The Coco from Tilly and the Buttons is one of those patterns that we both sewed up and thought ‘why on earth have we not made this before?!’. We did both have an irrational fear of stretch fabrics and the overlocker, but this pattern has got rid of all of those worries. We met Tilly and Lexy at Stitches show, so nice to meet these lovely ladies and make some new craft pals!
We made both of these in an afternoon cut to a straight size 12. We both have big hips and bums so were a bit worried the dress length might be too tight, but the fit is actually great. The curve from the waistline to the hips fitted us both really nicely.
I made the top variety mainly because I didn’t have enough fabric for the dress. I was also worried that this viscose blend that I got from Fabrics Galore was too lightweight for how I would want the dress to hang. We both decided to leave the pocket off to speed it up. I LOVE the shape of this top! It’s so easy to wear with a whole load of outfits and I am going to whip up another few next week.
I added a little split hem to mine so that I could have it a tiny bit longer at the back.
The construction was so simple. We took it in turns pinning and overlocking and we were both done from start to finish in less than 2 hours. Next time I sew some I’m going to cut a few and then overlock a few together. Because I’m trying to sew a more wearable wardrobe at the moment these tops are going to make the perfect addition. I also bought some black cotton jersey ready for a dress.
Rosie used her lovely ivory and mustard stripe cotton jersey from Girl Charlee to sew up her dress version of the Coco. She’s been planning more Summer sews and this lightweight jersey has made the perfect Spring dress. Plus, yellow makes her happy. The only alteration Rosie made was shortening the arms and overall length. She has little arms and wanted them to sit above the elbow and wanted it to be a short mini dress.
It also looks great as a top. Rosie’s dress took an accidental trip through the tumble dryer and lost some length. She’s planning on shortening it into a top after tight weather has passed, which also looks great!
We would both recommend this pattern to someone who is starting out with knits or who wants to build some wardrobe basics. There are going to be a lot more Cocos added to my wardrobe soon!
PS. We finalllly got around to taking a new headshot last week so we look more like our current selves. Although the day after this Rosie did cut off all my hair, so maybe a new one is in order… What do you think? Our Cocos made an appearance too!