Friday, February 15, 2013

Long Weekend Logistics

It's a rare thing for me to go into a weekend without a plan, much less a long weekend. But I'm at bit at loose ends. For starters, poor S is really quite unwell. Two weeks after coming down with a wretched bug, she is still struggling. So I don't think we'll be back at the jacket fitting till next weekend. 

To add to the fun, M is also super sick. She's going on 3 days of fever, cough, chills, body aches. (It's just like me a week ago.) Truly, I have to hope and pray that she's got a version of what I had, because I cannot bear the thought of contracting something new. Poor thing is so miserable. She rarely gets sick and you can see that this is freaking her the fuck out.

Really, my goal is to sit here on tenterhooks (but healthily), doing a bit of knitting and perhaps a special sewing project.

What project?

Well, my friend Nicole - having had a couple of glasses of wine and on reading Lauren's post - decided to buy this:

The Coppelia Wrap, photo from Papercut Patterns
Alas, she's not going to have a chance to look at it for a week or two, so she's lent it to me for tracing. I do realize that it's good and proper to support small pattern companies, especially those that produce such lovely packaging, but I have no room for anything new on spec. Not to mention that the marketing - to slender, youthful hipsters with nary a curve - is really not my scene. I've decided to try making this. Assuming it works, I will purchase my own Papercut pattern posthaste.

On the topic of my new Empreinte Lola (which, I realize, we were not discussing): OMG that bra is perfection. More to come, but I have to say it's the hottest, most comfortable, supportive and perfectly-fitted thing I've ever worn. And I own some great bras.

But back to sewing... What do you think of the Coppelia? Have you made it? What are your thoughts on Papercut Patterns? The vibe / marketing? The fit? The packaging? Let's chat.

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  1. I love wrap tops...but have had to come to the realisation that they never fit properly on me.

    I find myself constantly pulling down and otherwise fiddling with them when I wear them. Annoying. Maybe it is the lack of boob-age.

    Are they better for the more generously endowed?

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    1. I don't know if it's about endowment. I actually think that makes fit harder!

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  2. I'd never heard of Papercut. There are an amazing number of independent pattern companies now. The photos on their website did nothing to attract me but I did get the impression they are working quite hard to produce a quality product. Interesting what someone thinks is a selling feature - I have no desire to hang my patterns.

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    1. I know. It's adorable, that hanger. I'm not going to use it and the pattern box would be challenging for me to store, but I do love gimmicks like that :-)

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  3. I haven't made the top but have seen the picture of the pattern before. I think it is cute!

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  4. i've browsed papercut and i can't say that i've fallen head over heels for them. i do love the coppelia and la sylphide, though i just can't justify the price. i get it that the independents offer something different, and i am willing to pay for it when i feel it's a good buy (either multiple makes or a special occasion) but they are still pricier than the others. also their styling turns me off. the hollow eyed waif look just doesn't do it for me.

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    1. Lisa: Having just finished the top (see next post), I'm not sold.

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  5. I hope your daughter begins to feel better soon, AND that you're already well supplied with antibodies against this horror. Take care!

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    1. Thanks F. We really have to hope and pray (for my immune system, I mean :-))...

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  6. Fingers crossed that everyone is feeling well again soon.
    Enjoy the weekend. That top looks rather cute.

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  7. Oh no, not more sickness. Please give your daughter my best. xoxo

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  8. The Papercut patterns are beautiful and interesting - but definitely not for me. I'm not the right shape or style for any of them! Far more of my curves are convex, not concave.

    Hopefully everyone is less sick soon!!

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    1. Kid still at home with this bug. But she is slowly improving. Thanks Kat.

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  9. Oh boy, that's a whole lot of illness. I hope you can stay healthy.

    I don't feel overly excited by the papercut patterns. I really like the Watson coat but I wouldn't make it for myself. I think I agree with some of the other commenters, I have a hard time seeing past the model that is clearly not me.

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    1. I know, the model is very challenging to relate to, for most sewists, I suspect. I mean, while some of us are very young, slim and happening, most of us aren't styling in quite that way.

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  10. I'll have to check out papercut patterns! I am enjoying my long weekend and I hope your family is now recovering . . . soon hopefully all these viruses will have moved through! My thoughts are with you .. . .

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    1. Thank you Pam. I really appreciate that.

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