I finished the Lacy Stripey Tiramisu dress the other day, just before the “end” of the 30 Minutes A Day Sewalong. I say end because I’m watching the flickr group and checking progress to see if we’re all on the same page before I publish the final two posts. The final two will cover documenting your customized pattern/hacking and then we’ll have a Tiramisu Sewalong Party here at 3 Hours Past on Monday!
That’ll give everyone til Sunday to finish up and take a picture, and I’ll include any finished Tiramisu Dresses marked or tagged “Finished Object” in the flickr stream. I’ll make a gallery page, be sure to link to your blog (if you have one) in the flickr stream. I also wanted to feature some of my favorite questions and comments from the “class,” I’ll request permission first so keep an eye out on your flickr posting…
Now that’s out of the way…
Thanks for all your tips and suggestions when I was putting the dress fabrics together before the sewalong started. I knew I wanted to use some fun fabrics for this dress, I’ve shown a lot of restraint in my fabric choices for other Tiramisus. I ended up choosing the black and white striped cotton jersey (no recovery), cotton ribbing for the waistband (great recovery), and a nylon lace fabric for the skirt. I rummaged in my “recycled” stash and turned up silk for the lining and some old organic cotton for the pockets. It’s firm, but very soft and strong fabric.
You may recognize the lace, it’s the same motif as another lace garment. I like what I like. (and it was 40% off)
Inspired by Kaddidlehopper’s long, graceful Tiramisu skirt sweep, I cut my skirt longer. This length used 2.5m of 60″ wide fabric, and I have enough left over for a bolero perhaps. (Check it out, I’m wearing a bit of yellow! I’ve been trying to work it into my life for a while now…)
I ended up using the recycled silk, because the colors beneath the lace reminded me of a tropical bird of some sort. I can make a lining post for the Tiramisu Sewalong, but just briefly I cut the basic skirt from the folded piece of silk, sewed the single seam, and then stitched it to the skirt waist seam with a zig zag. If I want to change, it’s easy and this treatment will wash. The bias cut of the silk at the waist gives me enough flexibility to pull the dress over my head, even though it’s not a stretch silk.
More yellow! After a little while in the sun and humidity and being on my body, my dress bias “dropped”. We’ve been discussing the bias and the way it behaves in knits almost every day in the Sewalong and I couldn’t resist sharing this photo because it shows the bias drop so well. The seam is a good inch below my bustline, and I had to pin the neck closed.
That’s not a catastrophe. I gave her an underbust tune up. Now that the fabric has settled and dropped, I shouldn’t have any more problems from that seam.
I love all the gape test photos for this dress cropping up on blogs, I pin all the Tiramisus I find while reading blogs but if I’ve missed yours and you’d like to be added, just let me know with a link.
After we finished up taking photos and were heading into the house, I started to jump the back fence, as is my habit. I do this on a daily basis, regardless of what I’m wearing. Stephen captured the amazing no gape neckline in action:
It’s terribly unladylike, but quick and saves me walking around by the sidewalk in the heat.
I needed a neat way to tote a few simple tools to and from classes, and to put into my project box for my current makes. A friend suggested using a bamboo mat and some fabric to create a roll for my tools. This afternoon, I found some really cute multi colored bamboo mats for cheap and tossed this together in less than half an hour. I’m in love. This Cake Roll is good.
I put in little pockets for holding a seam ripper, pinbox, needle box, notions, and may add a little mini corkboard for pins I’m using. I wrapped it up tight and threw it hard at my floor repeatedly to see if any pieces came out or broke. They did not.
The bamboo mats were cheap and cute, so I bought as much as I could. I have enough matting to make about 2 dozen Cake Roll kits. I’ll take better pictures in the morning, write out the full kit contents and link to the Etsy listing in the Cake Update email newsletter. The entire kit is quite light, which makes for cheap shipping. ($6.30 to US, UK, etc $4.50 NZ, $1.20 Australia)
Last week, I offered 8 organic cotton fabric sateen envelope kits to the email list which I promptly sent out to the UK, US, NZ and Australia. I have ordered more fabric panels, and the kits will be available for both Tiramisu and for Pavlova at the end of this month. I also have a local artisan friend to help me assemble the kits, we both used to put quilt kits together so this is… A piece of Cake…
We’ll finish up the Tiramisu posts here at 3 Hours Past with the Tiramisu Party on Monday, then I’m going to take a little “production holiday” for a few weeks so I can stitch up all the samples I need for upcoming Cake Patterns and Kits. I’ll be tweeting and pinning, but less updating to the sewingcake site and 3 Hours Past. I’ll also continue to answer Tiramisu flickr group questions for as long as they appear.
What do you think? I kind of want to make the lace skirt into a separate piece, and put a solid red skirt on this dress.. Not that I don’t like it, more like I like the skirt and want to wear it with all of my tops..!