Pattern Reviews

A Breton striped Tilly and The Buttons Coco dress.

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When browsing back through the archives on my blog I realised that it has been a year since I last made a Coco dress  . My final thoughts after my last Coco were that I would like to make it in a striped ponte fabric. Voila!

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I have had this navy and white striped ponte roma in my stash for a long time now, I can’t remember when I bought it but I have a feeling it came from Leicester market. It is incredibly similar to the ponte that I used to make one of my recent Chestnut sweaters.

As before, I wanted to make the dress version (there is a top also). I traced out the pattern (as I needed a smaller size than what I made before), and was pleased to remember that there are only 3 pattern pieces for this dress. How simple! If you were to choose the funnel neck, cuffs or pockets then of course there would be more. For me though I wanted to keep it super simple.

To give my stripes the best possible chance of matching up I cut the dress pieces out on a single layer of fabric rather than on the fold. This way I have total control over my pattern placement. I always do this with stripes.

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As most of you will know, Tilly and the Buttons pattern instructions are superb. Colour photographs and great written instructions guide you through the whole process, this would be a great beginners project. It takes next to no time to sew. For best results I used ball point pins and machine needles, ( I used a ball point twin needle to finish off the neckline, hem and cuffs). I used both the regular sewing machine and the overlocker for this project.

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The sleeve width feels a little wide. If I were a little more clever I would have looked back at my last review before I made this one and taken note that I mentioned that the sleeves needed narrowing down next time I were to make it. Lesson learned. It’s not a problem. I can always alter them if I really wanted to.

The length is just right for me. I needed to make no alterations on it at all.

 

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I am so pleased with how it has turned out. I have my eye on this gorgeous red and white striped fabric  on the Tilly website and think that this would make a beautiful version for the Spring.

All in all it’s a super little dress which is so comfy and easy to throw on. I am going to love wearing this one.

Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts, I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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8 thoughts on “A Breton striped Tilly and The Buttons Coco dress.

  1. Lovely Coco – I have one just like this that I made a couple of years ago and I still love it. I’ve had similar issues with patterns when I have forgotten the mental note to myself – so now I write that thought onto a postit note and stick it on the pattern. And if I ever re-trace a pattern, I describe the fabric that I made that version of the pattern in – I always think I’ll remember, but I wouldn’t without those notes x

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  2. Hi Gill, thank you for your comment. This is genius – I am so going to do this! Thank you. I really should have remembered – not only have I written a blog post that I should have referred to, I also keep a note book with fabric swatches and notes on projects that i have made – no doubt it was mentioned in there too! I’m off to ‘post it note’ the pattern immediately!! XXX

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  3. It looks great Cathy. I find the sleeves on the Coco wide for me too, and I take them in a bit. I made the Coco top up recently in the blue and white stripe fabric from Tilly and it’s actually quite a thick fabric. (Its on my Instagram). Great tip from Gill about the post it note! I keep notes about what I make and any alterations in a note book, but even just a post it to remind to look at my notes would be useful!!

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    1. Hi Ann – will check out your top now! I also keep a note book with fabric swatches, size made etc and any other comments on the pattern – If only I remembered to actually refer to it!! Ha!

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