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.


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!


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?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s