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