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 😉 And I never generally never see that side of me anyway, so really, no huge problem.
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 🙂