Today, I would like to share a dress that I actually made about a year ago but I never had a chance to blog about it! The garment that I’m reviewing today is the Coco dress by Tilly and the buttons (T&TB).
Coco sewing pattern is a simple and easy to fit knit top, tunic or a dress. It has boat or funnel roll neckline and two sleeve variations (3/4 sleeve length or long sleeves). There is an option to add rolled cuffs to the 3/4 sleeves and of course patch pockets on any of the versions. Finally, the dress has a beautiful sixties inspired A-line skirt! Read the full sewing pattern description here.
The required sewing skill level for this project is “confident beginner” according to the company. I think that any begginner sewer will not have any problem sewing this pattern. The instructions are amazing, with great step by step photos like all of T&TB patterns have. So using a nice stable knit fabric like ponte di roma will make the proccess easier for a beginner.
The Coco sewing pattern asks for 2 meters of 150cm wide knit fabric (or 2.7 meters of 115cm wide knit fabric) such as intelock knit, double knit or ponte fabric. Just avoid using anything too thin because the final garment will not keep its shape (A-line skirt/fynnel rolled neckine and cuffs).
I chose a beautiful brushed ponte from Tsagrinos in this reddish brown colour, for 6 euros per meter. Adding short sleeves instead of longer ones, redused the amount of the fabric I used. So, I may have used only 1,5 meter of my fabric.
I made the dress version with the boat neckline, in size 4 and I added short sleeves. I sewed the entire garment using zic – zac stitch and I stabilised the shoulders using a ribbon just to avoid stretching them out after use!
The only alteration I did was that I added about 6cm to the skirt at the “shorten/lenthen here” area. That way, the final dress ended up with less A – line skirt than it supposed to be; because of the added length.
As I mentioned before, the instructions of the Coco patterns are amazing which means that every single step of the construction of the garment has detailed photos.
Simple dress but trust me, it is a wardrobe stable all year round. I have wore my Coco dress a ton during the last year! I enjoyed wearing it with my trusty Blackwood cardigan by Helen’s Closet and my ankle boots during the colder months. During the summer I wear it as it is with my beloved Marina Hasbeens sandals.
I would love to make a more summery version of it using an interlock fabric because this ponte version is quite warm for summer so that way I wear it on the chillier days.
Sewing pattern: Coco dress by Tilly and the Buttons
Make another one: I would love to make another one using an intelock fabric in a lighter colour, with short sleeves again! This will be great for Summer!