Completed: Hummingbird Separates

8 Jul

I hope everyone had a good weekend – holiday or not! I celebrated by basically NOT leaving the house, except to get an oil change (for my truck) and donate blood (from my body). It was rainy and cold all weekend, which is really abnormal for July. No complaints here!

I didn’t get too much sewing done, surprisingly (rain makes me want to lay on the couch, which means that I knit!), but I did make myself a new outfit to wear over the weekend – using the new Hummingbird pattern.

Hummingbird Set

Every time I sew up one of this patterns, I am reminded of just how much I loooove Cake (not the food, the pattern company! Although, I’m not one to turn down the food, either…). These patterns are basically my dream patterns – easy to customize the fit, easy to adjust during sewing, easy to sew (but with just enough challenge to keep things interesting), basic & wearable for all occasions. Not to mention, Steph recently changed up the paper patterns to include sizing lines in different colors. It’s like a party in the envelope, guyzzz.

Hummingbird Set

This is the whole set – both the top and the skirt. This is my second top from this pattern (and no, you haven’t seen the first because I never blogged about it. It won’t be in this post either because it was in the wash while I was taking pictures! Soon!), and my first skirt. I wasn’t sure if I would even make the skirt, since a fitted/straight style isn’t really something I wear much of – I like to be able to mooooove… ride my bike, sit on the floor, crawl under tables, you know, the usual – but it’s surprisingly comfortable! These pictures were taken after a full day, so pardon my wrinkles.

Hummingbird Set

We can discuss the top first. I cut the size 30 bust/26 waist (Cake patterns are based off your measurements, not standard sizing) with a 17″ length (this ensures that the peplum hits the right place – I think it does! What do you think?). This is exactly how the pattern is written, with NO alterations. Can you believe how good it fits straight out of the envelope?!

Hummingbird Set

Unfortuately, I don’t think I’ll get much wear out of this top. As cute as this stripey fabric is, it’s kind of tragic – loosely woven, and stretches like a mother (it also unravels. A KNIT. I can’t even…). It’s the same fabric I used for my Stripey Tiramisu, and it just sags and bags after a couple hours. I don’t know why I bought sooo many yards of it, but ugh, I did. So I’ll just enjoy the top while I can, I guess.

Hummingbird Set

To make this work with my fabric, I had to drastically shorten the neck and arm bands to keep them from being floppy (this is super easy, since you sew those on while they’re flat, instead of in the round – you can just cut the excess off). Instead of using interfacing to stabilize the shoulder seams, I pulled out the big guns and used 1/4″ elastic. I also used the same elastic at the waistline; hopefully this will keep the weight of the peplum from pulling the shirt down too much.

Hummingbird Set

Ok, skirt’s turn! This is a 26 waist/35 hip (the measurements closest to my own, obviously). I actually ended up needing to take in quite a bit during the side seam fitting – about 1″ off each side of the waist. Fortunately, this pattern is made to allow for fitting during that stage of sewing, so it didn’t mess up my pocket placement or anything.

Hummingbird Set

Be warned that this skirt is a bit on the short side – I only hemmed mine 1/2″, and this is the length I got.

Hummingbird Set

I used the same denim leftover from my Peter & the Wolf Pants – I think the stretch is key to making this skirt super comfortable. And bonus, this skirt barely took any fabric – less than 7/8 yard!

Hummingbird Set
Hummingbird Set

Sooo these pictures were taken with my new camera, btw. I think they look pretty good, but it’s obvious that the close-ups need better focus. I also discovered that I do not like the self-timer on this camera; it takes the pictures rapidly with no time between. Good thing I ordered a remote last week!

Hummingbird Set
Hummingbird Set

Ok, I’ve officially run out of things to say about this set. Here’s some flat shots!

Hummingbird Set

Hummingbird Set

Hummingbird Set

Hummingbird Set


Hummingbird Set

Hummingbird Set

Hummingbird Set

I took a close-up of the fabric so you could see how awful it is. It is literally a knitted fabric – that’s stockinette right there. Isn’t the macro feature on my camera delicious, though? Expect lots of close-up shots, I can’t get over it.

Hummingbird Set

I can’t wait to try the flouncy version of this sucker. Gonna shake my tailfeathers all over the place 😀

Psst! I have a couple announcements, real quick!

– My awesome sponsor, Sweet Little Chickadee, is moving to NY and closing shop for a month or so to handle the move – but in the meantime, she’s having a quick sale to empty out stock. Use the code MOVINGSALE to get 15% off your total purchase (this includes sale items!) through Tuesday, July 11. I know the blog post says Sunday 7/7, but Juli just informed me that she is extending the sale, soooo… shop your hearts out! But hurry! 🙂
– Speaking of shopping, I’ve started the mind-numbingly awful process of preparing some of my handmade and vintage clothes to be put up for sale on Etsy. I took tons of pictures and measurements over the weekend, and I’ve been slowly adding them to my shop. I thought it would be real awesome to have everything up and running by the time I wrote this blog post, but obviously that hasn’t happened yet. Check back at the LLADYBIRD shop if you are interested in buying a little piece of my history – I plan to have them all in the shop by the end of the week (and I’ll mention on the blog and/or Twitter when that’s said and done).

I hate the idea of selling my beautiful handmade clothing, but none of this stuff fits me anymore and it’s too much of a size change to take in. Rather than hoard it for no reason, I’d love to see this stuff go to a loving home where it will actually get worn. I’m not trying to make a huge profit here, so I’m pricing everything pretty low. Proceeds are going to fund some upcoming medical expenses I have, if you’re curious. Also, I am NOT trying to turn this into a big blog about how everyone should buy my shit, so don’t worry about that. Again, if you’re interested – check out my shop!

Hummingbird Set

Ok, I guess that’s it!


37 Responses to “Completed: Hummingbird Separates”

  1. Carolyn July 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Cute outfit! I’m seeing a lot of cute peplum/skirt combos around the interwebs from that Cake pattern. Good luck with the sales in the etsy shop – hopefully your pieces will find wonderful new homes.

  2. Aubrey July 8, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    That new camera really makes your photos purrrrrty! Not that they weren’t before, I just think it picks up more detail. 🙂 Yay!

  3. mokosha July 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    i love that peplum top! too bad about the fabric 😦

  4. lisa g July 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    super cuteness! the top is fab, too bad about the less than optimal fabric!

  5. Kim July 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Very cute! Your lapped zipper looks really good 🙂 I’m a bit jealous now, guess I have to practice a bit harder..

  6. Elena Knits July 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Nice outfit! I hope those medical expenses are not because of something bad. I really hope everything is fine.

    • LLADYBIRD July 8, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      Nothing terribly scary (I hope! I have an appointment next week). It’s more of a prevention thing 🙂 Thank you though 🙂

  7. Staci July 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    I feel your pain on the fabric….mine is doing the same thing. Its a Rayon blend that is silky soft and drapey. Had no idea how heavy it would be with the peplum. It literally stretches 4 to 5 inches within an hour of wearing.

    By the by….LOVE your shoes! What brand are they?

    • LLADYBIRD July 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      They’re from Nine West! I’m not sure if they still carry them, as I bought them on sale in March, but it’s worth a look. I love them, they’re so comfortable 🙂

  8. Hazel July 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Love this combo, the top is super cute, even although the fabric isn’t great.

  9. goodbyevalentino July 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Cute top and skirt! There must be a pattern somewhere that is compatible (stretch wise that is) with your fabric! I’m starting to think I’m addicted to blue and white striped fabric 🙂
    Love your Etsy shop too.

  10. Stephanie July 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Love your outfit! The Hummingbird top is great. i love how you placed the stripes on the pattern. Sad that the fabric is behaving so badly. I’m sure you can easily whip up a replacement 🙂

  11. Kelly July 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    These look great, I especially like the skirt! Hope all the medical stuff works out well…

    • LLADYBIRD July 9, 2013 at 9:31 am #

      I hope so too! Fingers crossed 🙂

  12. craftinlightenment July 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    This is a super cute outfit, and it looks really flattering on you. Thanks for all the pictures. They really help show the details, and give a great idea of how you put these pieces together.

  13. kate0795 July 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Fantastic skirt! Amazing fit and it looks very expensive!! I love it. Tempted to buy pattern….. Love your blog. Just starting out with my sewing and I am constantly in awe at what you can make and how quickly and beautiful clothes! Really inspires me and wish I knew someone like you to guide me! Kate x

    • LLADYBIRD July 9, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      You should! It’s a great pattern – very easy to follow (and there’s TONS of support from Steph if you do get stuck 🙂 and the results are superb! And hey, you can always email me if you need some help… I love talking sewing, haha 🙂

      • kate0795 July 9, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

        I may well take you up on that offer!!! Thank you! It’s what I totally love about blog land 😀

  14. kaelah bee July 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    hate that the fabric is so not awesome because seriously, this top is amazeballs!

  15. Lori July 8, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Super cute outfit, sometimes you just have those bad fabrics and you want to scream at them to behave! It is a super cute outfit and I can’t wait to see more of these tops from you.

  16. ShanniLoves... July 9, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    Oh yeah just bought me a little piece of history!! 🙂 Hope your medical expenses aren’t for anything too scary! I know all about those expenses..everything just seemed to go downhill after 35 for me! Your outfit makes me really really want to buy this pattern! I had so much luck with the Pavlova top. I think first thing I ever made that needed to alterations, no nothing!

    • LLADYBIRD July 9, 2013 at 9:33 am #

      Yay!! Thank you so much!! I’ll ship it out today (I actually walked to the Post Office already, but they’re closed until 10.. wtf?!?!).

      You should totally buy the pattern, it’s a real winner. God, I sound like an advertisement… I swear I don’t get paid for this, hahahahaa 🙂 But yeah, her patterns are great!

  17. dandeliondrift July 9, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    Love the whole outfit! I hope the shirt lasts longer than your thinking, because it is awesome! And good luck with your etsy shop!

  18. June July 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Sorry to hear that there are medical concerns… Sucks when a young person has to deal with that. (I had boatloads of infertility crap to deal with in my early 30s, and even with insurance, we were paying a shit-ton of money out of pocket for the drugs, procedures, more drugs, surgery, complications… Bleh.)

    Anyway! Love that top. It’s on my to-do list for sure. Yours looks fab!

  19. Ashley July 10, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Love the top; stinks that the fabric is a let down, though! I hope all your medical stuff works out ok 🙂

  20. Becca July 10, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Very cute outfit! That’s a real bummer about the shirt material, because that top is totally adorable on you. I too hope everything works out. Sending prayers and good thoughts/vibes your way.

  21. Gjeometry July 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

    I think your Hummingbird outfit came out great!! What a shame about the fabric. I wonder if there is some kind of ‘starch’ for knits that you could use to stop it from doing the ol’ bag and sag. I hate that!! I would ask at your local fabric store, it seems that they have all kinds of star trek goodies for sewing and fabric needs.

    And, I have just had my third surgery to remove lumps from my lips (last one was for me cheek). Good times (it’s why, if you look at my blog, I am constantly photographed from a particular angle so you don’t get to see the big cheek scar or missing piece of lip. I had the third surgery yesterday on the OTHER side of the lip. Nowhere to hide now! But, next week, i’m supposed to be going in to have reconstructive surgery on the side where the lumps were already removed. Too many surgeries. Too much money. Too much ice used for something much less fun than clinking in your drinks. Boo. But, I’m still here and kickin’!! Hope your medical journey is just as ‘fun’! 😉

    • LLADYBIRD July 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      Oh, wow, that sucks about all your surgeries! Angle or not, I think you’re still gorgeous either way 🙂 I hope it’s all over for you soon, though, because multiple surgeries does not sound like something that would be fun! That ice needs to go in adult beverages, not compresses 😉

      • Gjeometry July 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

        Exactly!! It’s an ice crime 🙂 Thanks for your kind words. Think I needed to hear them just about now and they made me smile (as well as one can with a swollen and stitched lip :P)

  22. nettie July 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    I posted a B&W striped Hummingbird, too!! Stripe twins for the win!

  23. Chickeys July 12, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    GAH, I’m soooooo bummed I don’t fit into any of your sale dresses. Both the navy linen sailor-type dress and the floral Michael Kors dress are my favorite makes of yours. 😦

    However, someday I will have those dresses…made to fit me! YAY SEWING. 🙂

  24. Megan July 13, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    Wow, I almost can’t believe you got such a cute skirt out of so little fabric. Well done! Too bad about the fabric of the top though. It looks nice on though!

    Good luck with your Etsy shop!

  25. missjoiedevivre July 17, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    I have fabric lined up for both of these patterns, but I just know I won’t like mine as much as I like yours! The striped peplum? Such an awesome detail!

    Good luck with the Esty shop, and good luck with your medical troubles, wishing you all the best!

  26. amberincolo June 23, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    Loved this post and completely copied yours. I added length so I can still wear it to work. Thanks for the inspiration!


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