It is cold and I felt I didn’t have enough winter tops. So this week I made myself another Coco top.
Coco top and dress pattern by Tilly and the buttons is definitely one of my all time favorites. I made this pattern so many times in the past two years since it was published, and I love it. Do you know this kind of patterns? I have a few of this favorites. Usually for me they are very simple designs, but have something that makes me want to sew them again and again. Is it the pretty neckline, or the comfortable sleeves, or the way the garment fit me? I don’t know but I keep coming back to Coco. And it is a staple in my wardrobe.
This time I made the top with the funnel neck. Since I didn’t want it to be stiff I used a very soft medium weight knit fabric found in my mom’s stash. Think it is a sort of viscose knit. And even though the print is pretty bold compared to what I usually choose to wear, I like the result. I actually think the bold print makes the top a bit more sophisticated then a plain t-shirt. What do you think?
The Coco pattern is so versatile and can be made for all seasons. I have some short sleeve Coco dresses that I wear all summer long. Plus, the instructions are very clear and the pattern is friendly and most suitable for those who want to start sewing with knits. If you plan to sew some Coco’s for yourself you can hop to visit tilly’s pinterest coco board for some inspiration.
One of the annoying things about store bought striped garments is that sometimes the stripes don’t match. Isn’t it so? Therefore sewing with a stripy fabric is a bit more challenging. Of course it’s optional, if you are not bothered by unmatched stripes. But I prefer to take the time and match because it’s more pleasing to my eyes.
Matching is not that complicated, just need to pay attention and be a little more patient. Here are links to some good tutorials here and here.
Rain, a good cup of coffee and a few stripes that fit together. The small thing that can make me so happy.
When I started to learn how to sew I was looking for patterns suitable for beginners, but didn’t really find anything I liked. Until I found this lovely blog and site. Tilly walnes from Tilly and the buttons introduces herself as designing “step-by-step guides to sewing your own clothes for the new wave of DIY dressmakers”.
Miette skirt is the first garment I ever made a few years ago. The title that caught my eyes was “the perfect sewing project for beginners!”. Well. I didn’t believe. It looks complicated…..but the detailed tutorials and the friendly attitude were very convincing. So I bought some denim fabric and jumped in to the cold water. And what can I say? Like a magic I made a skirt. A comfortable, flared wraparound skirt with detail like a bow at the front and patch pockets.
It’s not made perfect, true, but still …a skirt. And not just a skirt, but one of my favorites. I wear it at least once a week. Love.
In one of the next posts I’ll write about some other cool sewing patterns for beginners.
Now the top. I wanted to sew Agnes top since it was published in June, but didn’t have the time. It’s a close-fitting jersey top with a few neckline and sleeve options. It’s very versatile and suitable for wearing with anything. Tilly’s instructions are always very clear and friendly, even for beginners, and if you are new to sewing with knits you can also sign up to an online video workshop that will accompany you step by step through the process of sewing your agnes top.
Sewing with knits is a bit trickier then sewing with woven fabrics because of the stretch. This pattern is skill level is for “improvers”, but don’t lose confidence because if you don’t have any experience the coco top and dress pattern is a good way to start. I made a few Coco’s (I’ll write about it in another post).
Anyway, you don’t need a special machine for sewing with knits. A regular machine with zigzag stich is OK.
I made my Agnes with a ruched neckline. The fabric is a light viscose (a bit slippery but no big deal). Big LIKE. A few more knit fabrics are waiting now to become Agnes.