Vogue Pattern 1536

20 Jun Vogue Pattern 1536

I guess you could say I took a Covid Sabbatical which was unplanned, but I discovered it was much needed. Many thanks to all of you who checked in on me, and I’m truly touched by your concern. ❤️

I’m delighted to be back, vaccinated and all just in time for summer sewing – my favorite!


Had I known the design scale of this gorgeous pique from Farmhouse Fabrics, I might have passed it by. I bought the fabric last summer for the colors and envisioned a simple summer dress, but it remained folded and packaged until a few days ago.


Hoping for some inspiration on how to manage the giant design, I took a look at a few old Lilly Pulitzer dresses which belonged to my daughters. Not a single dress featured a matching pattern in the seam ……… even when it would have been easy to match!

Still I began to reconsider my decision. The drape was too stiff for a maxi, I wanted the dress to have a flattering shape, and I wanted to make a dress I would wear…  I bit the bullet and took the Lilly approach.

My pattern is Vogue 1536, a pattern that has been in the stash for a while but still available. The V-neck princess seam sheath is a favorite silhouette and would suit the weight of the fabric, but I knew pattern matching was out.

I treated the fabric as an abstract and concentrated on the fit.

The dress fits without much room to spare, but thankfully, I love the result.

Design wise, I began experimenting with placing a center trim after I had constructed the dress but before I added the lining.(Polyester)

I settled on the medallion type trim which I used in this dress four years ago. I machine stitched the trim using an open presser foot (Pfaff 1A known as The Star Foot), and a straight stitch. The stitching disappeared into the trim.

Maybe you have some helpful advice regarding attaching the lining to the armholes in a sleeveless dress. I’ve used many techniques over the years but I continue to believe there’s one I haven’t discovered. Although I like Emily Hallman’s tutorial which I used here, I hand-stitched the lining to the dress.

Turning the seam allowance of both the lining and the fashion fabric before stitching the shoulders together is very helpful when it comes time to attach the two together, but I know hand stitching is not the RTW method!

During my sabbatical I bought white jeans and that’s it. I’ve tried to shop, but sewing has turned me into such a picky shopper, I continue to be turned off by the quality or the price or both.

What’s a sewist to do? Suffer or sew – take your pick!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all who are celebrating, and a special shout out to my sweet hubby, one of the best fathers on earth!

Until soon 😊😊😊








summer favorites……….



  • Christine Taylor
    Posted at 07:37h, 20 June Reply

    What gorgeous fabric and I am glad to see you back in sewing mode.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:07h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you, Christine! I needed the break and am happy to be sewing again 😊

  • S
    Posted at 07:40h, 20 June Reply

    Wecome back. Was thinking of you the other day and wondered where you were!
    Loved this dress and seeing all the Lily fabric choices,etc.Those were the days.Ebay is a good source for some of the fabrics.But you are so creative with fabrics,I am sure you will share any good finds,etc.Nice that things do seem to be returning to a degree of whatever it used to be. But if will be interesting to see in several years what has really changed. I do prefer on line shopping. You blogger ladies have provided lots of new options to discover. That has been my biggest form of retail therapy! Best wishes and I am sure you will keep us informed of any new sewing tricks,ideas,etc.. out there

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:10h, 20 June Reply

      Many thanks! What I discovered just recently is in-store inspiration shopping is what fuels my sewing mojo. It’s so nice to be able to do this once again 😊

  • Suzi McGowan
    Posted at 07:40h, 20 June Reply

    Gorgeous! Gorgeous!! Looks like a Lilly! Your details are wonderful! I have vintage Lilly dresses…metal zippers in them.…😁…and I’ve inspected the details of the dresses too. No matching is right. But love the detail of lace for finishing the inside hems.
    I no longer shop retail. Just can’t. I know what works for my body. And I just can’t find it in RTW. Actually Lilly Classic shift dresses are my jam. But I will not pay the prices. Lol
    So wonderful to see you creating again! 💖

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:16h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Suzi! Sadly, Lilly has moved to cheap fabrics for many of their dresses, but there is nothing like a Lilly classic – if you can find one 😉

  • Janice Poda
    Posted at 07:50h, 20 June Reply

    Love the fabric! So glad to see you back!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:21h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you, Janice! Nice to be back 😉

  • PatB
    Posted at 07:56h, 20 June Reply

    Welcome back. Beautiful dress and perfect for you. Thanks for the lesson in Not Matching, the results are perfect for the fabric which is a standout. Happy Father’s Day and safe summer to You and Yours.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:22h, 20 June Reply

      Many thanks, Pat! It was hard to accept I’d need to chop up that beautiful design, but it worked, thank goodness 😊😊

  • Gail Cunningham
    Posted at 07:59h, 20 June Reply

    I was becoming concerned about you when I realized I hadn’t seen a blog post from you recently, and hope you and your family are all doing well. It’s always good to take a refreshing break!
    Your dress is beautiful, and reminds me to just get sewing!
    God bless, and welcome back!
    Gail Cunningham

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:24h, 20 June Reply

      Hi Gail!
      So nice to hear from you 😊 It’s wonderful to be back and summer sewing is the best!

  • Mary+Funt
    Posted at 08:09h, 20 June Reply

    Welcome back. We all need a break at times to re-energize. Good call on your choice to not pattern match. I think it looks better this way; matching that large scale print might have looked overwhelming in the finished dress. Inserting linings by hand is also my preferred method. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in your family.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:28h, 20 June Reply

      A Mary Funt stamp of approval is just what I needed! Thank you so much, Mary 😉 I knew the design would overwhelm me but that first cut was difficult. I also appreciate knowing your lining method.
      So nice to hear from you!

  • Patty Sampson
    Posted at 08:12h, 20 June Reply

    It was great to see a post from you in my inbox! It’s another indication that we are gradually getting back to a new normal.
    Your dress is beautiful!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:29h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Patty! It’s really nice to be getting out once again 😊

  • Hanh-Trang Ginocchio
    Posted at 08:17h, 20 June Reply

    What a re-entrance! The dress fit so well and is beautiful on you. So good to see you. back

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:29h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Hanh-Trang!

  • Sandy
    Posted at 08:20h, 20 June Reply

    It is gorgeous. Having something that fits well makes it hard to go back to RTW. It spoils one:) Glad you are back to sewing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:32h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you, Sandy! Your’e correct – it’s the fit……….. I can’t buy something that doesn’t fit just right 😊

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 08:27h, 20 June Reply

    So glad you are back! You are such an inspiration! I LOVE your dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:34h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn! I love this dress too which makes sewing so worth the effort! 😊😊 It’s nice to be back.

  • Marilee Berg
    Posted at 08:36h, 20 June Reply

    I love what you’ve done with the spectacular fabric. No need to 100% match such an abstract print although you’ve obviously paid attention to placement, loosely and your dress is fabulous.

    I have some old remnant bits of Lilly fabrics which I used to make pandemic masks for myself and my Lilly loving grown daughter, plus some small accessory items. As nearly as I can tell, there’s nowhere to buy new yardage. I remember going into the Key West shop years ago and buying Lilly Pulitzer hand print fabrics off rolls displayed on the walls. I still have a pair of shorts I made eons ago, though they no longer fit. I can’t part with them, so may salvage the fabric.

    I was in the Goodwill store recently [now that I’m vaccinated] doing some reconnoitering. I found a large silk Tommy Bahama mens camp shirt for $6 and a Lilly black and white print knit maxi skirt [also $6]. It’s a petite size, so I’ll harvest the material to incorporate into a Tee, and I’ll remake/size down the shirt for myself. Neither items shows any signs of wear.

    I live in coastal South Florida, so Lilly outfits are ubiquitous, year round. Unfortunately, I must agree with others, the current fabrics being used are not the same quality as vintage Pulitzer garments or yardage.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:46h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you for your comment Marilee! If you happen to find a Lilly fabric source, please share! 😊

  • Kathleen Delcourt
    Posted at 08:41h, 20 June Reply

    Hurray, you’re back! This was such a nebulous time in history. Not quite sure who to trust, but we made it! We are all taking baby steps as we come back to normal. Your talent always makes me want to sit right down and sew. Thank you for posting your beautiful clothes. You are an inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:49h, 20 June Reply

      Many thanks for your lovely comment, Kathleen! For me it is so nice to be able to visit stores for a little in-person sewing inspiration. 😉

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 08:49h, 20 June Reply

    Looks like you’re back!! Stronger than ever!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:37h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you, Cissie ~ I’m waiting to see some of your gorgeous creations return to social media 😉

  • Lisa+Jones
    Posted at 08:51h, 20 June Reply

    What a beautiful dress! I smiled when I read Goodbye Valentino in my e mails!!! “You’re back”… I have missed you!!!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:38h, 20 June Reply

      Ah…….. your smile makes me smile, Lisa! Many thanks 🤗🤗

  • Kelly Mercer
    Posted at 09:13h, 20 June Reply

    Welcome back, we have missed you! The dress looks fabulous! Thank you for sharing so many details. I am still learning and your commentary is so very helpful. 😃

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:59h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Kelly! What I’ve learned through the years is that almost all of us sewists are still learning 😊 And what I love about the sewing community is that everyone is so willing to share their knowledge!

  • Heather Myers
    Posted at 09:17h, 20 June Reply

    Happy to see you sewing, enjoying yourself – and the dress is a stunner! Lovely. Thanks!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:36h, 20 June Reply

      Many thanks, Heather! I’m happy to be sewing again 😊

  • Jan Pitts
    Posted at 09:21h, 20 June Reply

    I’m so glad to see your posts again. Your dress looks great on you. I believe your presser foot is called the “star foot” (not sure why). I used mine yesterday working on a tunic from the Tunic Bible.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:35h, 20 June Reply

      Jan – thanks so much! I’ve edited the post to include the name of the foot 😉. Please send me a pic of your completed tunic!!!!

  • Maggie Simmons
    Posted at 09:28h, 20 June Reply

    Have missed you!! SO glad you are back and inspiring us again!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:35h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Maggie! I’m really pleased to be back 😊

  • Suzanne Landau
    Posted at 09:34h, 20 June Reply

    Fab dress, love the gorgeous fabric and trimming. Can I ask where you order trim like this? I have the same Vogue pattern and have some lovely Georgio Armani cotton jacquard to make this dress in but I am so not a fan of anything polyester or acetate, lining wise, I use a satin soft fine Pima cotton, it’s sooo much more comfortable in the heat.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:28h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you Suzanne! I found this trim a few years ago at a Bernina dealer store in Mt. Pleasant SC, which also carried fabric and trims.
      While I’m a fan of Pima Cotton and use it also for lining, I like the way polyesters and silk glide over my body when I’m wearing fitted clothes.
      Would love to see a photo of your finished Georgia Armani jacquard dress!!!! 😊

    • Joan
      Posted at 16:52h, 20 June Reply

      Suzanne, Can you share a link or reference to the specific cotton you use for summer linings?
      Thank you!

  • Charlotte Curtis
    Posted at 09:35h, 20 June Reply

    What a beautiful piece of fabric! Your dress looks perfect. Always look forward to your inspiring blog posts!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:28h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Charlotte! I’m so pleased with the result 😊

  • Margaret Winters
    Posted at 09:52h, 20 June Reply

    Welcome back, Sarah! Have missed seeing your blogs; figured you were busy with grandchildren. It has been a really strange time. I thought of you several times as we prepared for our daughter’s wedding, held a week ago in our garden. That was our motivator, both in the garden and for me at the sewing machine, as I refashioned my dress for her, Looking forward to things getting back more to normal and more inspiration from you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:32h, 20 June Reply

      Margaret ~ I’m so happy to be back. My daughter had six surgeries during Covid. That combined with everyday Covid restrictions reduced sewing mojo to a big zero.
      Thank you for thinking of me during your daughter’s wedding preparations! I hope the wedding was all you dreamed it would be 😉
      I too, hope we can return to ‘normal’ and many thanks for the comment!

  • Christine Hounsell
    Posted at 09:54h, 20 June Reply

    I believe the Pfaff foot you are referring to is called the “Star” foot. It is the same as the 1A but it is open.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:33h, 20 June Reply

      You’re so right, Christine – it is the Star foot! I use it all the time and appreciate the info 😊

  • Meg McKinney
    Posted at 10:06h, 20 June Reply

    Welcome back! I have been hoping you’d post soon, again. I actually looked at ayour blog a few times in the past month, wondering if I’d missed something. This post reduces my intimidation of large prints, and use of trim. and, I am so glad prints don’t always don’t always have to match. I like the “abstract” attitude. 😎 . Your dress – and you – look terrific!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:36h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you, Meg! I’m so happy to be back 😊 Turning the print into an abstract gave me a sense of freedom that I needed to make the dress. Whew!

  • Jody Hug
    Posted at 10:38h, 20 June Reply

    So nice to hear from you again. Your new dress is beautiful and you are always an inspiration.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:24h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you, Jody! It’s great to be sewing again!

  • Barbara Williams
    Posted at 10:57h, 20 June Reply

    It is wonderful to see you back! And wow, it was worth the wait. I loved the fabric when you first let us see it, and it is more beautiful in the dress you made. And the colors are perfect for you. You look like the Caribbean. 😀 I too, am no longer interested in shopping for clothing. Oh yes……. I really do like the shoes you are wearing! Would you mind sharing the brand? Thank you.

    Barb in HOT Texas

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:31h, 20 June Reply

      Barbara ~ Thank you for your awesome comment! The shoes are the Lilly Pulitzer Gigi Wedge. My husband shared a cash prize he won in a sponsored golf tournament and gave me a tip – I bought the shoes 😂

      • Barbara Williams
        Posted at 19:12h, 20 June Reply

        thank you!

  • Alice Elliot
    Posted at 11:02h, 20 June Reply

    Welcome back! I’ve just begun sewing for myself again too. I love how your dress came out. I’ll be making a few for summer after mostly masks and t shirts!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:53h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you Alice! There is nothing like a summer dress, and so much more fun to make than masks and t-shirts 😉

  • Patricia Leonardi
    Posted at 11:11h, 20 June Reply

    Beautiful dress. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to your information.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:53h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Patricia!

  • Claire Tyler
    Posted at 11:27h, 20 June Reply

    Welcome Back, a lady on my workshop today is wearing a tunic from the Tunic Bible and we were just saying we hadn’t heard from you for a while when I received your email.
    Lovely to see you back, inspirational as ever with a beautiful dress.
    I like to finish linings by hand too 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:54h, 20 June Reply

      So nice to know you were thinking about me Claire! I’m d e l i g h t e d to be sewing again 😊😊

  • Martha Ann Murray
    Posted at 11:30h, 20 June Reply

    Welcome back! I, too, wondered where you were! Nothing like a daughter to keep you on your toes – I hope all surgeries were successful! I have missed all the “fasters” – it is the group (and your blog) that really got me back to sewing clothing after so many years of quilting. I never would have made Jalie jeans or a Wiksten Haiti, not to mention a number of tops if I had not read about indie designers and fabric beyond JoAnns! So thank you Sarah and everybody who contributes so willingly!
    Martha Ann in NC

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:57h, 20 June Reply

      Martha ~ It’s also very nice for me to hear from all of you! I’m happy you’re still here 😊😊 Five of the six surgeries were successful, but the good news is she is doing very well now. Thank you for asking.

  • Anya
    Posted at 11:46h, 20 June Reply

    Your version of the dress is definitely a success! The Pulitzer inspiration is a winner! I have struggled to get a good fit on this dress, and one complete (unwearable) muslin later, still not finished! Funny, the lining issue is my biggest complaint. I’m having better success with using separate facings for arms and neck (understitched, folded under, and catchstitched on top of the lining). However,, the shoulder sections on this dress are too narrow. I’m still wrecking my brain about it. I dislike their method of closing the shoulder seams… And is there a flaw/mistake in the pattern pieces for the lining? Good thing that I bought the pattern for the jacket! The dress might have to wait for a while longer!
    Enjoy your dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:51h, 20 June Reply

      What a time you’re having, Anya! For this dress I did things my way and did not check the pattern instructions…. After reading your comment, maybe that was a good thing!
      Many thanks for your comment 😊

  • Beth Galvin
    Posted at 11:46h, 20 June Reply

    Great to see you and perfect summer dress, the colors are so nice on you. And it also reminds me of Pucci prints which also came in fantastic prints and colors.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:49h, 20 June Reply

      Hi Beth ~ So nice to hear from you! The design scale certainly reminds me of Pucci who mastered fabric placement! Many thanks for your comment 😊

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 13:27h, 20 June Reply

    Great fabric that you made into a perfect summer dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:47h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you, Maggie! I wish I had more but I might have just enough to make Birdie a shift 🤞🤞

  • Elizabeth Lancaster
    Posted at 13:55h, 20 June Reply

    Welcome back! As always you are an inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:46h, 20 June Reply

      Thank you Elizabeth! So nice to hear from you and I hope all is well 😊

  • Barbara Mallon
    Posted at 14:11h, 20 June Reply

    So glad to see you sewing and posting again – and with such a lovely fabric and pattern! I have a question though. It’s unclear to me why you felt you needed trim down the center of the dress? There doesn’t appear to be a seam there and the fabric underneath the trim looks so beautiful?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:45h, 20 June Reply

      Ah….. I was waiting for someone to ask me. First of all I love the focal point trim brings to a garment, but in truth, I did not like the way the front pattern piece and my left center piece looked together. The trim takes the eye away from fabric placement. 😉
      Many thanks for the question and comment, Barbara!

  • Jo Barley
    Posted at 14:31h, 20 June Reply

    Beautiful dress and fabric! I also love hand sewing and putting linings in by hand. You can add a special touch with a special stitch such as feather stitch. With this pattern you could attach lining by machine also. Sew shoulder seams and then then sew lining and outer pieces at neckline and armholes. I make my lining 1/8” smaller than outer garment. You then turn through shoulder seam. You can understitch but it is tricky with the armholes. I usually understitch the neckline before sewing armholes;es. You can then sew you side seams on both and attach your zipper in back. I also have special way of attaching lining to zipper by machine. I use invisible zippers and it has a very professional finish. You might want to try sometime,,maybe a top first, but there is really nothing classier (in my opinion) than hand sewing. Keep up the great work!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:39h, 20 June Reply

      Jo ~ Thank you so much for this comment! I’d love to talk to you further about the techniques you use.

    • Angela Wright
      Posted at 00:47h, 24 June Reply

      I agree with Jo. I machine stitch the neck first, under stitch and then do the same with the armholes turning through the shoulders. Have to keep the back seam open though and sew the back zip in last of all. I also use invisible zip. I’m working on a shift dress with a large print right now for a wedding. I only matched at the neckline but had to position a very large flower in the right place at the front. Looking at Sarah’s dress, she placed the print to perfection. Happy sewing all and thanks Sarah for sharing.

    • Heather Myers
      Posted at 16:13h, 27 June Reply

      Thanks, Jo! 😊

  • Mery
    Posted at 14:39h, 20 June Reply

    It’s such a blessing to see you again. You appear to be rejuvenated by your well-deserved sabbatical. I was concerned you would get burnout and quit blogging for good, I hope your daughter’s health is .good. Your dress and, well, just wearing something that fits is inspiring. Breaking up a big abstract just makes it more abstract, which improves it. Thank you ever so much for sharing your summer dress. It’s as refreshing as iced tea with an old friend.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:37h, 20 June Reply

      Ah…. what a lovely comment, Mery! Thank you for asking about Katie. She’s doing well, but she did have six surgeries during Covid which is one of the reasons I lost the sewing mojo.
      Anyhow, I do feel rejuvenated and am chomping at the bit to sew! Many thanks.

      • Heather Myers
        Posted at 16:10h, 27 June Reply

        I hope your daughter is on the road to recovery now! Having just had ONE for a knee replacement, I cannot that the recovery for 6 in 2 years.

  • Gayle
    Posted at 16:28h, 20 June Reply

    So happy to see you back Sarah! I’ve missed your sewing inspirations!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:22h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you, Gayle! I’m happy to be sewing again 😊

  • Joan
    Posted at 16:58h, 20 June Reply

    Sarah, Glad you are back to sewing and the blog! Loved this post. While I am not a Lilly girl, after 25 years of living in the Southeast previously, I do appreciate the look on other women. Your dress, with its large-scale print placed beautifully and lovely fit, far exceeds Lilli quality and design. The trim is icing on the cake!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:28h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Joan! Funny, I never considered myself to be a Lilly girl, but when my children were teenagers we all began to wear Lilly. They moved on……. However I agree with you in that I prefer my dress to today’s Lilly dresses hands down 😊

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 17:45h, 20 June Reply

    Welome back! I love how your dress turned out!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:28h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Vanessa!

  • Jennifer Shaw
    Posted at 20:37h, 20 June Reply

    Welcome back! It is wonderful to see you sewing! I really love how your dress turned out. It looks perfect on you!

  • Jo Barley
    Posted at 20:42h, 20 June Reply

    Sure, I would like that. Making beautiful garments is my first love. Helping others my second.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:29h, 21 June Reply

      Wonderful, I’ll be in touch. Thanks so much.

  • Bernadette O’Brien
    Posted at 21:55h, 20 June Reply

    Welcome back!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:29h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you, Bernadette!

  • Kathy Rockey
    Posted at 01:41h, 21 June Reply

    I do not have the garment expertise that you do, but my Mother was very gifted. I also think the vintage patterns had many more detailed instructions and clever techniques. She usually used a single bias strip of the lining fabric and stitched it to the outside of both layers, fabric and lining on a sleeveless armhole, and turned it to the inside, tucked the raw edge under and slip stitched the bias to the lining. Years ago she also used a similar treatment on my wedding dress with sheer sleeves. Bias satin strip to bind the armhole seam allowance. I find it much easier to work with than a facing sometimes for both armholes and necklines. Just a thought.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:32h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you, Kathy 😊 I use bias strips for unlined sleeveless garments and I too prefer it to facings. How lovely that your mother made your wedding dress!

    Posted at 03:00h, 21 June Reply

    very nice to see you again, i love this dress, making now the same, in dark blue.
    I prefere yous without “morroccan detail”
    But each choice is good.

    Jeanne from Paris (France)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:33h, 21 June Reply

      Hope to see your dark blue dress Jeanne. Please send a pic 😉

  • Sally
    Posted at 08:22h, 21 June Reply

    I’m so glad you are back. You are a wonderful inspiration. Thank you!
    I looked for the Emily Hallman tutorial you mentioned but the page no longer exists and I could not find it on her blog. Although I did get some other great Information from her.
    Happy Sewing Y’all!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:08h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you, Sally ! I’m not sure what happened to Emily – will check out and thanks for letting me know 😉

  • Daisy BROMLOW
    Posted at 08:23h, 21 June Reply

    Good to see you are back ! Love the dress .

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:08h, 21 June Reply

      Thanks so much, Daisy! It’s nice to be back 😊

  • Joan Stehman
    Posted at 08:37h, 21 June Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the embellished front.
    Many times I have tried to find “Lily Pulitzer” fabric but have always come up empty. Do you know if there is a site that carries it or something similar?
    Definitely glad you’re back and am looking forward to seeing and reading about your next creation.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:10h, 21 June Reply

      I’ve had a difficult time finding Lilly fabrics. A few Etsy stores sell it, but there was a high demand for Lilly masks during Covid making it more difficult to find. If I ever come across a good Lilly site, I’ll certainly share it. Many thanks for your comment 😊

  • neucarol
    Posted at 09:52h, 21 June Reply

    Lovely and practical dress.
    Interested in lining insertion but unfortunately, the link is not working.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:11h, 21 June Reply

      Thank you, Carol 😊 You are referring to Emily Hallman’s link I am assuming?

  • Karen+of+Fifty+Dresses
    Posted at 12:49h, 21 June Reply

    Beautiful, Sarah. Those are your colors! So lovely to see you back… Happy summer to you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:14h, 21 June Reply

      Thanks so much, Karen! I’ve been attracted to these colors all my life and bought the fabric for that reason. BTW – I’m headed your way in August 😊😊 (can’t remember if your in Montana or Wyoming).

  • Kay Gee
    Posted at 08:52h, 22 June Reply

    Hi Sarah! I too am so glad to see you posting again. I figured that you were taking time off from blogging. Hope your sewing and blogging batteries are all charged up and ready to go!

    There is a way to insert sleeveless dresses by machine. Clotilde (remember her?) details the technique in her VHS (yeah, I know) tape entitled “Tailoring”. The technique may very well also be shown in her sewing text, “Sew Smart”. I have both, but can’t seem to find either at the moment.

    When I do, I’ll come back and try and describe her methods, if you’d like. Again, so glad to see that you’re back!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:53h, 25 June Reply

      I am not familiar with Clotilde but I will check her out! I’ve inserted lining by machine many times, but it gets so fiddly that I usually resort to the reliable hand method.
      Many thanks for your comment ~ indeed my sewing and blogging batteries seem to be charged 😊😊

  • Kay Gee
    Posted at 08:53h, 22 June Reply

    Oops! I meant “sleeveless dress linings”! Sorry abt that!

  • Patricia Mack
    Posted at 22:17h, 22 June Reply

    Pretty dress. Welcome back. Good to see hear from you Sarah.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:53h, 25 June Reply

      Thanks so much Patricia!

  • MaryEllen P
    Posted at 10:28h, 23 June Reply

    Your inspiration has been. Issued – so happy you are back & your daughter is doing well

    • MaryEllen P
      Posted at 17:06h, 23 June Reply

      Your inspiration has been missed

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:54h, 25 June Reply

      Many thanks, Mary Ellen! I’ve enjoyed following your IG posts 😊😊😊

  • Connie Murphy
    Posted at 23:21h, 23 June Reply

    Hi Sarah, the trim refinished it nicely. I’m working on some tunics for summer. I found Lily fabric on Etsy via Hong Kong.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:56h, 25 June Reply

      Connie ~. I bought Lilly fabric on Etsy before Covid and then I could only find it 18″ squares (for masks).
      Hope all is well with you and I’d love to see your tunics!

  • Mary Anne Chambers
    Posted at 13:59h, 24 June Reply

    Hello Sarah,
    Your dress is beautiful, so nice to see your garments again. I have missed both yourself and Julie.
    With regards to sewing the armholes on lined sleeveless dresses, since I learned this method many years ago, I never use any other method!
    I make up the dress and lining but do not stitch the back seam. Join lining to dress, stitching armholes and neckline, then understitching as far as possible. Once trimmed and pressed, turn garment to right side by pulling through the shoulders….I know it is a small area but I have always managed….then stitch back seam inserting zipper etc.
    This gives a very neat and professional finish to the armholes.
    I am afraid for me, having DH work from home during this pandemic was very bad for my waistline, and I stopped sewing.
    Back on track now and have started losing the lbs so hopefully I will be sewing again soon.
    Best wishes,
    Mary Anne

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:01h, 25 June Reply

      BRILLIANT, Mary Anne! I just finished a sleeveless garment to be blogged soon, but I LOVE this advice and will certainly give it a try.
      Many thanks! 😊😊😊

      • Mary Anne Chambers
        Posted at 13:47h, 25 June Reply

        Sorry Sarah, I wrote that in a bit of a hurry last night….I should have said not to stitch the side seams either.
        So join dress backs and front at shoulders and same for lining.
        Attach lining to dress at neckline and armholes, then you can pull the backs through the shoulders.
        The side seams of dress and lining will be stitched in one continuous seam.
        I hope this makes sense, I have not done it for over a year now, really need to get back to it, as I like sleeveless dresses with a little shrug cardigan.
        I look forward to your next blog post. x

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