CocoWawa - Lily Blouse

by - 4/02/2017

CocoWawa - Lily Blouse 

Hi pinups! Adorable new pattern alert! Meet 'Lily' from indie designer CocoWawa, a blouse and dress pattern with the cutest sailor collar. So when Ana asked me to review her new pattern, I jumped at the chance.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

How happy and colourful is this?!
I opted for the blouse version with simple short sleeves. I like the dress pattern but the cocoon shape would be awful on my curvy figure and be super unflattering, however the blouse is a lovely top to pair with jeans for Spring. Did I mention the amazing sailor collar?

Whilst I'm usually too lazy for PDF patterns, I do have a very helpful boyfriend who enjoys putting them together! So I left the sticking together to him which worked great for me. I cut the size 4, which translates as a UK size 12 (got to think about that boob room!).

The instructions were great to follow with helpful illustrations. I did struggle with the centre front placket, but I think that's my own struggles with this technique and not a reflection on the pattern. But I got there in the end and am really happy with the result.

Whilst I'm super happy with the finished top, I do think I could have sized down. I may even try a fitted bodice next time with the help of some darts. As I know I need more of this collar in my life! Or maybe even chopping the blouse at my waist and adding a skirt...

I aimed for a little 1960s monochrome twist for mine!
Sewing Summary:

Pattern: CocoWawa Lily Blouse and Dress PDF Pattern

Fabric: 1/4" Check Corded Gingham Dress FabricPlain Cotton Poplin Fabric

Notions: 3 self cover buttons with pink cotton from my stash

Sewing time: Half a day

Modifications: None

Fit: A little big, but I'll size down next time!

Difficulty: Nice and simple with some techniques to get you thinking.

Watch out for: Getting a neat and tidy placket.

Make again?: Yes! I think it's a nice style, but I'd like to make some alterations to suit my curvy shape.

Overall, Lily is a super sweet pattern. A lovely simple design but with some nice design touches for a smart finish. I'm looking forward to making this pattern again, like I already said, I'd love to tailor the top and go full nautical style on that collar!

Support an independent designer, and pick up your copy of CocoWawa's Lily pattern.

Thanks for reading, pinups!

P.S. My gingham bandana comes with it's own tutorial on my YouTube channel! It's a great stash busting mini project that all level of sewists should try! Check it out below:

I received this pattern free of charge for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. It looks like a lovely pattern and I love the gingham mixed with that super black sailor collar. I'm not a boxy fan either but like you said with some tweaks it could be fab.

  2. Your version looks so nice! I love the matching bandana.