I have three other “branches” of Cake to present in the next couple of months: Petit Four, Riffs, and Classes. I’ll tell you more, oh so much more later, but I want you to know what I’m working on. I won’t be able to blog more than once or twice a week here at 3 Hours Past for a while, but it’s for a good reason!
Esme, the Pavlova Petit Four, sprang to life from a desire on my part to put my hands in a little fabric and play as the holidays approached. Like a mad crazy inspired person, I shared a bit of her development during the Pavlova Circus, and sent around little sample doll templates for the fun of it.
Once the Circus and Christmas past, I refined the template into a proper soft toy pattern- 16.5″ tall. Then I drafted a scaled, detailed version of the Pavlova Separates and stitched her a wardrobe from my own Pavlova sample remnants.
A friend of mine is an accomplished embroidery digitizer so I sent him Esme’s face and asked for an embroidery to use to make a doll. My friend loved Esme and created a delightful little rendering of her face for me to use.
The Petit Four concept doesn’t stop with Esme. We have Penelope, Maya (she’s in the Pavlova background for now, but she’s Hummingbird’s covergirl), and Bernard- he’s our Lamington man- now in production. I don’t want to spoil the surprise completely, but I do want to let you know you haven’t seen the last of Esme and her friends, not by a long shot.
I draft, sew, and wear many things that I don’t blog about- or if I do, they creep into photos of other garments. There’s simply not enough time in the day for me to write about everyting. As a way to hone my grading and drafting skills, last year I disciplined myself to refine these patterns as I drafted them, and to also grade them according to my ratio system. I did this to the Hacks, too. I am quite literally sitting on stacks of unpublished patternwork.
The issue is that a full Cake treatment is time-consuming. It takes time to create the lovely clear illustrations, which means it would take years to fully “Cake Up” the patterns I’m hoarding. Besides that, I’m not sure all of them are suitable for a full Cake treatment even though they are nice little patterns on their own. Now that I better understand the process of getting patterns from my drafting table to your sewing room, I can do something about all these patterns lying around.
Cake Riffs are “stripped down” versions of my Cake Patterns line- we’ll start playing with the Riffs at the end of this month. We can turn it into a game- I’ll show you my top three picks for a Cake Riff, and you tell me which one you’d like to see as a pdf and printed on bond paper. A couple of weeks (as opposed to a couple of months) later, I’ll make it available and we can start again. Riffs won’t have all the pretty pretty artwork and beginner-friendly illustrations, but they’re still rooted in solid Cake principles. (With a little Frosting thrown in for fun!)
Brisbanites- I have found a solid and unmoving teaching base for 2013 with the girls at Voodoo Rabbit. They have a cosy, well-appointed space in Wooloongabba- I’ll be teaching with them from the 13th of this month (Tiramisu class!) and will be running a variety of classes including a 5-week Beginners Sewing Class, and intermediate “pick up” class, and several Cake classes! Voodoo Rabbit are handling all the logistics and payment, so if you’re in Brisbane and you’d like to take classes, keep an eye on the Voodoo Rabbit page.
Tiramisu 30 Minutes A Day Sewalong
I’ve been writing up the Tiramisu Sewalong posts and now that it’s nearly here I’m SO excited! Every morning when I wake up, it seems there’s at least one new rendering of the Tiramisu dress in my inbox. Let me tell you, it’s a thoroughly lovely start to the day.
I’m making one more during the sewalong as a way to help tie the lesson for the day to the progress of a physical dress. During the Tiramisu production process, I tried show restraint with my use of fabric. Not so much this time!
I chose a bold black and white cotton jersey for the bodice and a black cotton ribbing for the waistband. I want a long, graceful skirt like Kaddiddlehopper’s, too.
When I went out today to scrounge for cheapish potential skirt fabrics, I found this black lace on sale for 40% off. It was meant to be- remember my favorite top of 2012- Lacewing? It’s the same lace, but black!!!
It’s been a while since I let myself sew something a bit crazy like a striped and ribbed and lace maxi-dress and now that it’s time to choose a lining fabric I’m racked with indescision:
Which would you choose? I’m leaning towards the nude, for one of those “naked lace” type dresses, but then the blue is so soft, and the recycled pink silk is so pretty. Help!
Meanwhile- the Tiramisu Sewalong begins tomorrow! I posted the Full Bust Alteration tutorial in preparation. I’ve been mentioning the “4th Dimension of Tiramisu” post for a while- it’s basically my notes on how to tighten up a Tiramisu if the fabric relaxes too much with wear. This fits very neatly into the Sewalong, towards the end.
And finally- I’ll be sending out the free pattern certificates to those who found all the “Pieces of Cake” and announcing the grand prize winner this week! Woohoo!