Monday, November 19, 2012

DIY Bina Wrap/Cardigan/Blouse/Scarf {or Dracula Cape}

Why hello, hello, and happy Monday to you! How was your weekend? Ours was pretty busy - we had an event with Bryan's company Friday night, a wedding in Annapolis on Saturday (don't you love the photo booth trend?), and then I ran the Vienna Turkey Trot on Sunday (Smokey & Bryan were there to support and even ran across the finish line with me). Fun times!

Anyway, I'm finally getting around to posting about the wrap I made last week. I recently came across this pin from the Fine Craft Guild to make your own Bina Brianca wrap. I hadn't heard of the wrap before, but since it sounded like pretty much the easiest project ever, I decided to give it a try.

64" fabric =Dracula cape
I got my fabric from the clearance section at Joann for $4.50 a yard, and overall, I followed their instructions, so there's no need for me to repost them here.... except that initially I didn't read the tutorial very carefully. I saw that it said 64" wide fabric, so I went with that, without paying attention to the further detail below about determining the length. Result? Dracula cape. If you want to make a nice cape, use 64" fabric. Otherwise, you may need to do some cutting. After this initial fail, I ended up going about 38" tall, 64" across, and using 12" arm slits (the 14" recommended seemed a little large to me).

Once I de-capeified it, here's what it looks like in a few more of the different styles. For more (with directions), see the Bina Brianca website. I doubt I'll ever wear a lot of the options, but even as a plain old cardigan it's really cozy - plus it's basically wrinkle-proof so it's great for traveling (and I always love traveling in big drapy sweaters that can double as a blanket).

And here's what it looks like laying flat:

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  1. Love your dog in the photos! I have a dog of similar proportions and coloring...a jack-russel mix. I am making this wrap now. Hope it turns out as good as yours!

    1. Thanks! Our dog is always poking his head into pictures, haha. I hope you're happy with the way your wrap turned out!


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  2. how did you decide where to put the arm holes are they centered? Closer to top of garment?

    1. Good question - I believe I pretty much just put them in the center.

  3. Was the fabric a royal pain to lay out and cut, since its a drapey jersey?

    1. I know exactly what you mean - some of those stretchy fabrics can be impossible to work with! This particular fabric was surprisingly not too bad though!

  4. How did you finish the edges, including the arm holes? I can't find a full tutorial. Thanks

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