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1920s Cocoon Coat

Added Oct 21, 2013

by papermothbal...

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I have been in awe of the 1920s cocoon coat ever since I saw a few photographs of museum pieces. My first attempt at one resulted in a Kimono, however, really liked it even though that wasnt my intention.

This was a an intensive work project. I patterned in one night after work and sewed in two nights after work. Three days! ahhh.

I finally figured out how to drape the pattern. I made the body of the coat out of a silk burned out velvet. The velvet (much like a 20s fabric) was not wide enough to fit the pattern, so I made a little art deco design out of a complimenting wider cream silk on the raglan shoulders. Its trimmed with a lux faux fur and silk fringe. I used all french seams to keep it light weight. The dress underneath is a vintage slip.

More pictures from this same photo shoot on my blog:

Material Notes

Silk burned out velvet
Faux fur
Silk 4-ply crepe
Silk fringe




Spring, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage
Leather/Fur, Silk, Velvet

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    May 11, 2014, 02.09 PMby yeshlekhaesh

    wow wow wow! what can I say?? Beautiful!!

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    Nov 6, 2013, 11.52 PMby 1966betty

    stunning both the project and you!!! Love it.

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    Nov 2, 2013, 10.03 PMby marie-michelle

    This is a hats off, jaw dropping, applause inducing kind of stunning! Congrats!

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    Oct 27, 2013, 11.44 AMby alekat

    oh my gosh im so in love with this. and you look so lovely as well. you make up is spot on

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      Nov 11, 2013, 04.17 AMby papermothballvintage

      Thank you! I always cant wait to see your next piece!

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    Oct 23, 2013, 03.21 AMby shela

    Lovely, you look like a movie star of old…Wonderful.

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    Oct 21, 2013, 09.01 PMby Irina Schwab

    Just fabulous, masterpiece!

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    Oct 21, 2013, 08.24 PMby sewsweetviolets

    Amazing job, one of the many vintage designs I have not brought my self to struggle with. I hope you are extremely proud of your project!

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      Oct 22, 2013, 12.33 AMby papermothballvintage

      Thank you! It was frustrating in the muslin but the drape of the silk worked better.

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    Oct 21, 2013, 05.00 PMby kisses

    Lovely coat…lovely dress. The entire look is very sexy and your pose is stunning

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    Oct 21, 2013, 01.31 PMby nrobson

    hey doll, thats glam X

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    Oct 21, 2013, 12.56 PMby liliv-1

    The whole project is stunning……..sewing, styling, photos…they are all perefect and they look professional. Is it you at the pictures? You are a very pretty woman, like a hollywood star!

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      Oct 21, 2013, 03.22 PMby papermothballvintage

      Thank you! Yes, its me in the pictures. I love following your projects as well!

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    Oct 21, 2013, 12.14 PMby aquatil

    It looks gorgeous! Your efforts were worthwhile… Very nice production and photos too.

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      Oct 21, 2013, 03.21 PMby papermothballvintage

      Thank you, I am lucky to work with my husband on photos

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    Oct 21, 2013, 11.15 AMby yenny lee

    This is cool! :D

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    Oct 21, 2013, 10.04 AMby Ivanamania

    fabulous! this coat makes you feel like a woman

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    Oct 21, 2013, 09.30 AMby sleepy-dumpling


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    Oct 21, 2013, 07.53 AMby cris orange

    This is an amazing coat and you did it in 3 days???!!! I also love glamour and am most of the time overdressed :-)

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      Oct 21, 2013, 03.19 PMby papermothballvintage

      I love all your pictures! And love that you dress up!

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    Oct 21, 2013, 05.23 AMby Mary Athey

    Stunning coat and you have photographed it perfectly. This screans old hollywood glamour and is so beautiful. Love the whole outfit. Fabulous x

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      Oct 21, 2013, 05.31 AMby papermothballvintage

      Thank you! Im in love with glamour ;) I dress up sometimes just for grocery shopping… when I can find time

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