Added Apr 26, 2014
i wanted to make this lovely cocoon cardigan from BurdaStyle magazine November 2013 issue, pattern no. 107. i had the perfect fabric and time, and while i was doing it, i could already imagine wearing it at work, etc.
when it was done, i tried it on… and found out the problem immediately. it was the wrong choice of fabric. it was too stiff, the kind you would use for coats (and doh, it IS supposed to be for coats, i just thought it would work as a cardigan too). looking for reassurance, i turned to my husband and asked what he thought about it.
this is what he said, “Yes, that’s a nice bathrobe.”
BATHROBE?? there’s nothing wrong with a bathrobe, except that this wasn’t supposed to be a bathrobe!
so i tried cooling down my head by browsing for cocoon/oversized coat images around the internet. well, guess what? there really are such things as bathrobe-looking coats. :D
i compiled some inspiring pictures and showed them to my husband with triumph all over my face. one, because even if he was right and my cardigan looks more like a bathrobe, bathrobe-looking coats are actually IN (okay, they’re called oversized coats, some are cocoon coats, some are oversized cocoon coats). and two, i may have failed in making a cardigan, but i turned out to be making a coat instead. this counts as a score!
so i began hatching these ideas on how to dress up my cocoon/bathrobe coat. suddenly i got quite a bunch of ideas, i needed to sit down and draw them. next, i took pictures exactly as what i had drawn.
just so you’ll understand why i thought this was the perfect fabric, i have a close up picture of it (last pic). it’s a kind of furry wool fabric, much like what was shown on the BurdaStyle picture of the pattern. i bought 2,3m of it for only around 15€. seeing how many ways i can dress it up now, as a COAT, not a cardigan, i must say it was way worth it.
once again, i think & i believe i have successfully avoided a failure. i am LOVING this accidental coat! :)
PS. all illustrations are drawn by me using 2B pencil, coloured pencils, and copic pens.
2,3 m of wool fabric
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