The title for this post comes from Anthony Boudain’s travel program which I was watching whilst cutting out this top, and also from the fact that I have absolutely no reservations about making a Papercut Pattern’s Coppelia top in shiny gold lycra. I’m drippin’ in gold ladiez and never have I felt so classy.
After reading some reviews about the generous sizing of Coppelia I made an XS. This was a musin, and as you can see from photos there are several fitting issues. The neckband was not tight enough so I had to add two darts in it to try to make it lay flat. It is also way too short for me. No big surprise there, at 5’10 I often/always find this. I got a little enthusiastic with adding length to the sleeves and HAD TO TAKE SOME LENGTH OFF. Never have I felt so chuffed with my gorilla arms. I also had to take some width out of the arms as they were attempting to go batwing which in gold lyrcra was veering into bad 80s territory. Next time I’ll take the excess fabric out of the back of the bottom, I tried to hide it by pulling the ties tight, but there is some pooling there.
I don’t think it can be said enough; Papercut Patterns have absolutely ADORABLE packaging. So functional and sturdy, whilst not compromising on style. Also big thumbs up for creating a pattern that has allowed me to indulge in dreams of a ballerina. After playing the garbage bin (no, really)* in the end of year recital I quit ballet at the age of 7 and have never quite gotten over the clothes that go with it. The pastel pink wrap was a particular favourite, and as pastel pink is not a colour I ever wear (lol that’s my skin tone) being able to make the wrap of my dreams in a colour that I DO wear is yet another reason why sewing is the bees knees.
I have already made this pattern again, in red ponte, and have more plans for actual ‘basic’ Coppelias in black and grey. Maybe. Unless I manage to get my mitts on sequin lycra…
*I literally spent the whole recital in the corner “being a bin”. I WONDER WHY I QUIT.