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.


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!


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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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