Simple Sew blogger, Vicky teamed check fabric with the Simple Sew Cocoon Jacket pattern to create a gorgeous outerwear piece. Read on for her hints and tips for acing this quick and satisfying make.
Vicky’s Cocoon Jacket
I’ve been thinking of making a Cocoon Jacket for a while but it wasn’t until I saw this gorgeous fabric I knew it was a definite must-make!
The first thing to note is that this pattern is drafted with a lot of ease, my measurements put me in the size 12 but after a quick tissue-fit of the pattern I decided to trim two sizes down to the size 8.
The pattern is a quick and enjoyable sew. I had bought bias binding and had intended to do all Hong Kong seams inside but after Christmas, lockdown and home-schooling I decided I wanted an easy and fun make. So, I decided to forgo making the insides overly complicated!
I chose this beautiful cotton boucle fabric from Clothspot. It was an absolute dream to sew. I’ve never seen a cotton boucle before but it is lovely, it’s heavy but also has some drape and it responds beautifully to an iron! It made such a lovely change to be working with a coating weight fabric that would press well and have no worries the iron would make it shiny!
I love that there are small darts in the back of the neck providing some shaping. There’s also some in the elbows of the arms as well but I decided to leave off the darts at the hem so mine isn’t quite as cocoon shaped as it is supposed to be. This big check print was giving me strong ‘shacket’ (shirt-jacket) feels so I decided to leave them off for a boxier look.
As this fabric does fray, I overlocked all the edges before sewing and used the facing pieces on the lapels. If you chose to use a non-fraying fabric like a boiled wool then you wouldn’t need to sew the facings making this an extremely quick sew!
I pattern matched the patch pockets as well as the centre back seam which is extremely satisfying. I also added a fun label. However, I didn’t love the way the topstitching on the pockets break up the plaid so I chose to sew a blind hem on my machine for the hems. This worked so well that I decided to use the same blind hem technique to sew all the way around the facings, ensuring that they won’t flap about and bother me!
As has been mentioned by previous sewists, there is an error in the pattern booklet. Susan Young pointed out in her blog that the image in the instructions for sewing the front to the back is actually incorrect. If you check out Susan’s blog, she has done a spot-on image of how they should fit together. Fortunately, I am an avid blog reader and knew to expect this when I was sewing my jacket together! I would also like to point out that there are two pictures of the facing. One of which led me astray. I needed to unpick and restitch. I can’t decide if the picture is wrong or if I am misinterpreting it. So, I will show you which one will lead to the correct result here:
Altogether this sew was extremely straightforward and fun to make. I am in love with the finished make. I will be wearing this layered over lots of different outfits, especially come springtime!