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Strawberry Shortcake Coppelia

Hey hey! Ready for some more Twinsies sewing?

While we were waiting on the votes for what we sew next to roll in, Mel and I caught up to get pics of our latest Twinsies creation – the Coppelia wrap cardigan from Papercut patterns!

Papercut’s Coppelia wrap cardigan

(Spoiler: this won’t be the last one of these you see on here. I may be in love with this pattern. More are planned for the fast-approaching winter, oh yes.)

Now, we always end up with rather different looking garments when we do our Twinsies creations, but I think this time is the most diverse yet! Mel lengthened her Coppelia and the waist ties. I shortened the sleeves on my one. Two very different results, no? (This is what I love the most about Twinsie sewing – we don’t talk much beforehand about what we’re doing, so it’s always a surprise to see what the other one has come up with when we meet up to do our joint photo shoots. As you can imagine, there’s lots of comparing and exclaiming going on at that point.)

Strawberry Shortcake Papercut Coppelia | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

(Despite appearances, we didn’t co-ordinate our outfits/hair. Even though my hair matches Mel’s top and the top she’s wearing under her Coppelia matches my Coppelia. Happy accidents for co-ordinated photos, let’s just go with that, ok?)

This is actually the second Coppelia I’ve made – the first was a gift for one of my sisters-in-law for Christmas, which I don’t have a photo of yet. (Mum, if you’re reading this, can you go get photos for me? Thanks! ;-) ) I lengthened that one though, so this is the first one I’ve made at the ‘proper’ short length.

Strawberry Shortcake Papercut Coppelia | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

(Conveniently, I also tried on the one I made for my sister-in-law, and found I needed to go down a size from what I was expecting to cut out, as it’s a looser fitting style that I thought it would be. Bonus fitting practice while gift making = all ’round win.)

This is a crazy quick and easy pattern to put together, with nice neat edges due to all the wide hem finishes and the wrist cuffs (if, like Mel, you make it with the full sleeve-length). Very satisfying to whip up, this one was!

I made my one out of a lightweight merino wool, purchased from the Levana textile outlet a year or so ago. I found three rectangular pieces of this gorgeous wide red-and-pink stripe in the remnant bin, for the grand sum of 50c a piece (crazy cheap!!). So naturally, I snaffled them up fast and clung on to them until I figured out what to use them for. (I mean c’mon – how often do you come across pink-and-red-wide-striped merino?!? Yeah, not often. Gotta get that stuff when you can.)

Strawberry Shortcake Papercut Coppelia | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Since I only had the three (reasonably small) remnants, cutting this one out was a bit of a challenge! (In fact, I think it took longer to cut out than it did to sew. Hmmm.) With the raglan sleeves, I wanted the stripes to meet where the sleeves joined the body, so there was a fair bit of careful pattern placement to figure out how to make that happen, while still having enough fabric for the bindings and ties. Oh yes, let me tell you now – there was not a lot of fabric left when I was done! (That’s also what dictated the sleeve length – that was all I had. Indeed.)

I’m pretty proud of how it turned out though – kinda hard to see in these photos, but those stripes, they match up well. And luckily I could get the bindings out of the red rather than the pink, because let’s face it, pale pink next to my skin just Doesn’t Suit Me. At All. (Even though occasionally I forget about that fact. Oops.)

Strawberry Shortcake Papercut Coppelia | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Only alteration I made was stretching the bands a bit when attaching them around the neckline, to make sure they didn’t start to sag open a bit over time. That worked out well – it’s a nice, close fit. (I think I chopped about 5cm off each end of the neck band once I’d attached it? Can’t quite recall though, may have been slightly less….)

This hits me slightly below the waist – perfect for wearing with 1950′s dresses and skirts. (I can also attest that it layers well over long-sleeved tops on colder days.)

Strawberry Shortcake Papercut Coppelia | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Mel and I met up with the lovely Nikki for lunch to get these photos – picnicking out on the grounds of parliament, then posing with trees. Always a good thing to do on a break from work, no? ;-)

(Big thanks to Nikki for playing photographer for us!)

Strawberry Shortcake Papercut Coppelia | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

And we can’t have a Papercut Twinsies photo shoot without the ‘Papercut love’ pose, now can we? This time, sitting in a tree. Just because we (sort of) could. Even though we were wearing high heels at the time and the tree was on a slope. Coz that’s the sort of thing we do for you guys.

Strawberry Shortcake Papercut Coppelia | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

The ‘Piratical’ Cardigan

Arrr! I’m a pirate!!!

Or at least, this cardigan thinks it’s a pirate.

Either way, it inspired me to dress kinda piratical for work the first day I wore it (Valentines Day!).

But I digress. Without further ado, here are…

The Facts

Fabric: Striped merino wool knit from my stash, no idea where it came from so I’m considering it free
Pattern: Self drafted
Year: 2012
Notions: 5 red buttons, ~$1, scraps of lightweight interfacing for inside the button placket, free
Time to complete: 1.5 hours
First worn: Valentine’s day, 2012
Wear again? Yep

Total Cost: ~$1

This cardi was made for the latest Sew Weekly theme – red, in honour of Valentines Day.

It turns out I don’t have a lot of plain red in my stash these days (except for some bright red sweatshirting, but I didn’t think a snuggly hoodie was quite Valentines-y), which is how the black stripes crept in there. This fine, lightweight merino wool knit was lurking in the corner of my fabric stash – I have no idea how it got there, in fact I don’t recall ever seeing it before, but there it was. And there was just enough for a cardigan!

Since I wear a lot of 1950′s style dresses, I made the cardigan length just below my waist, and went with a round neckline, just for a bit of 1950′s pirate style. It fastens with 5 little red buttons (and yes, it does do up. I just happened to be wearing it like this today and forgot to do it up for the photos to prove that all the buttons are, indeed, there). It’s the first time I’ve ever made a button-up cardi, and I was a bit worried about how stable the button placket would be, so I got all creative with nearby objects and folded a stripe of lightweight interfacing scraps into each button placket. It seems to have worked quite well – hardly any added bulk, and a far more stable placket. End result – I’m not scared of making button-up cardigans any more. I see several others, with cute little buttons, in my near future…..

I whipped up the entire cardigan using my overlocker (serger), cover stitch and all. (I do love my overlocker, it makes life so much easier.) The only non-overlocker bits where the buttons holes, and the hand-sewing of the buttons, which is where most of the time to make came from.

For Valentines Day, Steve and I went for a wander around the zoo after work. They were having a special ‘adults only’ late night, open to adults (18 and over) from 5.30 – 8.30pm (they usually close at 5pm). With zoo keeper talks about animal mating habits, live music, and encouragements to take along a picnic dinner. How cool an idea is that?! (Not that we were organised enough to take along a picnic, but we saw lots of other people with baskets in hand, which was rather neat.) These photos were standing near the pelican area, with the spider monkeys across the little stream in that big tree. The pelican is one of my favourite animals at the zoo – he’s hilarious, super friendly, with crazy eyes. And sadly off sleeping somewhere at 8pm at night.

Something about this cardigan inspired me to dress a bit pirate-inspired for work today. Red-and-black polkadot top, black waist belt, black skirt, black-and-red tartan heart necklace, and…. tights with skulls and crossbones up the back! (Imagine this outfit with black-and-red kitten heels, please. I switched them out to sneakers for walking around the zoo, for practicalities sake.)