Miracles all around
I made tiramisu! Not the cake, the dress. Duh
Anyways, back story time: Last fall when Steph C announced her new pattern company Cake Patterns, she asked for pattern testers for her first design, Tiramisu, and picked me! I had fabric picked and was all ready to jump into sewing it, even at the expense of my queue, but technical difficulties meant the pattern testers got their patterns at the same time as everyone else. Steph, being a super nice person, sent the pattern to us for free even though we weren’t really testing it for her anymore. But that was months later (it might not have been months, but it felt like it) and I was suddenly too busy to sew anything. And now, another few months later, I’ve finally got my free time back (and it feels amazing to not be constantly stressed!) so I got to sewing.
Now the miracles mentioned above, 1. this dress is seriously amazing (we will talk about that more below) 2. while sewing my bobbin and top spool threads ran out at the exact same time (definitely once in a life time) and 3. right after finishing the dress, the skies opened up and dumped 2 feet of snow on Rapid City and we didn’t have school or work for 2 days (the snow wasn’t so awesome because it had been in the high 60s just the week before, so I couldn’t wear the pretty new dress). I’m calling it a miracle.
Pattern: Cake 0144, Tiramisu Knit Dress
Pattern Description: Knit knee-length dress with front surplice (mock wrap) neckline, short kimono sleeves and an easily customizable midriff section. The skirt features in-seam pockets and falls in the soft folds of a vintage half-circle skirt. The pattern includes optional stripes placement guide, cup sizing A-D and a bust alteration line.
Pattern Sizing: The sizing is one of the best parts about Cake patterns, completely customization. The bust sizes range from 30″-50″, but you can pair any bust size with any cup size and waist measurement. I made a 30″ Bust, C cup, and 27.5 waist. I did end up taking the sides in by about 0.5″ on both sides at the end, but I’m pretty certain that was due to my fabric choice.
Fabric Used: “Potent Purple” rayon spandex knit, so it’s super soft and super stretchy. It drapes really well, making the skirt really fun to walk and swish in, but it’s also kindof heavy so I was worried the skirt would be too much for the waistband, but it seems to be ok. When it’s on a hanger I keep the skirt flipped over the top so it doesn’t deform in my closet.
I must be on a purple kick…
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very clear and nice illustrations.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s very easy to wear and super comfortable, but it’s a style that you could easily dress up if you wanted. The cross over neckline really doesn’t gape just like promised and the skirt is just fun to twirl in!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I took the sides in a little due to the stretchiness of my fabric and eliminated the pockets. I know one of Steph’s shticks is “always with pockets” but really, not everything needs a pocket. In my experience, unless the knit is very stable, pockets aren’t going to work well anyways. And my fabric was a little slippery so they were just a hassle (I did try to use them, but decided it wasn’t necessary and too much work)
Would you sew it again? Yes! I don’t know when, but I’ve got ideas for this pattern when I get to it again. I want to try extending the sleeves to be long for winter or cut the skirt short to make a peplum top
Would you recommend it to others? Double yes, the customizable sizing makes it look good on everyone. My mom, Bia, wants to borrow it now that I’m done and we have really different body types so it’ll be cool to compare the two dresses eventually.