Back again! I’d like to blame the length of time between posts on my continuing picture taking dilemma but in reality, I just haven’t had much time for knitting or sewing lately. My Sewaholic Minoru has been in progress for over a month! These days when I do have time to sew, I’m turning to the instant gratification projects… KNITS! Gillian, I do think your love of knits is contagious! So, onwards with some thoughts on the Coppélia wrap from Papercut Patterns.
I feel like I should add a quick disclaimer before you get into the pictures! It’s the end of November in Toronto, people. Meaning it’s COLD!!! I really, really need to solve my indoor photo shoot problems ASAP as I don’t think I will be doing any more of these outside! The rooftop garden at work that is my usual photo taking spot is even locked up and inaccessible during the winter! In the five years that I have worked here, I had no idea that you couldn’t go up all year. Why did I not know this? Cause in five years, I have never been tempted to visit the garden cause it’s COLD! So… you’re going to see some funny faces and awkward poses and I am absolutely blaming the cold. Nothing at all to do my awkward self in front of a camera…!
Back to the pattern. All is all, I think I really like this make! Let’s start with the small changes I did make, shall we. I added two inches of length to the body. Sadly, this was a last minute change so instead of properly modifying the pattern as Lauren did, I just added two inches to the bottom when I was cutting it. Big mistake! The bottom band and the neck band need to meet at the bottom corner of each front piece so the small “side” needs to be the length it is drafted as. Make sense? Not at all! But it will if you are making this! To fix this, I pulled out my French curve and cut out a bit from the curved neckline so it was no big deal. The moral of this story is that do as Lauren did to lengthen the pattern and don’t be lazy as I was!
The other problem I encountered with my last minute change was that I didn’t quite have enough fabric! This meant I had to shorten the sleeves by two inches (which turned out perfectly so yay!). It also meant that I couldn’t cut the bottom band out in two pieces as recommended. I solved this by cutting three pieces and stitching them together. Seemed fine until I first tried this on and saw the lovely seam that is front and centre on the bottom band! Fortunately, that seems to be hidden by the bow when the wrap is tied! Unfortunately, it means this wrap needs to be tied at the front and not off to the side as I might prefer under normal circumstances. Not a huge deal in any case.
The other small change I made was to sew on the neckband as Lauren described. I started at the centre back and just stretched the neck band as I attached it to the body of the cardigan. Sewing it on this way meant that I had an extra 3 inches on either end! Keep in mind that I added the two inches of length to the cardigan without adding any additional length to the neckband pieces. This leaves things looking slightly puckered when it’s laying down on a flat surface but it helped keep the neck gappage to a minimum. I still find the neckline gapes a little so I can easily imagine how terrible the fit would be had I not done this! Overall, the fit of this is arguably not perfect but in a casual layering piece like this, I just don’t care!
So, will I made this again? Absolutely! In fact, I have two versions planned right away! I have a lovely wool jersey that I am going to use to make another wrap version. I’m planning on adding an additional two inches in length as I still find this one a little on the short side. I’m also going to cut the shoulders and bust in a smaller size. Again, the extra space in this one doesn’t bother me but I think I would prefer a slightly closer fit up top. I also have some blue jersey that I am going to use to make a pullover… yes, very much like this awesome one that Rachel made this month!