The Coco Dress

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The Coco Dress pattern from lovely Tilly and the Buttons has been in my pile of sewing patterns for a while. So last night I decided to make it up… after two glasses of wine. Mmm… tipsy sewing is really fun! I chose this pink jersey I have had in my stash for a while – I bought it as it goes with one of my favourite lipsticks.


It took me a couple of hours to make up and the instructions were really easy to follow. I love that the photos are in colour – and with red nails Tilly!

I made size 3 and didn’t make any alterations. I love close fitting dresses normally but I thought it would be nice for a change to have a dress that I could enjoy eating pasta, pizza and chocolate and not see my belly pop out!

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The neckline is my favourite thing about this pattern. So sixties. So Mad Men. I actually have a  couple of vintage patterns with this neckline waiting in the queue at the moment.

I kept the sleeves really long and opted for the cuff.

I followed the instructions exactly and didn’t use my overlocker – which was hard to resist (although was probably a good idea as I was under the influence). I think the next one I make would have to be overlocked as even though it works perfectly with zigzag stitch I like looking inside a dress and seeing all the seams finished.

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For the stay ribbon I used strips of bias cut organza which are then stretched and ironed. They are much lighter than tape and ribbon but work just as well. This is something we used to use a lot in wedding dresses.

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Overall I am chuffed and look forward to spending a relaxing day in my new comfy but chic little dress.

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