Hi Everyone! I’ve been silent here at 3 Hours Past over the past almost-two-weeks while I wrote and ran the Hummingbird 30 Minutes A Day sewalong over at sewingcake.com. Personally, this is my favorite part of the pattern production process. I spend weeks and weeks behind the scenes working on production, sewing up my own samples and writing guides and tutorials before the patterns are even printed/distributed. But once we start sewing along together, I can see my work in your sewing and on your back and that’s really rewarding. Thank you for sewing along! (And remember, there’s always next time!)
Last time, when we sewed Pavlova together, the Hummingbird presale followed close on the heels and I couldn’t fit in any group posts. I did start making the Community Gallery pages over at sewingcake.com at that time. If you haven’t already, do check out the growing Community Galleries, there’s one for each current Cake Patterns release.
I love making games and giveaways, and for the Hummingbird Sewalong we sent out all pre-ordered Hummingbird patterns in brightly colored envelopes to separate anyone who wanted to play for the Hummingbird House Prize into your house:
Everyone who made a new garment or learned a new skill or pushed their sewing “comfort zones” during the Sewalong is a winner. You won by extending your sewing experience, building your wardrobe, making new friends or even just trying something a little different. This time around, we had 108 members join the Flickr Group and 522 photos uploaded! That’s way more than the previous sewalongs!
I really enjoyed getting up every day and putting the lesson on, tidying it up and updating the lesson to reflect what was going on in the Flickr group. Then I go running around and looking at all the pretty new makes and progress! I love it, I’ve gotten to know many of you and your figure types and a bit about your life during the sewalongs. I think of y’all while I’m working on the next set of designs, you’re really inspiring!
The tally was close, and I probably should end this series with the winner. Instead, I’d like to announce the winner right now, then we can take some time to look through the other houses over the next week. I thought that would be a nice way to showcase all the lovely new Hummingbirds!
I’m pleased to announce: The official winner of the Hummingbird House Competition was Sabrewing!
Way to go, Sabrewing! You sewed really well and worked hard, please visit our old Sabrewing House haunt to collect your prize code. The code is available openly on the honor system, I know who is in Sabrewing and I believe I notified everyone.
Unfortunately, I could not link each photo from Sabrewing House above to its Flickr page, but you can find all public Sabrewing makes tagged here in chronological order. I’m so impressed with the work you all did!
Gillian (House Sabrewing) made two Hummingbird Skirts without a zipper. Click here to learn how.
And yes! This is a Hummingmisu, one of several varieties of Hummingbird Dresses that popped up in the sewalong (stay tuned this week to see others!). Here, Maryanne used the Hummingbird Blue as a bodice with the Tiramisu half-circle skirt!
Extra Points for Community Support
When we were working on Finding Your Best Knit Stitch, I felt my visual reference/troubleshooting guide was incomplete. After all, machines vary widely. I show the settings for my machine and while the settings would be similar on other machines, I thought it might be nice to take a look at what everyone else is using for knit seaming. So I asked, and it became a part of the game: one point for each individual’s photographed sewing machine/stitch settings for a knitstitch (at the bottom of the visual reference, here). This was really interesting, and I think I’ll use “Community Support” daily points like this for future Sewalong games. It’s a really great resource for new-to-knit-sewing friends, too.
Been Quiet, What’s Up?
I’ve been quiet on the blog front because I’m working hard on solidifying Cake. I’m changing up the way I handle productions, streamlining, taking stock, building infrastructure, checking the books, all of those things that take a lot of time.
I’m finishing up the next release, too- Red Velvet! She was sidelined for a couple of weeks, but now we’re finishing up and nearly to the pre-press stage. Originally, I had planned to pre-sale her from next week, but that is not what we’re doing anymore because I want to avoid supply chain errors bred by pre-saling. I hope to have her printing toward the end of this month, and then dear me, don’t I just have some wonderful new things to show you?
In the meantime, I want to feature the other Hummingbird Houses (which are full of goooooorgeous work and deserve their own posts!) and then venture into a light little series I’ve been thinking about for a while- it’ll be something fun to talk about before the next round of pattern releases…
Hummingbird Class in Brisbane
If you live in Brisbane and you’d like to join me and a small group of like-minded sewists to explore the Hummingbird Skirt and Top pattern, then click here to visit the Voodoo Rabbit Class Listings for more details! It’s a four-week Tuesday Evening class (6-9pm) from July 30- 5 spots left, book early! (Price of the pattern is included in the class, “discount” if you already own the pattern!)
What do you think? There’s some pretty nifty sewing from Sabrewing House, dresses and details. Great work, Sabrewing!
Next up: Violetear