Friday, November 5, 2010

Serindipity Skirt

I picked up a copy of Sew Serindipity several weeks ago at the Sewing Expo. I was delighted to find that it was signed by the author Kay Whitt. I love the styles in this book and the way she mixes prints. The book comes with three patterns in an envelope in the back of the book. There is a pattern for a tunic-dress, a jacket and a skirt. I have plans to make at least one of everything. The book shows many variations of the three basic patterns. Even though you use the same pattern every project has a different look.

I decided to make the Ruffled Skirt from page 58. I was able to find three coordinating fabrics in my stash to get started. I thought this brown floral looked like fall. It is actually a decorator fabric but I am always drawn to decorator fabrics for clothing. I love the feel of this fabric. It has a soft feel and a linen weave and the colors are lovely. The silk dupioni I used for the ruffles was a piece I salvaged from a drapery workroom. One side was cut on the bias and it was not a very big piece but just big enough for this project. And it was free which is always a plus. The brown I used for the bottom panel I have had in my stash for a few years. I don't think I had anything in mind when I bought it on the clearance rack. But I loved the satin and velvet ribbons sewn down the length. There is a tiny strip of bias plaid fabric sewn down one of the velvet strips and I liked the way that tied in with the colors of the floral fabric.

I am quite happy with the way this skirt turned out and maybe I will have time to make a jacket to wear with it before Thanksgiving. I think I may have to take in the waist a bit because while it feels fine when just trying it on I fear it will do one of those twisting dances when I wear it. That happens to me when my skirt is just a bit to loose and I look down and discover that my skirt is about 6" off center. I always wonder how long I have been walking around like that. Tightening it up a bit should solve that problem.


  1. Saw this on sew and tell and came over for a better look. It came out Lovely!


  2. This is so great! I've been wanting that book since we arrived back in the US in July and had our first visit to Barnes & Noble! I love the skirt! There are some really fantastic jackets in that book, as well. I can't wait to see which one you make. Way to go! It's beautiful!

  3. I am AMAZED at how talented you are!!! I cannot believe you can make all these things! I LOVE this skirt, your stripwork skirt, your embellished neckline tee with the various scraps...I'm your newest follower! You're so inspiring! I never buy craft books and I just wing it when it comes to patterns. I don't know how to find my size or alter or things always "almost" come out right :) Yours comes out perfectly!

  4. What a lovely skirt! I have requested that book from the library - can't wait to have a good look through it.