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Choices, choices…

Okay, I need some help with a pattern choice, as I’m quite terrible about making decisions on things like this (good at making big life decisions, bad at the everyday stuff).

I want to make a coccoon coat and have just been bought a lovely new machine which will enable me too (I’d had my last machine since I was 11 and it’s starting to sound a little clunky and O.A.P). Anyway, I’ve narrowed the choice down to the 2 below…

I want to do a fur trim regardless of which I do, and possibly wide fur cuffs on the sleeves. I’m also going to free-machine a deco style pattern on the centre-back. For colour choices, it’s getting cold here in Ramsbottom, so I’m feeling wintry, and it’ll probably be a deep green or claret red (note, if I choose red, don’t worry I won’t add white fur trims and grow a beard hohoho). Fabric is going to be wool or velvet, and probably have quilting between the outer and lining for extra warmth.

So is it the Decades of Style on the Left? Or the Ageless on the right?? Any honest opinions about the pattern makers and advice if you’ve made either of these would be very much appreciated.

Cheers Deers xx

About the author: Surprisingly loud for a small person. Love good ale, good food, photographing all and sundry on a wild array of toy cameras, and sewing whenever I’m not busy doing work for school (I’m a sec. school Art teacher). Desperately dreaming of my craft room of joy, sigh…

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  • parismegs October 18, 2011, 4:48 pm

    I prefer the Decades of Style coat…especially with fur collar and cuffs! How absolutely luxurious! I also love velvet. Would love to see the finished product – whichever you make 🙂

  • Ande October 18, 2011, 8:58 pm

    I have made the Decades of Style one and love it! I have many of their patterns and find them very well drafted with excellent instructions. I have never made a Folkwear pattern but I do understand your dilemma! Can’t wait to see the finished coat whatever you choose! With fur! Ooooh la la!

  • Foster October 18, 2011, 10:24 pm

    I prefer the Ageless on the right. Regardless, I can’t wait to see the outcome!

  • Corey October 18, 2011, 10:44 pm

    I’ve actually made the Poiret-inspired cocoon coat from the pattern offered through Folkwear. It turned out pretty good–I was happy with it! One thing I would suggest–be careful if your fabric has a print, as the unusual cut wraps around the body interestingly… I used black velveteen, and hand painted the collar piece. Here’s a pic: http://relishedartistry.blogspot.com/2009/09/poiret-preview.html

    Have fun with that coat!! I love cocoon coats–they’re so elegant! I wish guys could get away with wearing them! Haha!! I guess I’ll have to settle for a 20’s “Racoon Coat”… Haha! : )

  • CraftyWeeOne October 19, 2011, 11:47 am

    Thanks for all your advice so far guys, really appreciated. It seems it’s a draw, sigh…Everyone thinks because I’m petite I should go for the DoS one but I do have a curvier bottom half (or a flatter top half, whichever!) so it does look good when I balance my figure out with tighter trousers or leggings, and a looser, voluminous top (the age-old art of creating the illusion of boobs).
    I may have to toss a coin…

  • rachel sew-n-sew October 19, 2011, 3:50 pm

    A slight word of warning – I’ve had major fitting issues with both pattern companies. Definitely do a muslin! Style-wise, I think the Decades of Style Pattern is gorgeous!

  • CraftyWeeOne October 20, 2011, 10:58 am

    Thanks Rachel. I was planning on doing one, because I’m leaning toward the ageless (I have a lot of batwing jumpers and they really suit me so that’s my reasoning). As a petite person I don’t fancy drowning myself in fabric, so was predicting I would have to make some slight adjustments. Thanks for the advice,

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