Y’all know Leila. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere and you purchased Cake, your pattern was almost certainly shipped by Leila. She blogs over at Three Dresses Project, where she just posted a thorough review of the Cabarita Knit Top and the Hummingbird Orange skirt.
Seeing Leila’s Cabarita with a coordinating solid collar, cuffs and bindings makes me itch to stitch up another one. I really like this effect, and in the comments on Leila’s post there’s some great suggestions for other patterned fabric mash-ups.
“I love an interesting back. Actually this top gives you front and back interest. Even my husband had a big wow moment when he saw the back.” I love them too. This back goes together easily, but really elevates this past being a regular old t-shirt- even if it’s just as comfy.
Leila also whipped up a serviceable and basic denim Hummingbird Orange. That’s the short and sweet version of the skirt. She did a great job picking out the seams with top-stitching thread- let alone the fact she put the skirt together before the instructions were complete. How clever is she? Flying blind and she put together a really great little skirt nonetheless. Thanks, Leila!
Shipping and Sorting- Hummingbird
I mentioned last night that we’ll be shipping the Hummingbird (and Cabarita) patterns from next week. The sewalong is set for June 17-27, and I’ll post the schedule, signup and blog badges on Friday. I’m so excited! This is my favorite part, the time when we get to sew together.
Last time, for the Pavlova Sewalong, we sent out pre-ordered Pavlova patterns with colored envelopes to sort Sewalongers into “houses.” We had five fruit-themed houses, with the winning house receiving $10 Cake Patterns gift codes and bragging rights… The sorting was Leila’s idea- she had to go shopping for envelopes and found the fun colored ones. We put our heads together and came up with the sorting- once we thought it up, it seemed way too fun to pass up!
This time, we’re shipping pre-ordered Hummingbird patterns in colored envelopes for four houses:
Those who receive their pattern in an orange envelope will be in Rufous House, named after the pretty orange Rufous Hummingbird.
Those who receive a pink envelope will be in Anna’s House, named for Anna’s Hummingbird.
Green envelopes will come to those who go into Violetear House, named for the Violetear Hummingbird. Don’t you love his dear little ear-feathers?
And finally, blue envelopes go to Sabrewing House members, named for the Sabrewing Hummingbird.
The House that completes the greatest number of Cake-Standard Hummingbird Separates during the sewalong (no cutting corners, but variations are ok) wins! It’s a fun way to make a connection to other social sewists, a bit of fun. These envelopes are a bit bigger than normal, and they’re pretty so they’ll stand out in the mail.
What do you think of the mascots this time? Do you think having 4 rather than 5 houses will change the dynamic?
And you know what- I just realized I have some very nice scraps of jersey that would be just large enough for some contrast Cabarita collar and bindings…