Our Pavlova 30 Minutes a Day Sewalong kicks off tomorrow! I’m so excited, we all had such a good time with Tiramisu and I look forward to experiencing the extra dimension that the house sorting brings to the social sewing this time around.
As promised, before we begin the Sewalong I need to announce the House Prize and set a few parameters for play. I’m open to suggestions, so if I mention something that sounds odd or if I forget something please let me know in comments.
Eyes on the Prize
I mentioned before we’d have a small but cool prize for the house (kiwi | passionfruit | mango | blueberry | strawberry) which collectively makes the most garments during the sewalong. I like prizes. Sometimes its tricky to get it right, and I hope you’re pleased with a $10 off Cake purchase for the winning house.
I really, really would rather send out a little gift but I had to think about it pragmatically (uuuugh!). There’s a possibility that I might have to send as many as 35 little gifts out to winners. Aside from the cost of the gift, the cost of shipping that many small things internationally (the vast majority of Cake Fans are in the NH) would break me. If only I could!
24 hours after the Sewalong closes on the 25th of March in Guam, I will not be counting any more finished garments. To have your garment counted, please upload a finished photo to the flickr gallery and indicate your house with a tag or in the description.
The house with the greatest number of completed and uploaded “Cake Standard” garments will win $10 off their next Cake purchase. With the Hummingbird pre-sale from the 27th of March, this should come in very handy! (Winning house will be announced on the 26th and Cake Cash sent out.)
Only house members who participate in the sewalong (commenting even if they do not complete a garment, sewing, etc) will be eligible for the house prize.
Please respect the sewing, and only count a garment as complete if it has been sewn according to the instructions.
For the Top:
- Neck binding
- hemmed edges
- sleeve binding
- cleanly finished seams
For the Skirt:
- *a* pocket, either the seashell pocket or another of your choosing
- zipper (edited to add: a button placket or zipper omission for a knit version of Pavlova is just fine.)
- feel free to substitute your own favorite waistband
- cleanly finished seams
This is honor system, but I trust you. Also, I can see unfinished seams from the outside of a garment. Yep. I might ask if I’m curious or there’s any contention.
The idea is to cheer on and encourage each other, especially those in your house, and to get to know other sewists a bit better. Nothing too serious!
How is that? Let’s play! I’ll be releasing the lessons at noon on each day. Last time I published daily at midnight, but I think it’s better to publish each lesson in the middle of my day so I can make sure there’s no glitches. It starts tomorrow!
In other news…
Cake Patterns was featured on PR! I recently made an agreement with Deepika to create a Cake Patterns store on Pattern Review, and Cake was featured in the PR newsletter yesterday. You can’t imagine the enormous, wonderful mess of emails and orders in my inbox this morning, it was so exciting!
Several independent retailers already carry Cake Patterns:
- Strömming Design (online & market retailer)
If you’re a retailer and you’d like to carry Cake Patterns, please email me: stephc (at) 3hourspast (dot) com