This review of Sew Serendipity is written by Lysy
What is it in particular that you like about this book?
I like the illustrations and the prettiness of the designs – this is definitely a girly book (but in a good way!). It’s also quite simple: just three basic designs (a skirt, a tunic/dress, and a jacket) but with multiple variations in lengths, add-ons, and ruffles (there are a lot of ruffles in this book, to the extent that a special ruffler foot is on the optional extras on the equipment list!). The author, Kay Whitt, also publishes a line of other clothing patterns (the link is to one UK supplier), and like them, the projects in this book make use of pretty, patterned cottons, often put together in surprising but beautiful combinations. Finally, I like the way that the author encourages you to finish garments neatly – every stage ends with an instruction to finish the seams with a zigzag or using an overlocker.
Would you say this was a suitable book for novices, or do you need some prior knowledge to really enjoy the projects on offer?
The book does contain instructions for all projects but it would help to have some prior sewing knowledge. The skirt pattern is quite straightforward though, with the tunic and finally the jacket demanding more advanced techniques. The tunic has elastic gathering around the neckline which would take a bit of confidence (but a great way to learn a new skill). I would imagine that the jackets would be more advanced still, though I haven’t tried them yet. You do need a sewing machine for all the projects, but the ruffler foot and overlocker aren’t essential.
Have you completed any/many of the projects?
Yes – it was such an inspiring book that I wanted to make a start straight away! I’ve made a short dress from the tunic pattern and a skirt. Both were quite quick to do. I plan to make a jacket at some stage too as they are so lovely.
Did this book inspire you to create your own designs?
It certainly inspired me to use different colour and pattern combinations when choosing fabric. The author also includes comments on how to customise the patterns and I did this on the skirt by using a contrast colour for the top-stitching.
Mark out of ten: 9/10, lovely pictures and designs which are both practical and pretty
Kay Whitt blogs at Sew Serendipity