So Coco today! (Learning how to make clothes 4)

After a whole 2,5 months of experience in making clothes (I think I made 10 pieces so far), it was time for me to leave the comfort of the French patterns & instructions and attack an English one.

While browsing the internet, I came across the website of Tilly and the Buttons, a 2013 Great British Sewing Bee’s contestant apparently, and thought that her Coco dress/suit would be a great one to try. Simple in the making but requiring to use some stretchy fabric, this piece was the right new challenge I was looking for.

Coco by Lily and the Buttons
Coco by Lily and the Buttons

The pattern I received gave me multiples choices: dress or top, with.without pockets, different neckline. I was going to make a dress with pockets.

Coco by Tilly & The Buttons
Coco by Tilly & The Buttons

Finding some exciting but cheap fabric was the real challenge with this dress. As I am still a beginner, I think it’s wise to stay away from the pricey one as I never can guarantee the result of my projects. All and the pretty knit fabric I found where too expensive for my liking. So I ended buying some boring navy blue fabric for the dress and some fuchsia one for the pockets.

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Once the pattern traced and the fabric cut, making the dress didn’t take me long at all. A couple of hours max. Lily’s explanations are super clear, and you don’t really have to press your seam with knit fabric, which is great!

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In one evening and a few hours the next morning, I had made my first Coco dress!

Looking great in my coco dress!
Looking great in my coco dress!

I am not a fan of the colours, I think blue doesn’t suit me well, but now that I have made it once, I’ll buy some coo fabric and I’ll make it again, this time maybe with a variation, as suggested on Tilly’s website.

What about you, have you ever made one of Lily and The Button’s garment?  Which one is your favourite?

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