I realise that it’s almost August and that it’s currently very warm outside, but it’s never too early to start sewing for the coming autumn, is it? I bought this fabulous double jersey fabric from Minerva Crafts in their sale a little while back (for only £3.99 a metre!!) and have been desperate to make it into a nautical-style Coco dress ever since. Unfortunately they’ve sold out of the fabric now but there are plenty of other Coco-suitable jerseys available right here still – have a look :)
This is the second Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress that I’ve made – I made an Aztec print, long sleeved version a little while ago and absolutely love it, although this time I made the smallest pattern size because my first attempt is a bit more ‘roomy’ than I’d aimed for. The pattern is so quick and easy to follow though that I actually whipped this striped version up in about 3 hours last Sunday afternoon!
I chose to make another long-sleeved version of the Coco because I never seem to have enough warm dresses once the cold British winter rolls around! I do plan to make a cropped sleeve version at some point though. And a short sleeve one for summer, perhaps in a lovely bright-coloured ponte? My to-do list is longer than I’d like to admit….
Check out my pattern matching around the sides of the dress too – stripes are much easier to line up than most patterns so are a good shout if you’re new-ish to dressmaking. I was going to add some little patch pockets, with the fabric cut on the bias so that the stripes run diagonally, but I changed my mind in the end because I quite like the dress how it is! Do you love it as much as I do? Je t’adore, Coco!