For today’s Red Velvet Muse post including fabric and fit details, check out SusannaT on sewingcake.com! Susanna also shows off her Espresso Leggings sewn during the testing phase. Thank you, Susanna!
She and I have become friends this year. Susanna loves my patterns and I adore the fabric she stocks in her shop in Stockholm, Sweden. I used that same orange and pink stripe for a “top-secret” project due later this year:
Retailers are an important link between my sewing room and yours. I have an Etsy shop that I run with my distributors LeilaB (USA) and EvieJ(UK). It’s great, and a portion of the shipping prices we charge in the Etsy shop go to pay them for the hard work they do. With the release of the Red Velvet Collection, we completely updated Cake’s shipping prices to reflect current shipping fees and to pay Leila, Evie and me for the work we do to ship Cake patterns.
Working with retailers helps spread the wonderful world of Cake sewing to more people, and it takes some of the pressure off our Etsy shop. You may also save a bit on shipping! I’ve forged some great friendships with retailers I work with- in Susanna’s case she was involved in the pattern testing process for the Red Velvet Collection.
I buy fabric from her, too. The striped jersey on her legs is the same as the fabric on my daughter’s back. Whether you shop for Cake on Etsy or from one of our stockists, you’re contributing to the indie sewing economy and supporting hard-working designers and retailers like us.
This is my LBD made from the Red Velvet Dress pattern. It’s a lightweight merino jersey, and very well suited to this pattern (heavier fabrics work fine, too, as long as they recover ok). You can see here that the Red Velvet Dress features another Cake no-gape neckline.
For the first photoshoot with this dress, I wanted to just show off the dress. No styling, no hair, no shoes. This is the first black thing I’ve made for a very long time.
I like the invisible pocket, it’s like a 21st century ladies’ ticket pocket! It fits my iPhone and keeps it snug up against my waistline seam. I made this one from scraps of red dancewear velvet, it’s a nice little surprise. It’s also a fun and nifty bit of sewing, very carefully explained in the Red Velvet Dress instructions. At the same time, it’s simple to omit for a very quickly sewn Red Velvet Dress.
Tomorrow I have a Muse post from SusanK and a couple of new Red Velvet references for sewingcake! Keep an eye on the Cake Patterns Facebook page for new sewingcake pages and preview pics!
It’s really exciting to have these patterns “out there” for you all now, and I’ve been really pleasantly surprised how many of you are purchasing the entire collection! I hope you love sewing all these pieces as much as we loved creating them.
What do you think of our two very different black merino Red Velvet Dresses?