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How I would love to be wrapped in a cocoon!

Added Jan 22, 2014

by Skuggispike

Forio, Italy






The cocoon cardi jacket call it what you will, how I wanted one to wrap up in! Alas, some things aren’t meant to be. Started out viewing other members projects and thought it looked fairly easy to accomplish. Had some sweatshirt fabric in the stash that I thought would work and so it began. Cut a size 40, my size in the measurement chart and began sewing. Started very nicely, then got very confused with the pocket instructions, did some more research, had a fit of anxiety and thoughts of “Do I really need pockets?”, then “Of course I do!”, then “I’ll just put them in even though side seams are already sewn, to heck with unpicking it all!”. Something really needs to be done about my inner voice. Anyway, got the pockets in and done although they seem rather bulky. Continued merrily along till I got to the bias binding and the binding around the entire garment, got confused with instructions again and just decided to do it my way. Is it right? I don’ t know as I attached it more like a ribbing than bias tape. It looks ok. Almost done, try it on realize I look like a big, green blob, then decide maybe this isn’t the best style for me. Ah, maybe a gift….my mother in law, size 52, tries it on…omg she can actually pull this off. Mission saved! Is it just me , or should I have cut a way, way smaller size? Did anyone else who completed the project have the same problem?

Material Notes

Cotton sweatshirt fabric, thread, satin bias binding, ball point needle




Garment Type

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    Jan 30, 2014, 09.14 AMby libbysharf

    I made this, but didn’t look at burda instructions which are tedious and confusing in my opinion. especially how they make the pockets. it’s so much easier to first attach the pocket pieces to the front and back sides, then sew the sides and outer edges of pockets in one go. On me it also looks big, and my husband doesn’t like it and says it looks like a ghalabia, but I actually like it and wears it a lot. perhaps because I’m fairly tall, as someone wrote. It’s funny because I too, thought at first to give it to my mom which is like 3 sizes more then me, but came to love it, also after I got a few compliments. I hope to upload photos of my version soon :-)

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    Jan 23, 2014, 06.11 PMby Denise Wild

    This looks cozy! Nice job. :)

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    Jan 22, 2014, 09.02 PMby rita61

    Fun story! Yes, it sews up big/baggy, but it was fine on my daughter. I think her figure and height helped with the fit. (I disappeared in it when I tried it on). The pocket instructions are ‘different’. I used my own method of putting in pockets. Your version looks comfy for curling up with tea and a book.

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    Jan 22, 2014, 05.30 PMby Mary Athey

    I laughed at your big green blob bit, it looks lovely though. This is the forth one i have seen and i have this on my to do list. I’m so glad you said it sewed up large as i normally just jump in feet first with patterns and waste fabric by having to alter. I always find when a pattern says easy it’s anything but easy lol. It’s only easy if you know what you’re doing lol.x

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      Jan 22, 2014, 06.59 PMby Skuggispike

      A test of my patience is what it was, as opposed to easy. Excellent learning experience though. I can’t wait to see your version!

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