Things have been a bit different around here during the Pavlova Circus- I have a new space to play in now, and it’s good fun. Esme the trick-riding ballerina (pictured above) is running a pretty good Circus Sideshow.
I was reminded of the Seurat when I was looking for cool circus images in the public domain to use for the Tiramisu Circus. I saved this image to “Pavlova” and got on with The Tiramisu Circus. She never left my mind while Mikhaela and I put together images for the Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt cover art.
And now, gleefully, I’m working on an army of Esme Petit Four samples in real time over on sewingcake.com and twitter. I haven’t had a chance to sit and play for some time, and it’s wonderful. You can play along, too- I’m sending the Esme Petit Four template to everyone who pre-orders a Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt.
Or- just sit back and watch and save the pdfs for when you do get a chance to play. It’s almost holidays!
You can see the completed Esmes and the raw inspiration for the upcoming cloth dollies at Esme Petit Four. I know a lot of ways to make rag dolls, let’s see which ways I try..
Meanwhile, I’m dying to share these photos with you. It’s tricky to convey something as complex as sewing instructions to someone on the other side of the world, and here’s what I sent Masheka to work with for the Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt instructions sheet and sent to Cake’s artists:
These photos represent a lot of work, but also a lot of fun: drafting, muslining, notes, editing my notes, sewing, editing again, sewing, setting up each photograph, sewing, editing each image, simplifying each cell concept and highlighting every important color-coded detail for Cake’s illustrator Masheka.
These (and many other) photos were used to create the instructions “cells” for the Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt Instructions Sheet.
Later on, once Pavlova ships, I think we’ll play some kind of matching game with a big fabric prize and those gallery image…
That means I can do fun little things with the patternwork now that I know more about juggling pdfs. Some of you have asked questions about the wrap top and the “muffin cover”. I’m already making little cloth dollies, so it seemed natural to make an Esme Petit Four Pattern.
It’s only two pages, very neatly copied in pen and scaled to fit the Esme Paper Play pattern pdf that I’m sending out to everyone who pre-orders a Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt before December 20th (midnight at the edge of the world).
If you have a question about the way the full size Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt pattern goes together, why not download the 2 page doll clothes pdf to take a look? This is an accurate, if simplified and strangely proportioned, version of the full size Cake pattern. I labeled the Petit Four pattern with Pavlova’s pattern piece tags and numbers, and placed notches and dots in similar places as the adult pattern.
Check it out. Kind of cute, even if it is hand-drawn. Petit Four patterns from Cake.
(The clothes are scaled the same as the Petit Four Template I’m sending out as a gift to those who pre-order the Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt before December 20th. Lila and I are also stitching up over at sewingcake.com)
Tomorrow: Pocket Details/Inspiration on 3 Hours Past and a fancy quilting cotton Esme Glad Rags doll on sewingcake.com (and I’ll leave the door open to the sewing room, you can peek in through twitter).
Do you like the galleries? What do you think about the images behind the instructions? How much do you want to go play with a scrap of jersey and the Petit Four Pavlova pattern right now?