Sooooo… I really didn’t mean to buy another pattern. I’m really trying, people, honest! But when I saw the latest from Tilly and the Buttons, the Coco pattern, I couldn’t help myself and downloaded it right away. I printed it out, dug up some stash fabric, and sewed it right up! It was just too cute to wait! The slowest and hardest part of the process was finding time in my photographer’s busy schedule!
As you can see, I made the dress variation with three-quarter sleeves, cuffs, and a funnel neck. There are also variations for a top, long sleeves, and a standard Breton top slash neck. Plenty of options! The pattern was super easy to stitch up and takes no time at all.
I used a sweatshirt-weight French terry that I bought with a Living Social coupon at Paron Fabrics nearly two years ago. It’s been hogging up space in my stash for way too long, so I was so happy to stitch it up! I probably shouldn’t have made the version with cuffs and a funnel neck since the fabric is so thick, but I loved them so much that I tried it anyway. The seam allowances are a bit bulky, but I can live with that.
Since the fabric is so thick, the seam allowances didn’t want to lie flat- I could press them flat, but they would spring back almost immediately. I solved this problem by topstitching them down. Let’s just call it a design detail! I hemmed the dress by turning it up and twin needling it. I don’t know it if was because of the weight of the fabric, but the hem sagged at the side seams instead of standing out, so I just trimmed it even before hemming.
I don’t usually wear skirts that are flared or even A-line, so this is a little different look for me, but it’s really fun! It’s super easy to wear, and since it’s made from French terry, it’s really, really comfortable. Man Friend was pretty jealous of getting to wear something so cozy as actual clothes (he kept telling me I needed to make more “housedresses”… um, let’s not call them that… maybe “secret pajamas”?). This dress and the pattern is a total win! I’m excited to make more- it’s a quick make and I have a few other pieces in my stash that are now Cocos-to-be! Plus, I just realized that this works for #sewbluefebruary! #Win!
Do you love this pattern, too? What are you sewing right now? Anybody else made any accidental pattern purchases lately?