This is the second in a series of posts describing the projects that are part of our 2012 Spoonflower Staff Challenge. Voting begins on Thursday, March 15, 2012.
Team Prana consists of design wrangler Caroline and print wench Janet, otherwise known as Coco and Jaja. Coincidentally we have both lived in Sweden and came up with our idea one day while having our regular Monday fika. I was telling Janet about the yoga classes I've been taking and how everyone was very stylish and colorful. I have a bright purple mat, but usually wear all black and thought it would be fun to spice it up a bit. The discussion moved on to colors, how they correspond to the various chakras and what they represent. We began by thinking it would be fun to combine meaning with form and function. After considering a few ideas involving coats that turned into sleeping bags, we changed gears and focused on brainstorming and creating designs for the pieces in our collection. What started as a few pieces and the idea of a couple of designs blossomed into 6 distinct pieces and 12 different designs. We decided to focus on the top three chakras and design around those colors and use elements traditionally associated with yoga (the OM symbol) and India.
Indigo governs the BROW chakra or third eye, in the centre of the forehead and represents INTUITION, MYSTICISM, & UNDERSTANDING.
Blue governs the THROAT chakra and represents KNOWLEDGE, HEALTH, DECISIVENESS.
SUMMARY OF PIECES
A blanket wrap sweater is really simple to make. Start with one large rectangular piece of knit. Drape it across your shoulders horizontally to decide where you want the arm holes to be. Cut two identical arm holes in the fabric. Next cut two identical sleeves out of the remaining knit. ( I traced a sleeve pattern from another pattern that I had laying around the house). Make sure that the width of the sleeve goes with the stretchy direction of the fabric. I hung the sweater on a dress mannequin and then pinned the sleeves onto the sweater before sewing them on to make sure that they hung well. Caroline had designed so many great patterns that halfway through the project I decided to make the sweater reversible. To make it reversible cut the exact same sweater and sleeve pieces out on a contrasting fabric and assemble them into a second sweater.
Here's the fun part: Lay the identical wrap sweaters directly on top of one another, pattern-sides together, and pin them. Because the sweaters are two large rectangle shapes you can sew them together just like a large pillow case. Make sure that the sleeves and edges line up and that you leave a small opening to turn the new sweater inside out. Then just tuck each sleeve into its coordination sleeve. Now you have a reversible sweater! I used two yards to Spoonflower knit to make each "side" of the sweater.
The carrier is a design that I came up after noticing that people either struggle with an unruly mat and no way to keep it together or just simple straps that are usually in black and can easily get tangled when not in use. This carrier design brings vibrancy and fun to your practice, is easy to wash and can be carried in your hand or over your shoulder.
If you would like to check out the designs we used in our projects and the other pieces in the Prana collection, click on each image here and you'll go straight to that fabric page. Namaste!