I had sat back and admired so many lovely versions of the Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress but hadn't yet made a version for myself, I tend to wear woven fabrics more than knits so although I loved the look of it I never got round to making one.
Whilst on a visit to my local Abakhan fabric store, I saw some nice waffle jersey (I've no idea what the proper terminology is) in the remnant basket, it cost £4 for the 2m!! Absolute bargain! I had some pretty Tilda fabric in my stash that co-ordinated really well for the pockets.
I downloaded the PDF version of the pattern, as I've mentioned before this works better for me as I like to have the instructions readily available on my iPad, a bit of cutting and taping later I was ready to go!
I did notice that in the pattern instructions, it mentioned to use knit fabric with very little stretch, and my waffle type jersey was a bit more stretchy than "little" but I thought "what the heck, the worst that can happen is I lose £4 and a bit of time!".
I cut out the pattern pieces using weights (rather than pins) as pins can stretch out the fabric.
I cannot believe how quick and easy this pattern is! I literally had it made from start to finish (including cutting out the fabric) within 2 hours.
I do have an overlocker sewing machine, but I decided to use my standard machine with a walking foot rather than constructing it using the overlocker, I just feel that I have more control with my standard machine, take a look at the video below to see how easy the walking foot whizzes through the fabric!
You don't normally need to finish the edges of jersey type fabric as it doesn't fray, but as this fabric is like double layered it did look a little untidy, so I trimmed and edged the seams with my Overlocker as in the video clip below.
It resulted in a much neater finish on the inside of the dress.
I finished the hems with a zig zag stitch (as suggested in the pattern) You could also use twin stitch, but I didn't have 2 reels of the cotton, and I actually like the zigzag finish.
The Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress pattern instructions were very easy to follow, there were no areas at all that were not clear, I would recommend this as a great project if you are new to working with knit fabrics.
I have to say that I love this dress, it's super comfortable to wear (like wearing a sweatshirt), I do think that you can tell that my fabric is a little bit too stretchy (especially around the hem) and next time I will look for something with less stretch, but I still love it and will wear it lots and lots!
I'd love to know what you think by leaving a comment below, also if you have any questions about the pattern and how I sewed it just ask away below (there is a technical glitch at the moment which stops me from replying to comments but I can reply by email).