It’s April 7 in Brisbane, the last day of the Hummingbird Peplum Top & Skirt presale. I had a blast showing you the work that’s gone into this latest pattern, and y’all have ordered almost 200 Hummingbirds! Thank you, I can’t wait to finalize the work and put it into your hands.
I’ve shown you the “photoshoot” pictures of my Hummingbird samples over the past few days: the Blue, Green, Pink, and Orange Hummingbirds. These samples are my clothes, and also my work. When I spend time living inside my drafts, I learn how the seams interact with the fabrics and with wear. In the earlier stages of production, this helps me make design decisions.
So for the last post of the pre-sale, I thought I’d mix and match my Hummingbird samples with each other and some favorite pieces. Beware: PINK! Also, I had a major case of weird-face while we took these photos, so cropped them out.
The Merino Top
I noticed while we took these shots that I sew quite a lot of pink! Not just for Hummingbird, but all the way back to the Pinkie Pants I made last winter. It’s slightly chilly outside lately, which means I can wear them again. I’m not sure what all this pink means (does it mean anything?) but I think it’s safe to say I’ve broken my Black habit. A few years ago, I wore and sewed black to the exclusion of other colors and made a No Black rule. Now I have the opposite “problem”!
This merino is very light and textured, suitable for layering. I didn’t layer here, and it shows a little the way it clings. I can live with it.
This Tulip version of the Hummingbird Top began life as an “ugly cheap” muslin, but the obnoxious print has grown on me. It’s interesting, too, because you can see the effect the peplum cut has on a directional print. See the version with my Pinkie Pants? The tulips are on their side because the peplum is cut as a single seamless piece. Ideally, I suppose the tulips would all “grow” upward.
This is called “nap”- or more accurately, a directional fabric would usually be cut using a “napped” layout. The instructions sheet only holds so many cutting layouts, so I opted for the simplest and the seamless peplum. After the pattern ships next month, I’ll share a few stripe and nap “challenge” layouts for us to play with.
Blue with Dickey & Cuffs of Shirting
This is another favorite. This blue version is made with longer sleeves, sweater weight knit and woven accents. It seems to wash and wear quite well, though the 100% cotton jersey has very little recovery. When I first put it on, the top hugs my body closely. Then it relaxes. I think my perfect version of this top would be a heavier knit like this with just a touch of lycra to keep it from relaxing too much.
Speaking of PINK, I couldn’t help but show you my favorite Pavlova/Hummingbird combination. The two sets of separates live very happily together in my wardrobe, by the way. I wear this drapey tulle skirt with shaped Tencel lining and knit waistband all the time, it’s light and cool and fun to wear.
Overall, I think the most wearable Hummingbird is the denim one, though I have worn all of them multiple times. I have some hemp-cotton denim heading my way, I’ll be sure to let you know how that fabric turns out.
Hummingbird Presale Ends at midnight April 7 in Anchorage, Alaska. The pattern will not be available for this special price again, RRP $22 once printed.
The Stay Tape Giveaway and Naming Poll close at the same time, I’ll announce the winner and the girl’s name tomorrow! Thanks for playing along! (So far, Pearl is in the lead!)
What do you think about all my pinks? Should I branch out into neutrals and blacks? The problem, of course, is that black doesn’t photograph very well..
And also… What cut/technique variations would you like to see tutorials for while Hummingbird ships?