“I think I’ll buy this to make a Tiramisu”
The declaration “I think I’ll buy this to make a Tiramisu”, spoken whilst standing at a jersey fabric stall in Birmingham Rag Market, might make perfect sense to the lovely people of the online sewing community, but would sound utterly mad to any passers-by, for whom the primary, perhaps only meaning of Tiramisu is an Italian Coffee and Chocolate trifle. Of course, I was talking about the Tiramisu dress from Cake Patterns, which I’m sure you’ll have seen cropping up here, there and everywhere in the sewing blogosphere. Here are some of my favourites, which inspired me to make my own:
- Lauren’s stripy Tiramisu
- Leila’s stripy and spotty Tiramisu
- Jo’s lace effect Tiramisu
- Gillian’s Family Tiramisus!
I got mightily confused about what size to cut. The dress uses your high bust size to determine the bodice size, and then the difference between the high bust and the full bust to determine the cup size (I think!). Anyway after a bit of advice-seeking via Twitter, the super-talented Tanit-Isis advised me that the bodice was quite roomy and that it might be better to round down the bodice size rather than round it up, and that suited me because it seemed to fit in with cup size and finished garment measurements. I cut a 35D, and I’m not sure I’ve got it exactly right, but it certainly isn’t too bad a fit. I think I could do with more arm room and more boob room, so perhaps I should try the bigger bodice next time, although I’m not sure what cup size I’d go for then…it seems odd to choose A cup size when I wear a 32G bra…
Anyhow, the dress was really simple to assemble and came together in just a few hours. It would be even quicker without the pockets, and even though I do like to have pockets, I don’t really like them on this dress. They are in-seam pockets, and the skirt isn’t gathered or anything at the waist, so it seems to me that the pockets add a bit of bulk to the hip area, which quite frankly I could do without!!
I used my overlocker for pretty much the entire project, except the topstitching of course. I love how neat it looks and how fast it is to sew like that! I love how it always feels so easy and comfortable to wear knits, too. I’m already planning my next one, when I can put my stripe matching to the test. I just have to come to some sort of decision about sizing.
Anyway, there you have it – my first Tiramisu. I hope it will be the first of many! Here are five reasons why this is awesome, with photos to prove it:
So what do you think? Does the sizing look right to you? Advice greatly appreciated!
(By the way – I know a few other bloggers bought the same jersey at the Birmingham meet up, so let me just warn you that the fabric dye really runs! I pre-washed my fabric at 40 degrees, but it still managed to dye my white bra blue when I wore it. Luckily, the dress itself doesn’t seem to have faded).