I like Susan. She writes a great blog at Moonthirty, I really appreciate her intelligence and good humor and insightful sewing tips. We’ve had a lively email exchange going the past several weeks, as I asked her to test sew upcoming Cake releases. Check out her alteration-free Cabarita.
She did, and then took some fantastic photos to show how the designs work for her! I love these photos of Cabarita, and the jersey stripe is just delicious. Susan also blogs a little tip for fine-tuning the seam-and-hem area that can be a bit awkward.
Susan also whipped up a quickie Hummingbird Orange skirt (that’s the short and simple one) with no pattern alteration- just a little fit-tweaking during construction. That’s my favorite kind of fitting! Minimal…
And natch, I love the way she offset the stripes at the pocket and used an exposed zip treatment. You can read about it here.
The test-makes I showed you earlier this week were from Leila and Mikhaela, who work on Cake production and logistics. Susan doesn’t do that, but she does have a sharp eye for errors, clever stitching fingers and her body is in the higher range of Cake sizing. And even better, she understands my random rambling emails about patterns!
Important to Cake
I know it’s done constantly, but I really don’t see the point in putting out patterns that have to be radically altered in order to fit. Further, larger sizes often struggle to find RTW clothes that fit or that look like “real” clothes. It’s nasty and I hate it, it’s like the entire fashion and clothing industry tells larger women they are unacceptable in a thousand silent ways. This is told through lazy designing, bad fit, insufficient sizing and of course through advertising. Why?
Weight isn’t a measure of intelligence, wit, kindness, or ability. It’s even debatable whether weight is an indicator of health. It’s just… weight. Besides, at the end of the day, another person’s weight is not my concern. The main thing is to make patterns that fit and are well proportioned! That’s where Susan comes in, to help me test the 50/55 size range and check that I like the proportions before releasing the pattern. Susan’s a Cake Muse, and I’m really pleased to be working together.
Call for Cake Muses
As we get ready to ship y’all the new Hummingbird and RiFF releases, I’m finishing up my part of the production work for the next pattern release- Red Velvet.
While I’m sure the Cake Collaborators will be stitching up plenty of these pleated, bust-proportionate dresses over the next few weeks, I wanted to request a few sewing-blogger-muses in each Cake “size” range to help me test fit and proportion. If you’d like to be a Cake Muse for RV, I have a few requests:
- 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, and 55 inch full bust- I’ll choose one of each next week.
- You have a blog
- I’ll need 6-9 photos of your make to use on the sewingcake site and during the pre-sale
- You are comfortable with pdf patterns
- Intermediate to advanced sewist, but willing to follow directions
- You have a sharp eye for typographical errors (helpful)
I’ll send the pattern and some guidelines out in 2-3 weeks as a tiled pdf and we’ll keep everything quite secret until the presale. If you’d like to play, leave me a comment with your bust size and a link to your blog. I’ll choose six Cake Muses and email you by next Friday.
Tomorrow: Hummingbird Sewalong Schedule, Badges, and Signup!
Had you seen that Miltant Baker post? What do you think about that?