It’s been a little while since my last post- the one where I bought a load of fabric. Then I was retreated into my drafting-cave for a bit of production work… My periodic silences on the blogging front are necessary so I can make up new Cake releases for us to play with. I’m always reachable by email though, even in my drafting-cave. I’m really glad y’all understand.
I’ve been keeping in close contact with our printer in the UK while the new patterns are being printed and assembled. We have a great working relationship already, the quick and timely exchange of information and files is refreshing. Besides, as an indie designer it’s great to be working with a high-quality indie printer. Our goals and interests intersect.
The patterns were to be ready for shipping by this week, but Claire our printer had an accident. I was alarmed when I couldn’t get ahold of her for two days at the end of last week. I thought something must be wrong because we were right at crunch time with the patterns. It turns out she had an accident and was badly burned down one side of her body by boiling water. She spent the night in the hospital burn ward and checked herself out to get back to overseeing the work. Indies. Feel better soon, Claire!
This slowed down the work (which is in the last stages), so Leila and I won’t have patterns ready to ship to you all until early next week. I am sorry for this delay, I really wanted a smooth and perfect process this time. Tira 2nd Ed and Bonny will also be a little tiny bit later. Before, it was blizzards holding up shipping… One of these days we’ll catch a break!
Besides, I’m really excited and impatient to get this pattern into your hands, it’s absolutely the best Cake Patterns release yet.
I didn’t put out a public call for Hummingbird testers because it made sense to have the other talented sewists who work on Cake projects involved in the test-sewing experience this time around. (That, and, well, there’s a pleasant surprise about H-bird that I want to keep completely top-secret until you open them up….)
This is Mikhaela’s Hummingbird (Green) Top. Rumor has it she’s working on a Hummingbird skirt or two, too! Mikhaela makes Cake’s engaging cover art, and her husband Masheka illustrates Cake’s detailed instruction sheets. We take turns skyping in the middle of the night for planning meetings, and I really enjoy working with the pair of them. We send a lot of emails and files to each other…
Mikhaela hasn’t been sewing much for the past year but lately she decided to get back into it and build out her wardrobe with simple and wearable basics. I’m really delighted Mikhaela is sewing up Cake, and I love this capsule wardrobe she built herself. Dotted Hummingbird Peplum Top- check.
I have some more looooovely test-Hummingbirds to show you this week from more Cake Collaborators. On Friday I’ll post the Sewalong signup/sorting details/badges! (June 17-27 work for everyone?)
Then next week we can get started on the new tutorials and cutting options I have in store for Hummingbird! It’s been tough to keep all that under my hat, I can’t wait to show you my jeans waistband autopsy, top-stitching tutorials, and alternate cutting layouts…! (Not to mention a super-fun torture test for the indigo dyed hemp-denim I got my hands on!)