But first- I want to thank you all so much for your warm reception to Cake Patterns! It’s kind of terrifying to write a post like that, and your enthusiasm is really inspiring. I’m doing my very best work on this project, and I can’t *wait* to get Tiramisu in my hot little hand.
Unfortunately, I made an error with the coding for the email signup webform. A simple typo I didn’t catch until the next day, which means I did not collect emails for everyone who filled in the form. If you would like to receive updates about Cake Patterns sales, releases, “hacks” (because we’re soooo hacking my patterns…) and teasers/contests about future designs, please click here and fill in the form. I apologize for my mistake.
If you remember, a few months ago I made a pdf pattern for a blouse inspired by the blouses worn by the Crawley sisters on Downton Abbey and named it the “Sisters of Edwardia” blouse. It’s one thing to make a pattern for personal use, and quite another to create a pattern others can use. This is the pattern that pushed me over the edge into putting Cake Patterns together.
I muslined, I tweaked, I created pattern pieces and match points, and I made six sizes. I took photos of the construction process and wrote instructions. I “nested” my hand-drafted pieces and chopped the pattern into pieces I fed into my scanner. Then I re-scaled the pieces to “life” size and carefully traced the pattern lines, markings and added labels using Gimp. It took a long time. My digitizing skills had come a long way in a few months, but I was still unsatisfied with the quality of the finished pattern.
As far as I know, the 30-40 pattern has been made several times with no problems.(Check out this cute one by Lee, paired with *gasp* trousers!) The larger sizes proved to be so troublesome to digitize that I abandoned plans to release it. That’s when I decided to find another option for pattern making.
Around that time, Mikhaela emailed me about the possibility of creating a pattern illustration as a barter of services. Cool. Even though we participated in a Pattern Review mini-wardrobe contest together yonks ago and I read her blog, we hadn’t actually corresponded directly. As we chatted about envelope art, beauty standards and seamlines, I realized Mikhaela’s not only crazy talented and driven but we’re on the same wavelength.
I love this little illustration! The pretty hair, the minxy eyes, the attainable body shapes! In fact, I think I love this illustration a hundred times more than I love the Sisters of Edwardia pattern. After we finished this illustration, I knew we could do some great work together. I told Mikhaela about Cake and asked if she was game. She said yes! Since then, we’ve been work-work-working to create the artwork and pattern instructions for Cake Patterns and Tiramisu together.
I used to think Pinterest was just for finding new recipes, pretty dresses, and jokes. While working on Cake’s “feel,” I used Pinterest to create a few inspiration boards to flavor and guide the artwork. This is a sample from the 1930’s DuBarry envelope board. Y’all know I have a soft spot for vintage patterns, and to me part of the appeal is the envelope illustrations. I love DuBarry’s graphic Art Deco flavor paired with clean and simple line drawings.
Another inspiration board draws on the 30’s for bold lines, colors and fonts. I’m still adding to this board as I find more cool 30’s “pop” art and WPA posters.
And finally, we’re drawing inspiration from trashy girlie pulp comics. Kiiiiiiitschy as the day is long, but so very fun. When I run across garbagey old comics, I can’t help but read them. In secret. It’s my guilty pleasure. I don’t collect them, and I don’t know much “trashy girlie pulp comics” lore, but I do enjoy reading the ones that cross my path from time to time. They’re hilarious! And to a certain extent, they’re revealing about the time/place/intended readership.
There we have it! A little look at a work in progress. What do you think? I always value the opinions dropped in comments. Y’all are a sharp and sparky bunch.
Also- do you ever read trashy comics in secret? ‘Fess up!
Next time- definitely, definitely some sewing. In polarfleece. It’s super under-whelming, I promise.