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Tiny Dancer Coco Dress

Hi Guys, I’m back today to talk to you about this Art Gallery Knit Fabric, the design I chose is called Tiny Dancer and I can honestly say I love it!

The name of the design and the graphic conjures up childhood memories for me, of blowing dandelion clocks in the breeze! Can you tell already I loved the design before the fabric arrived? Ha-ha don’t you just love working with fabric that you can’t wait to wear?

The composition of the fabric is 95% Pima cotton and 5% Spandex. I must confess I didn’t know what Pima cotton was, but I’ve since been educated by Auntie Google!

Allow me to share, “The Pima cotton strain is widely revered to be the finest of all cottons and is mainly produced in Peru.”

Who knew? However, I can now tell you that having handled this, I’m not surprised It’s described as the finest quality.

There are two colour ways available from Minerva Crafts, the blue which I chose and is called “Midnight” and a delightful sage green called “Bachelorette” I had a difficult job choosing between the two colours and I do think I may need to buy the green version as well as it’s gorgeous.

This was my first experience of Art Gallery knits and I can assure you that I was not disappointed; the fabric was so soft and snuggly even before laundering. Described on the website as medium weight and suitable for just about any garment (tops, cardigans, skirts and dresses)

I had already decided that mine was destined to be made into a Tilly and the buttons Coco Dress.

When this arrived, I proceeded to wash at 40 C (indicated on the Minerva website) which in my house, is the hottest almost any laundry gets washed. There was no way I was going to risk this being washed hotter after it was made up just in case it shrank!!

Needless to say, it washed up beautifully and then I line dried it.

I had already made up a toile of the Coco and knew that I wanted to make the neckline a little more fitted and less boatneck so the modifications I made to the pattern were this and I lengthened the back and front pieces of the pattern by 3 inches (at the lengthen/shorten line) I’m 5’ 9” and definitely didn’t want to be conscious of feeling it might be a bit short for me.

Don’t forget you’ll need to take a little out of the cowl if you are going to do this!

As per usual I managed to squeeze my pieces out of the smallest possible fabric needed, by not following the pattern layout. I actually managed to cut the entire Coco out of 2 metres but believe me there was very little to spare!

Apart from the neck alteration and lengthening the dress length, I made the size 6 throughout which I think is perfect for me. I added both the cowl and the sleeve cuffs and absolutely love the way it’s turned out.

The fabric was such a gorgeous quality and quite a stable knit with good recovery due to the spandex content, it’s definitely suitable for beginners to use as a first or early make.

It cut well (I used a rotary cutter) but would also cut beautifully with scissors and it also sewed up a dream. I would however, advise making up a toile or muslin before cutting into this gorgeousness as I often find that handmade garments come up bigger than I expect. When I made my toile, I made a size 8 and its too big for me, it would be a real shame if you spoiled this beautiful fabric by cutting the wrong size.

The neck cowl is so cosy, and I really think that the dress will get absolutely loads of wear through the changing seasons and over the winter. My pictures are taken with tights and ankle boots, but the dress will look equally as good with long boots, either leather ones or some trendy wellies if the weather is particularly wet. Its so cute and although the Art Gallery fabrics are a bit more expensive that some jersey knits I really think this is worth every penny as I will wear this over and over again. The quality of the fabric and the design will mean I will reach for this as soon as it comes off the washing line. When you consider cost per wear this is a cheap make!

Hope you enjoy this fabric as much as me!

Carol @carolbentley

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Diane Warburton said:

Oh Carol, I do love the look of this dress and it being easy enough makes it even more up my street! That cowl would be so nice to snuggle into. I just wish you could tell us where you got your matching tights too! ;-) and shoes!! · 19th Feb 2019 10:55am