Vogue Pattern 8833, White Linen Top

15 Jul Vogue Pattern 8833, White Linen Top

In March a color specialist spoke to a women’s group I belong to. I haven’t thought about the Color Me Beautiful scene since the 80s, but this industry is going strong! Our speaker came from House of Colour and the business has expanded into makeup, accessories, hair color, and even balancing silhouettes and proportions….

We were told that a pure red color looks good on everyone (leading me to buy the Red Tunic), but not so with black and white. I should wear beige, navy and chocolate brown…..


I understand how blue and yellow undertones affect what colors look best on us, but I cannot give up black and I cannot give up white!

White linen is the essence of summer and white linen tops are the unsung heroes of summer wardrobes! The last white top I made was impractical and I did not buy one during my dry spell.

I  find buying blouses that fit in the back to be nearly impossible and was somewhat desperate to make one that was useful!

Vogue Pattern 8833, White Linen Top

I envisioned a white, princess seamed, sleeveless blouse with a tie front. Using linen from my stash, I began with Vogue 8833.

White Linen Top, Vogue Pattern 8833

I haven’t sewn this pattern in 10 years even though I still enjoy and wear the last version I painstakingly made in silk! (click HERE)

As you see in the pic, the pattern features a wrap blouse in a longer length. I shortened the top in order to have easy access to pants pockets and to avoid wrinkles from sitting.

Vogue 8833, Goodbye Valentino

I omitted the long wrap ties and made two 15×2 inch ties. I attached one to the right front piece and the other in the seam of the left front and left side front.

To keep the top closed I sewed two snaps indicated by the arrows below..



I had these 2018 stretch cotton sateen pants in mind while making the top and wanted a garment designed to be worn on the outside, but not overly long.  I believe this works 😊

The top was looking good … but once I removed four inches of the length the silhouette became boxy, the linen began to stretch and every seam needed tweaking 😬

C’est la vie….. I made it work and learned a valuable lesson 😉

So now dear Readers I’m curious……….. are you wearing BLACK, WHITE OR RED these days? Would you quit wearing white blouses because they are not your color or start wearing RED because you can?



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  • Margaret Simmons
    Posted at 06:46h, 15 July Reply

    So happy to hear from you again!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:50h, 15 July Reply

      Thank you, Margaret! I’m delighted to be sewing and blogging again 😘

  • Barkcloth
    Posted at 07:09h, 15 July Reply

    Happy to read your blog. So much better than IG.
    I never wear red, I look ridiculous in it. I once did a Colour me Beautiful test (indeed, in the eighties) and the outcome was that I never should wear bright colours, especially not red. My colours are muffled, preferably earth tones. I should not wear white and black as well, and I sticked to that for a long time, but now black has sneaked in my wardrobe again. So convenient as a basic colour!
    I think you red tunic is lovely for summer, but don’t listen to someone who tells you that everyone can wear red. Some people (me) look very, very slutty in it.
    I like your wrap blouse better than the white blouse with the scalloped edges.

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

      Well, Barkcloth…… I agree with everything you say! It’s important to go with your instincts and be your own judge, although I’m always interested in expert advice 😉 I have a daughter who cannot wear red so I was surprised to hear her statement.
      About the white blouse with scalloped edges…….. I think it’s designed to be a tuck-in shirt and I don’t wear too many of those these days……
      Many thanks for your comment!

  • Robin
    Posted at 07:18h, 15 July Reply

    No to giving up the colors.. Navy (blue versus yellowed) is my black. Off-white is my white so that is easy to find and sew. I still wear black but try to offset with a shawl or scarf that is a better color. Depends on how sallow it makes me look. Black or white can still be on the bottom! A little red goes a long way. Welcome back!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:35h, 15 July Reply

      We must have similar coloring Robin and I agree about wearing black and white on the bottom, but………. I have too much invested in black and white clothing ( a lot of blood sweat and tears ) and often enjoy wearing both!

  • Charlotte Broome
    Posted at 07:24h, 15 July Reply

    I just “ had my colors done” and was told I look best in cool, muted shades. Fine – but like you, I cannot agree to give up black and white.
    It is so nice to see your posts in my inbox again!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:37h, 15 July Reply

      Thanks so much for the comment, Charlotte 😊 Having our colors done must be making a comeback!

  • Cynthia Minor
    Posted at 07:40h, 15 July Reply

    Hello Sarah! I’m very glad to be seeing your posts in my inbox again. I remember the ‘Color Me’ conversations from the 80’s very well. Interestingly enough, the colorist was pretty spot on, even though I was a “blond” at the time, and it wasn’t until I let my natural hair go silver that I realized how right she was! My wardrobe colors changed considerably after that. Fortunately, white and black are in my color family, but I would never stop wearing either color regardless. They are my staples! Red is also a favorite, although I have very few red items. I’ll have to look into that. Moving to the Charleston area 10 years ago started my love affair with linen, and white linen especially. This top looks lovely with the summer green pants. Happy sewing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:59h, 15 July Reply

      Cynthia, Thanks so much for your comment and I know linen is the go to fabric on a day like this in Charleston! In my opinion, linen is the most “breathable” fabric of all😊 Interesting how your hair color affected your color choices!

  • Cheryl Lemmons
    Posted at 07:42h, 15 July Reply

    With my white hair, black is my go-to. I love to add a pop of color with a scarf or jacket. In the 80’s a colorist determined that I was a winter. Those bold, cool colors feel great. I’ve always felt like an Easter egg in pastels. As I get older I get thought, I’m branching out more. If I like a color, I wear it…such as mustard yellow. Love that you’re back!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:01h, 15 July Reply

      Thank you, Cheryl – I’m delighted to be back 😊 You look fantastic in bold colors! I just replied to Cynthia above how interesting it is that our hair color affects our color choices regardless of our skin colors and undertones……………

  • Karen Hinson
    Posted at 08:02h, 15 July Reply

    I never wear black or white except on the bottom. I feel that I don’t have much contrast with my skin and hair to carry it off. I have blur undertones and can wear navy and winter white. I have worn read but must be careful as to what kind of red😂. I like this pattern and would be interested in trying it with sleeves and shorter ties, like you did. I’m short and fluffy. I love receiving your information and what you have been up to! Please don’t stop.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:36h, 15 July Reply

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Karen! This pattern is discontinued but probably available on Ebay, Etsy etc…. I’ve noticed several similar patterns, but what I like about this one are the princess seams in the back. 😊

  • Mabel Goddard
    Posted at 08:07h, 15 July Reply

    So good to hear from you!! I love, love linen and love white and black. I believe I have one red sweater for Christmas and haven’t wear it either. I like happy colors, not to bright but just the right shades.🌸🌸💕

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:37h, 15 July Reply

      Hi Mabel! Many thanks for your comment…… I think my problem is I like every color except for Olive Green. I look like I’m coming down with something when I wear it 😬

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 08:12h, 15 July Reply

    So excited to see your post! With my salt and pepper hair, and pink undertones, black/white/red are my go To’s. However I’ve never really liked ‘just a white blouse’……it doesn’t pull an outfit together….but love a black blouse with a white scalloped edge collar….black slacks …. And I’m ready for summer church.!
    These days, I like contrast in my prints, rather than 1 solid color……..If you get a compliment about what you’re wearing, take note of the color…..

    So glad you’reback, sewing, blogging…..just all of it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:38h, 15 July Reply

      Great advice, Laura ! ! ! Many thanks for your comment 😘😘

  • Christine Taylor
    Posted at 08:25h, 15 July Reply

    I am so glad you are back blogging and look forward to future posts.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:39h, 15 July Reply

      Thank you, Christine! I’m delighted to be back 😊

  • Billy Gunn
    Posted at 08:45h, 15 July Reply

    I respectfully disagree with the color specialist! White looks great on you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:43h, 15 July Reply


  • Anne G Reyner
    Posted at 08:57h, 15 July Reply

    I cannot access the pictures of your July 15 post 😢😩 Can it be fixed ?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:59h, 15 July Reply

      Anne, Make sure you click on the blog title in your email and it should take you to the website.

      • Anne G Reyner
        Posted at 09:29h, 15 July Reply

        Thank you 😊 I am so glad you are posting again ! I missed your posts.

        • goodbyevalentino
          Posted at 10:44h, 15 July Reply

          Thank you and I’m glad the problem is resolved!

  • Marilyn Kruse
    Posted at 09:11h, 15 July Reply

    When it comes to color, Nancy Nix Rice is the only person I would trust on this. According to her, red, white and black are not flattering on some people. She did my colors about 10 years ago and I think she is spot on. She has done them for others in my sewing guild, and again, her color/value picks are flattering.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:45h, 15 July Reply

      Marilyn ~. Thank you for sharing Nancy’s name! What a great idea for sewing guild presentations!

  • Anne Devaney
    Posted at 10:10h, 15 July Reply

    There are cool reds (have a blue undertone) and there are warm reds (tends to yellow/orange). I spent my professional life teaching painting. There is not such thing as “pure red”. I can wear cool reds but can’t go near warm reds.

    So glad that you are blogging again.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:46h, 15 July Reply

      I don’t know which shade of red she was talking about, but I agree that some reds work better than others on me. Many thanks for the comment, Anne!

  • Karel Riley
    Posted at 10:20h, 15 July Reply

    With my coloring – light/med beige with pink overtones, and silver hair, I can’t handle colors or patterns with too much contrast because I have so little contrast between face and hair. Pure white is too stark, but off-white or cream are good. Black on the bottom is what I do, never by my face. Muted, light colors are best. I think probably everyone can wear SOME shade of red. Red can be orangey or pinky or greyed or saturated – so many options. This is a fascinating subject.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:48h, 15 July Reply

      Thank you for your comment, Karel – it is a fascinating subject and I wish this service was offered online!!! Sounds like you know what colors work best for you 😊😊

  • Deborah R Penner
    Posted at 10:21h, 15 July Reply

    My coloring is similar to yours and have always worn white and black. Have made and worn several white linens shirt dresses. Over the years. Great for summer. I have also made and purchased and worn out a number of little black sheath dresses. A wardrobe staple all year. A clear bright red looks best on my, like your tunic.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:51h, 15 July Reply

      Since I attended this presentation, I have noticed that white does not look great on everybody, but I think so many factors play into it – makeup, jewelry, hair etc…….
      Many thanks for your comment, Deborah!

  • Heather in Colorado
    Posted at 10:30h, 15 July Reply

    I think you look terrific in black and white!

    White and clear or pale yellow on me = the olive green look on you! Cream is fine especially with a scarf or some color. I’m a little leary of any “always” statement. I am wearing more navy and burgundy vs black now that my brown hair is getting gray – looks less stark on my somewhat ruddy skin coloring.😊

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:56h, 15 July Reply

      Hmmm…… maybe another reason not to go gray yet, Heather – not ready to change my colors 😊 I think I can wear white although off white may be the better choice. It’s important to use our own judgment sometimes. and it sounds like you know how to make colors work for you!

  • Carol in Texas
    Posted at 10:47h, 15 July Reply

    When I had my colors done in the 80s, the universal colors were turquoise and coral. I was born a redhead and my mother would not let me wear red. She loved blue, so most of the things she made for me…..and she sewed beautifully…….were in blue. As an adult I realize I look awful in blue! It is my least favorite color. Mother bought me red houseshoes and robes, but after my color analysis, I realize I can wear orangey reds…..there are lots of shades of red! I have black pants, but black around my face kills my coloring. I do wear white, but off white looks better on me. I was told I was an Autumn, but as I’ve aged, I lean more toward the softer Spring colors. The Autumn colors are pretty bold. Ever since that color diagnosis, I’ve leaned toward the advice the consultant gave me. I think it’s interesting it is having a revival.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:49h, 15 July Reply

      You know your colors, Carol which is so fortunate! I can see a mother sewing for her daughter in the mother’s favorite colors 😊 I bet I did that when my children were young. How well I remember turquoise and coral being THE colors. I have a friend who is an Autumn and in the 80s her entire house was turquoise and coral 😉

  • Debra
    Posted at 10:51h, 15 July Reply

    Thank you for taking your readers along in your return to sewing. Your top turned out great and looks fabulous on you.

    May I make a color suggestion? Imogen Lamport of Inside Out style has the best eye for color analysis. She has created an ingenious online method of identifying one’s best color match. Those of us who have enrolled in her 7 Steps to Style program–and participate in the private Facebook group associated with the program–will sometimes try to guess the correct palette when someone posts photos in the group. And, we really try to be accurate but wait with baited breath for Imogen to weigh in. She is amazing. She will identify which of the 18 color palettes she has created is your best match. That is not all…she will also determine your best color contrast and value contrast!

    Imogen Lamport’s 7 Steps to Style was the best investment I’ve ever made. It was an absolute lifeline. And, what I learned there has positively impacted my sewing choices. I’d even go so far as to say, “Don’t sew without it!”

    And, BTW, with all the guidelines Imogen offers, she also says that personality trumps any guideline! So, you’re fine with your black and white if that is what you really want!

    • Annette M Untalasco
      Posted at 13:12h, 15 July Reply

      Debra I too went to Imogen for color analysis and joined 7 Steps Style program. It changed my choices of colors and I am glad I did. I look so much better in my Serene colors than in the brights I am drawn to. Yes, I put in some brights because my personality wants them and they make me happy.
      White is more than pure bright white, finding the shades of white that are best for you is pretty simple. Look at the whites of your eyes.
      Black is a color I have never liked so that was easy for me. My husband wears mainly dark colors and is constantly trying to get me to wear dark. He has finally admitted that darks are not me, he still makes suggestions knowing that I will ignore.

      • Debra
        Posted at 10:29h, 17 July Reply

        Thank you for your supportive message, Annette. I have the Serene palette also! Having my colors but also learning that I am low/low medium value contrast and low medium/medium color contrast solved the mystery for me of why I’d had such a difficult time. I keep a list of my Serene Sisters at my computer station and I’m delighted to add you to the group!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:54h, 15 July Reply

      I’m sold Deborah and Annette! In an earlier post I stated that an online color analysis would be wonderful and here it is. Thank you!!!!

      • Monica Kalisch
        Posted at 18:00h, 15 July Reply

        I’ve also been to Imogen Lamport – face to face as I live in Australia. I’d pretty much guessed what my colour palette would be, as they’re the colours that have always been what I feel happy in. My colours have also changed (become more muted) over the years as I’ve aged and my skin and hair have changed colour but for all that I do break my “rules” …………………. regularly 🤣

        • Debra
          Posted at 10:33h, 17 July Reply

          Monica, how fun to have Imogen determine your colors in person! It has been interesting observing palette changes for some in the 7 Steps group over the years. What has been the progression of your palette?

      • Debra
        Posted at 10:47h, 17 July Reply

        Sarah, you can arrange to have just a color analysis with Imogen or enroll in her program 7 Steps to Style where the color analysis is included…it’s the third step! Enjoy!

  • Karla Richmond
    Posted at 11:01h, 15 July Reply

    Welcome back.! You were greatly missed.
    I had my colors and styles done in the 90”s. I was told to wear soft reds. My coloring is very much like yours.. Hair color and all. I do wear black and white. Sometimes the occasion just calls for them.
    Love the vogue white top.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:55h, 15 July Reply

      I’m sold Deborah and Annette! In an earlier post I stated that an online color analysis would be wonderful and here it is. Thank you!!!!

  • Angela Wright
    Posted at 11:47h, 15 July Reply

    I love your outfits and style. Go with your heart,

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:56h, 15 July Reply

      Thank you, Angela! That’s what I tend to do although guidance is always welcome and often helpful 😊😊

  • Joan
    Posted at 12:38h, 15 July Reply

    Funny coincidence, Sarah: I told our (Midwest) friend and neighbor, Andrew, all about your blog as he is from Augusta, GA, and he told me that his parents are your neighbors on Edisto Island!

    Love your shortened linen wrap tie blouse: very flattering! Seeing the silk version to compare with linen really tells the story of how individual each fabric is…

    Re. Colors: I’m a fairly high contrast Winter, and true white and black (and red!) are classics for me bc I have very black hair. I should not wear ivory or yellowed beiges bc it makes me look sallow! But I wear ivory bc it is pretty with lots of other colors AND 🍅 red because it is my FAVORITE color!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:03h, 15 July Reply

      😂😂 I’m having a hard time getting past Andrew knowing about my blog. I haven’t met him but believe he is a medical illustrator in Iowa, right? Really funny………

      And it’s so true about the individuality of fabrics and how they react to patterns and silhouettes. Tying layers of linen around my waist would have added 2 – 3 inches, while the silk was paper thin………

      My husband is a winter……. Yellow is NOT his color 😊
      Thanks so much for the comment, Joan!

      • Joan
        Posted at 00:54h, 16 July Reply

        Yes, he is a medical illustrator I can’t remember why I brought up your blog initially… perhaps I was discussing blogs leading to work opportunities, as I told him how yours led to your writing two books!

        • Joan
          Posted at 01:07h, 16 July Reply

          (And a very nice and interesting guy).

  • Joan
    Posted at 13:33h, 15 July Reply

    p.s. Re. your last white top that was in batiste and had to be underlined: you stated that “it was impractical”: is that bc the underlining complicates pressing? Or the style doesn’t suit your other things? It is a lovely classic style. I own that pattern, but have yet to make it up.

    And (perhaps I am a bit dense): what lesson did you learn about the size tweaking that was required after shortening the linen blouse? I would think that the weight and weave of the fabric betrayed you after you removed excess length? Ie, the linen was rather lightweight and not densely woven, so when shortened, it hung very differently and required taking in??

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:09h, 15 July Reply

      It’s a pretty blouse and great pattern so I encourage you to make it. The scalloped sleeves and covered buttons give the blouse an ultra-femininity and yes, it is hard to press. It looks nice tucked in but I rarely wear tucked in shirts, and it’s fitted so if I wear it out, it’s a mess in a couple hours……. I’m sure I’ll make just the right garment to compliment it one of these days 😉
      RE the linen, I learned the importance of staystiching linen immediately after cutting! Also I would have sewn larger seams for a closer fit from the beginning!

      • Joan
        Posted at 01:04h, 16 July Reply

        I’m glad you did not let go of the batiste blouse because it is exquisite. I have found that with sewing and fashion, I’m easily led in directions that I later decide aren’t entirely within my comfort zone! Strange how that happens.

        I really dislike wrinkles in my clothing, so I’ve worn very little linen over the years. Now that I’m always hot ;-} I have purchased several pieces of linen, so I appreciate your tips in advance!

  • Vee
    Posted at 14:08h, 15 July Reply

    When co-workers kept asking me if I felt OK or was ill *every* time I wore black, I knew it was time to give it up. And I haven’t looked back. I had my colors done a few times so with a whole rainbow of options – suited to my coloring, of course – to choose from, why should I be a slave to black because every. single. designer. says so. Nope, no black for me if I have any say in it. :o)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:12h, 15 July Reply

      It’s funny how designers push the color black. I like it because I look 10 pounds lighter in it. I’m sure you have found “your” complementary dark neutral after having your colors done.
      Many thanks for the comment, Vee!

  • Lynda Thomas
    Posted at 16:40h, 15 July Reply

    The top is very nice, especially with the side ties.

    The shorter length is also better for us not so tall gals as too long tops cut us in half and then its easy to be frumpy.
    I just recently learned the 1/3 – 2/3 rule for proportion and it does make a difference.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:50h, 16 July Reply

      Thanks so much, Lynda 😊 We don’t want to be frumpy!!!!!!

  • Helen Leyland
    Posted at 23:03h, 15 July Reply

    Wonderful to receive your emails again. I too had my colours done in the 80’s and was told I was Winter. I actually feel happier in cold weather and more at ease in winter clothing- we’re talking Australian winter here. With silver hair I don’t wear red at all as it ages me and makes me feel yuk. Love black and white, top and bottom, particularly in linen and have a passion for purple and strong colours. The light here in Queensland is strong which influences colours but I’m still a winter. Cheers.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:52h, 16 July Reply

      I think it’s interesting that you physically identify with the winter season. If that’s the case I must be a summer! I really should get my colors done by a professional 😊
      Many thanks for your comment, Helen!

  • Kay
    Posted at 08:40h, 16 July Reply

    Hello. White does not agree with me. I look better in beige or off white. I use pops of bright color. Black, gray, navy and brown are my base colors. Glad you are back.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:18h, 16 July Reply

      Hi Kay and Thank You!
      Interesting that you can wear black and gray but not white. After writing this post and reading the responses I’m ready to get my colors professionally done.

  • Pamela
    Posted at 13:23h, 16 July Reply

    I was delighted to see you again! And now have caught up with your new recent posts and subscribed so I don’t miss anything. Always delighted to see what you’re dabbling in and lovely outfits. Your little sweetie’s dress is so cute. I could never get our granddaughter sewing 😕 I like the linen top very much especially with the summery green slacks. And agree it’s quintessential summer. I will continue to wear all three colors mentioned even at 70. Pastels like peach, sea form green, orange sherbet don’t do much for my skin and hair color (very fair, light brown hair w/blond highlights) so I keep those away from the face. Yet a best friend has my coloring and looks fab in them. Maybe different under stones in the skin, I don’t know. . I have had to fiddle how I wear my jewelry quite a bit since aging and work around new to me tummy bulges. You look great in everything. Welcome back.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:40h, 17 July Reply

      Hi Pamela! Thank you so much for your nice comment……. I don’t look great in everything but I do try to wear what works 😊😊 However, I like colors that aren’t necessarily my best, but unless it’s truly a wrong color like Olive Green, I’ll give it a try………Time will tell if Birdie will be interested in sewing……. She will be back once more this summer so we will give it another go.🤞
      About aging and tummy bulges…… I can’t go there! Always trying to stay a step ahead.

  • RNewell
    Posted at 21:13h, 16 July Reply

    Looking in the mirror and being honest with myself, I decided no more black nor white.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:41h, 17 July Reply

      Seriously? What are your skin tones and coloring?

  • De
    Posted at 22:50h, 16 July Reply

    Sarah, your blouse is an ideal summer piece. I’m happy you’re back spreading sewing cheer. Give up red, black or white – never!!! I wear each well and always have. I listen to “expert” opinions but I know what works best for me. Generally, I tweak their opinions and go with my personal instincts. Works every time.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:44h, 17 July Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment, De 😊. I think many people follow your philosophy and it’s a good one to stick to!

  • Janine Maffett
    Posted at 09:11h, 17 July Reply

    Good to see you back, Sarah!

    I have quit wearing white and black, especially close to my face. I have a closet full of beautiful white tops and crisp blouses and they are never worn because every time I put one on, I look like death warmed over. I will wear black, but usually either add jewellery or a scarf to get some colour back into my face.

    I do wear red and that was a bit of a surprise! A couple of summers ago I made a pure red golf top and as soon as I put it on I realised that it was a great colour for me 😊.


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:47h, 17 July Reply

      I understand how black can be unflattering, but I was surprised by white, yet many readers have commented that they cannot wear white. Glad you discovered red and many thanks for the comment, Janine!

  • Eleanor Pollack
    Posted at 10:58h, 17 July Reply

    When I was 10 or 11, I made my first sewn garment, a PeterPan collar blouse with roll up sleeves. It was RED, a true red. I have always had Some sort of red top in my wardrobe including a red cashmere sweater. About white…I seldom wear it but if I were to do so, it would need to be a slightly warm white. A stark cool white makes me feel less than wonderful. This is something that goes back to high school, eons ago.

    And then there is black. I can wear black well, but I prefer a cool deep charcoal to black for myself.

    And, about your white linen top, Sarah, it is lovely. It’s a good reminder than we can start with a pattern and adjust it to suit our wants and needs better. Given the style of that wrap top, the proportion you have shortened it to looks so good on you. Great call on the adaptation!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:49h, 17 July Reply

      It’s so nice to hear from you! I can see how red would be a good color for you. I’m impressed you were making Peter Pan collars at age 11 !
      Many thanks for the comment – I really questioned removing the length 😉

  • Bobbie Calgaro
    Posted at 15:19h, 17 July Reply

    Love this post and glad you’re back. I’m just going to say, I’ve been in the rabbit hole of all the color and image theories since Carol Jackson wrote that wretched book. I have to say at 70 I have finally wised up ( extremely slow learner) and realized that we should wear whatever pleases us. I have never judged a woman by what colors she’s wearing and know that there are a lot of women who look smashing in clothes that are not their colors. I love the juxtaposition of warms and cools and sometimes think they make the most interesting outfits. I do think we would all do better to pay attention to proportion and silhouette rather than color. There are probably colors that make us look ghastly but we probably don’t like them on us anyway. So that’s my 2 cents for whatever it’s worth! Have a great day and enjoy all the colors!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:51h, 17 July Reply

      You go girl! Some people can figure it out and others need advice, but it sounds to me that you did both! An educated and valuable decision! Many thanks, Bobbie!

  • Mary Helen Dail Crowe
    Posted at 09:42h, 19 July Reply

    I was so happy to see your blog entry. I have missed your creations. Your detailed description of your alterations to patterns are so helpful. You are a great teacher.
    I had my colors done in the 80’s and have been using that selection. I have a pale peachy complexion with dark blonde hair. Olive green and aqua make me look like I need medical attention. I agree with others about black on the bottom or with a scarf if near my face.
    I love your top. It looks fabulous on you. Linen is vital for summer in the South.

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