The time has come! I am very pleased to introduce you to the next Cake Patterns installment: the Hummingbird Peplum Top & Skirt. The pattern can be used to create four distinct garments suitable for women who work- from playground to grocery shopping to the office, Hummingbird will keep you looking smart and comfortable. (Not to mention the pockets are calibrated to hold i-devices!)
From now until April 7, I’ll show you what I’ve sewn from the pattern, the vintage and modern couture inspiration for the cut, and the other Cake goodies I’ve been working on to simplify your sewing. You can see my schedule of posts at sewingcake.com. Just like the sewalongs, each day one or two more of those links will go live and I’ll tell you what you need/want to know. I figure it’s a nice way to keep things tidy.
Speaking of keeping things tidy… Rather than hit you with all the views of all the samples of all the Hummingbirds I’ve stitched up in the past 6 weeks during production, I’m opting for a slower reveal over the next 10 days. This outfit has rapidly become a favorite of mine, even though in this weather a cotton sweater knit is a bit silly. I don’t care! To see more details and read a bit more about the Hummingbird Blue top, do check out the Gallery Page on Sewingcake. I like these gallery pages. Later I can easily add “worn in” photos for you to see as well as subsequent makes from the cut for easy comparison. Neat!
Mikhaela makes the cover art (ooooh la la, she outdid herself this time) and I model for it. In the interests of body-diversity, we tweak my photos and play with colors and accessories. I could not resist showing off my 23Skidoo shoes and red leather bag on the cover, they’re perfect with this outfit!
We both spend a lot of time creating these characters. Because it’s fun and we can’t help ourselves. And because eventually we’ll have cast of characters to feature on Cake Covers. In fact, I believe Penelope is planning a comeback for Red Velvet. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Because we spend a lot of time with these characters, they have histories and backstories and idiosyncrasies enough to fill a novella.
For example- Maya is a young law school grad working legal aid for textile outworkers. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, where her parents moved back in the 70’s. To pay the bills, they took in garment piecework. This kind of work tends to completely consume households- everyone chips in to help assemble the coats/dresses/shirts in the shortest time possible. This kind of work does not pay well, but it’s work and it pays the bills. Her parents instilled in Maya a tough work ethic, but they also prioritized education and are extremely proud of the contribution their daughter makes to Australian society. Maya is her own woman, “true blue” to her fingertips and though she’s sweet and shy she likes to make a splash by wearing bright colors.
And who is this mysterious background girl? I know so much about her- she’s Penelope’s best friend despite a 15 year gap in their ages. She’s a graphic designer living in NYC, she’s sharp-tongued and witty but also extremely kind when she thinks no one’s watching. Her hair smells like Moroccan Argon Oil and she’s always extremely well-dressed and impeccably groomed. She and Penelope met one day in the park when her German Shepherd chased Penelope’s little son up a tree, and they’ve enjoyed Friday nite wind-downs on Penelope’s back porch together ever since.
What is her name? Since y’all did such a great job naming Penelope, I thought I’d leave this up to you. Mikhaela and I have tossed around all kinds of names but nothing stuck. Let’s hear some names, I’ll pick a few over the weekend and then we can vote next week. Want to play?