Tilly and the Buttons Coco Dress

Of course you’ve seen the newest pattern from Tilly and the Buttons- Coco!!  I have been eagerly anticipating this pattern after seeing earlier versions of it on her blog.  And I was so happy to see the funnel neck variation when the pattern came out!  I downloaded and printed it immediately and made one up soon after. DSC_0292 I had been wanting to copy this Boden top for ages, and this pattern is perfect!  I also love Boden’s Breton tops, so I’ll happily be copying them with this pattern too (I just need to find the perfect striped knit!)

From Tilly’s site:  “Simple to sew, Coco is easy fitting, with no zips, buttons or other fiddly bits. The perfect introduction to sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine, the user-friendly instructions guide you through with a jargon buster, clearly labelled pattern pieces, and photos of each step.  Designed for low-stretch knit fabrics, this classic style features a boat neckline, choice of top or dress lengths, three quarter length or long sleeves, with side splits at the hips on the top version. Make it your own with optional sixties funnel roll neck, rolled cuffs and patch pockets.”

I really wanted the printed version which looks so cool, but I needed the pattern right away so sadly I had to go with the PDF version.  But it was super easy to put together as far as PDF patterns go, no complaints there at all.DSC_0225For this dress I used a medium weight soy/organic cotton french terry fabric.  (I got it locally at Bolt but you can buy it here online).  We were heading to Rochester, NY to attend a military ceremony for my brother-in-law and the forecast was for 10 degree (fahrenheit) weather…I always have a hard time figuring out how to dress up in cold weather, but this dress was perfect!  I actually made it with long sleeves first, and then shortened them to 3/4 length with cuffs after we got back to warmer weather.DSC_0226Coco is designed to be an easy fit, and I am happy with how this dress looks but I do think maybe I could go down a size on the next one.  As far as construction- the directions walk you through how to sew it on a regular machine, but for mine I changed the seam allowances to 3/8″ and sewed it all on my serger.  It came together super quick, I easily sewed it up in one evening.  I think this pattern has so many cute variations that it is definitely more than just another t-shirt pattern, and I will be making lots more!DSC_0253

Tilly is having a Coco party on Friday, March 21st so if you have sewn a Coco get some pics before Friday and join in the fun!  Here’s my attempt at a party pic…DSC_0284Haha!  Can’t wait to see all of your Coco dresses and tops!

    • Kelly

      thanks! 🙂

  • Looks so nice on.. love those ombre tights!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Kirsty! I wasn’t sure about the tights at first but they are fun 🙂

  • This is so cute on you!! Love it!

    • Kelly

      Thank you!

  • Teri

    Your dress is great and I have serious envy of your tights!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Teri! The tights came from Modcloth, they always have lots of cute styles!

  • Adorable! I wasn’t too keen on the funnelneck when I first saw it in Tilly’s post, but the more I see cute versions like yours, the more of a believer I am! You look like you belong in an Anna Karina movie 🙂

    • Kelly

      Awwww, thanks! I love the funnel neck but I want to make some regular boat neck tees as well.

  • I’ve bought this pattern too and it’s just arrived in the post. Cannot wait to make it up – yours looks fab!

    • Kelly

      Thanks so much! You will love it I’m sure, easy to sew and easy to fit 🙂

  • This looks lovely Kelly! The fabric you’ve used sounds really cosy too. I also wasn’t too sure about the funnel neck but now I see a few versions made up, including yours, I really like it. Love your psychedelic party photo too!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Kathryn! I really like the funnel neck, it’s a kind of cool 60s vibe I think 🙂

  • I love your version!! Your pictures are so beautiful, too!!

    • Kelly

      Thanks!! I had just about given up finding a place for photos as it was raining that day…but then I spotted this abandoned building with a covered sidewalk and it worked well!

  • This is lovely! Looks like it’s perfect for a cold day 🙂

    • Kelly

      Thank you! It’s definitely a cozy dress 🙂

  • Really nice, perfect fit, well done !

    • Kelly

      Thank you 🙂

  • this is so flattering on you! the funnel neck never really appealed to me, but it looks so chic in your black fabric. awesome dress!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Lisa! I like the 60s feel of the funnel neck- maybe I’ve been watching Mad Men too much 😉

  • Very cute! Looks cozy enough to wear in chilly weather (love how you have paired it with tights! ) very mod!
    I love a good Breton top as well! Can’t wait to see the ones you make!

    • Kelly

      Thank you! I wish it was easier to find a good striped knit….

  • Another great version of this dress! Yours looks great on you and I love how you paired it with the ombre tights.

    • Kelly

      Thanks Margo! The ombre tights are fun, aren’t they? 🙂

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  • Olu

    I’ve seen many versions of the Coco, I wasn’t a fan at first, but some of you amazing people have shown me just what can be done with it. Seeing it in black, it’s just my style and the turned up sleeves, although simple, really makes a difference.

    And I’ve got to give a mention to those tights. Love them!

  • I absolutely adore your Coco! effortless chic and so confy! I think you have found the perfect weight of fabric for it too ! I am French and I had never heard of this French Terry. I must check on French websites what this is- or I may get it shipped to a friend in America !

  • Kelly, I love this! It’s such a classic/modern dress and looks great on you!

  • Love your Coco — such a great wardrobe basic. All of these amazing high-neck dresses coming out lately really make me anxious for the day that Baby J is done breastfeeding and I can make them for myself!

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