Sew Serendipity Ruffle Skirt

Ruffle Skirt
Sew Serendipity Ruffled Skirt

When I saw this fabric a couple of weeks ago I just had to have it.  I wanted to make a 50s style dress for a trip to New York trip but couldn’t swing the money for enough yardage.  A skirt then to the rescue. This is a second Sew Serendipity project for me.  One reason I love that book is that it includes tissue patterns; yay!

Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear.

It took all of two days to make the skirt.  It’s amazing what one can accomplish when focused, LOL.  Of course for those two days everything else went to heck in a hand basket as I worked feverishly to complete the skirt by Wednesday.  We won’t even talk about my quilting cotton jones.  I love working with it.  Now, if only I could figure out how to keep the colours bright.  I am noticing my quilted totes of cotton look dull even after one wash.

pink white skirt 2

In-seam side pockets were added.  All ladies’ wear should have pockets in my humble opinion.

pink white skirt

For some reason I am on a bias-tape kick.  Therefore, I enclosed all inside seams with matching cotton, bias tape. My goodness it makes seams oh so neat.  I have one or two of the little contraptions for making bias tape.  I have read instructions on how to “easily” make my own.  But, by golly it reads as a big ole chore.  I know I am going to have to master the technique and need to quit procrastinating. Oh, and I used it for the trim and bow tie between the white ruffle and the patterned skirt.

Project Stats:

  • Main fabric 2 1/2 yards – Jo-Ann Fabrics clearance rack (approximately $12)
  • Bias trim –  from stash
  • White ruffle fabric – repurposed white cotton from India initially used to make a vintage style Regency gown
  • Zipper – from stash
  • Difficulty – advanced beginner
  • Would I recommend to others:  yup

The Sew Serendipity patterns are easy to work with and fun to make.  The two skirts that I have made fit me to a tee.  What I have been doing is adjusting the waist to fit before sewing the side seams.  My waist to hip ratio does not fit the pattern makers standard numbers so I have been cutting out the fabric per the pattern lines; putting on the garment and pinning so that it fits me; then, sewing the side seams.  There will definitely be more coming from me and Tabitha.  As a matter of fact I would love to tackle the tunic dress pattern included with the book.



11 thoughts on “Sew Serendipity Ruffle Skirt

    1. Please do, Mandy. Not sure how long I held on to it before I broke the seal. Easy instructions, fun projects. I have got to sew up the tunic and the dress (we used to call them peasant dresses).


  1. Trish

    Looks lovely Lyric. Really suits you. I’m always downsizing my plans, as I usually by the fabric on spec and the pattern after. 😄 TS


  2. Nothy

    I love the skirt.. the ruffle is really a nice touch. I have the Sew Serendipity book but haven’t attempted anything yet. Oh, and a tablespoon of white vinegar in the wash is supposed to keep cottons bright (and the dryer is a no-no).


  3. Lydia Sherman

    A sew excited about the colors and the styles you use! Fabric is such a blessing and how nice to stitch something to go with a mood or season or event! Today I feel like wearing pink and maybe tomorrow will be blue, but there is always something exciting, even on an overcast day, to do with fabric. I hope The Lord blesses you with every kind of fabric your heart desires.

    I would like to add you to my blog roll, and invite you to add my blog if you have not already.

    Please keep those colors and styles coming, and I like your sharp clear photographs, which is something I haven’t been able to do yet.


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