December 10, 2010


ser·en·dip·i·ty   /ˌsɛrənˈdɪpɪti/


1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

2. good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for.

Last month I shared that I bought Sew Serendipity.  I got lots of encouragement to take my favorite quilting cottons and go for it.  I decided to start rather small - or maybe not so busy.  I saw this skirt (scroll down, it's the 2nd picture) in the book and loved it!  Then I was wondering around JoAnn's and saw a fantastic graphic courdory print, I managed to find a home dec fabric that worked with it and a solid for the ruffle.

I don't know that I had good fortune making this skirt.  I made a muslin and then I made another one, once I cut into the fashion fabric I sewed it up according to the second muslin, too big!  took it apart and took it in, a little too snug.  Tore the studio apart to put in new floors and put the skirt in time out.  Left it there for a couple weeks before finishing.  Now it's too big again! 

I wore the skirt on Tuesday.  The top wasn't quite the right color.  And while I like all the separate parts, I don't love this skirt. There is still something that's not quite right about it.  At one point on Tuesday I had the thought that if I took a wedge right out of the center front it would be pefect.  But that's not really a condoned alteration.  Anyway - what do you think?  Honest. 


  1. The patterns are great together! I think it might be just a bit too long. It makes your legs look stumpy, and we all know they're not. After all, the security guard did say you have great legs! Anyway, I hate it when skirts don't play nice, and keep changing sizes on me!

  2. A) I think it fits really well (as far as I can see)

    B) I'm not totally, 100%, completely sold on the fabric mix... but on the other hand my first instinct was, "I like that!". Sometimes you can overthink these things.

    Doesn't that add up to a "Neato!"?

  3. I'm with Marjie.. it seems a bit too long.

  4. I don't feel qualified to comment on the skirt...but, wow! You get to wear boots? I'm sooo jealous. Btw, I think you have the patience of a saint to re-make that so many times...

  5. Cute skirt and I love your boots. I love the look of the mixed print skirts but don't know if I could pull it off.
    I think the idea of shortening yours a bit is good. Maybe to just at your knee?

  6. I think it fits you great and I love the style. I wonder if maybe the bottom section is "too busy" a print and maybe try a solid mid saturated blue? Don't listen to me, though, because I'm no sewer!!!

  7. I think it's adorable, but I'm guessing it's a touch long for your liking.

    Gretchen just bounced up and gave me a kiss smack on the lips. I'm pretty sure it was for you.

  8. I like it, but what do I know? :)


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