Women Helping Women

Women Owned Businesses

25 Jul Women Helping Women

Dear Readers,

My apologies for glitches in the last post. I’m researching a new method to deliver posts, but until it’s worked out do this:

When you open an email, please click on the title of the post and the post should load with all of it’s content.

We don’t always know how our words and actions affect others.

Imagine my surprise when I recently received an Instagram message from Jacqueline, the owner of Fancy Frocks Fabrics who told me that years ago my response to one of her comments gave her the courage to open her business. I had no idea and wish that I had 😉

Located in Warrington, VA, she has an active Instagram feed, and and a website with several designer fabrics (click here). Today I ordered two knits for the new and improved Vogue wrap dress pattern!

Receiving this message  in part, has inspired me to create a new page on the website – Women Helping Women.

Women supporting women is everything, and one woman’s success gives another woman hope. The Fashion Sewing World is filled with talented, accomplished women and promoting women-owned businesses is a great pleasure.

The page will be launched very soon in its infancy, but it should grow quickly, and will feature women-owned businesses large and small in sewing, fashion, design, arts etc.. 😊

I continue to be in awe of Leisa Stanton’s investment of Papermaple Studio! Click here to read my post on this amazing woman’s business.

Helen Haughey, who I hope will one day write a book about sheath dresses, will be hosting a class at Papermaple in August. Below are the details and please click the photo to register or learn more.

Helen too, is amazing. Her couture sheaths are stunning and fit like no other! As a reader just mentioned in a comment… we can wear almost any style as long as the proportions and fit are correct 😊

While I haven’t begun to scratch the surface of extraordinary women … I must mention the IBU Movement founded by visionary Susan Hull Walker. The Charleston, SC non-profit  supports global women artisans. with grants in over forty countries through fundraisers, contributions and its groovy boutique on King Street. You must stop in while visiting!

Supported by a host of influential allies……. IBU expands markets for women, and helps build their capacity for success.  My kind of shopping. 😊

Click on image below to read.

Please email me the names of women I am unaware of that should be included with a brief description and link to their website. (No religion or politics please 😬)

Stay tuned for new page!

PS… My IBU caftan is hand-dyed and made in San Salvador by the artisan group Bleutiful, a group of 15 women who specialize in creating Indigo garments. A full view of it is on my Instagram page.


  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 09:07h, 26 July Reply

    Thank you so much for your wonderful expansive post. I’ve already placed an order with Fancy Frocks! It will be my first fall make.
    Also love your attitude about supporting and helping other women owned businesses…..hurray for you!
    Your family at the beach was great snapshot too.

  • Christina F Whitaker
    Posted at 13:54h, 27 July Reply

    Thank you for sharing all this information focusing on and celebrating the efforts and successes of women! Praise the Lord that you have chosen to add this latest tract to your Valentino website. Perhaps Valentino, the designer and the person, will make mention and support of women’s efforts and achievements. Please continue to share these sites as well as the endeavors of those who are seeking financial independence.

  • Karen Gaudet
    Posted at 17:44h, 31 July Reply

    I must ask. Did you make your daughter’s blue stripe dress with the multi fabric bottom?
    It is so cute. I may need to copy it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:43h, 01 August Reply

      I did not make it but I think you could easily copy it once you get the neckline squared away. Mimi bought it at Tuckernuck – The Savannah Stripe Crawford Dress
      Send me a pic if you decide to duplicate it!

  • Virginia wise
    Posted at 06:28h, 01 August Reply

    Beautiful picture of all of you. All of your girls really know how to dress and are just beautiful. Did you make your daughter’s blue and stripe dress? I love the neckline with the band collar with ruffle. I am seeing a lot of this in designer ready to wear. Do you have any ideas for a pattern with this neckline?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:38h, 01 August Reply

      Thank you, Virgina! The Tunic Bible offers this neckline with a band collar and you could embellish it with a ruffle. I embellished the neckline in the last post with a ruffle and it is really very easy to do. You may be surprised with what you’ll find in your pattern stash!

  • Pamela
    Posted at 13:38h, 01 August Reply

    Your girls are lovely and have your beautiful smile. Such a good idea to start a a women helping women page. I hope you include lots of sewists and other hand made makers. Those are my jam.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:45h, 01 August Reply

      That’s my plan, Pamela! Please send me names of those you wish to see. Email to goodbyevalentino@gmail.com

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