SunniS is our Red Velvet Muse today! Many of you know Sunni from her beautiful and informative blog. She also runs A Fashionable Stitch, a US-based online notions / haberdashery shop that stocks many of the interfacings and stabilizers that work so well with knit fabric and Cake sewing.
Sunni used a floral jersey fabric and inserted pockets into the side seams, you can read about it on her blog. If you have Tiramisu, it’s easy to use the pocket from Tira for this! Sunni opted to use a self-binding at the neckline edge instead of the neck facing in the pattern. I’d been planning to stitch this option later to show how it works and she got there first! It’s a great alternative neckline finish, though it can be more challenging than smaller or straighter bound edges.
I’m so pleased Sunni and I had the opportunity to work together on this! Her personal style and mine aren’t the same at all, but we both enjoy a good dress pattern. I would always notice and admire her makes during Me Made Months and on her blog before she had a shop and I started making Cake Patterns.
Do you do that? Do you follow the makes of another sewist even if your styles aren’t at all the same? Is that just me?
At any rate, I love what Sunni sews and what she does for the online sewing community.
I like wider hems on narrower skirts, it gives a little more shape to the garment. Besides, skinny hems on narrow skirts can feel skimpy and they often ripple easily. (Fusible webbing can prevent this.)
My first Red Velvet dress has a wider hem with no interfacing (shown above), and it crumples in the wash. I wanted to prevent this, so I fused some 1.5″ strips of fusible interfacing behind the hem on my next Red Velvet Dresses. It worked well, so I used it on every other version since! I’ve been washing and wearing them heavily for two months and the hem is eternally crisp, even fresh from the bottom of the laundry basket.
You can see the steps to make your own structured knit hem for Red Velvet on sewingcake.com. I show you how to cut strips from interfacing (it’s a great use of scraps) and also linked to the wide stay tape in Sunni’s shop because it is *excellent* for these hems. I get a lot of questions about where to source tapes and stabilizers, and I’m glad to recommend A Fashionable Stitch to help you get exactly what you need.
That’s all for today, I’m pulling together more content to fill out Red Velvet on sewingcake and I hear a rumor that the patterns are being sorted and packed to be sent to me, Leila and Evie to send to you!
For tomorrow, I plan to publish the bust and bodice sizing guide as well as two vis refs for adjusting the Red Velvet bodice. Judging by the state of my inbox, we have some questions about adjusting bust length and full bust alterations!
If you have other questions or curiosities about the patterns, leave me a comment below. It helps me prioritize publication and gives me a better idea of the kind of info and tutorials you’d most like to see.