There are creations and there are curiosities. And there are creations that have curiosities woven into their very fabric simply because there is so much more to them than meets the eye.
Take, for example, a simple sewing pattern. While the act of selecting the perfect fabric is an art form in its own right, you know right off the bat what you’re going to get out at the end of it. Or do you?
It would serve you well to take your patterns and look at them with fresh eyes. Give them side eye, squint a little, and do that flashy eye thing that gives you different perspectives from the same position, just to catch a glimpse of whatever other secret lives they have lurking in their layers. Do what you must to see that there is untold magnificence waiting to bloom in something that appears simple at first glance, but do it nonetheless.
That is, after all, the purpose of this particular blog tour. Double Duty.
Cora, a cocoon cardigan elegant in it’s simplicity, was the pattern that caught my eye. And so the adventure to unearth the perfect fabric began. At times this journey of discovery felt a bit like Frodo and his friends missioning impossible, until suddenly *angels singing* I happened upon the sublime forest green cashmere knit you see before you:
She (because all great fabrics are shes) spoke directly to my sewing soul and declared she needed to be a Cora. With long sleeves. And behold:
And then, one evening, half paying attention to what was going on around me, half daydreaming, Inspiration stood up, walked over, and rather impolitely sucker punched me. Right in the face. While I was seeing stars, my old friend Idea shook Inspiration’s hand then calmly planted a seed that started to grow into my next project.
Cora can be crocheted!
Using the cutting sheet measurements, I crocheted the “material” for Cora with an 8mm hook, some deliciously chunky light grey yarn, and a basic double stitch. The body is slightly larger than it should be (so I left the sleeves off), since numbers aren’t my game and it took me a while to figure out that two stitches are equal to almost exactly one inch square (useful information for the next one, because, honestly, there will be many next ones), but that’s perfectly acceptable with Cora. Slightly bigger than anticipated and exquisitely drapey and cosy is tantamount to a warm hug.
Please visit all the stops on the Rebecca Page Double Duty Blog Tour for more great inspiration:
- Monday, February 25: Sarcastic Sewist, Sewjourns
- Tuesday, February 26: Stitched by Jennie
- Wednesday, February 27: SimplyKyra
- Thursday, February 28: bigflynotions
- Friday, March 1: Patchwitch
- Saturday, March 2: twofiveohnine, Soul Fed on Thread, Sequoialynn Sews
- Sunday, March 3: Livality, Mama Sew Vintage
There will be seven one-month subscription prizes at the end of the tour. Each one-month subscription prize contains:
- Ladies XXS to 5XL Strappy Cami pattern
- Bonus Ladies XXS to 5XL Comfy Cowl pattern
- 1 pattern credit to use for a pattern of choice during the month of subscription
- A further 20% discount on any other patterns (including those already on sale) during the month of subscription
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