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Pink Cocoon Coat

If you had to pick one stand-out trend item for AW13 it would be the pink coat. All over the catwalks last spring, then all over the high street this winter, it's a piece that screams "I do fashion." Of course I'm a sucker for a trend and The Pink Coat went straight to the top of my winter wishlist. Being such a statement piece though made the snob in me come out, and I knew I didn't want to be wearing the exact same coat as everyone else, that's instantly recognisable from being from X highstreet store or Y online retailer. So I resolved to make my own.

The inspiration:

sources L-R: What Olivia Did, Céline & Simone Rocha AW13, Marilyn's Closet, LaurenConrad.com, Carven AW13

I realised making a coat would take quite some time and effort, and so to give mine a bit of longevity I decided to forgo a super trend-driven boyfriend shape with lapels, and instead decided to go for a simple cocoon shape. (I'll admit that part of the reason is that I'm a bit scared to have a go at lapels!) It's lost a bit of the shape because I ended up shortening it by several inches, but the idea is there.


Looking at it now I feel like it looks a bit plain and sack-like. The original pattern had a strange ruffle on the front that I took out, but I feel like it looks like it's lacking something. If I can find some kind of embellishment that won't make it look too frou-frou (a danger because of the colour I think), then I might change it up a bit.


I've only worn it a couple of times because even with long gloves, the bracelet length sleeves are a bit draughty for the temperatures we're currently getting. Fortunately it seems like the pink coat trend is going to hang around for Spring/Summer, so I'm sure it will get a lot more wear once it warms up a bit. I also like it better when it's undone. Buttoned up I feel a bit like a bottle of Pepto Bismol!


All in all I don't think it's a bad effort for my first coat. I'd still like to make a slouchy boyfriend-style coat with lapels too, just in a less trendy hue, so hopefully that will be slightly more successful. I apologise for the dodgy pictures, it turns out I am very out of practice with the whole blog photos thing. The old "fashion blogger poses" are coming back to me though - hunch over, pigeon toes, gaze off into the distance...

Pattern: Burdastyle 12/2011 #101
Fabrics: Pink wool from the Fancy Silk Store, interlined with flannel from eBay. Lining is pink silk habotai from eBay.
Notions: 3 large metal press stud fasteners

4 comments

  1. Wow this looks fantastic. I don't think the shape was compromised too much from the shortening
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  2. That is pretty impressive, I have to say! There is nothing more satisfying than making use of your creativity and talents to make something yourself, and you will get better and better. :)

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  3. I used to really love your old blog, was perplexed when you stopped and sad when it sunk in you were gone. Super glad to see you are back blogging again. Though just a suggestion but perhaps we could see some progress photos of you making the garments? Keep up the great work xx

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  4. I do love this coat! I'd really like a pink coat (despite my all-black everyday uniform) but I think it would have to be *really* pale for me to be brave enough to wear it! xx

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