I had been eying the Clover pattern by Papercut Patterns since it came out, but wasn’t sure if I should get it or not as I was sure it would look like a ridiculous moo moo on me. After seeing … Continue reading
A swimsuit is another item that I never thought I would ever sew, but again as cute versions of the Bombshell swimsuit and the Soma swimsuit were popping up on the internets I figured why not give it a … Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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?