My sewalong Tiramisu
My favorite part of teaching a “project” type class is to watch all the variations of a pattern develop into individual creations in the hands of other sewists. It’s endlessly fascinating. I had a ball during the Tiramisu 30 Minutes A Day Sewalong- both watching the dresses develop and also getting to know a *lot* of you better as sewists and as people. Sometimes I found myself dying to get my hands on your seamlines, I found that the most challenging part- to talk you through the fit customization rather than doing it myself.
Thanks for sewing along, for working so hard and sharing so much. Some Sewalong stitchers really pushed their comfort zones by working with a knit fabric for the first time, or creating a dress, or by setting aside time to complete their dress a little every day. Congrats! Some raced to the finish, others stitched along with the daily posts, and others had to set their dress aside when life got in the way. That’s the way things go, and I’m thrilled to have been a part of it.
I’ve included here as many Sewalong Tiramisus as I found in the flickr group. All photos are taken by the stitcher herself and represent a great deal of hard work and perseverance. I salute you!
If I mistakenly used your photo, or if I’ve left you out, please let me know. Also, feel free to link in the comments to any blog posts I might have missed.
All photos should link to the flickr page, which often links to the uploader’s blog. This is handy if you see someone in the Tiramisu Party with a similar body shape or sense of style- you can get a more accurate idea of how the Tiramisu Dress might work for you, and if you click through and leave a comment for the sewist you can make a new friend, too.
EmSewCrazy completed the first Tiramisu in the flickr stream- on Day 5!
Melanie made 2 dresses so far- one of her goals was to add some nice wearable basics to her depleted wardrobe. Check!
Melanie worked very hard to achieve this fit, and she also spent almost as much time as I did helping others with fittings. Thank you, Melanie!
Merry kept us all laughing with her fabric hijinks during the sewalong, and made this loooovely tone on tone red stripe Tiramisu!
Sewhopeful was super helpful, uploading her pattern photos for others to see. She writes “The 30 minutes a day really helped… I just took it one day at a time and somehow managed to make a dress in a week that usually I would not have got any sewing done. I am going to continue the 30 minutes a day routine. It really works and makes me feel like I can indulge my “hobby” and have precious precious “me time” without neglecting my family or other parts of my life. “
Chris’ jungle print Tiramisu and her spirit put a big smile on my face, click here for all her deets and photos!
bella’s Tiramisu passes the swirl test. I really like this as a photo. Beautiful stripes matching, too.
Ellen made her Tiramisu into a peplum top, paired with a black skirt.
Maryanne used a fine stripe binding for the neck, arms, and also on the hem of her Tiramisu dress. I really like the effect of the bound hem, might have to try! She outlines her process at her blog Sew Together.
SewMentalMama used LIBERTY jersey for her first Tiramisu. It’s tough to get good knits in Ireland, can anyone share a source? Let her know!
sew_stylish in stripes says: “I have been wearing it this afternoon for photos and it is so comfy. I just got changed back into my jeans and my 2 year old got upset. When I asked her why, she said “I want you to wear the pretty dress all the time” – to get compliments from a toddler, wow it has made an impression!” I love it.
Megan paired her sky blue Tira with cowboy boots IN THE SNOW. I call that style…
Shar made a Tiramisu with pretty, understated tonal contrast- I want one like this, too!
Whhhhaaat?? After finishing one Tira, EmSewCrazy went…crazy… with this really cool sleeve hack! She’s working on the drafting instructions, so go stalk her blog if you (like me) REALLY WANT these sleeves…
Shell cut her Tiramisu and we fit it together in person in class here in Brisbane. I was dying to see it finished, so she uploaded! This fabric has a beautiful hand, and the fabric has a curious light/dark shading. We took some time to carefully place the pattern pieces, and I think it turned out really well, great work, Michelle!
Check out Ali’s red polka dot Tiramisu! What fun! (Fwiw, Ali, I think the fit looks great!)
I love the print on Fiona’s longer-than-usual Tiramisu. So lively! And it’s a good fit, too.
Joanne has very limited sewing time to herself, yet she managed to complete her beautifully fitted basic black Tiramisu. AND stood out in the snow! Woman of steel!
Do not adjust your monitors! S made this beautifully fitted Tira from a really cool knit print, and used the pattern in the fabric for maximum impact!
S. is also one of Cake’s newest stockists, in Sweden!
Shelley’s Tiramisu has a vintage vibe, with contrast binding and a ditsy print! If only I had time and wardrobe space to make another one…
“Here is my finish Tira. Sorry for the angry eyes in the one picture as my son was helping me take the pictures and I was giving instruction to him. I cut a 30b and NO gaping. Yippie!!! One thing though I will never work with a slippy ploy-knit again. Love my wearable muslin. Can’t wait to make a few more of these babies.” Your dimples make up for it, Casandramama. (Sorry, I didn’t catch your name? I’m Steph..)
Staci made her Tiramisu in classic black with 3/4 sleeves, and can’t wait to make another! This is so ladylike without being prim, nice work walking the line!
When Merry was quiet a few days, I knew she was up to something! She whipped up another Tiramisu in a plaid knit with a full circle skirt for swing dancing!
Jillian will soon have more Tiras under her belt than I do! It does go together quite easily once you have the fit down….
The thing I find so interesting about this collection is we aren’t models, we aren’t photographers- we’re hard-working sewists sharing our craft in our precious spare time. The photos have a certain immediacy and reality to them, don’t they?
They are each a snapshot in time of a dress on a woman… and of one dress shared by many women. Thanks so much for making this sewalong such a success, and for being so willing to share your sewing experience.
I have the Pavlova Sewalong in the works already (separates, 30 Minutes a Day, flickr)! You’ve all inspired me during the sewalong and I had several ideas for other ways to extend the teaching space from my sewing room to yours. I’ll be blogging about them later this week and also dipping into more incredible vegan makeup (with many pretty little boxes of color coordinated samples to send your way!).
I *must* buckle down and focus on production for Hummingbird and Lamington over the next several weeks- while I’ll post a bit here and continue tidying and building sewingcake and updating the email newsletter and responding to emails. I just can’t mentally process production work and my regular correspondence and regular blogging at the same time. It’s too hard, the work suffers.
I have some *really* great posts lined up for the week that Pavlova ships, which will be quickly followed by another presale (Hummingbird)! Then the Pavlova sewalongs, and all manner of delightful Pavlova fun. In the meantime, I’ll be writing light posts on makeup and little sewing projects, introducing the first Cake Riff patterns, those kinds of things.
Did you sew along? What did you think about the 30 Minutes A Day concept? Tell me- what gets in the way of your sewing? I’m curious…
Oh! And while we’re at it, do let me know if you know about a good knit retailer in Europe, please!