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?

Sew Serendipity Dress

Sew Serendipity Dress

Sew Serendipity Dress

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!


I’m Lindsay Conner, and welcome to my sewing home! I am a modern quilter, author, editor, pattern designer, wife, and mom. I use this space to share my latest projects, tutorials, and patterns!