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Disclaimer: I work for Cake Patterns as a Distributor and have received this pattern for free in exchange for photos for Steph to put up on the SewingCake site. 

The new Cake Patterns are coming out! I’m reviewing the Red Velvet dress. Just to be clear, it’s not a dress for velvet fabrics. It works really well with 2 way stretch knits that are lighter weight. For an earlier test, I made the dress up in a 2 way velveteen and it was a bit bulky. The Red Velvet dress I bring you today is made out of an Poly/Lycra knit jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics. You can still get some if you like it as much as I do. It’s got 60% crosswise stretch. (Yes I know! It’s a print! And it’s kind of an animal print! What will I do next?)

Let me show you pictures first and then I’ll tell you some stuff. Leila RV ITY frontLeila RV ITY back Leila RV frontLeila RV moving

Leila twirling RV closeup

Leila RV sittingLeila RV side back  Leila RV tying sweater Leila RV with sweater RV ITY closeup

Leila RV2 sitting

First thing that’s obvious is that I seem to like this dress a lot cos I have put up more photos than normal. I should tell you that the Hubbinator also loves this dress and he was photographer so it’s a compliment that he wanted to take so many pics. Thanks Hubbinator!

Sizing and Alterations

My measurements are Bust: 38.5″/Waist: 30″/Hip: 38.5″

My high bust is 35.5″ – I add that in just cos I think more information is better than less.

Size I cut:

Bodice size: 35D; I added to the bodice length, tapering it to the side length so I wouldn’t have to deal with a side bust dart- or rotating a dart or anything like that. Next time, I”ll lengthen the side seam of the bodice an inch in the front and match the back to that. I feel like it rides up just a bit.

For the next go at this pattern, I want to figure out where exactly I need bewb length cos I almost feel like I could go down to the 35C. Before you cut your bodice, make sure you really read the instructions on how to choose a bodice size. The letter of the bodice size does not correspond to your bra cup size. I’m a 32GG and there’s no way I’d ever wear a 34 (or 35 if it existed) C. Ever. Steph has a handy chart so you can measure yourself and choose from that guide. Don’t skip that part. Please don’t skip that part.

Also, knowing and understanding the shape of your bewbs will help you with how you choose to lengthen your bodice. You might be wider set, in which case you’ll want the length of the bodice to go all the way to the side seam. Muslin this part first.

Midriff drawn from the 35 at the top to the 30 at the waist. For next time, I’m going to draw the midriff straight from 30 to 30 since I have a small ribcage. I’ll probably have to make a larger dart. I’ll muslin that before cutting a nice knit. 

Skirt cut for the 32.5 size. I did the boxy pleat on the front of my dress and the scissor pleat on the back.

Construction:

Everything went together as you’d expect from one of Steph’s patterns. Everything matches up beautifully, the skirt scissor pleats are fun and the hem does make a difference on this dress. Don’t skip that. I know knits can live without a finished hem but follow the directions. You’ll be pleased.

All the work Steph puts into drafting so that I can just connect the dots on my pattern makes for such an easy sewing experience. On most patterns, I spend a lot more time measuring the pattern and fiddling with fit and ease and I tend to jump right into Cake Patterns.

The fabric from Gorgeous is to die for. There is something to be said about buying higher quality knits, that’s for sure. I highly recommend this fabric. It’s lightweight and drapey and has the softest feel to it.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the collection. Go check it out if you haven’t seen it already.

The run down. Fabric for my Red Velvet is from Gorgeous Fabrics, pattern is from Cake Patterns, shoes are from Nordstrom Rack, bricks by the brick place over in the brick district- kidding on that last one.

What’s your take on the Red Velvet dress? And can you believe this print I’m wearing and liking? Any of the patterns from this collection call out to you? Did I forget to mention anything in my review? Anything else you’d like to know about this pattern?

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