Tilly and the Buttons - Coco Dress No.2

by - 12/01/2016

Tilly and the Buttons - Coco Dress No.2

Starting December with a splash of cosy red!

I love the Tilly and the Buttons Coco pattern. I've made a handful now and I did plan on doing a big ol' blog post with them all together. But I'm super busy sewing orders over at My Retro Closet in the run up to Christmas, so I thought I better spread out my makes for some more blog content through the festive season!

As I'm finding I don't have so much time for selfish sewing this time of year, I look towards fast, simple and practical sewing patterns that I can whip up to take a break from sewing lingerie. But also, this time of the year I need cosy jersey to keep me warm and comfy whilst I work from home and Coco is becoming a wardrobe staple - like it is for many sewists.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

So versatile - you can see why it's so popular!
On a recent trip procrastinating to my local haberdashery, I found this gorgeous thick jersey/ponte roma hidden in the sale section and I had to get it! It's just the right thickness for Coco, as it holds it shape well but still keeping some swish but most importantly, is also warm to wear!

This style certainly has a 60s vibe which I LOVE.
For this Coco I opted for the version with all the trimmings! The neck band, arm cuffs and two front pockets. I really love all the options with this pattern and it makes for a really versatile pattern. I also can't resist the 1960s vibe of this pattern - it ticks all the boxes for me.

Definitely should have ironed it.... oops!
As always, Tilly's patterns are super easy to follow and Coco is one of the best! Search #sewingcoco on Instagram and browse the 100s of versions people have created. I highly recommend this pattern to beginners or new-to-jersey sewists. But of course it's a lovely, simple make for every sewist.

Everyone needs Coco!
Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Coco Pattern

Fabric: Red jersey from my local haberdashery

Notions: None

Sewing time: A couple of hours with jersey sewing experience.

Modifications: None.

Fit: Good!

Difficulty: Nice and simple.

Watch out for: Nothing I can think of!

Make Again?: I have and I will again!

One pattern, two ways!
If you've been following my blog for a little while, you might have seen my How To Sew Heart Pockets Tutorial featuring another one of my Cocos. Cute pockets are a great, creative way to personalise your garment. Check out my first (super easy) sewing tutorial HERE.

Tada! A suitably festive, red Coco.
Overall, I love this pattern, I know I'll be making more. If you haven't noticed from my last couple of pattern reviews, I'm feeling a 1960s phase coming on (this happens a lot). If you follow me on Instagram you'll see I had all my hair chopped off into a little 60s bob - but more about that next time! So if you know of any retro sewing patterns you think I need in my stash (especially those which are flattering to curves - I'm certainly no Twiggy!), let me know in the comments. Tilly's Francoise pattern is already on my cutting table...

Anyway, how many Cocos have you made? I hope you like this version.
Thanks for reading, pinups!

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  1. This is gorgeous! Nice to see it as the top version is next on my sewing table! I am doing the funnel neck and cuffs for sure, they look so fab on your dress x