Have you missed me? I missed you. After the presale ended last week* I became a drafting-production-sewing-coding hermit. It’s been an extremely productive week.
For example, now I can show you the real sewingcake site- the one that has been living in my head and on my hallway corkboard for quite a little while. For some time, when I looked at the sewingcake site I saw this:
But now, it’s more like this:
I knew I had to spend some time organizing and refining the site so you could find what you need more easily. It’s still not completely finished, but this is much closer to the visual reference type site I envisioned…
The top of the main page on sewingcake.com still features the basics, and also a new contact page. Below that is the slider. I like the slider, it reminds me of the old 3 Hours Past header that I used to fill with pretty photos of the beach and fabric. On sewingcake.com, the newest few posts will show in the slider so it’s easy to check in for the latest visual reference guide.
This is the biggest section of sewingcake.com, devoted to sewing and fitting support for Cake Patterns. Here you’ll find sizing and visual reference guides arranged by pattern. It’s also possible to browse beginner topics, the sewalong archive, errata, or just dive right in to browse all support topics as a photographic index.
The Community pages are all about you all and your sewing, and the variety of garments that come from a single pattern. Y’all are amazing- dextrous fingers, big smiles, lovely fabric and so much enthusiasm. (Can’t wait for the H-bird Sewalon!) I played around for some time, trying to create community galleries to showcase your makes before finally completing the Pavlova Separates Community Gallery and the Tiramisu Dress Community Gallery. I imported your photos from the sewalongs, and from blogs and social media. Check it out.
If you are featured in the Community Galleries and wish to be removed, please contact me. stephc at 3hourspast dot com.
If you are not in the galleries but you tagged your photo in the Flickr stream, try allowing sharing on your account. I think that some accounts default to this setting, and that’s why some of the House Prize photos weren’t showing before.
If you have a blog post of a Cake Make and you’d like me to add it, email me the link please.
One of my aims with Cake is to create patterns for clothes that are worn. To that end, I wear them myself. To rags, generally. I always tweak my first draft for wearability or simplicity based on my experience wearing the garment over a couple of weeks. Does it chafe? Does it bind? Where and why? How can that be eliminated?
I like to wear my samples because it’s one thing to sew up a pretty sample garment to wear for photos (nothing wrong with that, it’s just not me), and quite another to create a garment that washes well and looks nice even when exposed to Real Life.
Over the next few weeks I have several new releases to show you (ooooh yes! we have RiFFs!). I hope you’ll see through the galleries how I mix and match with my patterns for different looks over time. I’m also pretty pleased that I can easily show “ironing board fresh” photos alongside “washed and worn for a long time” photos. That’s what I’m doing with these galleries.
The gallery pages are not complete, I need to collect all my own scattered Tiramisu photos and make a gallery- maybe in time for the reprint next month….
I’ll be writing a few times a week until the Hummingbird Peplum Top & Skirt patterns ship. Then we can have some Shipping Season fun with Hummingbird cutting and fabric variations. I have a dress…!
What do you think?
Please be gentle. I’m no coding wizard. But I would like to maintain an easy to use site, so I’m interested in constructive criticism. Enthusiasm is always appreciated, too.
*I have had many emails lately from those seeking to purchase a Hummingbird pattern even though the presale is closed. I don’t know what to do, so I leave this to you. Should I:
1- Make them wait until the patterns ship, as has been done before
2-Make the Hummingbird pattern available now through Etsy for RRP, with a shipping notification in the listing