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Poiret Cocoon Coat (Part 1)

I am still working on my 1920s Egyptian Revival dress, but I am in the middle of tediously hand-stitching the trim, so there isn’t a lot for me to discuss about the progress of the dress.  Meanwhile, let’s talk about cocoon coats! I have been wanting one of Paul Poiret’s luxuriously draped coats, and since the Egyptian event I am attending is during the winter, this is the perfect time to make one.


Illustration by Paul Barbier. Check out that Egyptian print on the dress on the left!

I am using the Folkwear Poiret Cocoon Coat pattern, which seems quite easy and straightforward. Originally I planned to make one out of solid red velvet to highlight the red accents in my 1920s dress, but  . . .IMG_6573

. . . a few weeks ago I was shopping for ribbon when I came across this incredibly beautiful silk velvet burnout fabric!IMG_6575

It has a beautiful blue, purple, and chocolate brown paisley pattern.IMG_6579

I later bought coordinating lining fabric to highlight the blue in the silk.IMG_6735

I’m looking forward to starting this project!


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9 responses »

  1. Yesss! I look forward to following along on this and seeing how you like the pattern. I’m considering it for my coat as well (though still waffling between cocoon shape or something else). Your velvet is gorgeous – perfect use for a stunning textile, IMO

    • Ooh, the world needs more cocoon coats! I’ll be sure to post updates about the pattern. Yes, a long coat is the perfect way to use a beautiful textile without cutting it up too much!

  2. OHMYGOSH! I can’t wait to see it, that fabric is absolutely smashing! Fingers crossed it goes well:-)

  3. Oooh, want! I have a vintage 1920’s beaded gown and now am dying to have something to wear over it…

  4. Exciting! Someone else I know is starting a coat with this pattern and I volunteered to help them out since they aren’t super experienced, so I’ll be interested in seeing how it turns out! I am also totally in love with that fabric.

    • Yes, more luxurious fun coats! It’s very nice of you to help someone, and I think this might be a good beginner project since there are very few pattern pieces, and the fit is so forgiving!

  5. Pingback: Making a Cocoon (or Poiret) Coat – bookhoarding

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