Finally, I have made a winter coat, which has been on my to sew-list for a long time! The Cocoon silhouette really appealed to me and I chose the Cocoon jacket by Sew Different, though I have made it as a coat as it is more appropriate for winter.
My mum said that she owned a Cocoon Coat in the 1960s. Mum, you had great style!
The fabric is truly fabulous – a mustard and grey wool (medium weight) which makes a statement. It feels lovely and soft. The lining is a grey satin. This cosy coat has oversized pockets inset into the front seam – my favourite design feature. It hangs off the shoulders in a relaxed fit. Cut a size 14.
I have made some modifications: it is a coat rather than jacket, the sleeves are full length rather than 3/4 length, a full body lining rather than lining for the front panels only, the sleeve and cuff pieces are merged into one, no neckline notches and the addition of a front facing to add a couple of inches to the front of the coat to prevent gaping. No winter chill for me! Because of all this additional work, it took me 3 days to make the coat including lots of hand sewing the front/back facings, sleeve ends and the hem/lining separately. If I had omitted all the modifications/additions, it would have been easier and quicker.
This coat is comfortable to wear although there is not much room in the armscye for a thick jumper underneath and the sleeves are a bit narrow – there is no sleeve lining for this reason. The sewing pattern instructions only include lining for the front panels.
I really do like this sewing pattern. In the Spring/Summer, I want to make a Cocoon Jacket in denim with the neck notches as a design feature.
Ladies, go and wrap yourself up in a cosy Cocoon!