Vogue 8742

30 Dec Vogue 8742

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 On the First Day of Christmas my true love gave to me…….


On the Third Day of Christmas I found myself alone, 😉

Which meant by the Fourth Day of Christmas I had made a new dress.


And on the Fifth Day of Christmas…….. I made it to the beach.IMG_0053O h  H a p p y   D a y ! 

 Would you believe my husband said of all the dresses I’ve made, this is his favorite?

This dress was  s o  e a s y  to make that it belongs in a different category from the dress projects requiring blood, sweat and tears. I know why hubby likes the dress so much, but if I was more experienced in sewing knits he would like it even better because it would fit far more snugly.

The dress pattern, Vogue 8742 is described as close-fitting.


V8742 line Being a novice with knits, I was fearful it would be too tight, and cut the pattern a size larger. What a mistake! Although the viscose/spandex fabric was easy to work, the dress fits looser than intended – even after sewing extra large seams.

Read my pattern review HERE.

12:30 dress

With two and a half more days left in the holiday season, I can cheerfully enjoy a couple of indulgences in my colorful dress with the loose and forgiving fit.

IMG_0060This also means in 3 and a half days I’ll be back home wearing the winter hues of black and gray trying to camouflage the extra couple of pounds as I live into my New Year’s resolutions.

More on that later.


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  • gingermakes
    Posted at 21:35h, 30 December Reply

    This is SO CUTE! I love it! Oh, boys… their favorites are always for the same reason… 🙂

  • Laura
    Posted at 21:38h, 30 December Reply

    Knits are so fun to work with! This dress is great- I love the print.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:51h, 31 December Reply

      Thank you, Laura! I’m working on raising my comfort level with knits, but I was pleased with this fabric.

  • AmyG
    Posted at 21:39h, 30 December Reply

    Looks fantastic – yiu are such an inspiration to me. 2013 is going to be my sewing year.

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 21:40h, 30 December Reply

    This is wonderful on you! I love the print you used!

  • Gail
    Posted at 21:45h, 30 December Reply

    Its a beautiful dress, but really what extra pounds?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:53h, 31 December Reply

      Many thanks, Gail! The pounds are there believe me 😉

  • Steph A @ escapades in sewing
    Posted at 21:52h, 30 December Reply

    It’s freeking GORgeous!!!! OMG, I’m in love with the print!!! I love how you’ve paired it with the dark brown tights and boots, soo chic.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:57h, 31 December Reply

      Hi Steph and thank you for the nice comment! I thought the accessories brought it to life, but think the dress will look equally good with spring accessories too.

  • Spanky Rykiel
    Posted at 21:58h, 30 December Reply

    I love your dress and the print you chose. Where did you find such a bright knit?
    What extra lbs?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:59h, 31 December Reply

      Hi Spanky – the fabric was from my stash and I believe it came from EmmaOneSock. The pounds are hidden behind the big florals, but they’re there. Many thanks for writing!

  • Joyce Love
    Posted at 22:06h, 30 December Reply

    Beautiful, Sarah! Happy New Year!
    Question for you – I think I’ve seen a dress form in some of your blog posts (?) I’m thinking of getting one & wondered if you have any recommendations. I’ve seen some tutorials on making your own using plaster & papier mache, & while I like the idea of having an exact replica of my form, the process looks a little daunting.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:03h, 31 December Reply

      Thank you, Joyce! My dress form is old and doesn’t resemble my body 30 years ago. I need a new one too. The sky is the limit with dress forms as you can have a custom form made to duplicate your shape. I’ve been told the dress forms at JoAnn’s coupled with a padding system work well. Let me know what you decide on!

  • jillybe
    Posted at 22:09h, 30 December Reply

    VERY flattering – nice job! And congrats on the camera – I have the Canon PowerShot G2 – undoubtedly an antique by digital standards, but it’s still going strong after all these years and I love it – great choice!

  • Becky
    Posted at 22:10h, 30 December Reply

    This is gawgous! You have done it again. I love this, and it looks terrific on you. Did you get that print at Mood?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:04h, 31 December Reply

      Thank you, Becky! The print was from my stash, but I’m sure Mood has comparable fabrics! 🙂

  • Sharon
    Posted at 22:12h, 30 December Reply

    Fantastic dress and love the way you have styled it.

  • Myra
    Posted at 22:15h, 30 December Reply

    Beautiful work! I like this dress a lot! I made one a few weeks ago in a cream colored Ponte knit, but didn’t like it once complete. So I didn’t post it. I like yours so much, I may try again with another color.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:06h, 31 December Reply

      Hi Myra! My fabric has unbelievable stretch in it. I didn’t realize just how much until it was cut and sewn. I think you should try again!

  • ewellons
    Posted at 22:53h, 30 December Reply

    Love the dress. It looks fab on you — and the fabric is perfect, as always. I got a camera for Christmas too — but it hasnt’ arrived yet. Hope I can figure it out!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:07h, 31 December Reply

      Is that you, Cissie? Do I detect the beginnings of a blog? 🙂 🙂
      Thanks for the nice comment and I hope you love your camera as much as I love mine! What a difference!

      • ewellons
        Posted at 14:02h, 31 December Reply

        Tis I, Sarah! I started playing around with the idea before Christmas but have made little (meaning “no”) progress. I am so computer illiterate that this may be beyond me!

  • Heathersphere-Louella
    Posted at 23:00h, 30 December Reply

    You and your dress are fabulous! Very nice merge of fabric and style.

  • Lori
    Posted at 23:11h, 30 December Reply

    gorgeous dress, I really like the fabric and your styling

  • Velosewer
    Posted at 23:20h, 30 December Reply

    Congratulations on getting a new camera. Your dress is wonderful and styled just right!

  • sewbusylizzy
    Posted at 23:54h, 30 December Reply

    You are so good at making me think I need another pattern! I love the gathering in the seams. I recently threw out a RTW dress which was a little similar as it was pilling…
    And my true love got me the same camera earlier this year.
    Happy new year!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:11h, 31 December Reply

      Hi Lizzy! Of course you need another pattern 🙂 Aren’t they on sale right now?
      I’m loving the Canon G12 and am so relieved to have a camera that takes clear pics.
      Many thanks for writing!

  • Shams
    Posted at 00:24h, 31 December Reply

    It’s a beautiful dress and I love the print! Happy New Year!

  • Jeannie
    Posted at 00:35h, 31 December Reply

    Stunning! You are my inspiration for 2013.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:13h, 31 December Reply

      Thank you, Jeannie! Your blog is darling and I am your newest follower 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:14h, 31 December Reply

      PS…… you can’t imagine how jealous I am of your year in Paris 😉

  • Pauline Droy
    Posted at 03:28h, 31 December Reply

    lovely dress happy new year

  • Ann-Britt Uhrbom
    Posted at 03:31h, 31 December Reply

    A beautiful dress on a beautiful woman with a beatiful back ground!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:15h, 31 December Reply

      Ahhhh…….. what a sweet comment. Many thanks, Ann-Britt!

  • Jacq C
    Posted at 04:03h, 31 December Reply

    Totally gorgeous dress and I see no extra pounds! Happy New Year 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:18h, 31 December Reply

      Thank you, Jacq! The pounds are there, sneaking up one by one – ugh!

  • jlundy6116
    Posted at 06:55h, 31 December Reply

    Gorgeous dress! The fabric is beautiful, great colors. I’ll have to try this pattern!

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 07:22h, 31 December Reply

    Jstarr4250 said…
    I love every version of this dress I’ve seen and yours is wonderful. The fabric is gorgeous! Happy New Year to you…enjoy those Carolina blue skies at the beach! Cold though…we had our first frost of the winter overnight.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:01h, 01 January Reply

      Many thanks, Julie! Fortunately the weather has warmed and is beautiful – Happy New Year to you too. Look forward to seeing your 2013 sewing projects 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:02h, 01 January Reply

      Many thanks, Julie! Fortunately the weather has warmed and is beautiful – Happy New Year to you too. Look forward to seeing your 2013 sewing projects

  • jennifer stratford
    Posted at 07:43h, 31 December Reply

    I love this dress on you and how you have styled it – fantastic!
    I always associate of going to the beach in summer – so it’s a little to strange to see you wearing a long sleeved dress and boots at the beach!!! Mind you it’s summer here and today was rather hot, so that probably is messing with my mind etc!!!!
    Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing more of your creations in 2013.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:05h, 01 January Reply

      Thank you so much, Jennifer! The dress in a bold print has a completely different look than the one featured on the pattern cover, but it’s a fun dress that will go with boots OR FLIPFLOPS at the beach 🙂 I prefer the beach in summer too, though there is a unique beauty to winter days here.

  • Laura
    Posted at 07:48h, 31 December Reply

    FABULOUS…..Keep up the good work regarding knits…they are my favorite fab to sew! You always inspire me! Happy New Year-Laura in Asheville

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:08h, 01 January Reply

      Thank you, Laura! What I find tricky about knits is understanding the stretch of unique fabrics. I’m hanging in there with them – hopefully by 2014 I’ll know what I’m doing 🙂

  • jenleanne
    Posted at 08:03h, 31 December Reply

    Drats, my first comment seems to have disappeared!
    Fantastic dress and I love how you have styled it – although I do find the idea of a wintery looking dress , boots and scarf a little disconcerting at the beach – probably because it’s summer here at the moment and today has been rather hot and I’m associating beaches with hot weather etc!!!
    I’ve just ordered the pattern from BMV – I’m so easily led!
    Happy New year from 2013 – it’s now 12.02am here!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:09h, 01 January Reply

      Many thanks Jenleanne! You are going to LOVE this pattern. Can’t wait to see what you make 🙂

  • Sally
    Posted at 08:27h, 31 December Reply

    Absolutely LOVE this pattern! The photos on the beach are wonderful!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:09h, 01 January Reply

      Thank you, Sally! It’s a great pattern and the water is especially blue this time of year 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 08:45h, 31 December Reply

    That’s a beautiful dress, Sarah, and it looks great on you, too. How do you like those ruched side seams? I’m always afraid details like that won’t translate well in the final fit, but it looks like they work very well??
    I can’t quite believe you can be on the beach without at least a jacket! But – it makes the perfect setting for showing off your newest creation.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:14h, 01 January Reply

      Thank you, Karen! I was hesitant about the ruching but I absolutely love the result! Next go around will definitely be in a smaller size as I believe the ruching is intended to enhance a tighter fit. Fortunately the weather warmed another 10 degrees and has been beautiful for New Year’s 🙂

  • Janet Wheeler
    Posted at 08:54h, 31 December Reply

    Love the dress. You truly are an inspiration.

  • June
    Posted at 09:02h, 31 December Reply

    Your description of your husband made me crack up. You did a beautiful job with the dress, what a way to head into the new year! Congratulations. I look forward to seeing more of your creations in 2013!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:23h, 01 January Reply

      My husband cracks me up all of the time 🙂 Many thanks for writing and I hope 2013 turns out to be a good year for you, June!

  • Claire
    Posted at 09:13h, 31 December Reply

    What a pretty dress! I love the gathers on the princess seams.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:23h, 01 January Reply

      Thank you, Claire! I was very pleased with the pattern construction 🙂

  • prttynpnk
    Posted at 12:36h, 01 January Reply

    Love it! That print is so pretty- what color can’t you wear, miss?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:20h, 02 January Reply

      Thank you, Ann! I look like I’m coming down with something when I wear olive 🙂

  • Kat
    Posted at 21:32h, 01 January Reply

    This is a very flattering style, and looks perfect for a few seasons – you’ve layered it well, but I can imagine it looking nice with less layers too! Happy New Year, and thank you for filling 2012 with interesting and beautiful sewing reviews 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:22h, 02 January Reply

      Thank you, Kat! I agree. I think the dress will look good with flip-flops and bare legs as well as boots and tights 🙂

  • Amanda S.
    Posted at 17:01h, 02 January Reply

    Very nice! I keep meaning to make this pattern. It’s nice to hear how easy it is.

  • lbrundage
    Posted at 16:07h, 07 January Reply

    Well, it’s just fabulous. What a winning dress!

  • Sally Sews
    Posted at 07:52h, 20 January Reply

    Hi you have a great sense of colour and are not afraid of print it is good to see someone not scared of trying new things ths worse is bothering to see but just making something in black for the asks of it cheers Sally

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