Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Craft Book Month: Sew Serendipity Dress

Once upon a time, I bought this Summersville fabric and cut out the pattern for a dress from Kay Whitt's book Sew Serendipity: Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear.

I then folded the already-cut fabric inside the book, and let it sit for months. That ever happen to anyone else?

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Well, thanks to the Craft Book Month challenge, I finished the dress! Overall, I'm glad I finally returned to it and I think any errors were due to my impatience (and having cut out the pattern so long ago).

Although it definitely did not turn out perfectly, it was good practice with an invisible zipper, as well as how to adjust a garment for fit. As for modifications, I added a ruffle to the bottom, did not use elastic in the neck and took some fabric out of the back. Dress patterns tend to puff out in the back area on me, as I've recently learned. (I could hear Sarai Mitnick's words in my ear, telling me, "You should have made a muslin!")

Author Kay Whitt has loads of cute dress patterns in her shop Serendipity Studio, and the book is filled with patterns for skirts, tunics, jackets and more. She also has a great book on sewing bags if that's your thing. :)

For another project from this book, check out the review and cute tunic over at Clover & Violet!

To participate in the Craft Book Month contest, just link up any project you've made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! One entry per person, and all craft book projects must have been completed in 2012. Just create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2012 or later) and link back to Craft Buds in your post or photo description. There are some incredible PRIZES to be had!

And here's the Craft Book Month blog hop!

Week One
Sunday 9/2: Hopeful Threads / The Jolly Jabber
Monday 9/3: Stitchery Dickory DockMe Sew Crazy
Tuesday 9/4: Olive & OllieSew Sweetness
Wednesday 9/5: Fabric SeedsThe Busy Bean
Thursday 9/6: CraftFoxesStitched In Color
Friday 9/7: Katie's KornerA Prairie Sunrise

Week Two
Sunday 9/9: Sweet Diesel Designsmissknitta's studio
Monday 9/10: Sew TaraClover and Violet
Tuesday 9/11: Sew Fantasticamylouwho
Wednesday 9/12: Projektownia JednoiglecTwo More Seconds
Thursday 9/13: Ellison Lane QuiltsDon't Call Me Betsy
Friday 9/14: Live a Colorful LifeLRstitched

Week Three
Sunday 9/16: Fairy Face DesignsCanoe Ridge Creations
Monday 9/17: Inspire Me GreyFreshly Pieced
Tuesday 9/18: Lindsay SewsThe Cute Life
Wednesday 9/19: The Littlest ThistleSew Crafty Jess
Thursday 9/20: Urban Stitchesimagine gnats
Friday 9/21: Sew Bittersweet DesignsThe Plaid Scottie

Week Four
Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from Sept 23-30 from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Monday, October, 1!


  1. It turned out adorable! Love the fabric you've used too! :)

  2. Wow, looks great, I have yardage of that same fabric and was thinking of a Washi top...or a skirt for my daughter.

  3. This is really cute on you. thanks for sharing.

  4. Well done on getting it done, it looks great!

  5. A great dress and such perfect timing! =D

  6. love love love! now if only i can lose the baby belly so that one day i can make and wear this....

  7. Although definitely not my style, I thought the dress was adorable. It takes a younger girl to wear it, that's for sure. Enjoyed your article and book review, and I love your buttons on your blog header.

  8. love the dress! also, i totally forgot about your header and it totally caught my eye and i though "that's nice" before i realized i had seen it once or twice before ;) yeesh...

  9. Great Job! Will this dress be traveling next month?

  10. Heh, yes, I've done exactly that with that precise same book... ;o)

  11. Actually, I have cut out a pattern and left for months before I go back to it. To come to think, I have serveral patterns cut out and have not come back to them. Something call life and when I get started, it gets put back on the burner. Love the dress and beautiful fabric. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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