As a super keen baker (there’s a cake in the oven as I type this) I was excited about the birthday cake challenge. There were so many possibilities – a cake-inspired dress, baking mits, fabulous fabric – that it was nearly too overwhelming.
The first decision was to use the opportunity to make a trace-off garment from a RTW top I wear often. It’s a green, boxy (but not *too* boxy) woven top with lace-trimmed cap sleeves.
Obviously with such a basic (cake?) garment the fabric would need to be baking-inspired. I researched cake fabrics on Spoonflower but wasn’t sure they’d arrive down under in time. With impeccable timing, Posie Patchwork posted on instagram about her closing down clearance fabric sale. I moseyed over to have a look and what did I spy but the perfect print! It’s a Michael Miller 100 per cent cotton called Bake Sale.
There was only 80cm of the fabric but I was sure I could make it work, especially with black sleeves to kind of anchor the wild print. Three trace-offs and two muslins later I was prepared to cut up the fabric and just managed to eke the two pieces out of it. Clearly being picky about print placement was not an option but I think it’s ended up pretty well. I wound up having to piece the bottom corners on the back because it just wouldn’t fit, but I don’t think it’s that noticeable.
The original sleeves had gathers around the top of the sleeve cap so I had to guess how much to add onto the pattern. I’m not sure if it was my dodgy pattern making or the stiffness of the cotton used but the sleeves stick out a lot more than I thought they would. They kind of make me feel like Judy Jetson!
Overall I’m pretty happy with this top and sure learned a lot making it. Head over to my blog for more pictures and the other make from my recent sewing frenzy.