Ginger Made: Coco Dress!

Tilly & the Buttons Coco Dress by Ginger Makes

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!

Tilly & the Buttons Coco Dress by Ginger Makes

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.

Tilly & the Buttons Coco Dress by Ginger Makes

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.

Tilly & the Buttons Coco Dress by Ginger Makes

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!

Tilly & the Buttons Coco Dress by Ginger Makes

Do you love this pattern, too?  What are you sewing right now?  Anybody else made any accidental pattern purchases lately?

141 responses

  1. The Coco was an accidental purchase for me too this week. I really like your version, and the term ‘secret pyjamas’ is just genius. I aspire to a life of comfort with a wardrobe full of ‘secret pyjamas’!

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  2. Snap! Coco broke my self-imposed pattern buying ban too! I’ve made it up already as a grey dress and am planning on making more ‘secret pyjamas’ with it I love your dress, it looks great with the cuffs and that colour is gorgeous.

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  3. What a scrumptious little dress! You look so cozy 🙂
    How stretchy was your fabric? I’ve been holding out to see it made up in something stretchier than Tilly recommends.

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  4. This is too, too cute! And looks so delightfully cozy. I snapped up the Coco pattern the morning I read Tilly’s post announcing it. I ordered the printed version, as I’m not a huge PDF pattern fan, so I’m still waiting for mine to arrive in the mail. Lucky you will probably have sewn 2 more of these by the time I get my hands on mine. 🙂

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  5. Oooooo, I lalalalalalalove this!! I ordered Coco pretty much immediately after I saw it- so many great options in one pattern and I LOVE the funnel neck so much! I like the idea of making it in a heavier knit- yours looks great and it’s such fun when you can wear something that feels so cozy, but looks so chic! Adorable 🙂

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  6. Wait, hold up a second. Before I get to the dress, we need to address something. Living Social offers coupons for fabric stores? Thank goodness I don’t like in NYC as that would be the demise of me.

    With that aside, I love this dress! You made my favorite version. So Audrry Hepburn!

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  7. SOOOOOO CUTE!!! I really want this pattern….the stripes in Tilly’s version totally got me.

    But, I’ve made several accidental pattern purchases. And today I spent more than my weight in dollars in the GD so I must stop, now 😦

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    • Aww man, not to tempt you, but this would be adorable on you! I can’t wait to be an old lady and have a legit reason to wear house dresses. My neighbor sometimes sits on her stoop knitting in a muumuu, heeheehee…

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  8. I love your version! I love the funnel neck and if I can just clear of a couple of other projects I’ll be making this up – especially in time for Winter here. Love the way you’ve stitched your seams down.

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  9. Wowsers!! You didn’t waste any time, and your dress is lovely! Also, I love what you did with the side seams, it looks great. I, too, bought this pattern when it was released on Tuesday. I ordered the paper version (I’m in the UK), and got it on the post on Wednesday! I’m going to make it today, but I’m making myself go to the gym first!

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  10. I laughed at your Man Friend calling it a housedress. Sounds like something my husband would say! I need to sew this up as soon as I can find a cosy enough jersey. Yours looks wonderful.

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  11. Printable patterns make impulse pattern buying so much easier and very tempting! I can see myself doing the same but I have been able to hold back so far… The end result is fabulous though – love how it looks on you!!

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    • It’s kind of sick- since I have a horrible, disgusting stash of fabric, I feel totally justified in buying patterns that will work with stashed fabric… even though I already have PLENTY of patterns. It’s a vicious cycle, I tell you!

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  12. Looks great I was just searching for makes from this pattern. I’m getting it for my birthday so have to wait a week but think I have planned to make a dress similar to yours I just love the funnel neck. Great make

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  13. So cute and that shade of blue is lovely. I almost bought the pattern to make precisely this version, but then I remembered that pesky thing called the Stash Diet and how I still don’t have any pattern credits. Oh well. I shall live vicariously through you.

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    • Oh man, I’m so proud of you! I need to get my pattern buying under control- since I have so much fabric, I feel totally justified buying patterns that will use up stashed fabric! But I already have tons of patterns! It’s bad news!

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  14. oh this is adorable! i had already drafted/hacked this type of dress a couple months ago when i was feeling the need for this shape, otherwise i’m sure i would have snapped it up too!

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  15. Oh wow…the dress looks so comfy and pretty on you. I love the sound of a a french terry dress. And I like the funnel neck – I am not sewing Coco for a simple reason…I cannot print!! I don’t know anyone else who will “lend” me their printer either so I already have pdfs waiting. xx

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  16. I don’t know why you think this is not a good luck for you – it’s perfect! Really, really cute and flattering. I think it would be great made up in something a little dressier as well. Great make!

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    • It’s really not that bad! I had a hard time finding good information on stitch length and that sort of thing when I first started sewing knits, but Tilly lists stitch length and which seams to use the zigzag on and which to use a straight stitch on, which is really helpful!

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  17. Great Coco! I really like the A line on you. And the funnel looks very cute too! I’m planning to cut out the fabric for my Rigel bomber tomorrow, yay 🙂

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