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Sew Serendipity

By Kay Whitt

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Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Other Information: Illustrated; Includes Pattern(S)
Published In: USA, 30 July 2010
Lay it out, cut it out, sew it up, put it on! Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studios proves that all you need to re-make your wardrobe are a few key things: Great fabric, easy-to-make patterns, a handful of simple skills, and your own personal sense of style! Use Sew Serendipity to create a fresh, new look. * Included in the book are tissue pattern inserts for the skirt, tunic/dress and jacket--each with 6 variations detailed in the book. 3 basic patterns x 6 variations = 18 ways to show off your skills and style! * Kay provides the master instructions for each basic garment, and individual instruction for each unique look. Once you master the basics, changing it up is a snap! * Each clothing pattern is graded in seven sizes (bust: 32-44; waist: 24-36; hips: 34-46) from XXS to XXL. Use the "Custom Fitting" section of this book to learn how to measure yourself and adjust the patterns to get the best possible fit! * Embellish your designs to match your style, whether you're feeling the need for classic, tailored elegance, or you're in the mood for a little ruffled whimsy. Kay's simple embellishments make it a breeze to adapt your design to the look you want. With Sew Serendipity, you'll find out how to lay out the pattern pieces, cut them out and sew them up. All you have to do is put them on and strut your stuff!

Table of Contents

Sewing Techniques - Pressing Intentional Creases - Double Topstitching - Installing an invisible Zipper - Adding Facings - Understitching - Making Gathers - Using a Ruffler Attachment Skirts - General Construction - Applique Skirt - Tailored Skirt - Multi-Fabric Skirt - Three-Fabric Skirt - Ruffled Skirt - Floral Skirt Tunics & Dresses - General Construction - Damask Tunic - Ruffle-Trimmed Tunic - Frayed Tunic Dress - Geometric Tunic Dress - Flirty Tunic Dress - Romantic Floral Tunic Dress Jackets - General Construction - Silk & Linen Jacket - Parisian Jacket - Cozy Wool Jacket - Denim and Faux Fur Jacket - Classic Tailored Jacket

About the Author

A licensed designer for McCall's and regular exhibitor at spring and fall Quilt Markets as Serendipity Studio, Kay Whitt has been designing and selling patterns for the past 10 years

EAN: 9781440203572
ISBN: 1440203571
Publisher: Krause Publications
Dimensions: 25.93 x 22.07 x 2.74 centimetres (0.77 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Therese on
bought this sewing book a while ago, after reading about it at a friends blog.

It has endless fashionable skirts, tops, dresses and coats. I don't think there is any pattern that I didn't like when looking through. My daughters were also interested in some of the patterns.

There are full size patterns at the back and really great instructions all the way through so it is a great book for the novice sewer and professional one too.
Marie on
I really love this book. What caught my eye in the first place was the style and print of the material used on the skirt on the front cover. When I received this book it did not disappoint. I love the skirt, tunic, dress and jacket patterns. Can't wait to get started on it.
Rahul on
My first delight occurred on opening this book and seeing the extensive chapter on Custom Fitting. I realise that this is a very important part of dress making - without custom fitting, the garments aren't going to fit as well as you'd like. This chapter is comprehensive and written in user friendly language and covers important topics such as Steps to a Custom Fit, Taking Measurements, Making the Muslin and Adjusting the Fit. I really could have used this advice 30 or more years ago.

Kay Whitt then goes on to address the important tools of the trade. Not only how to use your sewing machine and sewing tools, but the accessories and indispensable notions that are available these days to give your creations a professional finish.

Sewing Techniques are then addressed. Kay not only offers great instructions for constructing the garments, but delivers some great advice for the best practice of the not so standard techniques that are very popular in fashion today, such as Pressing Intentional Creases, Double Top Stitching, Making Gathers and so forth.

The publication then includes various Skirt, Tunic & Dress and Jacket patterns (with full sized patterns sitting in a pretty pocket at the back of the book). But these patterns are very modern, and suitable for all skill levels.

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