20 February 2014

Designing Your Coco


Wow! What an amazing reception to the Coco sewing pattern! Thank you soooo much for all your sweet comments, tweets and, of course, orders! I've been so excited about sharing this pattern so it means a lot to me that so many of you love it too. Special thanks to the gorgeous Alana who has been helping out with getting your goodies in the post - I'm so grateful for her help!

Let's talk about one of my favourite parts of dressmaking - coming up with design ideas for your Coco. It's such a versatile pattern, there are so many different ways of making your Coco unique - and, of course, gorgeous.


If you're going for a classic Breton, may I recommend the blog La Marinière? It is jam-packed full of inspiration for stripey loveliness. Warning: it is highly addictive. Once you start scrolling, you may not be able to stop...

Coco by Tilly
Lots of you have fallen in love with the sixties funnel neck version of Coco (me too!!). It looks super chic in a solid colour. I'm definitely making one in red, or how about pastel pink, mustard yellow, or neutral beige? Lurrrvely. I've also had my eye on this gorgeous stripey number from Boden so may well make one just like it. Could be cute in polka dots too?

JaegerToast / ASOS
You could pick more than one fabric. As well as more traditional colour blocking, I love the idea of mixing up stripes with spots, stripes with stripes, solids with spots... Try adding a contrast print or colour or direction of print to the sleeves, pockets or hem.

via La Mariniere / Petit Bateau
How about adding an embellishment to your Coco? I like the idea of sewing something onto the shoulders - nautical buttons, bows, or sequin patches. Or how about customising the back with an exposed zip or large ribbon tie?

Boden / Zooey Deschanel for InStyle / Boden
Or maybe you'd prefer to keep it simple like these stylish ladies. I would wear these dresses every day!

I hope this has given you a few ideas for designing your Coco. There's plenty more inspiration in the Pinterest gallery, which I'm adding to all the time. In tomorrow's post we'll talk fabrics - what kind of fabric to choose and some suggestions of where to buy it - so you can get shopping over the weekend.

How are you going to design your Coco? Ooh I can't wait to hear your ideas!

24 comments:

  1. My pattern has just arrived. Would recommend the paper version to anyone who's undecided.
    I've been drooling over some lovely Liberty jersy today, but may keep it plain, but now I've seen the colourblocked versions I'm tempted to give that a go too.

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    1. How about a Liberty jersey pocket on stripes?

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    2. Oooohhhh...Another option!
      My son suggested a heart shaped pocket on the striped top which could look cute fun. (He is 7)

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  2. So many great options! I've already been scouring the streets of Dublin for suitable fabric and the only one I could find that wasn't some shade of brown is a dark grey, so it looks like I'll be making a plain version for my first attempt. I do love the colourblocked versions and all those stripes!

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  3. I got my pattern in the post yesterday - so excited! I couldn't resist having the printed version. It's so beautifully done. I love the little booklet, with clear pictures and step by step instructions. I've been sewing for years, and don't have much trouble with regular patterns, but your Coco booklet is fabulous. Thanks so much for the lovely inspirations in this post. I'm thinking I might try some combination of colour and stripe. I need to wait for half-term to finish so I can go looking for fabric.

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  4. Hi Tilly. I lave the Coco, it's beautiful.
    I have a questions for you, as I wasn't fast enough in ordering your book.... Will it be reprinted? Looks like it os sold-out in your shop. I'm so sad.
    Gitte

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    1. Oh it's not actually sold out! That's just how it shows up in my shop because I don't have any in yet. I must find a way of making that clearer...

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  5. Hi Tilly, received my pattern today, hooray and thank you! Just a question, forgive me if it's utterly stupid but I've not sewn with knits before!

    I'd like to make a coco with pockets - can I use ANY fabric for them or do they have to be a knit fabric too?

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    1. That's a really good question - you'll probably get a better result with a similar fabric, but you could always make a test one first on a scrap of fabric and see how it holds up.

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    2. Thanks Tilly, I'll give it a try once I've got my other sewing projects done (I've got a Miette in rust coloured needlecord on the way!).

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  6. I'm loving the pics of the instructions book I've been seeing. They look so organized and easy to follow especially for a visual learner like myself.

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  7. Love the bow, love the red zip, love love love them all.

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  8. Oooooo! I love this pattern! And thank you for the great embellishment ideas :)

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  9. I love that color of blue/teal! The pop of color with the headband and lips is stunning.

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  10. Just ordered the pattern very excited to be able to make my own stripey garments! Tilly, can you recommend any suppliers of fabrics for this type of thing? x

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  11. I fell in love with the Breton bow backed dress from Petit Bateau but it was shockingly expensive. Now I can make my own.

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  12. You are just amazing !! I love what you do. I hope one day be able to do all your dress ! ♥

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  13. Hi,
    This is my coco
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/KLNA/271607059520660?ref=hl#
    Or on facebook KLNA
    I'm so happy, many thanks Tilly

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  14. Hi Tilly,

    I am thinking of purchasing this pattern and attempting to make the coco dress! I saw some lovely fabric in a shop today. However, after reading the fabric suggestions, I'm slightly worried that the fabric I am thinking of using is too light and stretchy...

    This is the same fabric as I saw in a shop:

    http://www.trurofabrics.com/bamboo-jersey-fabric-rich-red.html

    I was wondering if you could advise on whether it would work with the coco dress at all?

    Thanks,

    Lisa :o)

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    1. Hi Lisa

      It sounds like it might be a little too stretchy... which is fine if you're comfortable sewing stretchy fabric, but if you're new to knits I'd suggest something a bit more stable, such as ponte, interlock or double knit. I've compiled a list of suggestions to get you started in this post.

      Can't wait to see your Coco dress!

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