Following on from the denim Visual References I started posting last week, tonight I have for you the Flat Fell seam Vis Ref. I’m really pleased with this one, Stephen helped me take the photos so I could really show you what to do with your hands. It’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words- I could write write write about this and never quite convey the technique for a beginner. I hope this helps as you start to draft your own yokes and sew them up.
If you’ve never sewn a flat fell seam before but you’d like to try it, then follow the steps in the Flat Fell Visual Reference using scraps of your fashion fabric. You’ll approach the sewing with a much better grasp of the technique and the way the threads interact with the fabric for a smoother sewing process.
Sewing with Hammers is not off the table, and thank you all for your concern over smashing my thumb. It’s much better now, and I need to set aside a little time with Stephen so he handles the camera while I hold the hammer.
Over the past week or so while I wait for Hummingbird and Cabarita paper patterns,* I spent some quality time quietly tidying up Cake.pdfs. I started making pdf patterns last year before deciding to build Cake Patterns. Making a tiled pdf sewing pattern is not as simple as it seems, it’s a bit of a headache between different paper sizes and scaling continuity, etc.
When Taran began digitizing Cake Patterns during Pavlova production, I begged her to help me build the best pdf patterns possible. It was extremely time consuming, and hard, and irritating, but we got there!
This little stock of patterns represents a great deal of hard work- not just the actual pattern work, but also printing and checking by the Cake team. I like the funny .pdf “sticker” on the front cover, I think it helps differentiate between the paper and pdf patterns in the listings. You can locate Cake.pdfs in the pdf section of my Etsy site, on Craftsy and also on Pattern Review.
Most excitingly, we have all of the current Cake range now digitized and tiled by Taran available for download. They’re tidy and wonderful. The Second Edition Tiramisu Dress is now available as a multi-size tiled pdf. I mention this specifically because while the first pdf of this pattern was 67 pages, Taran pared it down to 40. Yes, 40!
I have had some requests that I publish as a pdf the gently revised Tiramisu bodices from the second edition, for reference and experimentation by those who have the first edition. Click here to download for free it right now. It’s 17 pages total- complete with tiling info and updated cover art/ instructions.
I want to stress that the changes were almost completely cosmetic, and I did not include the larger bodices in this sample pdf because they were not revised significantly. If you’re interested to see how cake .pdfs have evolved since Taran took over the digitizing, this will provide a taste of the style and quality you can expect from Cake-Standard pdfs.
Future pdf Releases
I have a question for you all, and I’m really interested to hear your thoughts. Up to now, I withheld the pdf pattern releases until the paper pattern was either distributed or near distribution. I tried pre-saling pdfs through Etsy in response to customer requests, but this was not the best way.
What do you all think if I change the timing of pdf releases to make them available as soon as I run the design for paper pre-sale? Part of the benefit of a pdf release is the immediacy of downloading and printing a pattern, though it is at the cost of assembly. I’ve been thinking about doing this for some time, but your opinion matters to me and I’d be interested to know what you think.
Later this week:
Definitely Sewing with Hammers
The Hummingbird Dress: Black and White Pinstripe Edition
with Drafting Variation Vis Ref
Slim, Straight Waistband Creation
*Hummingbird and Cabarita patterns are shipping. With three distribution points to manage, I’ve been working hard to double check your pattern has actually shipped before sending out notifications. As soon as I’m sure your pattern is in the post, your notification will be sent. Thanks so much for your patience regarding this issue, and please know that we’re working very hard to dramatically tighten up the lag time between pre-sale and shipping.