Hi everyone,
The Tilly and the Buttons Coco Dress has become a bit of a classic. I have made 3 or 4 versions before and I have decided to make one as my post for the Blogger Network this month, as you can never have too many Coco's in my opinion!
I chose to make the classic A-line dress with the boat neckline, but the pattern allows a choice of dress or top, and mix and match options regarding the sleeve length, rolled cuffs or plain sleeves, funnel neck and side splits. All in one pattern!
It's fair to say I am a little excited about this Fabric. It's a medium weight ponte roma and could not be more perfect. I was originally going to go for a classic black and white stripe, but the lime green addition to this fabric had me totally bowled over and I didn't need to look any further. It gives the fabric a snazzy pop of colour and is perfect now that Spring is finally here. I also think it looks great worn with black tights whilst the weather is still chilly but could totally be a bare leg dress too!
The pattern is very beginner friendly, and I already had my size traced out from previous makes, so it was just a case of cutting out and whizzing it up. The cutting layout calls for you to cut the dress front and back pieces on the fold. When I am cutting out striped fabric I tend to lay the fabric out in a single layer and cut one half and flip the pattern piece over before cutting the rest of it. This allows you to have control over those cheeky stripes and you can ensure no wonky lines and easier pattern matching when it comes to sewing it up.
OK now for the fun bit.... The whole lime colour had totally got me excited and I wanted to expand on that further. So I popped in one of these adorable Lace Edged Zips with a fancy star puller, and I love it! I like the look of exposed zips and this sweet little addition gives it a fancy detail from the back. The zip is approx 10" long and I have simply attached it to the centre back of the finished dress purely as a decorative feature - the dress still pulls on and off over your head.
I've had such a great time with this dress project, I really enjoy taking a design and adding a little feature to make it a little different. Other ideas for this dress could be a contrasting pocket, cuffs or funnel neck ... hmm next time I think ...
Thank you as always to the team at Minerva for the great supplies that I used on this project.
Happy sewing everyone, and I'll see you back here at the beginning of next month with something else!
Kathy x