Hallelujah, I made a Coco!
For those of you living under a rock (or, those who don’t sew/blog nowadays…) the Coco is a knit dress pattern by Tilly Walnes AKA Tilly and the Buttons.
I chose a cheap ponte roma from eBay and can’t get over how comfy it is. I have to check that I’m not actually wearing my pyjamas!
I finally understand what all the fuss is about these Cocos. It really was a quick and easy sew!
It would have been quicker if I sewed both sleeves on properly. Instead I decided to sew right to wrong sides…
NEVER SEW WHEN TIRED!! I called it a night after that.
The next day I quickly unpicked it and sewed it on the right way round. I stitched down the sides, hemmed it – with a cute zigzag which is not quite the right shade of blue but never mind…
… and ta-dah! It was done! The quickest dress ever.
Can you spot the little extra I added to the shoulders?
These are what I bought a couple of weeks ago in a bundle of vintage buttons:
And I had a sudden lightbulb moment when I realised they’d be ideal to add a bit of something to an otherwise quite ordinary dress.
I stitched 3 on each shoulder, and I’m pretty happy with them. They stick up quite a bit, but I think that’s OK. My youngest daughter likes playing with them!
I’m pretty damn impressed with how flat the neckline sits, seeing as it was my first attempt at the Coco. And I’ve seen others with wavy necklines, so that feels gooood 😀 No offence intended to anyone with wavy necklines! The fabric was just so nice to sew!
I have more of this lovely ponte roma so I am definitely knocking another Coco up ASAP. I added a little length of ribbon like a tag because it’s not obvious which is the front and the back unless you hold it up to check out the scoop of the neckline.
The reason it’s not obvious which is front or back is because I didn’t add any pockets. My reason? I wanted a quick sew! Next time I will put some pockets on. 🙂
I love the long sleeves. I added another inch or so to the length of them to make them extra long. This is personal preference, and what I love about sewing. You can make it how you want it!
I’m debating whether or not it’s too big. It is big… I measured a size 3 but really, I think I could cut a size 2. Or even smaller come to think of it. But I’m not sure if it’s TOO big. I quite like the cosiness of it. So I might just leave it as it is… I would hate to make it too tight!
One thing’s for sure though – I love the pattern and Tilly’s instructions are amazing, and I love love love the colour!
So that’s another goal ticked off my 2015 sewing goals list 🙂 I should get started on that quilt I aim to make this year…