The waistband treatment on the Hummingbird Skirt takes its cue from the many RTW casual wear waistbands I’ve dissected. This waistband is slimmer than the jeans waistband we looked at last week and lacks belt loops. For this reason, the slim straight waistband works as a solid but discreet waistline finish when worn under an untucked top like the Hummingbird Peplum Top.
I know I have some beginners out there, and a few who may not sew the way I do so I make a detailed Slim Straight Waistband Visual Reference on sewingcake.com. At the end, several options are given as a waistband closure- whether to use a hook & bar, button, or snap is basically a sewing/style preference.
Once I get over my fear of hammers (tomorrow is the day!), I’ll link to the snaps reference there. Would a button Vis Ref be useful, too? I could slip on in during the sewalong…
Speaking of the Sewalong, I want to let you all know what’s going on with your Hummingbird (and other*) patterns. It’s been weird, I haven’t had all the information to hand, and I didn’t want to tell you the wrong thing only to have to correct myself later.
For some reason, my carton of patterns are being held up in Australian Customs. I have a customs agent and logistics manager and the carton is beneath import minimums- it’s just paper. It’s most aggravating because no one will tell me why they’re being held or when to expect them. At first, I had the UK and US distributor wait so we could send all the patterns at the same time, but I just couldn’t wait anymore. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, your pattern has already been sent to you and you should get it this week I should think.
I haven’t had any problems of this sort in the past, and I’m doing everything I can think of to find out when I can have the Aussie patterns. If anyone out there has an idea, then let me know.
Pre-order Hummingbirds were sent off in pretty oversized envelopes. These correspond to one of the “Houses” for the friendly House Competition during the Sewalong. (If you missed out this time, you can still sew along! And the next pattern presale will have a sorting and sewalong aspect.)
You can find the badges and more information about the sewalong on the main page here. Visit the flickr group and join up if you like a bit of social sewing! This time around, I asked Taran, Mikhaela, Leila and Susan (who work with me on Cake Patterns) if they would like to be “Heads of House” for the sewalong. They said they will!
The Heads of House will help me keep track of entries for the House Competition and they’ve also been all over the Hummingbird Pattern during development. They can help you out with sewing issues if I’m… you know… asleep.
Mikhaela– Rufous House
Taran – Sabrewing House
Leila– Anna’s House
Susan– Violetear House
This sewalong gets more and more like Harry Potter every time we play, doesn’t it?
*Tira and Bonny next week!