Cocoon Dress – Sew Now magazine

My journey into free patterns continues this week when I found the new issue of Sew Now included a Simple Sew Cocoon Dress.

With a easy fit, grown on sleeves and v-neck this looked a very quick make – and I think I broke a record by having it finished in 3 hours, from cutting out the pattern to putting it on.

It obviously needed something with a bit of drape, to avoid looking too stiff and tent like, and I found some sort of cotton/polyester stuff hiding in a corner which I thought would make a wearable toile. I went off the finished dress sizes, cutting a size 12 and grading to a size 10 from the waist down, which worked well.

The pattern is quite loose, so it’s important to take this into account when making it up. It’s a very straightforward make, although I’d do some things differently next time.

The instructions call for an interfaced facing at the neckline, but I’ve found this makes it a bit stiff so if I make it again I’ll leave the interfacing off. Similarly, the pattern suggests binding the sleeve edges, but I just narrowly hemmed these before I sewed up the sides.

All in all a great, fast make which is ideal over leggings in the current sunny weather. Fingers crossed it stays like this, so I can make another one!

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