Joining the Coco Brigade!

Hallelujah, I made a Coco!

Coco dress in blue ponte roma

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 aboutΒ 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…coco dress gone wrong...

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 – withΒ a cute zigzag which is not quite the right shade of blue but never mind…

Coco dress sleeve

…Β and ta-dah! It was done! The quickest dress ever.

Coco dress in blue ponte roma 2

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:

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!

Coco dress with vintage buttons

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 πŸ˜€ No offence intended to anyone with wavy necklines! The fabric was just so nice to sew!

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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.

Sew happy coco

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. πŸ™‚

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!

Coco dress in blue ponte roma   3

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. ButΒ 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 πŸ™‚ I should get started on that quilt I aim to make this year…

Beth x

49 thoughts on “Joining the Coco Brigade!

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  3. Welcome to The Coco Club! The dress looks lovely on you and its a fab colour. I think the fit is supposed to be a bit relaxed, mine is like that and I am happy with it. The buttons are a nice touch. You must make another Coco!

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  4. It looks really good and comfy!! I have never made one either. It’s hard for me to figure out if certain patterns would look good on me considering I am a much larger size than all the models…

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    • It’s probably one of the best projects to start with. Tilly’s instructions are so, so clear, and really aimed at beginners – she gives lots of tips for working with jersey. Thank you and you’re welcome!


  5. Yes! I love it πŸ™‚ so glad you managed to make one at last and ponte is a joy to sew with I’ve found it addictive lots of easy patterns out there (this week I made leggins for myself!) on the fit if it helps I had to go down a size on my cocos as they do come up quite big but mine aren’t too tight. I am jealous though I have to grade down to a 2.5 for the shoulders but it fits you well. I also love the buttons you can’t beat a good anchor button!

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