A Last Minute Coco

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lately I've been really busy, and when I have had time to sew or craft it is to wrap up projects I have for other people.  Honestly, I needed a quick selfish sewing fix.  I also wanted a new dress.  Because.  Reasons.  My Tilly and the Buttons Coco (unblogged, but briefly mentioned) is now much too big to wear, which makes me sad because I wore the crap out of that adorable top.  It's in my alterations piles, but making is much more fun than altering.  Plus, I hadn't yet made the dress variation!  So, I promptly made my way to Joanns for a quick fabric fix for a quick dress fix!

I picked up this reversible dot/stripe knit from Joanns.  I made my Plantain out of the turquoise colorway so I already knew how this fabric behaves.
I debated whether to use the striped or dotted version on the outer layer of the dress.  Ultimately I decided on the dots, using the stripes as contrast where I could.  I wanted this dress to be really quick and easy to fit into my limited time, so I decided to make the dress with french seams and flip the inside out for the contrast trim.
Also shown, my new cutting mat!!
I couldn't decide which size to make, or if I should grade between sizes because I was a little bigger in the waist than the size 6.  In the end I went ahead and did a straight 6 with no alterations.  I'm really glad I went with this because it fits really well!
Pardon the bathroom pic.
I'm pretty happy with how the hem and sleeves turned out!  The lines all came out nice and straight.  This fabric is also super soft and comfy with an 82% rayon content.  Mmmmm.  It's like work pajamas!  I wore this out for a girl's night and everyone thought I bought my dress.  Yay!
Shortly after I made this, Tilly posted about sewing winter Cocos from sweatshirt fleece.  What a great idea!!!  I promptly ordered some sweatshirt fleece to make a super cozy version.  I'm happy to know I can whip out a new dress in a few hours.  Can't wait!

7 comments

  1. Super cute! I love the reversible print!

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    1. Thank you! I think I will get a lot of wear out of this dress.

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  2. Isn't that just the best compliment? When someone wonders where you bought your dress - woo hoo! I love this dress and I love that you chose the dotted side and used the stripes for contrast. It looks great on you!

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    1. It is!! When I said I made it their reply was "You MADE it?!" :D

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  3. This is so cute! I really love the stripe detail at the sleeves and hem! I am subscribing. :)

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  4. Thank you!! You've made my day!

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  5. Ive been browsing reviews of the Coco, trying to justify the expense of the pattern with the & exchange rate (I'm Canadian)...and I think your make has tipped the scales in favour if the expense, lol! Your dress is fabulous with the dots & stripes!

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