Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I made my Cake and I'll wear it too!!

"A Pavlova is a meringue cake with a light, delicate, crisp crust and a soft sweet marshmallow center."
 I'll take two please!  I had no clue Pavlova was a cake until I did a Google search for the pattern and all these pictures of cake popped up instead.  It then dawned on me what an idiot I am.  I was wondering how they came up with such a fun name for their pattern.  Twirling around the house saying Pavlova 100 different ways had become a way for me to entertain Vito.  Why can't I think up any cool words?!  And now after finishing my Pavlova wrap top I see how the cake and top relate.   I am just a big ol' pile of sweet marshmallow goo when you unwrap me. bahaha!

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I downloaded the top only from Craftsy.   The pattern purchased from Steph's Etsy site comes with a circle skirt as well.  My fabric is from Joann's, a pink polka dot reversible knit.  The other side is striped.  This is a fairly quick make and the best part, I made absolutely no alterations or fit adjustments! That's a first!  I did learn a couple of new techniques, the lapped neck seam and using steam a seam to finish the edges. Oh steam a seam where have you been all my life??

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The deets:
   Pattern:  Cake Patterns Pavlova Wrap Top $9.50
   Fabric:    Reversible knit - Joann Fabric $5/yd
   Notions: Steam a Seam (optional but I def recommend) $3 for small box
   Alterations:  zip, zero, zilch!
   Likes: Quick, easy, comfy to wear
   Dislikes: It is short in the front. You'll need to wear a tank underneath or wear with high waisted
                        pants or skirts...or you can just let it all hang out like me.
   Wear/Make again: Yes!
   Time to make: approx 3 hours
   Total cost: Guessing here....$20


So wait it's not over yet..I have a complete outfit to show ya'll!  I also made a skirt using another Simplicity Amazing fit pattern.  I have to say this skirt's fit came out more amazing the first time than did my red hotpants.  Learning from that I cut a size smaller than what I did with the pants. Fit turned out a lot better.

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Deets on the skirt:
   Pattern:  Simplicity Amazing Fit 1717  Joann's 99 cent sale!
   Fabric:    Khaki cotton sateen. Purchased with my winning gift card from Mood
   Notions:  Zipper, bias tape, trim for bottom hem...all from my stash
   Alterations:  None other than slightly tapering in at the sides starting from the top of the pockets.
                                I thought it looked a little wide on me towards the bottom...Do you think?
   Likes:     I love the front pockets. It was also a quick make.
   Dislikes: I think the instructions were missing a few steps when it came to attaching the yoke.
                         I wish I would of lengthened it about an inch.
   Wear/Make again: Yes
   Time to make: approx 5 hours
   Total cost: 99 CENTS!!


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My shoes prolly don't match but I don't care, I love them...and the water spot is from a leaky gutter






I like my skirts to hit right above my knees so I was only able to fold up the bottom hem 1/4 inch and finished with some fancy trim from my stash.  I also used my newly found steam a seam to help me accomplished this.  Oh yeah and I finished the yoke edges with some bias tape from my stash as well.

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One thing that really bums me out about this skirt is that after I washed and dried it the yoke got all wrinkley.  I don't know why this happened. I used a woven interfacing like I always do.  I guess the cotton sateen and interface just don't jive.  Anyone ever have this problem?  It's not so noticeable after I iron the crap out of it.  I can always wear a belt to try and cover it up or just wear a shirt over it...no fun.
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Beware..gut shot and some pasty legs ahead, sunglasses recommended. 

outside white leg

outside back

Before you leave be sure to take a look at my Bobbin List page. Often, like right after finishing this outfit, I become quite confused at what I want to make next. A lot of times I have plans but see other things along the way that I end up going and buying fabric and patterns for. I've managed to accumulate so much that I've forgotten what fabric I paired with what pattern or I don't know what to make next. I decided to photograph all my fabric and pair it with a pattern and put it in order of importance (not that it's not all #1 important!).  As I complete I will delete it from the list and add it to My Makes page which also needs a huge overhaul. I'm hoping this list keeps me on track. I will continue to update it and add to often so keep checking back.  I've got a lot more fabric to photograph and pair up with patterns.
If you think this is a good idea and would be helpful well then why not make your own "Bobbin List"?!. 

Peace out! xoxo

21 comments:

  1. Cute top! I just tried my first amazing fit pattern and really liked it. Your skirt is great..I'm not sure why interfacing goes like that after a wash sometimes, I had it happen once too. Yours still looks fine though.

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  2. Oh wow you need to come on down to Australia and try a Pavlova. Mmmm mmmm so delicious. Your top looks pretty delicious too. I have started tying patterns and fabric together and stacking it in order of priority. It's certainly helping me to get through the sewing. Although I have let a few things jump the queue....

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  3. This is far too cute in the pink polka dot! I love it!!!!

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  4. Very cute! I love the color and polka dots!

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  5. Such a lovely outfit. I do like the wrap top especially. You need to eat a pavlova... if you wondered where steam a seam has been all your life, you've been seriously missing out being pavlova-less too!!!

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  6. Cute outfit! I really like the Pavlova top. Bright pink and polka dots are perfect for you. :) The fit of your skirt looks great, too.

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  7. Very cute outfit! The Pavlova looks great. Sorry that happened to your waistband but I'm sure you're the only one who would ever notice, if it helps. :)

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  8. so cute! love the fabric and the color on you! I like the shoes too :)

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  9. I just love that material, it looks so good with the top pattern that you have chosen!

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  10. Ooh, pretty pretty! Pink polka dots! :D Two makes in one blog post... nicely done!

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  11. Erin @ I Heart FabricJune 14, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Both outfits are gorgeous. Your skirt looks soo well made!! The top is just too cute the colour really pops, love it!

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  12. What a cute outfit! Everything is very flattering and looks great. I want to see the stripes on the reverse of your knit.

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  13. These colours suit you so well and your pavlova is really gorgeous! You need to get out and try the other type of pavlova too, you're seriously missing out!

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  14. Thank you! A lot of people have said I'm missing out , I need to find some to try!!

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  15. Thanks! If I was good enough I would of found a way to make it a reversible wrap top. Now that would of been cool!

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  16. I wondered that too. I'll have to try some different interfacing. Thanks!!

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  17. Thank you!! Two makes is rare for me!

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  18. I used the 1652 dress. You can see it here.. http://creatinginthegap.blogspot.ca/2013/06/new-discovery.html

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  19. I love the way you styled the entire outfit! The top is adorable!

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  20. Thanks so much! I really love this pattern. The first time I've ever made a top that fit perfectly with no fussy alterations. I got so many compliments on it as well. I'm definitely going to give some of your other lovely patterns a go!

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