Lately, I’ve had a steady stream of emails and etsy conversations about the Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt pattern release. Here’s the facts: once the pattern and artwork files leave my computer and turn up at McCall’s printing in Kansas, I have little control over the printing timeline. Sure- I can send emails, I can stay up til 1am (or get up a couple of hours early) to phone the printer, but that’s about it.
But now- I have the final proofs. As soon as I got them this morning, I ran to the printer (downtown, in the rain, on the bus) to print the Pavlova files. Once home, I pored over the work for hours, double checking measurements and my notes and the pattern pieces against the proofs.
Friends, I can not *wait* to put this pattern into your hands. Beyond that, I can’t wait to show you all the Pavlova related photoshoots and new tutorials I’ve been assembling and hoarding since the pre-sale in December. This proof is a winner, and I’m sending her to be printed as soon as possible.
Cake’s biggest improvement since the Tiramisu release is the linework for the tissue- now digitized by none other than TaranM aka Tanit-Isis. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you she’s a clever sewist, but she’s also a talented digitizer. Like the rest of us who work on Cake, she’s worked with sewing patterns from a variety of companies as a sewist. She knows what you want. She brings a certain objectivity and inventiveness to the linework that I’m in love with- I think you’ll like it too!
We worked hard to extend the intuitive user experience of the Cake instructions sheet to the pattern pieces- this is my favorite bit of the linework. It’s gentle bust shaping for sizes 35 and up. The basting line is marked using a line much like the “baste” symbol used in the pattern, and the seam is labeled with the relevant construction steps.
I did not want to make the Pavlova Separates pattern available for retail sale until I’d checked the proofs and approved them for printing. Once we give the printer a thumbs up, the rest of the work will go quickly. Tomorrow, I’ll tell you a little about the prep work Leila and I did to streamline Pavlova’s shipping, and on the 15th I’ll make Pavlova available for regular retail price, to ship at the same time as the preorders.
If you have a question about the Pavlova pattern, let me know in the comments. I’m here to help!