Vogue 9053 and a Pattern Giveaway!

19 Jun Vogue 9053 and a Pattern Giveaway!

A little late for the trip to Charlotte, but just in time for the sweltering heat!

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My plan was to make a new dress for the Charlotte Girls’ Weekend, Julie and I hosted over the weekend, but too much to do and too little time left me short.

While this pattern is not my typical silhouette, Vogue 9053 is loaded with summertime possibilities.

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After sewing the brocade party dress last October (blogged here), I was ready to expand my wardrobe to include more full skirts. I believe the secret to making this pattern work for me is the fitted upper bodice, and a gently draping fabric for the very full skirt. I chose a lightweight stretch woven polyester from JoAnn Fabrics. It reminds me of a silk twill and I couldn’t resist the feminine print.

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If I make the dress again I will retract the one bodice alteration I made to the pattern. Typically pattern bodices are too long for me, so I shortened the bodice by one inch. I think the waistline is a little high………. but live and learn.

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I used the narrow hem technique for the skirt detailed in an earlier post ( blogged here). No bulk and perfect for a full skirt.

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Our Charlotte Weekend was pure fun and joy! Julie and I dedicated our Sip & See to the memory of Kate Spade. She was a huge inspiration to me when I started Goodbye Valentino nearly seven years ago, and it was an honor to share this admiration with our group. The Oscar de la Renta exhibit was breathtaking, inspiring and life changing. It’s a must see for anyone who likes to dress or sew.

Below is our video recap of the weekend ….

Many thanks to the Charlotte Sewing Center for it’s wonderful hospitality, and to all of the lovely ladies who attended. We were honored by your presence and truly appreciate the effort of those who traveled from outside to Charlotte area to be with us. Being with kindred spirits is always a good thing!



Last but certainly not least is a giveaway from THE MCALL PATTERN COMPANY, celebrating the 6th month of the 2018 Ready-to-Wear Fast.

The lucky winner is Faster Number 17!

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Please send your contact information to goodbyevalentino@gmail.com by Friday, June 22 to claim your prize!

Until soon 😀


  • Alice Elliot
    Posted at 12:09h, 19 June Reply

    I actuallY think the slightly high waistline is very attractive. Nice cool dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:42h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you, Alice! I don’t dislike the waistband, but realized I did not need to alter it to get the fit of the pattern.

  • Ann Thanos
    Posted at 13:32h, 19 June Reply

    I agree with Alice about the waistline. I think, in this case, that it is preferable to one that sits right at the waist, because it lengthens the flowing skirt, making you look just a bit taller.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:22h, 21 June Reply

      Good point, Ann and many thanks for the comment!

  • De Campbell
    Posted at 13:49h, 19 June Reply

    You selected a perfect print and the fit is just right for you. No doubt, this is an ideal dress for the summer.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:24h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you, De! It’s unlike my other dresses and I think I’ll enjoy it during our hot humid summers. 😀

  • Mary Anne
    Posted at 13:50h, 19 June Reply

    Your dress 👗 is lovely, just perfect for warm summer weather.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:26h, 21 June Reply

      Many thanks,Mary Anne!!

  • Margaret Winters
    Posted at 15:02h, 19 June Reply

    Darling dress, and really enjoying your blog, you are such an inspiration to us all!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:30h, 21 June Reply

      🤗 Such a nice comment, Margaret! Many thanks..

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 17:25h, 19 June Reply

    Oh what a neat summer dress, pattern and choice of fabric are perfect. I wonder if you kept the high waist at the center front and then bring the balance of the waist to be at your natural waist, I’m suggesting a gentle curve from high waist to natural waist in front and the back to be at the natural waist. I think it may make you look taller….love the little hem, the low neckline, showing nothing but still sexy….just all around great make. Sarah, you never disappoint….I’m inspired.
    Thanks, laura

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:31h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Laura for your nice comment! That’s a great suggestion which I may try if I every make the pattern again. 😊

  • Jeff Laskowski
    Posted at 18:15h, 19 June Reply

    Very nice. A great look to welcome summer.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:23h, 20 June Reply

      Many thanks, Jeff 😊

  • Faye Lewis
    Posted at 19:18h, 19 June Reply

    So sorry I missed this. I was so close yet so far away – family high school graduation came first.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:22h, 20 June Reply

      Completely understand, Faye! Next time 😉

  • Melissa Archer
    Posted at 19:51h, 19 June Reply

    The waistband looks fine to me though I love wording re retracting the alteration next time. I tend to dither at times when making alterations – remembering I can reserve the right to retract them in future might help with that! Your dress is both simple and elegant, I really like it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:22h, 20 June Reply

      Many thanks, Melissa. There’s nothing wrong with the waistband, but I realized I didn’t need to alter the pattern after it was completed. 😉

  • Patty Price
    Posted at 20:25h, 19 June Reply

    I don’t see the video recap of the weekend; Can you send link please? Sorry I couldn’t attend friday night or Saturday

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 22:31h, 19 June Reply

    Your dress is beautiful!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:09h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Vanessa!

  • Doris Sayer
    Posted at 04:27h, 20 June Reply

    Love this style dress, it suits you perfectly, another pattern I need to buy and sew. Thank you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:09h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you, Doris! Go for it 😀

  • Debbie Mmarx
    Posted at 08:04h, 20 June Reply

    Love this dress and those SHOES!! Please tell me where you bought them. I am so inspired to sew again, especially after you just whipped this pretty dress up in a couple of days.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:31h, 21 June Reply

      Many thanks, Debbie! I’m wearing Kate Spade “Charm” shoes, which I bought 7 years ago. The style is still available but not sure what colors are offered now 😉

  • Janice Evans
    Posted at 11:37h, 20 June Reply

    Beautiful! I have seriously looked at this pattern, it is always great to see it made up.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:33h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you, Janice! Please send me a pic should you decide to make it 😊

  • Pamela Smith
    Posted at 03:06h, 23 June Reply

    I love that sillouhette on you Sarah, I remember the red and black brocade dress I thought you looked fabulous. I am a 5ft 2in petite and shall definitely wear that style it’s lovely.
    Pamela from Wales Uk x

  • peggy leah
    Posted at 08:45h, 23 June Reply

    I agree with Laura Casey. Empire front tapering
    to waist length in back. Tricky to do? Might be
    fun to try.

  • Amanda S.
    Posted at 12:38h, 23 June Reply

    I really like this style on you! It’s a nice change from your usual sheath dresses.

  • Karla Bruno
    Posted at 13:45h, 25 June Reply

    Video blocked due to SME content, whatever that means.

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