First coco dress!

with my 100 days of stash-busting underway, I decided that I needed to finally use some dressmaking fabrics in my stash.  The coco dress is a pattern I was given as a gift over a year ago and have somehow not managed to find the time to make!

Like many dressmakers, I have many plans for what I want to make, and probably spend much more time planning than making.  I ended up showing a range of fabrics and patterns to my partner, who ended up telling me to make the coco dress, as I seemed most excited about that one.

coco_dress

It was really fun making this dress.  My problem now is that I only have one of them and can’t wear it every day!

Details

  • Pattern name: Coco
  • Variation/Style: Dress version with plain neckline, patch pockets and cuffs
  • Design House: Tilly and the Buttons
  • Size I made: 4

Fabric

Ponte roma that I got from Fabricland at least 2 years ago

Difficulty

For a knit fabric pattern, I found this a brilliant beginner’s pattern.

Clarity

I’m sure I have heard and read this from others, but it is like someone is holding your hand and supporting you the whole way with clear instructions provided in an accessible layout.

Fit

I made a straight size 4.  The only adjustment I made was to lengthen the pattern by 4 inches to make it a bit longer.

Design

I’ve already worn it once and it is so comfortable!  As I didn’t have a suitable contrast fabric for the pockets, I was concerned that they would not show up that much, which is why I added some decorative top stitch in yellow.

Time Taken

I completed this dress in 4 evenings.  This includes cutting out the fabric.

Conclusion

I’m really happy with this dress.  It was the perfect first garment to make this year after a break from dressmaking.  It was easy to alter (lengthening and top stitch detail) which makes the final make feel even more personalised.  Big thumbs up!

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