Monday, July 18, 2011

Sew Serendipity Multi Fabric Skirt

Have you seen or purchased this book?
I had  a copy of the book, gave it away on the podcast, then got another book (Thank you, Kay).
After seeing, Lynne's darling version, I had to make one for myself!

Description: The multi-fabric skirt uses a combindation of five coordinating fabric prints.  Pocket with ruffle details, piping or rick-rack or ruffle option in front seams, ruffle at hem, faced waistband and invisible zipper.

Sizing : XXS to XXL with size chart provided.  Full size tissue pattern pieces are included in an envelope in the back of the book.  I cut out a medium but took some in on the side seams.  Next time I will cut out between the small and medium. 

Instructions:  They are very easy to follow.  Kay Whitt has the book organized into chapters for each garment type.  Chapter one is skirts and at the beginning of the chapter is instructions and illustrations for the basic skirt.  In the skirt chapter, there are six different skirt variations, each one having specific instructions and illustrations for that type. 

I like how Kay Whitt has you add so much detail with edge and topstitching.  It really finishes the garment.  You can see all her construction details at this tutorial available on her blog.  It details the ruffled skirt on page 58 of the book and adds pockets.  Several steps are the same on all the skirt, making this a perfect tutorial for your skirt sewing.

Also, Kay illustrates in the book how to press the ruffles on the garments.  She states pressing the ruffles flat makes a closer fit to the body for a complimentary appearance (page 21)

The book includes, dresses, tunics and jackets.

Likes/dislikes:  The fit is the first very big like.  The skirt fits perfectly and as Lynne pointed out, several seams to help adjust the fit.  I also, like the style and shape.  I am drawn to the color and texture of quilting cottons and this is a fun way to use those cottons.  The illustrations, photography and instructions in the book are superb.

Fabric:  cottons from Joel Dewbery and Oliver & S. (moda)

Changes:  I added another pocket and used a smaller ruffle for the bottom ruffle piece.  With the design and all the skirt variations in her book, you can really change the look of the skirt each time you make it.

Conclusion:  I really like my new summer skirt, it is just plain fun.  The fit is perfect and I will be using the pattern for all types of fabric.  Her tips and hints throughout the book are very helpful and aid in such a successful garment.

To go along with this post:

I just interviewed Kay Whitt for the podcast, Episode 69, check  out the blog for details and listen to the podcast here via itunes or here at a direct download at libsyn (takes a bit to download) or go to iTunes, search "Sew Forth Now" in the iTunes store. 


  1. Really cute! Did you use a double needle for the topstitching or do you have a trick on how to get your seams so even?

  2. Very pretty skirt... I must get that book.

  3. MelissaB9:36 AM

    That turned out very pretty!

  4. Psst... just ordered the book and can't wait to check it out. Thanks.

  5. That is such a cute skirt! You did good, coordinating the fabrics. Color blocking with prints is such a big look right now. I have picked up and put down that book a dozen times, and don't know why I don't just buy it! On Kay's store website, she has a jacket pattern called "The Elise Jacket" that is soooo totally cute! I must have it.

  6. Oh totally sweet! I mean that in an adult way not babyish way :))) I love the colors you used.

  7. Cute skirt Lori. I particularly like the ruffles and pocket. I might steal this idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Cute skirt! I may need to get this book!

  9. I've checked out that book from the library a few times. I think her designs are ADORABLE but the reality is that I probably wouldn't get much wear out of them so I haven't sewn anything. Your skirt is proof that her designs are adorable - love it!

  10. I have had this book in my hands several times. I totally missed this one. The skirt looks amazing and I can't wait to see it on you.

  11. Coming out of vacation mode to tell you I LOVE your skirt! Lori, it's just darling. I can't wait to make another one. I am so delighted to have found her patterns here in Holland, Mi, so I was able to snag another one of Kay's patterns.

  12. Just darling. I have to agree, this is a fabulous pattern for quilting cottons. I think I need this book!

  13. A fun skirt to make and I am sure to wear. I'll find out in June shortly. Thank you for this blog post and your review over at Pattern Review.

    I noticed you have a link to your blog at PR. When I write my blog address in it is not clickable. Is that a feature of paying funds to PR, please?