A Coco Dress for Autumn

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This is the last piece of the lovely batch of fabrics I purchased a while back from Guthrie and Ghani’s online shop. It’s a beautiful, mid-weight, sweatshirt fabric featuring small, black dots on an off-white/grey background (though this time thankfully the right shade of off-white). I’d always planned for this to be a Coco top (Tilly and the Buttons) but I almost changed my mind to make another Astoria (Colette Seamworks) as I’ve been wearing my other two versions so much. But when I got it out I actually had more than I thought and plenty to make a dress version of the Coco, which I hadn’t tried before (one of the few advantages of being short and not needing much fabric).

I was a little nervous of whether this dress shape would suit me or not. I’ve seen some lovely versions online, but generally on bloggers with a more petite, skinnier frame than mine. I’m short, but go in and out a fair bit and generally need a little more structure around the middle. But I think it worked and it’s super comfy. It’s also pretty warm, so perfect for the much colder mornings we’re experiencing now. I love it from the front, but seeing these photos, I’m not completely convinced it’s that flattering from the back… However I have a snugly, waterfall-style cardigan that would go really well with it once it turns colder again, and that would also over up my bum πŸ˜‰ And I never generally never see that side of me anyway, so really, no huge problem.

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It was really easy to make up since my overlocker and I are now BFFs again! I vaguely followed the instructions, but I’ve made this a few times now, so it was all pretty straightforward. My only slight concern is the bottom ‘corners’ of the dress, which are a little ‘flappy’ in this lighter-weight, sweat shirting. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t try it on before I hemmed, as I could have easily taken them in a bit. But now it’s hemmed? I really can’t see myself bothering to unpick, it’s not that noticeable.


I’m gutted my stock of lovely fabrics has been depleted now, these were so much nicer to sew with and I know that I’m far more likely to wear them regularly. It also forces me to slow down and sew more carefully because I’m scared of wasting it. I’m now three weeks into my RTW fast without a hiccup (being busy helps), so I’m looking forward to treating myself to some more nicer fabrics as a reward πŸ™‚


37 thoughts on “A Coco Dress for Autumn

  1. I love this, it really suits you and what a fantastic fabric! It is almost making want to re-try and make another Coco but the pattern as much as I love it doesn’t really fit my body shape, I now use my Cocos as loungewear which makes me sad because I spent quite a bit on the fabric for the first one.
    I also have the same problem at the back. I am not sure if you read Ela’s blog but she made one and added darts at the back to avoid this issue: http://ela-sews.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Thank you, and I was dubious… What a shame about yours, though they do make v comfy loungewear πŸ™‚ Will definitely take a look at the link about darts, thanks for the tip. Have you tried her Megan Dress? I found that really flattering, because of the empire waist, but still works well in a knit πŸ™‚

      • Funny you should mention the Megan dress, it is on my to do list. I have pieced and graded the pattern pieces together and have my fabric ready but not yet cut. Empire waist can be a bit funny on me, sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, I think that’s why I have not cut my fabric yet, slight apprehension.

  2. That looks lovely! Looks great on you and I don’t think the kick out on the hem is noticeable. I know what you mean about more expensive fabrics. I’m learning that you really get what you pay for, more expensive fabrics last longer and are (often!) easier to sew with.

    • Thanks Louise, I seem to remember you making a really nice version of this πŸ™‚ Glad the ‘kick out’ at the bottom isn’t too noticeable, do think we over analyse these things, but I really should have checked before I hemmed, doh!

  3. I bought some of this fabric a while back – it’s lovely isn’t it? I’ve thought about making a Coco for a while but never been sure that it would suit my figure shape. Maybe I should give it a try…I’ve just made a Tilly and the Buttons Mathilde and I found it really easy to put together.

    • Thank you, and what good taste you have πŸ˜‰ I’ve made a couple of Coco tops before and think they’d suit all shapes and sizes because of the split hem detail. I wasn’t convinced about the dress shape either, but now glad I tried it, though did make me a little conscious of my rear view when I’ve worn it today, will be digging out my longer cardigans soon…

  4. I must be the only person on the planet who doesn’t own this pattern but I really like the simple lines of the coco dress. One day I may get it but I have a rather large sewing to-do list! The dress looks great by the way πŸ˜‰

  5. Glad you’ve made up with your overlocker too – mine is behaving again so all is well in the studio. This looks extremely comfortable and I bet it fast becomes a favourite:)

    • Oh, I have a fair few of those too. I’m determined to make up a Myrtle before the Autumn’s out, I’ve seen so many lovely versions of it. It’s been a while since I made a dress, and I really enjoyed making this one: a very easy, straightforward make πŸ™‚

  6. This turned out so well! That fabric is really fun– I love the dots. It looks like the perfect weight fabric for this style of dress. It’s got some body and isn’t too clingy. I think it’s a great style for you!

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