As promised, we took some pictures of my new favorite coat! This is probably the most designed coat I have ever sewn — there were so many details, so much risks, but I loved the result!
This was my inspiration from modcloth — it actually has quite a different shape, since I made mine more fitted around the waist. I also changed the collar to a hoodie, the pleat in the back is a lot higher, the pocket is not a tab pocket, and the sleeves are pleated in at the edge to mimic the back.
This is how the back looks like, hoodie off:
Note the curves above the waist — that was hard to do!
The hoodie is traced off another coat. As you can see, the pleats in the back is a lot slimmer in my version.
Pleats on my sleeves that makes the cute bell shape:
My only slight complaint about my coat is that the flipping lapel is slightly too busy — mine is higher and bulkier than I would like:
But I was so proud of myself for figuring out how its done. I am not sure how the modcloth version is like, but the lapel is attached to the lining in mine:
Oh yes! 1 dollar lining from fabric mart 🙂 the wools is very light, so I chose to use this light lining as well. As usual, my lining skill improves a little bit every time I sew a coat. This time I even added a cute tag part where I embroidered my “brand” on there in a subtle manner:
By the way, I think I will attach a separate coating piece to the top of my lining for the neck area like this in my future coats! I used to directly attach lining to the collar/hoodie, which stresses the lining a little more than I’d like. This wasnt as hard as I thought it would be as I just sewed the half circle of coating material directly on top of the lining.
Anyway, here is the 1 botton closure:
And here is the roomy pocket!
Once again, this was heavily altered from basic McCall 5525, just like my purple coat. Unfortunately, the alteration for this coat was not very straight forward — I did a lot of draping and experimenting and alteration on the go. It was well worth the effort and I think this coat fits a petite like me much better than the modcloth version (besides, my material is better). Now I just hope the coat doesnt get dirty too easily!!
33 thoughts on “Cocoon Coat”
Wow! That’s gorgeous!
Your coat is stunning, it sure looks like a lot of work but wow it was worth it!
The coat is amazing – great job :)!
Oh, & I love the embroidered label too.
thanks claire! 😀 i didnt know people can “like” my blog entry!
Beautiful and charming. You look great in the coat!
Beautiful coat, love the details. Your design changes turned out well.
Amazing job – that is a very professional looking coat – very stylish also!
You make lovely garments – enjoy your gorgeous coat.
this is so cute! i want one! the color and shape are both so perfect.
I wasn’t enthusiastic when i saw the picture of the modcloth coat, but your version is pretty awesome!
You made from a barrel (modcloth coat) a feminine stylish garment.
hahaah thank you! that is very flattering 🙂
I love it! You are so talented to make that up without having the real one in front of you. 🙂
It is great! You look so nice in it and quality is very good. You are growing up with each project! Congratulations!
That’s absolutely amazing! I like your adaptation much more than your inspiration. Really like the hood, too!
This coat is so fantastic I can’t stand it!
Love it! So pretty! 🙂
Beautiful coat! It must’ve been fun experimenting~!! You did a lovely job and love your top, too.
I prefer your version =) loved it!
Your coat is lovely! And the hood is a brilliant addition.
I found your blog via BurdaStyle, because I love ALL your beautiful creations. Thanks for sharing, I’m adding you to my blogroll.
welcome welcome! 😀 i am always very happy to have more blog friends!
Wow that is a gorgeous coat and I’m so impressed with your alteration skills!!! You should draft a pattern in your version so your readers can make one too. Only slightly kidding.
hahaha!! I was really debating that!! I have no drafting skill, so i was really only thinking about drawing my own size… but most part of it was not drafted myself — i kind of used fabric and figured it out as i go…. maybe when i learn how to draft, i can do one, heehee
I love your version better! So talented 🙂
How long have you been sewing? Your garments look so beautifully tailored and finished.
aww thanks! i had been sewing for… 3 year and a few month more?? but i sew almost everyday!!!
Wow! That jacket is BEYOND AMAZING!!! Love it
I meant to comment on this last week but alas, I got distracted. Anyway – this coat is just stunning. I am so impressed that you draped this yourself. I covet your coats (all of them) and this is just one more that I am drooling over. I was all proud of myself for knocking off a few Kate Spade and Milly sweaters and sewing some basic sheath dresses last week. Now I just want to sew coats.
What a stunning result — and it’s SO much more interesting than your “inspiration” piece! It suits you to a tee, too! Beautiful work!
I have been so busy, I stopped reading the blog and look what I’ve missed! What an awesome coat to add to your already fantastic collection of coats!