Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sew Serendipity Dress - Lovin' It

I just love it when a pattern and the fabric I have chosen both turn into winners!

This peasant-styled dress is from the book "Sew Serendipity" by, Kay Whitt.  I have been wanting to sew up this cute dress since I got the book.  This is my second casual peasant dress of the fall, so I could compare patterns.

What I love about this dress:
1.  Even though it is a peasant-style, it is still fairly fitted and doesn't make you feel frumpy.
2.  There is elastic over the shoulder (not all around the neckline), which gives a good fit, but also is very comfortable.
3.  It has a side zipper which allows it to look very professional and dressy.
4.  The dress has great embellishment opportunities.
5.  This is a polished dress for many occasions.

Since I have made a few other items by Kay Whitt, I know that I wear a size L with a FBA on the front bodice.  (See below)

The fabric I used was "Oz" from Moda.  The fabric came out last year and I had been holding it for the right project.  I'm sure glad I waited for this dress.  It is a perfect match.

So, after making this dress by Sew Serendipity and "London" by Lila Tueller Designs, which do I pick?  

I thought I would see a clear winner in the two styles, but I do like things about both.

Sew Serendipity: great fit and comfy with a great dressy style
London: easy to fit and comfy, but will never be overly dressy

Let me know if you make one of these dresses!


  1. I love the fabric on this one... used it in a quilt top and tote bag. :) I do like the other, but it to me is not as flattering a fit as Sew Serendipity one.

  2. How could you pick one over the other? One has a sort of 70's fun vibe, the other is more classic. They both look great!

  3. I love the fit of the sew serendipity dress. Fabrics in both are wonderful!!!

  4. I've made a couple of tunics from the same pattern in Sew Serendipity. I found I needed to drop the empire waist down a couple of inches. Is that what you mean by FBA? I'm curious about that.

  5. It might help to grab a fitting book and see how they manipulate a FBA. I have Fabulous Fit for Everybody (think that is the name) and it is great at showing all the ways to accomplish this.