Making progress…

My plan for today was to have everything cut out and ready to sew.

I hadn’t factored in coffee with my friends this morning.  Or, to be precise, I had factored it in, but hadn’t factored in that we hadn’t seen each other for a while and we can talk for England! And Scotland! And Wales! (We were all represented at the table!)   Add in the necessary chores and it was time to collect the kids before I even got a peek at the sewing loft.

So after the wee ones were abed tonight I high tailed it up there and cut out the skirt and pulled out the Pavlova pattern ready to do the myriad alterations I knew I’d need before I could put pattern to fabric.


Turns out I’m a fool and Steph is a genius.

I’m a big fan of Steph’s.  I love her joie de vivre, her fantastic ability to structurally and mathematically analyse a sewing problem, and her amazing work ethic.  I’ve been following the launch of her pattern line with glee…really wearable garments that flatter all shapes and sizes of women.  I’ve been so impressed with her commitment to providing the best possible product with the highest levels of customer support.

I’ve also been hesitant to make a start on either Pavlova or Tiramisu.  I think Susan said it far better than I ever could:

All these gorgeous, wearable, well-fitting Tiramisus had been popping up everywhere — how cool! how inspiring! As long as my pattern remained untried, the amazing potential, the validation, of something that might fit me “out of the envelope” was still there

I really didn’t want to be the one for whom this pattern didn’t work.

But tonight…as I double checked the measurements, and then triple checked them, I realised something very odd.

It looks as though this pattern might just fit me straight out of the envelope.

Seriously! It’s a world first!

I was all ready to add length and FBA’s and goodness knows what else.  But no. I can’t see any way that I need to alter this pattern.

The only thing that stopped it being cut out this evening is that I need to clear the dining room table so I can lay the fabric all out nice and flat ready for pinning and cutting. And frankly, I couldn’t be bothered!

So tonight, whilst I thought I’d be faffing with paper and tape and scratching my head as I try to work it all out, I’m sat with a glass of wine and my knitting, and tomorrow I will cut the top out whilst I’m fresh in the morning, and then crack on with sewing the skirt.

It seems that despite my best efforts to leave myself no time to sew, I have been saved by a good pattern choice in a simple pencil skirt in an easy to sew fabric (another world first), and an ingeniously designed pattern, drafted by a magician.

Fingers crossed, folks.

21 Responses to Making progress…

  1. Susan says:

    Yay! I can’t wait to see your progress! As you know, when a flat pattern needs no major adjustments in order to fit, that is a magnificent triumph all by itself! With Cake, even when I choose to make small adjustments for v2, I have yet to produce an unwearable first attempt… I’ve even started using fabric I love right out of the gate. That’s *trust.*
    Thanks for the link love. 🙂

    • I swear that Steph is a pattern wizard. I just kept looking at the pattern last night thinking “there must be an adjustment that’s needed”. Especially as the fabric is so expensive. But my gut is telling me its right…so I’m off to put scissor to fabric! 😀

  2. Shar says:

    I think you will be very pleasantly surprised with this pattern! I’ve participated in all three of Steph’s sewalongs (you have to join in on the next one) and the outfits I’ve made are among my favorites (and get the most compliments). I’m looking forward to seeing how your Pavloa turns out!

    • Shar says:

      It would be nice if I spelled the pattern name correctly! What I meant to type was ‘I’m looking forward to seeing how your Pavlova turns out’. Long day…..

  3. Jane G says:

    Sounds like the perfect pattern, it’s making the adjustments that scare me

  4. It really is a great pattern and very generous for us more voluptuous ladies! In fact, I’m even going to brave with the next Tiramisu I make (oh yes, another one is planned) and do down a size because I never believe a pattern will fit me and err on the side of caution and tend to go up a size to be sure. No need with Steph’s pattern!

  5. punkmik says:

    cant wait to see this! I have been saving fabric to make the tiramisu but been putting it off for similar reasons as you mention!

    • I think we all get so very jaded by the stuff that is available to us from the big boys. I love that some patterns are now available with cup size options, but fitting is still such a pain.

  6. I can totally relate on both levels. I’d love to try the wrap top but I’ve not much for it to wrap over up top so I’m hesitant… just how do you to a SBA on a pattern with negative ease? And on the other level, I had a spare 30 mins last night but when I got to my sewing room, hubby had left the iron empty of water, I’d left car insurance documents on the table and I just couldn’t be bothered with sorting those things out before getting started!

  7. I like to draft my own patterns (when I get the opportunity to sew for myself) but really must try more of the little independents that are popping up now. Maybe they will scare ‘the big 4’ into raising their fitting standards?
    I am off to look at these Cake patterns.

    • I sincerely hope they do. My opinion, from what I’m seeing on the blogosphere, is that sewists are turning more and more to the independents for modern styles, quality drafting, clearing instructions and great customer service. And they’re prepared to pay a little more for it. It’s the beginning of a sea change in the way we sew, I’m convinced.
      And I’ve got to say it took me 20 minutes to pin and cut the top. Marvellous!

  8. Here’s to wine and knitting due to fabulously drafted and thought out patterns.

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