Friday, February 21, 2014

Coppelia

As I've mentioned before, I'm going through a papercut phase right now.  I want it all!  I've you've checked out my pinterest boards recently, I've finally categorized what I've sewn up, and what remains unsewn.  There are definitely a few papercut patterns sitting in my "unsewn" pile, so expect the trend to continue ;)

Anyway, this is my version of Coppelia.


This is actually my second version of Coppelia.  My first version has yet to be blogged because it's been SO cold out and it's not quite as warm as this one.  Hopefully the warming trend will continue and I'll be able to snap some photos of it soon.

I searched the garment district high and low for a sweater knit that would do this pattern justice.  I love the versatility of a long-sleeved knit wrap.  It's great for layering, and will fit no matter what happens to my waistline. Since it's hella freezing outside, I knew that a simple jersey version wouldn't cut it.


I (of course) found this beautiful fabric in Mood.  It's a synthetic blend sweater knit that, honestly, is a bit itchy.  But, the itchiness means it will hold up well, wash well, and hopefully last for a few years longer than a super soft version would.  But, the important part here is that it looks just like a pretty ballerina wrap!

I definitely brought my fabric home and did a little dance with it around the living room.

I also do a little dance every time I wear it because I love it so much!  (Life-changing useless fact of the day: Coppelia is the name of a ballet!  So that totally makes sense!!!)


This is cut in the smallest size, an XXS.  Which sounds realllly tiny, but I promise it's not.  According to the size chart, the XXS should fit someone with a 32in bust and 24in waist.  I (currently) have a 37in bust and a 28in waist.   This IS a stretch garment, so the different drape and stretch of your fabric definitely has an effect on the final garment, but the disparity seems like a lot to me and I think it's worth noting if you plan on making this (which I think your should!)  The one thing I have noticed with my stash of papercut patterns is that the sizing listed can be a bit off.  If you have any hesitation about buying a pattern because the largest size may not fit you, I think you should know that, in my experience, it's probably a bit larger than it says it is.

Anyway, for my third version, I'm thinking I want to take some fabric out of the top of the sleeve.  I'm still getting some shoulder slide-age in that area, and think it probably has something to do with my relatively narrow shoulders.

Enough sewing talk, though.  Can we talk about how beautiful the scenery is???  One of the things that I love most about Chicago is the accessibility of pretty places.  No matter where I am, the lake is nearby.


This spot is a beach in the northern suburbs.  In the winter, they push the sand towards the shore line in huge heaps so that no one accidentally walks into frozen ice and falls in the lake.  The snow falls on top and it really looks like a scene out of an Alaskan expedition by this time of year.  Isn't it gorgeous?

For reference, that's me next to one of these snow piles!

The snow here is finally starting to melt.  Let's hope it keeps up so I can start making and modeling sundresses soon :)

18 comments:

  1. Holy Cow, your pictures / filters are so amazing! Very cute wrap top. I can't believe this is an XXS! I don't think this pattern would fit me at all.

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  2. Loving the pictures! I've just finished a Coppelia and I can see why people make multiples!

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  3. Are we twins?! I'm a recent Chicago-by-way-of-New-York transplant, too, and I JUST made a wrap sweater this week. Yours looks gorgeous. Where have you been going for fabric shopping?

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  4. This is gorgeous! I love it! I've had it for a while (actually, to be honest, it's been lying on my sewing table waiting to be traced for 3 or 4 months... eek!). I always look at Papercut finished measurements first because they do seem to run really big.



    What gorgeous photos! You're making me homesick! I grew up just south of the lake, and I miss it. It's so eerie and quiet in the winter.

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  5. Looks wonderful! You've inspired me to make my own.

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  6. Thanks! If you did want to try it, I'm sure you would have to grade it down. Fortunately, adjustments aren't too hard on knits, though!

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  7. Thanks! I already have two. It's such an easy make, I'm sure I'll have two more before long!

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  8. Yay New Yorkers for Chicago! So far, I've only been to Vogue up in Evanston, but I have plans to change that this weekend :) If you're ever interested in meeting up for sewing talk, shopping, etc., send me an email!

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  9. Thanks! Haha, you sound like me. I've had a few of Katie's pattern's in my stash since last July. Ridiculous since I love them so much.
    I didn't know you grew up here! I guess we're kind of switching spots. I'll say hi to the lake for you if you say hi to the garment district for me :)

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  10. I've been to the Vogue in South Loop but I've heard the Evanston one is HUGE. I'll shoot you an email later this week. Fabric shopping forever!

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  11. So gorgeous! I was actually reading about caves that have previously been inaccessible but because the winter was so harsh and the lake froze over, people have been exploring - you should be one of those people!!

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  12. Really lovely wrap top! Good to hear that you're enjoying Chicago. I really like your photos! Just looking at them makes me cold though. Ha!

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  13. Looks cozy! And I love the scenery.

    I wanted to let you know that you won the red cotton in the giveaway, so congratulations! If you could contact me at sunnyb64 at yahoo dot com with your address, I'll get that out to you asap. (Also adding your blog to my feedly, it's new to me, so hi!)

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  14. Omg that sounds like a drowning waiting to happen. I'll have to tell Eric, though, I'm sure he'll be all about it.

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  15. Hahaha...to be honest I am pretty cold! It's starting to warm up a bit, now, though. I'm hoping the trend continues!

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