DIY Cocoon Coat

DIY Cocoon Coat
When it comes to jackets and coats I get extremely excited.  I absolutely love a great structured coat  in every shade imaginable.  While browsing which by the way has the best wool selection, I came across this wool Marc Jacobs fabric that instantly looked like winter.  Unfortunately it was so popular they sold out online but here is an alternative.

I also decided to venture into down loadable patterns with this Burdastyle cocoon coat pattern #103.  Ok here is my opinion on these patterns…….they are gorgeous and much more fashion forward than any Vogue, Butterick or McCalls BUT it is definitely a process.

CONS: -The pattern is $5.40 which is a bit more than store bought patterns when they are on sale.
              Printing this pattern off at Kinko’s would have cost me an additional 15.00  on a wide format
              which put the cost at over $20.00 for a pattern. (not happening)
             -I printed the pattern at home on 51 pieces of paper, spread all 51 pieces on the floor to create
               the pattern, tape and then cut the pieces. (easy but time consuming, this whole process took
              about 2 1/2 hours)
             -Very vague instructions all on one sheet so if you are new to patterns you would be a bit lost
               no step by step like traditional patterns.
             -No seam allowance with the pattern and the sizing is a bit off
             -Several extra pattern pieces that clearly didn’t belong with this pattern was included with
              the download (had me confused)

PROS: -The patterns are very fashionable and unique.
            -You don’t have to deal with shipping costs or the time it takes to ship the pattern.
            -I find these patterns easier to manipulate
If you have a little time on your hands, I would say give it a go, the possibilities are endless with the options available.

Coat- DIY
Leather Pants- DIY found here
Top- Tibi
Belt- Roland Mouret

Pattern alterations:

-Converted the front piece into one large pattern piece instead of two pieces
-Added leather welt pockets instead of drop pockets



  1. October 30, 2013 / 5:44 am

    Oh I'm so impressed! You made a Burda coat. I've yet to make anything from them. I just bought my first Burda magazine and will try out a shirt I saw. Just wanted to say Amazing work!

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:27 am

      Thank you Dominica, Burdastyle patterns are definitely a project lol

  2. October 30, 2013 / 9:38 am

    I absolutely adore your style, and your ability to sew. I wouldn't mind shopping your wardrobe! The coat is really awesome.

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:27 am

      Thank you Nicolene

  3. October 30, 2013 / 12:55 pm

    Lovely coat with great modifications!

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:28 am

      Thank you

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:28 am

      Thank you Carolyn

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:28 am

      Thank you Candice

  4. October 30, 2013 / 2:03 pm

    I love its minimalist look. Very chic!

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:28 am

      Thank you Angela

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:28 am

      Thank you Sing

  5. October 30, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    The coat has a classic shape, simple but ohhhh so elegant and most of all timeless. Adding a touch of leather made modern and ohhh so chic.

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:29 am

      Thank you Alethia

  6. October 30, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    This is the definition of coat envy. I second that you are so talented!

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:29 am

      Thank you Nicole

  7. October 30, 2013 / 3:52 pm

    Fabulous coat! I love it!

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:29 am

      Thank you Erica

  8. Anonymous
    October 30, 2013 / 5:00 pm

    I absolutely adore this coat! I've been checking out this pattern but have been leery about the Burda patterns. That are very fashion forward. Superb job on the coat! – LaDonna

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:29 am

      Thank you Ladonna

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:29 am

      Thank you

  9. October 30, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    This is gorgeous.

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:30 am

      Thank you Lori

  10. Tiffany from Chicago
    October 30, 2013 / 6:09 pm

    AMAZING I love everything you make. you re so talented nikki

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:30 am

      Thank you Tiffany

  11. carrie diaries
    October 30, 2013 / 6:10 pm

    I so want this coat, it is so clean, minimal and gorgeous. Just my style!

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:30 am

      Thank you Carrie

  12. October 30, 2013 / 6:14 pm

    This was worth the effort. You did an amazing job and the coat fits great!

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:30 am

      Thank you Denise

  13. November 3, 2013 / 4:16 am

    I love their downloadable patterns but I prefer traditional paper patterns. The patterns that they have prepackaged are no way near as fancy as the ones that they have on-line which sucks! I made a high waisted pencil skirt from their downloadable patterns and I got kind of frustrated because it seemed so simple but it was soooooo time consuming cutting out the pattern and then adding the seam allowances.

    Your coat is beautiful!

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:32 am

      Thank you
      I agree, the online patterns are much better than the ones they sell in the store. The instructions are almost impossible to follow so you really have to do your own thing with them unfortunately.

  14. November 4, 2013 / 2:26 pm

    This gorgeous!!!! You are a very talented and inspirational woman!!!

    • November 13, 2013 / 1:33 am

      Thank you Carla

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