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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15 comments:

  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!

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    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?

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

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

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    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!

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

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