How to alter a pattern for a cocoon dress


The word cocoon describes garments which usually are boxy and get narrower to the hem. Extremely forgiving for any body and easy to wear everyday, styled with all types of shoes, they are in my opinion a “must have” for any winter wardrobe. As promised, here is the tutorial that will help you alter any dress or even sweater pattern to a cocoon dress pattern. This is exactly what I did with my watermelon pick cocoon dress. I used the same technique both on the body and the sleeves, here I show you just the body. Ok, lets start!


What you will need is just a pattern  of a dress (or a sweater and add some length), a measuring tape and a ruler.


  1. Above you see the front piece of the body.coccon2
  2. Measure about 27cm (10-11 inches) from the bottom, mark and cut. Do the same on the back piece.cocoon3
  3. Measure and split the piece you cut into 6 or 7 even pieces. cocoon4
  4. Tape the pieces with the tops joined and the bottoms overlapping for 1cm (1/2 inch). Use this both for the front and the back.

Thinks to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the finished pattern is not too narrow on the bottom, so that you can walk with comfort.
  • If you are full-figured, choose a less boxy pattern.

Good luck, if you have any questions, go ahead and comment below!

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