TWO COCOON DRESSES
The Cocoon Dress is the first pattern released by Groovy Baby Mama. Originally it was part of the Sew What Club, but now it is available to purchase on it's own. I love pretty much everything that Trine of Groovy Baby Mama makes for herself- she has such a simple, modern, and chic style, and her kids clothes are no different. As I mentioned before, my daughter is not so big on pants. This becomes a little tricky in the winter months. I got her a few pairs of nice, thick, ponte leggings and some knee high boots so that we could pair them with some winter dresses this season. This is the perfect dress for this. I've made up two so far and I have already bought some quilted jersey to make a third. It's a really simple pattern that sews up very fast. For me, the hardest part is just getting your twin needle stretch stitching nice and flat. The first version with the ruffle sleeve is made out of some french terry knit from Imagine Ghats. I love this deep plum color and the stiffness of the fabric was perfect to hold the cocoon shape. For my next version I used some acid wash knit from my stash that I bought from Wanderlust fabrics last year. I love this fabric! I thought that the ruffle would be too "sweet" for the acid wash so I went a little rogue. I added this little cap insert to add some interest and structure to the shoulder. My intention was to have it stick out a bit more for a more angled look, but it didn't go as planned. I still love the way it turned out, but maybe next time I will play with it a bit more. My daughter and I both love this pattern. It's comfy and roomy for her and I love that the shape is really modern. I sewed up the size 5T for her according to the measurement chart and it fit well. I could maybe take a bit of width out of the neckline if I wanted to be picky. It looks really great with leggings. If I were to make a version for warmer weather I would probably lengthen the front by a bit just because it gets a bit short in front when she lifts her arms. Perfect for leggings - but maybe short if not. Check out this post if you want more details on buying the Cocoon dress pattern.