We’ve been working and working for months to bring you Cake that’s better than ever! I’m so excited to finally be posting this I don’t know where to start! Find the first wave of the Red Velvet Collection patterns on Etsy. Paper patterns ship in 2-3 weeks, and the .pdfs are available for instant download!
I have so many fun details to share, not to mention all the visual references I’ve been photographing and filing while I work on the collection! For tonight, I wanted to keep it simple with an introduction to the patterns and the Muses.
The Muses are sewing bloggers who agreed to test sew Red Velvet with me and be a part of the Red Velvet Muse project. Our first Muse is LeilaB, who adeptly handles Cake Patterns shipping for the United States. She does quick work and we love her for it! Each day for the next ten days, we’ll show you how the Red Velvet Dress works with a variety of body shapes and style choices. Check out LeilaB’s Muse Gallery page on sewingcake.com and her pattern write-up at threedresses.org.
I’ll also be showing you my own Red Velvet makes, and introducing another element of the pattern each day while I show off the Muses. We’ll have some giveaways, some social sewing elements, I’ll reveal the Sewalong schedule, and more! I’m really, really happy to be able to start rolling out new and shiny (and more easily navigable!) elements of sewingcake.com, too!
This one of my Red Velvet Dresses. It’s a medium weight cotton/lycra that’s very easy going and handled like a dream. I opted to make the boxy pleat on this version of the dress, though the pattern gives directions for two pleat options. I say “boxy” because it’s not a box pleat. Box pleats are folded, like, well, boxes and stand away from the body. This boxy pleat is sleek, with minimal fabric folded behind it. (Tomorrow I’ll show you some scissor pleating!)
The skirt is slim cut, but not restrictive. Like other Cake Patterns, I have a great series of posts lined up to help you do your very best sewing and fitting for the Red Velvet Dress. This dress is designed for fit and ease tweaks at the side seams during construction. I built on and refined the bust proportionate sizing system we used in Tiramisu, and I think it’s MUCH better explained in the instructions.
We have been spending a little time in the country during the early spring, and I’ve taken full advantage for photos! We took these photos today at the duck pen, aren’t they adorable? I love wearing heels in the poultry yard.
I had thought that when we released the Red Velvet, I’d do something fun like wear one of my dresses endlessly for a few weeks, as a personal style challenge. I want to wait to do that until Cocoa and Carmine come out, then we can explore the concepts of “the LBD,” “the wallpaper dress,” and “the striped dress.” Let’s do some wardrobing!!
What do you think? Are you excited???! All paper patterns will ship in 2-3 weeks (already printing and assembling them!) and the .pdfs are ready to go! We’ll have Cocoa and Carmine, the layering pieces, available from October but you can also pre-order them now as a part of the Red Velvet Collection.
It’s so good to be back here at 3 Hours Past and at sewingcake.com, I can’t wait to start releasing the new references and it’s going to be so much fun seeing all our Muses!
The mini-clutch giveaway winners were chosen at random: sullivan1970, francescapia, and Chuleenan! Email me your address and I’ll drop your prize in the post. The first person I hear from gets first pick! :)