Coppelia Wrap: Third Try’s the Charm?

I was much happier with my second Coppelia wrap, but it definitely still needed some tweaking before I was ready to cut into my nice fabric. So I pinched and tucked to get a tighter fit on my sweater and then went to altering my paper patter. I ended up taking a few inches out of the back and I took about 1/2″ out of the top front and at the top of the sleeve, and I lengthened the waist by about an inch. I chose to use the same knit horse fabric from Girl Charlee I used for Coppelia #2, but in the blue colorway (I ended up buying this fabric in all 3 colors because I thought it was really cute and had a nice sweater feel to it).

As this was my third time making this pattern I don’t have too much to say about construction, except that I am still not entirely sure how the bottom is all supposed to come together with the neckband and waistband, but oh well, the way I have been doing it seems to be working okay.

Final results are that this third sweater is the best fit so far, but unfortunately I could still use to take out a couple inches from the back. I swear I will get this pattern just right one of these days.

 

Papercut anima pants and coppelia wrap top #3

Papercut anima pants and coppelia wrap top #3

Anima Pants #2 and 3

Since Papercut Patterns was running an anima pant competition [http://www.thepapercutcollective.com/2014/06/anima-pant-competition.html] I decided to sew up a couple more pairs of the anima pants since my first pair was really pretty boring.
For my second pair I choose the full length view again. The fabric I chose was a really purple zigzag patterned super soft merino from The Fabric Store in LA. I made the band out of a gray merino remnant that I also got at The Fabric Store. The second pair came together pretty easily, including the waistband. I serged the elastic to the top of the waistband. I used the recommended 2″ elastic in the waistband this time and it was the regular elastic instead of heavy duty elastic and this made a world of difference. It was so much easier to attach and sew the elastic. Overall I really love these sweatpants. They are super soft and comfy (I wore them on the plane trip from LA to Boston last week and they were nice and cozy).
I decided to try the crop view for my third pair of anima pants. This time I chose a white merino with some streaks of other colors running through it (also from The Fabric Store). I used a fun print for the pockets to add a fun touch to the pants. This pair, like my second pair, sewed up pretty quickly and easily. The crop length is definitely a good length.
The Anima pattern is a good comfy pant pattern that still looks cute and it turns out it was pretty easy to make. I am definitely going to make some more of these pants, maybe shorts next?
Anima pants #2

Anima pants #2

Anima pants - super soft merino

Anima pants – super soft merino

 

Crop anima pants

Crop anima pants

Fun pocket detail

Fun pocket detail

 

Papercut Patters Coppelia Wrap – Take 2

Coppelia wrap #2

Coppelia wrap #2

I am determined to make this sweater fit, so after my cotton jersey version with no alterations, except for tightening the neckband, I tried on the sweater and pinched out some fabric under the arms and in the side. I then got out my traced pattern and adjusted the pattern to take out about an inch from each side of the underarm and an inch on each side. Additionally I lengthened my sleeves by an inch (I like long sleeves). For this version I choose a knit from Girl Charlee that is much more like a sweater knit (it has a looser weave to it?) and I figured it would have a much looser fit than the cotton jersey, so when I sewed the sleeves to the front and back pieces I used a 5/8″ seam allowance instead of the 1cm. When I pinned the sweater sides together it ended up looking a little roomy still so I also took in used a larger seam allowance at the underarm.  Then I took 3″ off each side of the neckband to get a tighter fit.

Hmm...maybe I should lengthen it a bit

Hmm…maybe I should lengthen it a bit

The results are still not perfect. I did get a tighter fit, but it is still too big in the bust area and I am getting some wrinkling at the top. It is also now noticeably large in the back, the fit of the back didn’t seam bad in the last one because it was so big overall. I think for next time I will try to adjust the front of the pattern using Madalynne’s instructions (http://www.madalynne.com/pattern-correction-raglan-seams) in addition to taking it in in the sides/underarm, and I think I will try taking the back in a bit. I swear i will make this pattern work for me!
The fit in the arms is much better now

The fit in the arms is much better now

Papercut Patterns Coppelia Cardigan

Coppelia Cardigan

Coppelia Cardigan

I saw this sweater on someone’s Instagram during Me Made May and fell in love instantly. I did ballet growing up and adored this ballet pink wrap sweater that I wore to class all the time, it was seriously the best fitting sweater I ever had and seeing the Coppelia brought back some nostalgic ballerina dreams. So when I stopped by the Fabric Store the other weekend and saw they had the Coppelia pattern I snatched it up along with some lovely forest green merino. I have been super excited to sew this up, but after seeing some reviews of the pattern I figured the pattern was not going to fit me very well (hello tiny chest) and decided to try a test version out of a cheaper cotton jersey.

I found the construction of the cardigan to be pretty easy and the directions were pretty clear, except for the step where you attach the neckband to the sweater, I didn’t realize you had to attach it all the way past the bottom of the sweater so then neckband would get caught in the waist tie, whoops. Also, putting on the cuffs last was a bit of a pain because it is hard to sew in such a small circle, but it does make for a nice clean finish.

 

Hmm...a bit large and bunchy....

Hmm…a bit large and bunchy….

Bat wings anyone?

Bat wings anyone?

Overall the fit isn’t quite as bad as I thought it would be especially since it is a wrap style and I can just pull it tighter. The neckband is definitely not tight enough, it sticks out a lot at the stop, the sleeves are really big at the top, the front is a bit large, and the sleeves could be a bit longer. I guess I need to make some tweaks for when I sew this up in my merino, but since I have never sewn a wrap style or raglan sleeves I am not 100% sure how I am supposed to adjust the fit. Any suggestions?