Monday, April 16, 2007

Sewing Workshop Deja Vu wrap

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:3/6/05 11:46 PM
Last Updated:3/7/05 5:15 PM
Pattern Size:Regular
Project Photo:photo
Pattern Rating:Easy to sew

I had a deja vu moment when I saw this new pattern offered by Sewing Workshop. Why? Because I had made it in 1995 from a Sewing Workshop pattern called the Cocoon Coat. This was an early pattern from this independent. I got out my old pattern and was amused to see that the instructions were printed on 8 x 11 pages stapled together. Some time ago they discontinued this pattern. I'm guessing that since capes and ponchos are popular right now they decided to bring this design back using their modern format.

Also amusing to me was the fact that although I hadn't worn this wrap for quite a few years I did wear it earlier this winter. I've held onto it because I like it and it is quite a nice fabric, a brown wool coating. Every once and a while I would get it out and try it on but it looked too oversized or something. Just wrong. But this year it looked good to me again so I wore it. It must have looked good again to the Sewing Workshop designers.

It is very quick and easy to construct. You need 3 to 4 yards of fabric depending on your size. There is one very large pattern piece that is that entire garment. No seams at all. A pleat or tuck at the back neck creates the shape. The edges are faced and topstitched. My original has welt pockets. I think the new one has 2 different patch pockets. Here is the back. I'm sorry that it is difficult to see details in my photos due to the dark fabric.

The Deja Vu Wrap (formerly Cocoon Coat) is a dramatic garment that I recommend to anyone who likes to wear something a bit different. The skirt I'm wearing is the Sewing Workshop Lotus Skirt in wool crepe.

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