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The cutting table
I am excited to tell you the news! We are finally in production. My new cardigan which will be christened the "Vesna" Cardi, more on that to come in a later blog post, is on the cutting table.
You can see the three layers of colours: Midnight Black, Fiery Fuchsia, and Silky Blue. What you probably don't know is they have to lay out all the layers of fabric in the three colours, one on top of the other, and let them settle or rest overnight before cutting. This is so the stretch in the knit can relax.
Cutting the pattern pieces
Cutting the pattern pieces
The other thing you may not know is they cut the pattern pieces for each size in multiple layers of all three colours at the same time. You can see Duey cutting through many layers of blue, pink, and black with a special cutting tool.
There is a bit of math and creativity that goes into determining the quantities and sizes when placing an order with a manufacturer. I am still learning how to do this. Lucky for me, Milena of Canadian Service Apparel is patiently showing me the ropes.
Sample production order
Sample production order
Basically there has to be a repeatable ratio of sizes that gets multiplied by the number of layers of fabric. All the sizes need to have a common denominator.
My new pant which will be named the "Lynne", again story to follow in a later post, will be next on the cutting table. The only difference with the Lynne pant is there will only be layers of black fabric. I didn't think many of you would wear Silky Blue or Fiery Fuchsia pants. I could be wrong though. If I am, please let me know in the comments.
Both the Vesna cardigan and Lynne pant are made of a luxurious bamboo fleece with a bamboo rib trim. These fabrics have been custom knit and dyed right here in Ontario, in the Toronto area. 
The soft bamboo rib trim on the cardi hugs your neck, flows down the front, and encircles the hem which nicely covers your tushy. The same rib forms a wide cuff on the sleeve which gently hugs your forearm and makes it easy to push up or roll back. The rib side panels provide a nice design detail that comfortably skims your body. The deep side seam pockets make it easy to carry your phone or plunge your hands into and give yourself a hug. The bamboo fleece is so soft and cozy, you may never want to take it off.
  Heidi modelling the Vesna Cardi in Fiery Fuchsia - front view
Heidi modelling the Vesna Cardi in Fiery Fuchsia - side view
Heidi modelling the Vesna Cardi in Fiery Fuchsia
The Lynne pant is sort of a legging but not. It has a wide waistband that comfortably hugs your tummy. It has a straight cut leg with a rib insert down the side that provides a slimming line. It is not tight-fitting at the ankle like a legging so you can wear them over low-cut boots or shoes, or easily tuck them into high top boots. 
Lynne Pant in Midnight Black
The Lynne Pant in Midnight Black
The good news...our Pre-sale is now open until October 31st. You can pre-order and pre-pay for the Vesna cardigan or the Lynne pant to ensure you get the colour you like and the size you need (see our size charts below). 
Size Chart for Vesna Cardigan (inches)
XS/S M L/XL
Bust 30"-35" 36"-41" 42"-47"
Shoulder Width 13"-15" 14"-16" 15"-17"
Arm 20"-23" 21"-24" 22"-25"

Size Chart for Lynne Pant (inches)

XS S M L
Waist  24"-27" 28"-31" 32"-35" 36"-39"
Hip 32"-35" 36"-39" 40"-43" 44"-47"
Inseam 30" 32" 34" 35"

 

Delivery will begin the first week of November. If you are in Ottawa, use the "FREESHIPPINGOTTAWA" code until October 31st and I will hand deliver your new purchase with a smile and a thank you! 

Colleen Kanna

Colleen Kanna is a breast cancer champion and creator of COKANNA Designs, a line of stylish bamboo Canadian-made clothing for women over 40. Five percent of  sales are donated to the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre in support of their Head Start Program for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

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