It’s been a while since I wrote an actual blog post! I write a lot these days. I write sewing instructions. Good instructions are hard work, I go through five or six rounds of re-writing-as-I-sew before we print. It’s the only way to write well about the details- just write, write and re-write. I write online content for upcoming sewingcake.com pages, I write emails to suppliers and testers and Cake’s production team and our distributors. I write and write and write to bring you delightful and useful patterns I hope you love and wear.
All of this writing has gone into making the Red Velvet Collection. This is what I briefly abandoned blogging for! I couldn’t even manage to keep writing about the Three Graces, I’m very sorry about that. (I have a few more, I think I’ll mix them in over the next month.) The Red Velvet Collection is a self contained dress-wardrobe, it’s like a balanced little universe of its own.
The fabrics are dependable, washable staple fabrics, and I have some fancies we can play with later. The Red Velvet Dress builds on and refines the bodice cup proportionate sizing found in Tiramisu. I think the Espresso Leggings are the most exciting- custom fit leggings! I can’t wait to show you how that works, the testing has been pretty spectacular. Check out Cake’s Facebook page to see envelope backs for the entire collection.
The Red Velvet Dress, the Red Velvet Clutch, and the Espresso Leggings are printing right now! Next week marks the 1-year anniversary since Tiramisu’s pre-sale. I thought it would be nice to introduce our new dress wardrobe patterns to mark the date. We’ll have .pdfs and paper presales, with shipping expected within two weeks. We’ll focus on these three first, and then Cocoa and Carmine will follow in October. (And yes, we’ll have a sorting/houses/sewalong! )
In the meantime, I have a free pattern for you! I sampled the cute pleat detail and the interfaced inner structure from the full size Red Velvet Clutch and shrank her to make a mini Clutch. The mini Clutch offers a preview of the slick new RiFF formatting, and the Clutch page itself is a little sneak-peek at the sewingcake.com renovations going on behind the scenes. All the pages will be in the same place, just easier to find and navigate.
I made these from fabric scraps I had lying around, they’re so quick and fun to stitch! At 7X4″ (17.8X10cm), the mini is a handy iphone-friendly size, perfect for holding tools, makeup, money or devices. This pattern went live on sewingcake.com earlier this week and we already have some lovely new mini Clutches in the Sewcial Flickr group!
I’m giving away these three mini clutches, one each to three randomly chosen commenters below. If you’d like to play, just leave me a comment telling me which Red Velvet Collection pattern has you most excited. Extra point for pinning, facebooking, or tweeting this post. Just leave me a comment below so I know and you’ll be entered!
It’ll be really fun to send these little lovelies out into the world! Giveaway ends this Tuesday, September 24 at five minutes to midnight in Anchorage. (Whew!)
In the meantime, I’ll be working hard in the lead up to the Red Velvet Collection launch!