I had been waiting and waiting and waiting for my Tiramisu from Cake Patterns to arrive and when it finally did I ripped into it immediately, 'cause I had already bought the fabric in anticipation. Within a week my Tiramisu was cut and sewn up - it has taken me longer to photograph and blog than actually making it. But here I am so let's talk Tiramisu ...
The Pattern: I understand Steph has changed pattern printers and this edition of Tiramisu is the first from the new supplier. The pattern paper is great, it is much sturdier than the normal/standard (however you want to say it) tissue paper. I love it!
I had a bit of a dilemma deciding on which size to make. I fall smack bang in the middle of a size 30 and 35! After reading that the dress is designed with 0" easy and would result in a relaxed fit, I chose to make a size 30. Having made that decision I had to choose a cup size, which has nothing to do with my bra size. I chose the D cup being the closest to my measuring tape measurement. Last decision was waist size where I also went for a size 30.
A quick read of the pattern and I was away. The beautiful thing with this pattern is that it is all sewn on the flat and that size checks can be made along the way. I've never seen a pattern quite like it before - so ingenious!
With the bodice all carefully put together, I stopped for a fitting check and much to my disappointment I just don't have enough boob to fill out the D cup *sigh*. What to do, unpick and start again with a smaller size? Hell no - it is a knit fabric, surely I can hide this some how.
Moving on with the waistband and the skirt. I didn't think pockets would work with my fabric so didn't have to faff around with those, and I'm so pleased with that decision. Although I'm not a fan of the side seam pocket - I don't need my hips looking any bigger than they naturally are.
Aside from the cup size being wrong my Tiramisu was perfect. From the reading I had done it was highly recommended that I leave the dress hanging for a day before hemming. I was quietly hoping that hanging would also settle the fit of the top somehow *shrug*.
The very next day I adorned my Tiramisu with delight and disappointment. The size 30 fit was the right decision and the length was perfect. I secretly had fears that it would be too long and I'd look like my grandma did, with the all in one knit print dress *shudder*. So off to the sewing machine to finish off the hem and think about my cup problem.
Cup solution ... I placed two darts on each side of the bodice from the wasit-band toward the shoulder, tapering out just above the arm pit. That took just enough fabric out - luckily the tribal print fabric disguises every!
I think it will be a dress that can be worn all year round? The summer look is super easy, I just have to work out how to style it for a winter look. Thinking maybe a black wrap cardigan and black boots???