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.
When I thought about making a skirt for fall/winter I knew I wanted a wool skirt, knee length with pockets. Searching for the right pattern I considered several possibilities and finely found this pattern. An everyday skirt with many advantages: the design is suitable for many fabric types from wool and denim and other heavier fabrics for colder days to light cottons for summer, it has pockets with a lot of room to warm my hands, and the elastic band in the back is a promise for a very comfortable and practical garment. On the other hand it has gatherings on the front panel and usually this is not very good for me…….m….uncertain. In the end what made me decide in favor of this skirt were the many beautiful pictures of it, made by other people all around the web. I really liked it, and especially the smooth side panels that help to reduce the volume (so the skirt is not puffy at all).
I enjoyed very much sewing the skirt, the instructions are very clear and good.
But unfortunately for me, while working, I figured out too late that the waist band of the skirt is to wide for my size. I still try to understand why because I took the measurements and followed the size charts in the instruction booklet. I tried to use (my very good friend) the seam ripper but the unpicking was very unpretty , and I didn’t have more fabric. So I tried to fix the problem by reducing most of the side panels.
Pity. this was my favorite detail of the design. But never mind, I learn and I will need some more skirts. Next time (and there will be a next time) I will go down one or even two sizes, or narrow the front and back panels by a few centimeters.
I’m quite satisfied with my new skirt, although my attempt to fix the sides is not perfect at all. The bright sides: the fabric is lovely, warm and cozy and it doesn’t itch. The skirt is as comfortable as I’d expected and the pockets are deep and wonderful. It might become a staple for the colder days upcoming.