After seeing many great examples in the blogosphere, of the Coco dress pattern by Tilly and the Buttons, I finally downloaded the pattern and gave it my own try. The pattern is wildly popular, and now I know why. It was fast to make, the fit perfect, and the style cute and comfortable. There’s no need for me to do a full pattern review. It’s been done elsewhere, by better reviewers. You might want to start by checking out the Coco Pinterest gallery.
So, about my version: I went wild with the print. This fabric had been sitting on my stash shelf for several years. It is a spandex swimsuit knit.
This fabric is stretchier and lighter weight than the pattern recommends. But, it worked really well, with the exception of the collar, which drapes like a cowl instead of staying rolled in place. For lightweight fabric such as this, I suggest using an interfacing in the collar for extra body.
Because the print isn’t crazy enough (hehe), I went through my stash of trims, and added some stripes down the arms. I’m super happy with the result.
New phone camera doesn’t do so well on mirror selfies. 😡 Not sure if it is the mirror or lighting. But here is the dress at the end of its first wearing to the office.
When I originally purchased the fabric, it was to make some quick, wild summer car seat slipcovers. Those worked out great, too. But I bought way too much fabric, and the rest sat on the shelf, almost going in the donation box more than once.
I can’t forget to credit my foster ‘pup-prentice’. He insisted on helping at every step; even when it meant crawling under my chair and up through the sewing cabinet.