When I saw Ginger’s groovtastic cocoon coat inspiration struck hard & I knew I could create one for myself with some hoarded bits of awesome from my stash…
any idea what I used?
I guarantee if you don’t already have the ingredients lurking about the house you’ll be able to find ’em at your local charity shop… so let’s get makin’!
snag a round table cloth that comfortably wraps around your body & a cozy coordinating fabric 1.5 times larger than the table cloth (my elderly table cloth had a few stubborn stains so I dyed it blue before pairing it with a 1970’s wool-blend plaid)
pin the table cloth to the fabric right-sides-facing, then chop the fabric to match the size & shape of the table cloth
stitch together leaving a bit open for turning
flip right-side-out & top-stitch all around the outside edge, set aside for now
onto the sleeves: grab the rest of the fabric + some coordinating cotton for a lining (I simply used a piece of vintage bedsheet) & chop out 4 rectangles of each measuring your ideal sleeve length & width + seam allowance
place each outside fabric piece with a liner piece right-sides-facing & stitch together (as always, leaving an open bit for turning)… flip right side out & top-stitch around the edge
fold each almost-a-sleeve right sides facing & stitch together
flip right-side-out, et voila! Fancy lined sleeves!
grab that giant round cocoon, wrap it around yer body, fold down the top part & decide how long you would like your collar to be (mine is 35cm)
lay the cocoon-body on a flat surface and, measuring down from the center of the top edge, mark your collar length with a pin
snag a loose fitting jacket & center it on top of the cocoon-body, lining up the jacket collar with your pin
pin/mark the fabric at the position of the shoulder seam on each side of the jacket
remove the jacket from the fabric, grab a sleeve, place it at the shoulder mark & use its width as a guide to mark the sleeve opening, repeat on the other side
slice from mark to mark
pop your sleeves into the holes right-sides-facing
zig zag over the outside seam for extra strength
slip it on…
and head out in your stylin’ new coat!
*I simply pinned my cocoon closed with a purty vintage brooch but you could easily add a button, ribbon tie or even a short zipper to keep the cold out
awesome from the back…
and from the side…
and absolutely fabulous in action!
*Simply use a fleece blanket for an easier version without a lining…and as fleece doesn’t fray you don’t even have to hem the raw edges!