The Papercut Coppelia


Goodness, I really can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get round to attempting this pattern. I’ve had it for ages, and have loved the versions I’ve spied around the blogosphere. There are two versions available, a longer, faux-wrap style and a cropped, tie version which I fell for right away. The pattern itself is beautiful and reminds me of the sadly no-longer available BHL print designs in its attention to detail and styling. Maybe that’s why I took so long to get round to using it: I was happy just to admire its beauty on the shelf πŸ˜‰

This was a pretty simple pattern which would suit those not too experienced with sewing with knits well. I flew through the majority of the instructions, completing it mostly on my overlocker, which I seem to have tamed into submission of late (though clearly the very next time I use it, it’s going to play up right?). The only bit I didn’t quite get right was where the hem ties meet the main body, which I tidied up by hand but clearly I need to read more closely next time. I omitted the sleeve cuffs too as I prefer a 3/4 length sleeve and I fear these may have come up a little too narrow.

I’m really pleased with the final result, though I think the ‘fit’ isn’t quite as perfect as it could be. Even though I’m short (5ft, 2 1/2″) this is very cropped and I’d definitely add an additional inch or so next time. It’s funny how much more aware of my body I am because of sewing. I’d always thought I was just short generally, but clearly the top half of me is more ‘normal’ and it’s my bottom half where the majority of my shortness happens! I also think I could do with a little more fabric across the bust. Anyone know what cup size Papercut design for? I’m a 32D, and generally the smallness of my back makes up for my fuller cup size, but I think I may end upΒ spending a fair bit of time tugging at this to ensure I’m covered. A little bit more fabric next time would be wise I think although knits vary such a lot, maybe one with more stretch would work…

I was instantly attracted to this ditsy fabric when I spotted it in Aberkan’s in Manchester. I love its solid background combined with a brighter print on top. I’m wearing it with jeans here, but I’m hoping it will brighten up my predominantly black/grey work dresses well too.

I had an off-cut just the right size for another infinity scarf. Although it doesn’t go with the actual top at all (proportions totally wrong) it does look good with a navy blazer and my recent Coco dress. Anyone else leave their last make proudly displayed for a while before it enters the wardrobe? πŸ˜‰


32 thoughts on “The Papercut Coppelia

  1. The style really suits you, but I agree it needs to be a tiny bit longer. The ditsy print is really cute too. One day I’ll venture over the pennines for some fabric shopping. I do think we’re lucky up north with plenty of place to shop for fabric. Gertrude like to wears clothes all the time, not just recent makes! πŸ™‚

    • Glad Betty’s not the only one who enjoys dressing up πŸ˜‰ Yep, definitely more length next time, somehow it’s not quite working at this length, but still perfectly wearable. Might look better over a dress, will have to investigate…

  2. Lovely! I love a wrap front – very flattering for those of us with bigger busts. I have the opposite issue – short body and normal legs on my 5’2″ frame and always have to shorten the pattern in the body before I begin. Which reminds me, I really MUST start the ball gown for Friday….

  3. Looks lovely. Great idea to leave your makes on show for a while – why not enjoy seeing your creativity? You would if it was a picture or a sculpture, so why not your works of art?

  4. It looks lovely but I would probably feel more comfortable with a little more length too! Dolly is always wearing something, I think she wears my clothes more than I do! πŸ™‚

  5. it’s a great style and such a cute print. I know it’s a bit short but I think that length will look great with dresses. It has a lovely dance wear feeling as it is, if it makes any sense. I have seen a lot of versions of this pattern on the internet but yours has to be one of my favourites. How many infinity scarves have you got now?

    • Mmmm… Not actually admitting to the number of infinity scarves in wardrobe, let’s just say I have pretty much one for every occasion now! I wore this top with a dress for work and it looked much better. Just the type of light-weight layer I need for ridiculously varied heating in my school too…

      • Haha, I’m planning to make one at least infinity scarf too. Glad to hear the coppelia works with the dress. I don’t know about there but the weather in London has gone completely cuckoo, we had the fan on in the office the other day because it was really hot and then you go to the corridor and it’s like being in another country.

  6. I have this pattern in my stash and some wool jersey set aside for it. I will definitely practice with some non-precious fabric first to see if I need to lengthen the body, too. I think yours looks great– I love the fabric you chose!

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