Sewing Cake Binge #1 – Tiramisu Hack

I made myself a top and skirt using the Sewing Cake Tiramisu pattern.  It was very easy to hack, especially as I have made it twice before.

For the skirt I made a waistband and attached to the skirt pieces.  I added in a section at the back that was gathered with elastic threaded through chanels, which gave a bit more stretch at the back – it is still a squeeze to get it over my hips so next time I will make the elastic gathered section longer.

Sewing Cake Tiramisu

For the top I made the bodice up as normal and instead of the waistband, I made up a bottom piece using the bottom part of the Cabarita pattern, essentially though you just need to lengthen the waistband piece of the Tiramisu and taper it out to your desired hip measurement at the base.

Sewing Cake Tiramisu

I used a very lightweight jersey from fabric.com (no longer available) – I was thrown as when I ordered it I thought that the stripe and rose was about a quarter of the size than it actually is. It’s very bold! I also needed to add a lining so I used some cream stretch stuff from my stash (a remnant from Pitt Trading).  The skirt is lined and the top is mostly underlined – I couldn’t decide whether to line or underline so its a strange combination of both, thankfully it works.  The lining was really worth the extra time – it feels lovely and weighty to wear – it really improved the fall and drape in addition to making it not see-through or clingy.

Sewing Cake Tiramisu

Sewing Cake Tiramisu

The leaf up on the neckline? That’s an applique covering up a hole in the fabric – I think I made it when using the sewing machine thread cutter. Boo.

Pattern matching and placement took me forever, I didn’t have much fabric to work with for the exact layout I wanted but I am mostly pleased with how I managed to position the huge flower motifs.

Skirt waistband – just serged on like the neck and sleeve binding

The guts of the top showing the lining.
The gathered bit on the back of the skirt waistband – two 1/4″ strips of elastic threaded through channels on a separate section of waistband, and then the ungathered part of the waistband was attached by top stitching to neatly enclose the gathered section.  Probably there are better ways of doing this but this method worked really well for me. 

I love that I made this as separates as I can also wear the skirt with a solid print top, namely the Cabarita, also by Sewing Cake.  I’ll post about this probably in a day or so but here is a picture for starters.

Sewing Cake Cabarita Top, Tiramisu Skirt
  • Oh my gosh, that is brilliant! You made such lovely use of the print, and the idea of separates is so cool!!!! Well done!

  • Oh my gosh, that is brilliant! You made such lovely use of the print, and the idea of separates is so cool!!!! Well done!

  • Judith

    That print looks super in this two piece outfit – great idea to whip it up as separates! You will get a lot of wear (and comments) about this beautiful outfit…J

  • That print looks super in this two piece outfit – great idea to whip it up as separates! You will get a lot of wear (and comments) about this beautiful outfit…J

  • Meg

    Oh I love how you used the print! What a gorgeous dress!!

  • Oh I love how you used the print! What a gorgeous dress!!

  • Sharon

    Wonderful use of the fabric and two pieces will be so much fun!

  • Wonderful use of the fabric and two pieces will be so much fun!

  • Gail

    Wow! I’m in love with this ensemble! You did an amazing job and it looks fantastic on you! I also really appreciate your notes on lining and underlining the thin jersey, as I’ve just ordered 10 lengths of knit and many of them turned out to be thinner than I was expecting.

  • Wow! I'm in love with this ensemble! You did an amazing job and it looks fantastic on you! I also really appreciate your notes on lining and underlining the thin jersey, as I've just ordered 10 lengths of knit and many of them turned out to be thinner than I was expecting.

  • Lovely! Your print placement looks great. That was a smart idea to make separates. The skirt looks great with your Cabarita,too. I like the way you lined and underlined the lightweight jersey. I need to remember to do that when working with thin jersey.

  • Lovely! Your print placement looks great. That was a smart idea to make separates. The skirt looks great with your Cabarita,too. I like the way you lined and underlined the lightweight jersey. I need to remember to do that when working with thin jersey.