22 February 2013

Coppelia in Red


Look what I made! It's the Coppelia cardi by Papercut Patterns, in a fire engine red wool jersey from Simply Fabrics in Brixton. I really enjoyed making this, firstly because it was a relatively quick make, secondly because I'd been coveting Lauren's version, and thirdly because it's always great to try out an indie pattern company for the first time (noooo, of course I'm not hinting at anything...).

Winnie just wrote a great post asking what steps people add to a sewing project that aren't listed in the pattern - it's so interesting to read about different people's approaches. For this pattern, a couple of steps I added were to stay stitch the seams that were cut on the bias and apply stay tape to the side seams to help prevent the knit from stretching out of shape.



When I first finished this, I declared it a wearable muslin* because I wasn't totally happy with the fitting...


... the neckline seemed to be sticking up by about a mile, which I put down to my narrow shoulders...


... or if I pulled it down to fit my shoulders the cardi gaped at the bust. So I was planning a refitting operation involving pinching out triangles of fabric at strategic points and redrafting the pattern to fit me...


... but then when I wore the cardi properly for the first time, I just did the wrap bit up a bit tighter, pulled it a slightly different way, and tada! It didn't seem so bad after all. Do you ever have that when you stare at a project for too long and blow little niggly things out of all proportion? In the meantime, however, I'd emailed the lovely Katie Papercut and she offered to produce a photo tutorial on the fitting. How's that for customer service? Pretty awesome, if you ask me!



Have you sewn a Papercut Pattern pattern? I'd love to see! Check out my interview with Katie Papercut, then get yourself over there.

[Soundtrack: 'Flutes' by Hot Chip]

*a test version of a sewing project to check the fitting, but that can also be worn around the house when no one's looking

22 comments:

  1. Love it, red really suits you also:)

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  2. I've made their Ooh La Leggings hmmm 6 or 7 times now I think? It's the perfect running legging ever! And I just made their new trouser pattern, Peter & the Wolf, also v good. I covered both heavily on fehrtrade.com

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  3. I have just made this in black, yep copying Lauren, and had the same fit issues as you as we'll as it was too big in the arms, however, some running in of the seams and some re-tying and it is all good. I made it in merino and as I arrive in London tomorrow, I hope it keeps me warm!

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  4. Oooh you made a red one! Stole my idea, huh! Haha :) I love this, red is SO your color too. I had the same fit issue with my black one - but pulling it tighter solves any gaping issues (and then it does not gape at all, which is awesome!). Strange, but my first version fits totally differently... I used a much more stable knit (and the black is definitely quite slinky/stretchy) so I'm guessing that had something to do with it.

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  5. What a great top and colour is fabulous!

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  6. I love this pattern.. In red now I'm red with envy lol

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  7. LOVE it! Red is such a great color on you. I just ordered this pattern ~ I can't wait for it to get here!

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  8. That is REALLY cute! I love the red, too. Looks very comfy, almost like a much more chic sweatshirt. Definitely making me think about the pattern more now!

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  9. It's beautiful! I think the fit is nice. I do the same thing, though. I always find I'm more able to address fit issues and/or delusions of them better after a little time and distance.

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  10. I love it! And by the way that wall is such a lovely colour!

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  11. I agree, red is a fabulous color on you! I really need to get into sewing more knits because wool jersey just sounds so scrumptious to wear lol

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  13. I agree with what everyone has said: the red looks great on you! I don't work with knits often, but I never thought to add stay tape to the seams... something to keep in mind for next time!

    -Gaby

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  14. I've made the papercut pleated pants which are such a great pattern which I wear often (despite making them way too big). Your cardi looks perfect on you.

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  15. Love that red! I had fitting problems with mine too, it involved quite a bit of fabric being removed from the underarm to shorten the raglan length.

    Here's mine: http://sewwrong.blogspot.com/2013/01/coppeliacardigan.html

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  16. I've sewn Coppelia just a few weeks ago and had the exact same issue. When I first finished the project I thought "wow, this is too big, it doesn't fit properly! I'll make it one size smaller and give this one to someone else". pretty extreme thinking. And then I went and looked back at the picture of the pattern and I was like "oh, but it fits loosely on the model too". So, when I actually wore it, I did the same as you and pulled the ties a bit tighter. It worked like a charm, and I actually like the bit of looseness it has. no one is getting my Coppelia anytime soon :)
    I didn't blog about it yet, but I also made la Sylphide, and that one's been blogged about.

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  17. It's gorgeous! and thanks for introducing me to Papercut patterns, they're so pretty! I think I'm going to have to indulge myself.

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  18. I love how adjustable this top is- thank you magic wrap around ties. I have made the Papercut Milano Cape and it all shades of rad!

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  19. Love it! I had similar fitting issues and have a second muslin cut out to serif that's heaps the gaping. I'm really hoping for a fitting tut from papercut though!

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  20. Ooh, it's adorable Tilly, and interesting to see what extras you added to the process!! Red is dynamite on you! Love it! I've made Papercut leggings ( a couple of times now but only one pair blogged as yet) and I love the construction of them that comes with a neat design.

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  21. This looks so cute on you! I love it!

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