Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sew Serendipity and a Surprise!

Kay Whitt's new book is just as charming and delightful as she is!

                                                                                  Originally posted at Sew Serendipity Blog.

Kay's book, and several new patterns, debuted at the recent Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis.
Most of you probably know that I pretty much swore off sewing for myself, focusing instead on sewing for babies and children.  Their lumps and bumps are much more sweet, and less infuriating, to try and cover or camoflauge!
Kay's book just might make me revisit that decision!

                                                                          Reprinted with Permission from Sew Serendipity.

I love the Ruffled Skirt!  Love may not even be strong enough!
Kay selected a large scale floral, a bold geometric and a solid silk.  The attention to detail is simply amazing!
Did I mention that I love this?

                                                                             Reprinted with Permission from Sew Serendipity

Then there is the Silk and Linen Jacket.  Not only does it make a great pairing with the previously mentioned Ruffle Skirt, but I can also see it paired with jeans and a t-shirt.  Just the thing to make you feel like a girl!
Feminine and flirty and fabulous!

                                                                            Reprinted with Permission from Sew Serendipity

Kay saved the best for last, in my humble opinon!  The very last, but definitely not the least, of the eighteen projects is the Classic Tailored Jacket.
This knee-length jacket has a retro feel, and tailored detailing of double topstitching and lots of buttons on the collar, sleeves and down the front!

The first portion of the book deals with measuring and adjusting the fit, tools of the trade, and sewing techniques.  Notice that wonderful spiral binding that allows the book to rest flat for hands free use?  Wonderful!

Construction for each project is explained with detailed illustrations and helpful hints!
The pattern pieces are all stored in a handy envelope at the back of the book.
Thank you, Kay, for inspiring us to create
"Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear"!

Please visit Kay at her website or blog to learn more!

Now for the surprise!
Leave a message and you could win your own copy of Kay's book!
One book goes to one lucky reader!
To be eligible, leave a comment before Midnight CDT, July 2.
Winner will be announced next week.
Good luck!

Comments now closed for chance to win.


ShirleyC said...

I remember you said you had a couple of blog posts ready to send out. This was a pleasant surprise. That looks like a really informative book. I love that little short jacket. I have several friends who would look so classy wearing that.
Prayers that you are doing well.

tja said...

jan - love the book especially the jacket - have some silk from italy that was given as a gift - just found the perfect pattern for it.
prayers continue.
happy fourth of july

Lori B. said...

That does look like a great book. I know of several friends who could wear the designs you showed. You, of course, are just one of them.
Prayers continue for you sweet friend.

nonie everythingsewing said...

What a wonderful book. I am not sure I would sew for myself, but would love to sew for my grown daughter. She has been left out since she gifted me with a granddaughter.

Prayers continue for you.


Unknown said...

what a delightful surprise to see your post. I know you said you had some for future posts but yet, I am thrilled to see you here!! My husband and I have been praying for you.
I too thought this book might inspire me to sew for myself!!

Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi said...

it is nice to read the post, even if you wrote before your surgery.
I hope it went well and that you are recovering nicely. After reading your previous post, I talked to my mom about it as she has the same disease that you have, she will see her eyes doctor soon!
The book seems interesting, I like the skirt!

Nancy said...

I just looked at this book at Barnes and Nobles yesterday. It has soooo many wonderful clothes in it that I would love to make. I would LOVE to have this book!!!!

Shannon said...

This book looks fabulous! I love the way she combines fabrics!

Rachel said...

Win it or not, I need this book......add me to the list!
Praying for you, sweetie!

Families Are Like Fudge said...

The pictures take home sewing to a beautiful level! Can't wait to see it - hope to win it! Many blessings for you during your surgeries. Janet

Kelly said...

I would love to win this book. It really has some beautiful patterns. Thanks for the opportunity. Praying for you!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Jan! I love this beautiful book. I'm especially in love with the flirty, ruffle skirt and girly jacket. So wonderful! I'd love to be entered for a chance to win the book.
Hope your eye surgery is going well, my friend.

Jenny said...

What a girly set of patterns! I'm definitely tempted.



Unknown said...

Nice patterns. I, too, have kind of sworn off sewing for myself. My bumps and lumps get more unruly every year. I'm on a quest this year to find the perfect pattern for capris for ME. LOL. I hope your surgery went well and that your recovery is coming along nicely. Still praying that all is well.:)

Goosegirl said...

I want this book so much. I have not had any chance too look at it in person, just online. But it looks wonderful!

And I am still praying for you as your eyes heal from surgery. Rest and get well.

Rettabug said...

I've had you on my mind & in my ♥ & prayers for days now. Looking forward to lots of new postings from you once your eyes have recovered.

in the meantime, this is a wonderful pre-scheduled surprise! That skirt & jacket combination is just awesome...such luscious details. No wonder an heirloom sewista would fall in love with it. Me too!

Hugs & prayer for rapid healing,

Pam Marshall said...

Hope your doing well.
Everything I've read about this book is great.
Would love a copy.

thimblegirl said...

I have also sworn off sewing for myself, but there are some beautiful things in this book I would love to try.
I've been following your struggle with your eyesight and hope this surgery helps--have a speedy recovery!

Anonymous said...

Continued prayers for you, dear Jan :)
Please enter my name, thanks.

Debbie B said...

Loving all the inspiration in this book! May be time for a new skirt for me too!
I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jan, I hope this comment finds you recovering nicely. I agree with you I don't sew for me anymore its just not as much fun as sewing for grands and other lovely children. Hope to hear soon that you are doing well.


Julia said...

What a great give away! Prayers are going up for you.

Cassie said...

That's just the kind of book I need. After trying on and rejecting 8 different garments while shopping this week, I am beginning to think that sewing for myself may be the only answer to getting a decent fit. (I have been thinking of you constantly, Jan, and here I check your blog for news only to find that you are, as usual, busy thinking of others!)trativer

Cassie said...

I don't know why my captcha word ended up in my post, lol!

pfarmwife said...

Oh, that looks fun!


FloridaBird said...

This has been on my wish list for some time now. Thank you for the opportunity!

Melissa Lester said...

What a darling book! The first garment I sewed as a newlywed was a gathered skirt for myself. In the years since I have developed more sewing techniques and figure flaws, so I haven't sewn for myself in years. But this book makes me revisit the idea.

You have been in my prayers, and I hope you are enjoying a pain-free and restful recovery.

fourkid said...

What a great review - I would love this book! Thank you for the offer.

Sarah said...

I'd love to win this book!!! Thanks for your review and insight, I want to start sewing for myself!!!

sarah8914 at gmail dot com

Nonna D said...

It is wonderful to see you feel well enough to post! The book looks like a wonderful book. Hope I win. .

Lisa said...

The jacket is so cute! That would be a fun challenge. I love the skirt on the cover too! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Venezie Designs said...

Her patterns are so great ao I can only imagine that her book will be a great success as well!


Robin Hart said...

Love Kay... she is as cute as she is creative. Her husband is a doll as well. Can talk patterns with the best of them. I think we need to start sewing her patterns... no kids to sew for here and most of these would fit Paige. Hugs and a fresh bag of peas... :)

Becky said...

Wow! Thanks for the chance to win! I read about Kay's book the other day and have it on my (really long) book wishlist!

Allison Haugan said...

I have been checking out this book for a while, I would love to win this book!

Anonymous said...

Want, want, want this!

Sharon said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I'm hoping all went well with the surgery. I'm actually in IN to help my parents - my dad had surgery yesterday, but I brought some smocking with me!

michelle norris said...

The book looks great! Thank you for the opportunity to win. I "sew" hope that I win!


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