9 January 2015

Emergency Winter Sewing

Snuggly sweatshirt Coco dress - Tilly and the Buttons sewing pattern Snuggly sweatshirt Coco top - Tilly and the Buttons sewing pattern

Are you cold? I am. It's freezing in London! I did some emergency sewing over the holidays and now have two snuggly sweatshirt Cocos to keep me warm - one top and one dress. The fabrics, which I bought from Goldhawk Road, are super soft, thick and squidgy, with fleecy insides. I may look like the Michelin man in them, but I don't care - I feel so snug and smug!

Snuggly sweatshirt Coco top - Tilly and the Buttons sewing pattern

It was great to find that the Coco sewing pattern works so well with sweatshirt knit fabric – the simplicity of the design looks great as a sweatshirt top or dress, and the pattern includes enough ease to work well with low stretch material. I did, however, make a few simple adjustments to account for the thickness of the fabric and its shrinkable nature – namely, deepening the funnel neck piece to allow it to roll sufficiently, and lengthening the hemline. I’ll go into these in a bit more detail in the next post, along with some tricks I figured out along the way to make sweatshirt fabric easier to work with...


I also decided to taper the side seams on the skirt part of the dress version, making it straighter than the usual slightly A-line shape. There wasn’t any particular reason for doing this with sweatshirt fabric, I just fancied a change, and a couple of people had asked me how to do it - so here’s how. Simply redraw the side seam line on the front dress pattern piece, with a slight curve from just below the hip going into a straight line down to the hem. Square off the bottom corner into a right angle so the side seams will match up in a straight line when you sew them together. Repeat on the back dress pattern piece, making sure the new lines are the same length. And that’s it!

Snuggly sweatshirt Coco dress - Tilly and the Buttons sewing pattern

These two garments are now on constant rotation in my wardrobe until the season changes!

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21 comments:

  1. Yes! The wind chill in my city is -19!! These are super cozy. I've never worked with a sweatshirt knit before, this makes me want to try.

    -Madelyn
    www.onebluebicycle.blogspot.com

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  2. Freezing in Boston as well. I'm going to dig around in my stash. I know I have some French Terry in there somewhere...

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  3. Great idea, perfect for the cold weather. I love the red sweat shirt knit.

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  4. These look perfect for this time of year!

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  5. Super cute and oh so snuggly!!

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  6. These look great! They don't look like they're made of sweatshirt fabric actually...

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  7. Love these! The red funnel neck looks so thick and cozy, but still sleek and stylish - definitely not Michelin man-ish!

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  8. It is cold here in Texas too which is very unusual! I am going to have to try some sweatshirt fleece. I love the idea of a dress because I can wear it with heavy leggings to keep warm.Off to the fabric shop I go.... xoxo

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  9. Freezing in Edmonton AB, -30 Celsius with the wind chill. Warm clothing is required as well as really warm coats. I now want to make a Coco out of sweatshirt knit with a big funnel neck. Sounds so lovely and snuggly. ^^

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  10. I would actually fly to London to steal that read sweatshirt. It's everything I've ever wanted.

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  11. Very cute - good way to have sweatshirt warmth and stay cute. Too warm for me though - LA weather:)

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  12. Oh, these are so absolutely cute! They look comfy, warm and pretty. Perfect combo!

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  13. imagine me my friend... I'm completely frozen refusing to be outside without many layers of extra warm heat teach fleece. Great idea.. i got some thick fleece i could make some cocos. I generally use knit dresses during the winter because its so easy to layer.. i tend to call the "my socks' dresses.

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  14. I love both of these! Your little boots are so cute, too!

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  15. I love the Coco pattern, because it fits me so perfectly. But I'd love to make it with a different neckline as well. The funnel neckline is great, but a bit draughty at this time of year, and also difficult to fit inside a coat. Would it be possible for you to show us how to draft a roll collar that is a bit more neck hugging?

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  16. Tilly you do not look like the Michelin man at ALL! The black dress is my favourite of all your cocos so far!

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  17. Thanks for the inspiration! I've made 2 more after reading your post 😀✂️😀

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  18. How would you recommend changing the pattern to make the collar closer to the neck, like a loose turtleneck instead of a boat neck?

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  19. Im working on this at the moment too, it's too cold for a boat neck! :) What you'll need to do is extend the shoulder line on the front and back bodice by 2/3 cm, depending on how close to the neck you'd like the new collar to sit, then redraw the neckline so it starts at your new shoulder point. I'd suggest cutting out the same neckband, but tacking it onto the neckline, and seeing how much smaller you need to make it to fit. You can then cut off the excess and sew it in following the instructions. Hope this helps!

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