Since last week’s post, I’ve been working, working, working. Thank you so much for your support, it really touched me that you’d respond the way that you did and I’ve been working twice as hard since then. The days fly by in a blur- shipping, emails, Red Velvet production thundering along, sketches, suppliers, thread, needles, finding time to make cookies with my daughter and birthday present shopping for my niece… The other morning I poured myself a bowl of coffee instead of cereal. Then, once the coffee was in an appropriate vessel, I topped it off with orange juice instead of milk.
You know, it was surprisingly delicious…
The Hummingbird 30 Minutes a Day Sewalong kicks off today! The flickr group is already been a hive of activity, with people sharing fabric choices and getting tips for proportions and sizing. That’s what most of Day 1 is about- getting together all the Hummingbird project tools, notions, and supplies and sorting out the Top sizing.
Now, honestly, the Top goes together in about an hour or even less for experienced sewists and we’re stretching it out to five days. I know many of you participating in the sewalong are more experienced, and might find the pace a little slow at first. It’s perfectly ok to make multiples or get ahead if you want (each completed Hummingbird Separate counts toward your House’s points), but in the interests of maintaining my sanity I simply can not keep pace with you. I will only briefly answer questions that I know are addressed in sewalong lessons several days down the line. Do ask questions, though!
More specifically- Skirt Fitting Day is on Day 9, or next Tuesday. I have a whole lovely set of photos and troubleshooting tips for you that I’ll publish then. If you upload skirt fitting pics before then, I can not respond though your Head of House may and you should trust her advice. Thanks for understanding!
Last Wednesday, the Aussie Hummingbird and Cabarita orders came in- finally released from customs! I dropped everything and filled a couple hundred orders:
As far as I know, most people have received their patterns for the sewalong. If you haven’t and you’d like to join in, please please email me (Stephc at 3hourspast dot com) and I’ll send a pdf your way. The unfortunate pieces J are in transit to me and to Leila, so we can then ship them very soon. It took a couple of days to print them, cut them, and send them out- we didn’t want to hold the shipment of your patterns, opting instead to send the pieces separately. Click here to register for us to send you a paper piece J or to find the 4 page pdf download.
After that whole “Piece J” debacle I was not excited about this batch of patterns. That is, until I handled them. Our new printer had sampled out a variety of patterns to me before I decided to work with her, and this paper impressed me then. It’s translucent and lightweight but durable, dream paper. When I unpacked the Hummingbird and Cabarita patterns, I was excited all over again, to my surprise. I hope you like them, too.
The Tiramisu and Bonny paper patterns were delivered late this afternoon. No trouble at customs, and no missing pieces! I know what I’m doing tomorrow!! (shipping) I can’t wait to have all the presale orders cleared out and sent to your sewing rooms.
I also have a class tomorrow night, a brand new crop of lovely baby beginners who will all go home with nicely sewn shopping totes.
And- I found time to sew this weekend! I sewed a few things for my family (my poor husband has been asking me for pants since last October and now he has two new pairs!) and made a great start on my Hummingbird Dress. I needed to sew, it had been too many days and my fingers were itching. I cut my peplum stripes the opposite direction to the stripes on this peplum:
I thought it would help show two different ways and how to accomplish them, so if you decide to play with stripes you can. I cut plain elbow length sleeves with extra wide binding bands, and I’m playing around with a softly draping bow in the front. I love a nice dramatic design detail! Naturally, I’ll be sure to publish the drafting guide for creating my riff on this design using the Hummingbird Top pattern.
I think I might find time to sew it on Wednesday and do a nice Finished Object post! That’ll be nice after all the computer and shipping work I’ve been doing lately….
Ooooh and check out this excellent pale blue piped Hummingbird Pink out of Germany…. I love it.
And did you see Leila’s Tiramisu Culottes? Did you? Should we try to get her to write us a hack?