Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Sixties Stripe Coco


Yes, it's another one (sigh). The Coco sewing pattern bien sûr, this time I made the top version with funnel neck and small patch pockets with stripes in a contrasting direction.

I'd been dreaming and scheming about creating a striped funnel neck top since seeing this Boden top and, if you follow me on Instagram (I'm on Instagram!), you'll know I started this top quite a while ago. A "while ago" in Coco terms, that is, it's usually a one-sitting make. Unfortunately over the last few weeks I've been recovering from what was supposed to be minor surgery on my foot but turned into a rather grizzly saga - I'll spare you the gory details in case you're eating your lunch - and it got worse over the last couple of weeks so I couldn't even sit up straight, let alone sew. Luckily it's starting to heal now so I can at least sit at my sewing table (and stand on one foot for these pictures) - hooray!



You may recognise the fabric from my Coco dress with yellow pockets - it's the very same, bought from The Cloth House. I bought up quite a bit of this fabric seeing as it is, quite frankly, perfect. There are plenty of other options online if you're after something similar, including from Dragonfly Fabrics and The Fabric Godmother - see also my post on where to buy knit fabrics.



Now I'm dreaming of a sleeveless version like Audrey's. Mmm... I promise I'll make something different soon though!

What's on your sewing table, please?

[Soundtrack: 'Leader of the Pack' by The Shangri-Las]

40 comments:

  1. Haha I love knowing that you're standing on one leg for all these! Hope you're foot recovers quickly and well now, that all sounds pretty horrible.

    Oh yes, and it's a lovely, of course - a perfect summer classic!

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    1. *YOUR foot! There's something about commenting that makes my grammar go haywire...

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  2. This is gorgeous! I LOVE the vertical collar. Why didn't I think of that?! Glad your foot is on the mend.

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  3. This is so gorgeous! I absolutely love Breton stripe tops and the sixties was my favourite era for fashion :) you look just like Audrey!
    http://laurendoesart.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Oh it's just so sweet, and with the contrasting stripes. It suits you perfectly.

    sewing wise I'm on a dress role. I've got one nearly done and another ready to cut!

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  5. There isn't a Coco that hasn't made me go 'ooooohhh' It's really stylish and your hair and make up really compliment it.
    I am involved with a support group called the Avenue for families of children with autistic spectrum disorders and I may be making some assorted Coco tops in our colours as an alternative to printed t shirts,
    I also have a pair of trousers I made a while ago and am unhappy with the zip and am going to replace that. Last but not least is the Sassy Librarian Blouse by Cristine Haynes which is working out very nicely. Just the buttons to go.
    Look after your foot, hope it is better soon, Tilly! X

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  6. Oh it's perfect - I just love it! Breton stripes are my favourite x

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  7. Ohhhhh this is just divine! Off to look at yet more fabric....

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  8. So pretty! I finished my very first Coco dress (black and white stripes) yesterday evening and have been thinking about vertically striped pockets all night - so I suppose your post is a sign! :-) Thanks again for a great pattern (off to make a Breton shirt now!) and get well soon! xxx

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  9. i am working on a flora made from wax print and it's coming out very nicely!

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  10. I think this is my fav version of all the Cocos as tops. I would definitely wear it, if I had one! Maybe in another lifetime lol with all my sewing projects at the moment... I have to sew some of my patterns and fabric, to justify buying new one(s) :D
    So, on my sewing table: three zipper pouches, one Plantain top, one Winifred dress... and some other projects I've started taping patterns or already traced them: a Colette Beignet, a Colette Lily, a Deer&Doe Belladone.... I think I'll need next autumn to finish these ;)

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  11. Just gorgeous...and edgy and chic!xx

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  12. I love how crisp your funnel neck looks. I'm not sure I see myself making a funnel neck because I have a top-heavy figure and a lower neckline is usually more flattering on me, but if I *did* want to make a funnel neck top or dress, I would definitely want the collar to look as crisp as yours! Would you mind sharing the fabric content/any details you can remember about the fabric? I mostly shop online for fabric, and it can be hard to tell how the knit will really handle when shopping online. Plus it seems to me that every fabric shop describes their fabric differently, so it really feels like guesswork. I am working on Cake's Hummingbird skirt right now, and there is some mending in my near future. I hope your foot feels better soon. We often forget how much we rely on our feet when they are healthy, but when one or both are out of commission, it is really tough!

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    1. Thanks for the well wishes - it's true, I never realised how much I walk around just to do simple every day tasks. I definitely appreciate my feet more now!

      I didn't get much info on the fabric content but I can tell you what it feels like - a tightly woven medium-weight cotton with very little stretch and not very drapey, hence the funnel neck stands up well. Also remember there are four layers of fabric on the funnel neck once it's folded down, which also helps it hold its structure, even on slightly softer fabric. I hope this helps!

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  13. just stylish! and your makeup and hair compliments your look. xx

    angie,
    http://lovelifeandhandmade.blogspot.fr

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  14. Stunning Tilly!! I was in Berwick street on Saturday as hubby wanted to show me another shop, a lamp shop, and I found the Cloth House II by accident and bought the exact same fabric. I love it!!! I will practise the Coco in my other cheaper fabrics first before giving this one a go just in case I make a mess of it..... :-) This is my favourite Coco yet!! Pati x

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    1. So glad to hear they still have this fabric... and that you got some!

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  15. I'm loving all these Coco's,haven't seen a bad one yet.Too bad stripes make my boobs go all over the place.On my table is a peplum top I've already made,but wasn't happy with.I deconstructed it yesterday and lowered the waist with a few centimeters(did a FBA adjustment but forgot to make it longer too) and made a V-neckline to make it look better on me.Other then that there are a few UFO's waiting for me to finish them,part of my challenge for Me-Made-May'14.I already have some ideas of what I want to wear but it couldn't hurt to extend my options.Love your hair,by the way,looks great.Hope you feel better soon!
    www.creatievemie.wordpress.com

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  16. Hope your foot gets better soon. I love all your cocos.

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  17. Love it! Surgery is a beast when it interferes with sewing! I had hip surgery in February and I am still recovering. I am back in the sewing room now. :) I hope your recovery is swift from here!

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  18. Loads of patchwork - but I'm trying to pluck up the courage to cut out my first Coco - it's years since I did any dressmaking and not much with knits

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  19. Swoon, what a lovely coco. I like how you've arranged the stripes.

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  21. Love your Coco's!! When are you doing a workshop of it? So want to do it!

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  22. This striped Coco is beautiful ! I like the little pockets ans the sixties collar.

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  23. My favorite Coco yet! And you look lovely. Good wishes for a quick recovery. On my sewing table are a pair of high waisted stretch denim shorts with a back zip. I am seeing lots of young girls wearing this style this spring, and love it, but definitely need something a little longer in length.:)

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  24. I think this is my favourite version of yours - I might have to plan a trip to The Cloth House. And I'm sorry to hear you've been hobbled, but you're looking lovely despite it all.

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  25. I am really seriously thinking of buying an overlocker and when I do I am straight back here to get that pattern. I love your mathilde one which I have made twice. Jo x

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  26. This one is awesome! It's my favorite until now, the fabric is too cute :-) I just finished my third Coco, I'm obsessed with this pattern, hahahaha. Here it is: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/56717276532041595/

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  27. Gorgeous! Hope your foot's better?

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  28. I just bought up the last of it in Cloth House! They had a rush on it. The "Tilly Effect"!!

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  29. I love this sixties style! The little pockets with the vertical stripes work really well! I think it might be my favourite 'coco' so far (though thats a very hard choice). I should really get round to giving it a go. Hope your foot gets better! :)

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  30. Love! That neckline is just splendid on you. A total treat of a Coco. And, nothing against the fun teal wall, but I do love this gray one!

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  31. Lovely Tilly, this is just beautiful and how lovely it looks on you. Sorry I have not commented for a little while - life has been too full at the moment so I am working hard to catch up with everyone. As always your blog fills me with inspiration and delight. Thank you. Sending you lots of loves and hugs
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  32. I'm sewing my third Coco! The second and third are stripe Breton-style tops, as nature (or Tilly) intended! Perfect for my casual life. I'm going to blog them together as other than sleeve length they are very similar. I have plans for more, too! It's lovely to get so much use from a pattern.

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  33. Hi Tilly!
    Look what I saw in a showcase in my little french town: http://www.petit-bateau.fr/e-shop/product/35474/5S0/robe-femme-en-jersey-lourd-rayure-mariniere.html
    I had to think of you!
    have a nice day!

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  34. The top is adorable! I love the pockets and the neckline. I hope that you are healing quickly and feeling better soon! :)

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  35. I love your dress form! Is it to your dimensions? If so, where did you get it?

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