We've both been busy little (sewing) bees lately. I have a finished very-first Anna dress ready to show you, and I've almost finished a Dixie DIY Ballet Dress. But first... Mon Dieu! J'adore le Coco!
I'm sure you all know about Tilly's latest pattern, Coco, by now. I decided to make the plain-neckline dress version with pockets, and I had the perfect fabric already in my stash to do it. I picked up this floral ponte knit about a year ago - it was randomly sitting by itself on a furniture stall in East Dulwich market. There was only 104 by 175cm of it though, so I knew its usage would be slightly limited. Then Coco came along and I knew it would be perfect. I just about managed to squeeze it out of the fabric that I had.
I bought the PDF version of the pattern as, although Tilly's new packaging looks gorgeous, I find there's something quite therapeutic about sitting in front of a movie and taping and cutting PDF pattern pieces. Anyone else find that or is it just me? That was a lovely and straightforward process as I was making the plan neckline dress, without sleeve cuffs; it only involved 4 pattern pieces.
I cut a size 4 all over. I wanted a fairly fitted feel to the dress and I thought this would do it - and it did just about, but I ended up taking it in just a little bit more at the waist after I'd sewn together the side seams and tried it on.
I made a few other alterations to the pattern too. 1) I cut the sleeves a little narrower than they are in the pattern, as I'm not too keen on a slightly baggy sleeve. That was easy enough to do - I just took one of my 3/4 length-sleeved ponte dresses that I already own and traced round that. 2) I also shortened the dress by 7cm. I like a short swingy style in a knit dress, plus I'm only 5'1"!
The dress came together really quickly (mostly - see below!). I used my new overlocker for the very first time constructing knit seams (I've used it to finish seams but it's a revelation to sew a seam with it! So much quicker!) Tilly's instructions are great, and I also sewed along with the VERY helpful sew-along on her blog. I added stay tape to the shoulder seams, as suggested by Tilly, and love that technique now. And I also used my twin needle for the very first time too, on the hem. A project of firsts!
I also added the two pockets to the front of the skirt because I think they're a nice detail. They did cause me a few problems though. I had decided I didn't want to do them in the same fabric as the dress, so was rifling through my scraps when I found some old leather pieces I'd been given by a family friend. Tough, leather pockets against this feminine floral knit? That would look amazing. But typically my machine was having none of it. It was quite thick leather and my machine just pulled it around and ate it up. I managed to sew one in but it looked awful, so I had to unpick it. Have you ever tried to unpick stitches from leather and ponte knit? It's not easy. They sink in until you can hardly see them. But I managed it in the end and got them off, threw them in the bin and, after a minor tantrum, found some scraps of this black suedette left over from my Hollyburn skirt and decided to use that instead. They went in fabulously and I love how they look, but honestly, the whole pocket process took longer than the rest of the dress construction put together. Can you tell I'm still smarting a bit from that? Haha, melodramatic I know.
While we were taking these photos, look who photobombed me! This guy was so cute - only 9 months old and so full of energy, I just had to stop and give him a cuddle.
|Note to self: really must dye my roots...|
Ummmmm, don't think there's anything else I need to tell you about this one. Just that it's the perfect pattern for beginners and more experienced alike, will take you hardly any time at all, and, I reckon, really really versatile. And it's so nice not to have had any fitting issues at all. I love my Coco!