No matter what I do, I just can’t seem to find the time to blog here the way I used to. I hope you don’t think I’m either lazy or uncaring, because it’s completely the opposite! As much as I don’t want to quit writing here, it’s become much more important to work on pattern development (cake kids! beginners! woven RiFFs!) and to create sewing references at sewingcake.com than to post regularly here. I need to focus my online time at sewingcake.com and on customer service for my Etsy shop.
I’ve been building these lovely tabbed pages on sewingcake (Red Velvet Dress hub shown) to help make it easier to find inspiration, tutorials, fit help and sewcial groups related to each pattern. I’m excited about this because the site is finally beginning to match the sewing reference I had in my head all this time! It’s a relief. I’ll be working on pattern pages for the other releases, including RiFFs, over the next few weeks and soon we’ll be very organized indeed.
I also have plenty of “pre-sewalong” references to release, most of them focusing on the fabrics I used to sew my samples. I haven’t really shown you everything that I’ve sewn from Red Velvet Collection yet, because I’m working on things like building this super-flash Red Velvet Sewalong and Sorting page:
We’ll have three Houses for this sewalong: Esme, Pearl and Penelope. When you receive your Red Velvet Dress pattern in the mail, it will be in an oversized pink, red, or creamy envelope. The colors are inspired by the colors of a red velvet cake! Once you register and confirm via email, you’ll see the page for your House with the points and rules. The prize is a $15 off prize code for everyone who is registered in the winning house. The Red Velvet Dress, the Espresso Leggings, and the Red Velvet Clutch (mini too) will be included as acceptable “Finished Objects” with points awarded for finished objects!
I’m really passionate about getting everyone sewing and sharing the sewing experience. That’s why I work to create a digital sewing space on Flickr during the sewalong. Last sewalong, I added a couple of “progress” shots for extra points and I think it was a great way to show that there’s many ways to do the same thing well. This time, I have a daily progress shot which will be worth a point each day. I hope this takes some of the pressure off beginners to make a pile of completed garments and lets us catch a glimpse into someone else’s sewing!
The Red Velvet Dress, the Red Velvet Clutch and the Espresso Leggings are shipping to you this week! As soon as the paper patterns ship, the prices will rise to $20, $10 and $10 respectively. We’ll keep sending out Red Velvet Dresses in colored envelopes for the House Sorting until we run out.
I received the Australian box of patterns today and immediately processed them so I can send them off in short order. I love the colors, it’s like I’m sending masses of valentines to you! We’re coordinating the shipping so that the US, UK and AU orders fly away to your sewing rooms at the same time- right now it looks like Tuesday is the Drop Day!
Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair
Last Friday, I was asked to demonstrate at the Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair. The Fair starts this Wednesday, so I had very short notice…! It’s a five day event, a great time to network and see what’s new and have fun with other crafty and sewy people.
I’ll be demonstrating Cake with Voodoo Rabbit (that’s the place where I teach)! This is an excellent opportunity to get out and de-mystify knits for sewy and quilty Brisbane and I’m really excited!! Each day I’ll be demonstrating apparel sewing techniques for 5-30 minutes on the hour. I’ll cover topics such as the basics of knit fabrics and cutting, through self-fabric binding and stabilizing to knit hems and topics relating to woven fabrics as well, like my bulletproof invisible zipper lesson and “Parts of Fabric.” I’ll be around between demonstrations to answer questions and chat, too!
It’s very, very likely I’ll be tweeting and Facebooking to an obnoxious extent during the fair, you’ve been warned! If you’re planning to go to the Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair, do come by and say hello! I’ll be the American wearing Riley Blake striped Cake.
Red Velvet Fabric Choices
I’ve had some fabric questions lately about prewashing and weights that are appropriate for the RV dress/Espresso Leggings. I’ll work through tips and tricks about particular types of fabrics and etc over the next few weeks but I wanted to address my philosophy towards pre-washing and washing in general:
If I can’t cram it into my washing machine with like colors on warm and then throw it on the washline/in the dryer, I will almost never wear the garment. If I am not going to wear the garment, then the time I spent sewing it was wasted. This is pretty much the bedrock of Cake’s design philosophy- making clothes to wear while living life.
If I buy a knit (say, linen) that says dry clean only, I throw it in the wash. If it doesn’t survive, then I wouldn’t wear it anyway. I have yet to ruin a knit fabric doing this. If you’re very worried about shrinkage or changing the nature of the fabric, then wash a 4″ (10cm) square of the fabric and dry it to see what happens.
Please, please ask me questions here you may have about the Red Velvet Collection, it will help me prioritize the release of visual references on sewingcake.com.