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Accidental Cocoon Coat

Added Apr 26, 2014

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






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.

Material Notes

2,3 m of wool fabric




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Other, Vintage
Leather/Fur, Wool

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    Dec 29, 2017, 12.24 PMby janene

    I was just trawling for some inspiration to use some wool mix coating fabric. I just love your cardigan-turned-coat. I think this is the one! Thank you :-)

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    May 25, 2014, 08.27 AMby tupppi

    Cardigan, schmardigan… it’s a beautiful coat! And I love the fabric. Hope you get lots of wear out of it. It looks so warm and snuggly, which is what a cocoon is all about.

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      May 25, 2014, 08.50 PMby saxsilverain

      haha, thanks! :D it is warm and snuggly, and i did get to wear it for about 2-3 weeks… then suddenly it’s super hot summer here in Finland, so i’m putting it to rest until autumn.

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    Apr 27, 2014, 11.04 PMby rita61

    Your cocoon coat looks nice on you! Nice styling, and great drawn pictures! My daughter wears hers more as a coat than a cardigan as well. :-)

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      Apr 28, 2014, 05.34 PMby saxsilverain

      thanks so much! it was after seeing your result that i decided to make one for myself, so thank you for inspiring me as well! :D

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    Apr 27, 2014, 07.57 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very cool cocoon jacket saxsilverain!! I like that you can wear it like a coat – you look terrific and your drawings is wonderful! You are a great artist! :-)

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      Apr 27, 2014, 03.04 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you very much, Ellen! your comments really mean a lot to me too, especially since you yourself are a super talented person. :)

      looking forward for your awesome new projects, and wishing you a great summer ahead!

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      Apr 27, 2014, 07.51 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Oh, you are so sweet…! :)
      Wishing you a wonderful summer too! We have already 21 degrees today! ☼

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    Apr 27, 2014, 01.03 AMby izbott

    That’s awesome! This is a pattern on my list for sure. It’s totally wearable as a coat & it’s good fabric selected.

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      Apr 27, 2014, 02.58 PMby saxsilverain

      yes, this is a very handy pattern! if you use thinner fabric you can wear it as a cardigan, and use a bit thicker fabric then you can wear it as a coat. i’d love to try making something else out of this pattern again!

      good luck with your project, and thanks so much for your uplifting comment!

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    Apr 26, 2014, 11.37 PMby Luz Kettle

    I made several versions of this cocoon coat and I love it. it is so warm and enveloping the body! Yours is a great version and I love your drawings. xx.

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      Apr 27, 2014, 02.56 PMby saxsilverain

      this was my first time making this “cardigan”, and i was so down when i thought i failed. but luckily now it serves as a coat, yay! thank you so much for your compliments!

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      Apr 27, 2014, 04.57 PMby Luz Kettle

      I love when Plan B is better than plan A!

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    Apr 26, 2014, 07.11 PMby liliv-1

    I like all the ways you styled it. The drawings are awesome. It is sure a big success.

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      Apr 27, 2014, 02.54 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you! the lesson learned is that you should never give up no matter how unlikely to succeed your sewing project looks like. :D now i end up loving it to bits!

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    Apr 26, 2014, 07.06 PMby Mary Athey

    Fabulous cocoon coat and your artwork is just superb. I love this.x

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      Apr 27, 2014, 02.52 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you, Mary! a compliment from you is always a treasure for me! :)

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    Apr 26, 2014, 05.36 PMby maggieg5

    I think that you had done a wonderful job, love your coat and images, well done :0)

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      Apr 27, 2014, 02.52 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you so much for your kind words! it was an almost “failed” project gone better than expected! :D

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