Coco - the Autumn/ Winter edition

Ok guys, here is the first instalment of my Autumn/ Winter sewing makes - the Tilly and the Buttons Coco. 

I think I can now firmly say, Coco is a TNT - tried and tested pattern. Lots more of these to come for sure!

I think I can now firmly say, Coco is a TNT - tried and tested pattern. Lots more of these to come for sure!

This is the third version of this dress I have made, my first being this lovely summery floral one. I fell in love with it from the first stitch! It's ridiculously easy to make and takes almost no time to do so too. Because of this, they're such a good make if you're feeling tired or want to create something without too much thought and faffing around with fiddly pattern pieces. 

They are also great to wear - which is probably the main reason to make anything really. I mean why spend all that time making something for it to just sit in the wardrobe? If you make this pattern, I guarantee it won't be spending too much time in the wardrobe because you'll be wearing it all the time.

Coco is the perfect dress to pull on in the mornings and can be dressed up or down.

Coco is the perfect dress to pull on in the mornings and can be dressed up or down.

It's a comfortable dress because it's made out of knit fabric and it's the perfect dress to pull on in the mornings and it's easy to dress up or down. You can pair it with black tights in the winter months or sew up the shorter sleeve version and pair it with your bare legs in the summer. This really is a year-round dress.

The back view - I chose to just do a contrast panel on the front and really showcase that print on the back. 

The back view - I chose to just do a contrast panel on the front and really showcase that print on the back. 

Due to the simplicity of the pattern it's the perfect dress to showcase beautiful fabric. For this version I have used a blue and white floral quilted knit I purchased from Remnant Kings online. I really like adding the contrast panel (a pattern hack you can read more about on Tilly's awesome blog) and I chose a nice white knit, again from Remnant Kings. This time I chose to just add the contrast panel on the front piece and it's an effect I really like.

The contrast front panel on the Coco is a really easy pattern hack. I love the blue stitching around the white neckline.

The contrast front panel on the Coco is a really easy pattern hack. I love the blue stitching around the white neckline.

I used a mix of my sewing machine and overlocker to make this version. I know I could have just used the overlocker but I feel more secure using both, plus it's practise using both machines which is always a winner in my book. 

When using my sewing machine I followed Tilly's instructions for the length and width of the stitches and I didn't have any issues. It was also helped by using my fabulous walking foot (this baby is a total game changer if you love sewing with knits btw!) 

And finally a close up of that beautiful blue and white floral quilted knit. So cosy and chic!

And finally a close up of that beautiful blue and white floral quilted knit. So cosy and chic!

I have some lovely striped knit fabric I bought from girlcharlee in August and will probably turn that in to my forth Coco. Stay tuned for that one!