It’s the Final Act in the Pavlova Circus & Pre-sale! I hope you’ve had fun getting to know the Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt pattern this week. If you’ve missed out on any posts, you can see a great lineup of all the Acts & Sideshows at the Pavlova Circus Information desk.
Today, I grabbed a few hours to stitch up a pink tulle Pavlova Skirt and a winter-green merino Pavlova Wrap Top. I’ve been mentally stitching them both for weeks, it was such fun to bring them to life!
I mentioned before that the Pavlova separates work well for a variety of fabrics- this post is all about the fabrics I used for these samples and how they behaved. You’ve already seen the Pink & White versions of the Pavlova separates, and I decided to mix them with the new Pavlovas so you could see the effect.
When I was playing dress ups for you today, I really wanted the gray wool windowpane skirt and ivory merino top to mix it up even more. That’s not possible, however, because those samples are now in the possession of a certain Duchess.
Wintergreen Merino Top
I’m actually wearing Mikhaela’s Wrap Top here. In the Skype session that started our work on the Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt, I told Mikhaela I’d send a sample to help with the production from their end to create the artwork. Tiramisu logistics issues cropped up and 8 weeks later it was still a pile of merino on my work table.
Thank goodness she doesn’t mind me modeling it for you, because I really dig the bright green and pink! (And check out the smooth line on the knit waistband…)
I couldn’t find overlocking thread to match the shade of green well and rather than blend badly I went for high contrast pink thread. Mikhaela was totally cool with that.
I followed my own instructions and made a few last tweaks as I stitched up the Pavlova Wrap Top- it was super quick to put together and the fusible webbing I used to set the lapped neck seam made things even simpler.
I’ve had a few questions about the neckline on the wrap- how deep it goes, over or under-boob, which side wraps on top. Here, I pulled the neckline down a little lower. It could go lower, but this is the internet!
Really, the neckline is whatever you make of it. This is a densely woven (though very fine) merino wool version. It has a fair amount of elasticity and recovery, and it’s “freshly made” rather than “worn in.” I’m thinking it will make a nice winter blouse for Mikhaela.
Pink Tulle & Tencel Pavlova Skirt | Perfectly Quick Knit Waistband
I also made a drapey tulle Pavlova Skirt today and took the photos for the Perfectly Quick Knit Waistband visual tutorial. I lined her with some pink tencel crepe I had lying around to test. The lining hem is intentionally cut unevenly for a little veiled hem interest- I double-rolled-hemmed the lining, too.
While I used tulle and the tencel is technically a woven, the cut edge of the waist on most wovens is fairly elastic. I used this knowledge and made a soft, simple knit waistband.
I took a string of “instruction” photos for making the knit waistband using Pavlova Skirt pieces- this tutorial is currently being uploaded on sewingcake.com as I complete each photographic step.
Softly Draping Pink Pavlovas | Aged Linen
The pink tulle isn’t as hot as I feared it would be- I suspect it’s because tencel is a magical fabric woven by enviro-elves in an enchanted beechwood forest. But really, Tencel is a really interesting fabric with great sustainability cred. I’ll be playing with more Tencel this summer…
The Pink Tulle Pavlova Skirt is a “Position 2″ use of the Pavlova skirt. When I was thinking of the perfect pairing for the Pavlova Wrap Top, I couldn’t quit thinking about the basic circle. But what kind? Layered? Tulle? Regular Circle?
we had very strange dreamy light for photos this afternoon, but I like it…
Well- rather than actually decide, I have the 5 Positions of the Pavlova Skirt all ready to go once you all have the pattern in your hands. They’re little hacks, different ways to use the fabric and your time to create a pile of these without looking like you’re wearing the same thing all the time. You’ve seen the 1st in stiff cotton, and now the second in seamless super-drapey tulle. (pictutorials to be uploaded soon to sewingcake.com)
The final 3 will be revealed when Pavlova ships out in February.
Seashell Pocket in Tulle
I took a gamble and finished the raw edges of the tulle-and-tencel pocket with the same double rolled hem edge I used on the lining. I’m not sure I love it, but it will be easy enough to change.
I interlined the pocket with tencel for stability, and while I’m unsure about the contrast stitching, I do like the pocket in tulle. I might make another pocket using pale pink thread and see how she looks…
Grief and Beauty
Last week, as Mikhaela and I were happily creating the digital drafts for the Esme Petit Four template, we heard the horrible news out of Connecticut. I have a little girl almost the age of those children, and I’m the same age as some of the teachers.
It’s really hard for me to write about this, but I’ve always shared with y’all what’s in my heart. After I heard the first reports of this unimaginable tragedy, I went on something of a media blackout. I simply could not process it. I had to work. And work. And work. I couldn’t stop.
I kept working on that Esme doll, thinking that if I could sit down and make some silly dolls and share the raw pieces of them with you all, then we’d have something to do. Something sweet. Besides, the holidays are a time to spend with others, and it’s nice to have a fun little project.
When my family came back from the country after my work-a-thon, Lila and I played dollies for two whole days. Once the Pavlova Circus leaves town, I plan to spend the time around the holidays relaxing with my family and yes- making more dolls with my daughter.
I have a silver cake plate full of raw inspiration to make some very fancy “rag” dolls, I have the dolly clothes pattern and I have the Esme Petit Four doll template. (The template is available only as a free gift with a Pavlova Pre-Sale purchase, but I plan to make her available a little later on the Cake site, too)
I also posted a visual guide to constructing the dolly- it needs a little spiffing up but it’s pretty detailed.
Over the holidays I’ll be posting mini-photo-tutorials on how I put together wool wigs and embroider faces. Nothing heavy- little pieces of Cake, deliciously arranged.
I hope my silliness with the dollies during the Circus hasn’t seemed misplaced. I know that making little toys won’t bring back people destroyed by hate and bullets, but I hope every time I look at my little dolls I remember how important it is to look for tiny, bright details in this dark world we live in.
Besides- it’ll be really lovely to give some of the finished ones away to some little people I know!
I hope I didn’t bring down the tone of the Circus with this, but I needed to let you know what’s been behind my little doll “Sideshow” project…
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What do you think? Which Pavlova combination above is your favorite?
I have great tech shots for all of the techniques I used in this post, which will be added to the Sewing Cake reference as soon as I work through them.
And before I forget- which paper do you prefer for patterns? Tissue or “kwik-sew” type bond? I only recently discovered we have the option of either, so vote in the poll now and let me know in the comments. What are the benefits of one over the other?