What I made: Coco

I would like to introduce you to a very special friend of mine- Coco!

My Coco dress. Isn't she lovely!

My Coco dress. Isn't she lovely!

I want to start by saying how incredibly beginner friendly this pattern is. There are three main pattern pieces (unless you do the contrast yoke variation as I have) so straight away not too much to fuss over. Plus the pattern comes with a beautiful easy to understand instruction booklet which includes full colour step by step photographs (assuming you opt for the printed pattern version, again I as have). Just wonderful! 

My fabric and pattern envelope- I love the fact that Tilly puts as much effort into the design of the instructions and photos as she does to the actual pattern. So much easier to understand and follow than some of the patterns out there!

My fabric and pattern envelope- I love the fact that Tilly puts as much effort into the design of the instructions and photos as she does to the actual pattern. So much easier to understand and follow than some of the patterns out there!

I decided to order my fabric online and fell head over heels in love for the floral fabric. A bold and beautiful knit indeed! I felt that such a bold print might be overkill if I added sleeves into the mix so I went for the contrast yoke variation and found a lovely plain pink jersey fabric to go with. The contrast yoke is detailed on Tilly's website. Again- couldn't be more straightforward. 

This is a medium-weight knit so it's quite stable, which made the sewing process so much smoother and means the dress keeps its overall shape nicely but still retains a bit of drape. The floral fabric is also slightly textured which I love!

The whole process probably took around 3 hours from beginning to end. In fact I made it up on a Saturday morning and wore it around town that same afternoon! 

My hands on hips nonchalance pose.  

My hands on hips nonchalance pose.  

I made up the size 5. My measurements were slightly between the sizes and I thought about grading sizes together but in the end I gambled and just did the 5. I was worried it would look too big in places but as this isn't a particularly fitted dress I think the size 5 works well- plus this doubles up as an 'I can eat a cake and not worry about my tummy afterwards (so I might have another slice)' dress. 

Coco Kylie smile

I love everything about this dress from making it to wearing it. If I'm honest I'm not really a 'knit fabric' type of person- mostly because I prefer a more structured feel to my garments. But I'm so pleased I gave this a try. 

I will eventually add contrast pink pockets to the bottom of the dress (I have already cut them out) but after hemming it I had such an urge to put it on and strut about I couldn't resist! 

I see many a Coco in my future!