Another Coco


Crikey, for something that I claimed wasn’t too flattering on this very here blog, Β I’ve certainly had my wear out of my spotty Coco dress! So much so, that when this material arrived (Guthrie and Ghani) destined for an Agnes top, I just knew that it was going to be another Coco dress instead. What can I say, clearly comfort over style πŸ˜‰ It’s a lovely, thick, closely knitted almost sweatshirt material.

My only problem was that clearly I’d ordered the wrong length (because it was originally intended for a different pattern) but I stupidly didn’t realise this until after I’d already cut out the back piece. Doh! One day I’ll stop making such daft mistakes….Anyhow I had enough fabric to cut out two separate pieces for the front, but just not on the fold. Clearly I didn’t want a join on the front though, so this is a bit of a back-to-front dress, which I think you’d only ever really spot if you were looking very closely indeed or you knew the design (which luckily none of my real life friends do). I lowered the front neckline a little to compensate and it’s actually lovely and cosy this way.

I did have a play around with inserting darts at the bust, but it seemed to ruin the stripe-alignment so I left them out. Instead (and because of the lovely, dense ‘pull-me-in’ fabric) I sewed the side seams up to be very fitting at the bodice and then slightly looser over the hips downwards. I also made sure the sleeves were comfortably loose, Tilly’s patterns have a habit of making me feel like the hulk around the arms otherwise, she must be very petite! Possibly also because of having to join two pieces at the back, this version is much more fitted and thankfully more flattering than the previous one.

The instructions were a doodle, as I’ve made this pattern many times now and my overlocker behaved perfectly. I was unsure about adding a pocket, but did in the end just as an excuse to use this lovely button, which both of my children commented on rather than the actual dress when I tried it on for them. Looking at the below photos, I’m slightly annoyed I didn’t get it more central, but it’s also reassuringly got that homemade look!

Anyone else find themselves repeating a pattern, even though they’re not entirely sure it’s that flattering on them?




41 thoughts on “Another Coco

  1. Corset-like fabric sounds great, going to check it out if they still have it in stock. Also just subscribed to seam work after all your lovely Astoria posts. You are a very bad influence! Ha! Ha!

  2. I think you look great in this – not a hint of “not that flattering”. But yeah, I certainly have experience of sewing stuff that doesnΓ„t really work for me. For me it’s colour and patterns: I just love them, the more the better. But when I wear this kind of stuff I never feel quite like myself. Well…

  3. Not flattering? How good do you want to look?!! Had to laugh about the mistake though, I’ve had similar mishaps and had to find a way to rectify them. All is well in this case though. You wouldn’t even know if you hadn’t ‘fessed up:)

  4. Fantastic! The back seam makes sense, a lot of dresses have it, so it doesn’t look odd. Great pattern matching as well and that little pocket makes all the difference. It’s great when you find a pattern that you really love and looks so flattering on you. I always cut the fabric without thinking and half way through I realise, I need to improvise because it isn’t enough, haha!

    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I actually try to cut out the day before a big sewing day if I can, so then I can just get straight on… I was so relieved that back seam worked out ok though. Would have been such a shame to ruin such lovely fabric.

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