodbyevalentino
        Posted at 07:17h, 12 June Reply

        LOL! I took a good look at a photo in my old sunglasses and knew they had to go – they are daughter approved too 🙂 Many thanks for noticing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:33h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I thought the same thing when I saw these photos – anything for another inch or two 🙂 I’ve been inspired by the lovely maxis you’ve made this year and just might have to make another!

  • Jean
    Posted at 06:56h, 12 June Reply

    You look fabulous in yellow and this dress is no exception. Despite the horizontal stripes, this dress makes you look tall and slim. Beautifully sewn and super flattering on you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:35h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you, Jean! I think the narrow width of the stripes and the length of the dress work in my favor – but even so I was surprised how the visual length it created 🙂

  • Cindy C.
    Posted at 07:00h, 12 June Reply

    Love the racer back! It’s rarel to have such perfect shoulders, and your choice of patterns in these last few projects highlight them beautifully.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:36h, 12 June Reply

      Many thanks, Cindy! The racer back is a new look for me but I do think it worked on this dress with this fabric 🙂

  • Tee
    Posted at 07:20h, 12 June Reply

    Very lovely dress!

  • lovelucie1
    Posted at 07:21h, 12 June Reply

    Fabulous make. One of my favourites.

  • June
    Posted at 07:22h, 12 June Reply

    This dress is fabulous on you. Colour, style, it has it all. Most flattering style.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:38h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you so much, June! It came together just the way I envisioned – always a pleasant surprise 😉

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 07:37h, 12 June Reply

    Cute on you Sarah….love your styling.

  • Marybeth Tawfik
    Posted at 08:07h, 12 June Reply

    Great dress! And though I absolutely love the viscose knits out of the box, I’ve had bad luck with them pilling with the first wash … they look old very fast. Any hints? The ones I’ve bought have NOT been cheap!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:15h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you, Marybeth! I washed this fabric in the machine before cutting and there was zero pilling. I know exactly what you are talking about but it didn’t happen with this one 🙂

  • Sarah Jo
    Posted at 08:34h, 12 June Reply

    This is a great dress. You’ll get a lot of mileage out of it for sure! If I wasn’t inundated with great fabrics and no time to sew, I’d add that to my stash!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:57h, 12 June Reply

      Many thanks, Sarah Jo! Those stashes, those stashes…………….. 🙂

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 08:45h, 12 June Reply

    Very attractive! You wear the color yellow quite well.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:57h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn! Yellow might be my new favorite color!

  • zibergirl
    Posted at 09:08h, 12 June Reply

    What a great dress! You look beautiful in it. I am a big fan of yellow.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:58h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Barbara! I do notice yellow on your site with some regularity 🙂

  • Lauren
    Posted at 10:26h, 12 June Reply

    I don’t know what the heck kind of fabric that is! LOL! But when all said and done, this is a very cute, go to slip on garment that will serve you well through the summer.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:59h, 12 June Reply

      Thanks, Lauren! Whatever it is is certainly good stuff 🙂

  • The Sewing CPA
    Posted at 10:49h, 12 June Reply

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Melizza
    Posted at 12:28h, 12 June Reply

    Wow! You make a jersey maxi look striking! You look amazing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:00h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you Melizza! I attribute it to the fabric this time 😉

  • Alice Elliot
    Posted at 12:50h, 12 June Reply

    That is fabulous! I want one, right now!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:01h, 12 June Reply

      You can have one in four short hours! Much quicker than an online order or trip to the mall 🙂 Many thanks for your comment, Alice!

  • Fifty Dresses
    Posted at 14:42h, 12 June Reply

    Yellow is, indeed, a wonderful color – and this is a wonderful dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:01h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you, Karen! Don’t know why I’ve never been a yellow person, butI do like it 😉

  • Nana
    Posted at 17:13h, 12 June Reply

    Fantastic color/fabric/pattern combination and it definitely looks fabulous on you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:02h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you so much for your nice comment, Nana 🙂 🙂

  • Jan
    Posted at 17:45h, 12 June Reply

    Maybe my favorite of anything you have ever created. Perfect color. Perfect fit. LOVE!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:03h, 12 June Reply

      Oh wow!!!!!! Well, it may be one of my favorites too 🙂 Many thanks, Jan!

  • Deborah R Penner
    Posted at 17:50h, 12 June Reply

    Lovely color. Mood also carries a Theory lightweight jersey in a solid yellow. Just received two full skirt patterns that may work for a long summer skirt. Mood recommends a self-lining for modesty.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:04h, 12 June Reply

      Hi Deborah,
      Thank you. So did you order the solid yellow?

  • maryfunt
    Posted at 21:28h, 12 June Reply

    Looks great poolside. Wonderful way to start the summer.

  • Barbara Hewitt
    Posted at 05:34h, 13 June Reply

    Perfection. The fabric is great, the pattern cut is great for you and I love the yellow. Gteat encouragement to all of us sewists.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:44h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Barbara! Sometimes things just work without fuss 🙂

  • lisa g
    Posted at 08:07h, 13 June Reply

    oh yes, yellow is a great color on you! love the dress, it just screams summer!

  • Barbara
    Posted at 13:37h, 13 June Reply

    Love your dress! Looks great on you! I love the fabric, and am wondering if this would be a good knit for the Amy knit top from Style Arc. (Which you inspired me to purchase)? I’ve not sewn with the “new” knits, and wondering if it’s problematic. Have done lots of sewing on cotton double knits, but none of the poly’s or viscose. A little skeptical I’m afraid. Have been viewing your blog for some time and enjoy it so much. I wished I would have joined the RTW Fast. You are a seamstress after my own heart.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:35h, 14 June Reply

      Hi Barbara! Many thanks for your lovely comment. The fabric is fairly heavy and I was surprised at the lightweight fabric sample included with the Amy top pattern. I think it depends on the look you want, but I wouldn’t hesitate recommending buying the fabric because I’m sure you’ll find just the right pattern for it. 😉

  • sewruth
    Posted at 17:01h, 13 June Reply

    Oh as always..looking superb Sarah! What a great colour on you too. Lovely sewing

  • Kelroc
    Posted at 18:37h, 13 June Reply

    great fit, great color, and a great look.

  • Mary Lynn
    Posted at 23:50h, 14 June Reply

    Yellow is really your color and this is one of my favorites that you’ve made – so flattering. You’re getting that cute MOB figure 🙂 Are you coming to Charleston or Edisto this summer?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:21h, 16 June Reply

      Thank you, Mary Lynn! We were just in Charleston for the weekend and will be there and Edisto off and on during the summer. Would love to meet you after the wedding 🙂

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  • coco
    Posted at 08:16h, 16 June Reply

    (Predictably) I LOVE this yellow maxi!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:22h, 16 June Reply

      Thank you, Coco! I consider you and Oonabaloona to be the maxi queens. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Tina Lindstrand
    Posted at 21:42h, 17 June Reply

    Sarah – I LOVE this maxi, it is just perfect on you! (In fact – I loved it so much I placed my first order ever with Mood fabrics that same night after seeing your post, I was afraid your dress would cause the fabric to sell out!) I ordered 5 yards of the yellow stripe, it arrived last week and it is GORGEOUS! I am wondering though, how did you pre-wash it? I could not find any care instructions online, would love if you could share what temp you washed and dried it on, as I have never used this type knit before. Thanks so much!

  • eliseholden
    Posted at 19:43h, 25 June Reply

    Reblogged this on musings and commented:
    This is a lovely summer sundress

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