Hey everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! I was busy keeping the shipping orders for May tidy. We have a shipment for mid-May that will include the Hummingbird Separates and the Cabarita RiFF. In late May, we’ll be shipping the Bonny RiFF and the Second Edition Tiramisu Knit Dress. We’re shipping from three distribution points in the US, the UK and Australia (not to mention the simultaneous electronic pdf releases!). It’s my job to make sure everyone receives their pattern in the timeliest/most efficient way possible. Good thing I love my spreadsheets! (And yes, we have some pretty colored envelopes for Hummingbird Sewalong House Sorting!)
Last week I introduced you to the RiFF range and told you a little about each pattern. This week, I’ll go a little deeper so you can see the “re-make-ability” built into Cake patterns, even the lighter-weight RiFF Range.
Turn It Around!
While Cake Tops are proportioned so the back is narrower than the front, at the end of the day we’re working in the realm of knit tops, not couture evening gowns. Reversability isn’t applicable to every Cake Patterns release, but it definitely works for the Cabarita Knit Top. I showed you this sample last week with the half roll collar in the front, but what do you think of it in the back? It works, even for a bustier figure like mine.
Part of the reason this works is because the back is cut on the bias. Some time ago, we talked about knit bias, what it means, and whether it’s a “thing.” It’s definitely a thing. Basically, I find that knit fabrics cut on the bias behave more or less the same way we’d expect bias wovens to behave but more so. For knit fabrics, the bias effect is exaggerated. I like this, bias is a great way to use a simple cut that will flatter and accentuate curves. It also works well for those who are less curvy, and it means we can have fun with chevrons!
I like a knit top with a CF bias seam because it tends to mold to my figure more than a straight cut, while not revealing too much. I find this is also true at the back- in my experience and observation bias backs are less likely to develop pooling and folds of fabric like a straight cut.
Last week, I mostly shared photos of me wandering around Cabarita Beach wearing my Cake Makes. Cabarita is so pretty! I wanted you to see the inspiration for the RiFF’s name. We had called this design “Riviera” during production but at the last minute I changed my mind. I’ve never been to the Riviera, and calling my favorite summer top by that name felt a little false. Instead, I used the name of my favorite beach- the place I love to visit with my family to escape from the city in the summer. I like to think of it as sharing a bit of my life with you. Through the sewing.
This week, I thought I’d share a little of what my daily life looks like. We took these photos when I went to pick up my tiny girl from school.
That’s Cake. Cake is beaches and woods and buses and playgrounds and sidewalks and grocery stores and parties- I try to show you how I wear my clothes by sharing a little look at my life. This walky-bridge-thing was harder to negotiate than it looked, I very nearly slipped off and landed on my bottom! I suppose the cloud of tulle in my Pavlova skirt would soften the fall. (Yep, I’m that lady who wears tulle in casual settings…)
What do you think about my reversed Cab? What do you wear to pick up your kid(s) from school? What about “authenticity” in blogging/fashion? I try very hard to walk the tightrope between “reality” and “fantasy” with our photos, but I’m always wondering where to draw that line. (True story, for these photos I wore a touch more makeup than usual…)
Speaking of context for clothes, have you SEEN Me Made May this year? I’m sitting it out because almost everything I wear is Cake/Future Cake and I thought it would be weird. But wow- this year looks so polished and there’s tons of people! How wonderful! Go look, go look! I always love seeing a pattern I’ve made myself (Cake or otherwise) on another person.