8 July 2014

A Summery Short Sleeved Coco Hack


I know I say this every time, but I think this is my favourite thing I've ever made.

It is, bien sûr, the Coco sewing pattern, this time with both a contrast yoke and short sleeves. You may recognise the fabrics - the yoke and sleeves are made from leftover fabric from my turquoise funnel neck Coco top, the bodice and pockets are from the striped dress with yellow pockets, both of which feature on the Coco pattern cover. Just like my Sixties Stripe Coco top, I decided to position the pockets so the stripes are vertical - I love how the contrast directional stripes look together (was that a sentence?).

If you want to make your own Coco dresses and tops for Summer, it's super easy to shorten the sleeve pattern.


First, decide how long you want the sleeves - you can measure down an existing top, from the armpit to where you want the sleeve hem to fall, then add 3.5cm (1 3/8in) to account for the seam allowance and hem allowance. (My short sleeves are 15cm [6in] long, including seam and hem allowance.) Using a tape measure standing on its side, measure down both underarm seam lines on the Coco sleeve pattern (on the lines corresponding to your pattern size) and mark the length of your sleeve. Standing the tape measure on its side, rather than laying it flat, will allow you to bend it to measure the curved line more accurately.


Using a pattern master, set square or similar tool with a 90 degree angle, draw a short line, about 1.5 - 2cm (5/8 - 6/8in), at right angles from each of these markings.


Then, using a curved ruler (or a gentle hand), draw a very very slight curve for a few cm up and away from these lines, and connect up the curved lines with a straight line. You should end up with a smooth, very slight concave curve, with the ends at right angles to the underarm seam lines. The reason you want this shape rather than a simple straight line is that the ends of the line need square corners so that, when you sew the underarm seam, they match up nicely without any weird angles in the seam allowance.


And that's it! Cut out your sleeves using your new pattern and sew them to the bodice as normal.



Hmm... now I'm thinking about making another one...

21 comments:

  1. I was cutting out a coral Coco on Sunday night and thought that it would be super cute with short sleeves, now I'm going to go for it!

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  2. aaw this is so cute! Very summery!

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  3. Very cute. I treated myself to some Liberty Jersey and was going to make a sleeveless funnel neck number. Now I've got another option! Thank you!

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  4. It's so cute - love the pocket stripes on the perpendicular to the dress stripes :). And something about this version is making me wonder - would the Coco work in a woven, cut on the bias?

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  5. This is lovely, I am so tempted by the pattern as it seems to be so adaptable. I have never sewn knits though and wouldn't know what to buy let alone how to sew it.

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  6. Very cute matching fabrics! I like the consistency of this jersey, it seems to be medium-heavy.

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  7. How I love your style, Tilly!!!!!!!!! Super beautiful dress!!!!!

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  8. So cute! Coco is definitely on my to-sew list but I was going to leave it until the autumn, now I'm thinking it might need to move up the queue so I can make a summer version!

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  9. That is so cute, I love the colours.

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  10. I think you can almost make these with your eyes closed now. I love all your cocos.

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  11. Beautiful!! What a gorgeous idea : )

    Gemma
    Faded Windmills

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  12. Love it! I think this might be my favourite of your cocos - I love that aqua colour!
    Maria x

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  13. This is so cute and versatile. I could see myself sewing a few in different fabrics and colours!

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  14. This is really cute and summery, :) I wondered how to alter patterns so this was a great eye-opener!

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  15. I'm so sorry! I started making my summery Coco and the sky has turned grey and cloudy! :(

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  16. Oooh! I like the contrast yoke. Made my first Coco with short sleeves and I lurve it! Am making another one this weekend and will give the contrast yoke a go. :-).

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  17. Hi ;)
    Can you tell me where you got the blue fabric from? I'm in love with it! I appreciate it!!
    -karrie
    ksmith8@emich.edu

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  18. That dress is ADORABLE! I think I'm going to have to try this one too!

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  19. Delighted with my unseasonably warm houndstooth coco, see recent #sewingcoco on Twitter!

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  20. I have two short sleeved cocos, one coral and one black. I have four coco dresses and one top (which was actually my first dress but I got the sizing wrong and it was enormous so i just chopped the bottom off!)
    Coco is the best pattern ever. Looking forward to my miette next!

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