Sew Your Own #1 - Tilly and the Buttons - Coco Dress with Ruffle Sleeve Hack!

by - 4/23/2017

Sew Your Own #1 - Tilly and the Buttons - Coco Dress with Ruffle Sleeve Hack!
Hi pinups! As promised early this week in my Sew Your Own Introduction post, here's my first make in my new blog series. All about how I've recreated some of my favourite ready-to-wear/high-street/online looks myself with handy sewing pattern choices and easy hacks.

The dress in this post is inspired by the Joanie Clothing Suri Dress. As soon as I saw this dress I knew I wanted one. I love a comfy, simple jersey dress and they're great for this time of year when the weather is sunny one minute and raining the next. However the Suri dress reminded me instantly of a pattern in my collection and with some recent jersey added to my fabric stash, I thought I'd make my own instead!

To recreate the Suri dress I used the Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress and top pattern. The body shape is near identical. Along with the simple rounded neckline, pull over style and sleeve options. 

Here's a peek at the pattern:

A sewist's essential pattern!
I chose to make my version out of this gorgeous floral jersey I picked up at Barry's in-store in Birmingham (I've not seen it anywhere online for a while sorry!). Watch my fabric haul video for Sew Brum trip HERE. I already have a few me made stripe jersey items in my wardrobe and didn't want to make another and this stunning floral was calling me...

Which do you prefer?
However if you want to create a your own near identical version, here are my navy and white stripe fabric picks:

Coco & ruffles - a match made in sewing heaven!
The only difference I made for the Coco pattern to get the Suri dress look was adding ruffle/bell sleeve. These are super fashionable right now and I'll be doing a video tutorial this coming week on how to make your own. I didn't think ruffle sleeves were for me but now I see many more in my future!

Watch my DIY Ruffle Sleeve Tutorial to see how I made mine!

Let me know if you try them!

My hacked Coco vs the Joanie Suri Dress
I'm really happy with my finished look. I think it's a great take on the original dress and it's a style I can see myself making again. I've worn this dress a couple of times since I made it and it gets so many compliments. Sometimes simple is best! This dress only took me an hour or so to make, and with the fabric only £2.95 a metre and the pattern already in my stash, it was a fraction of the price to make. I love how choosing your own fabric and patterns makes you feel like a fashion designer!

Perfect for comfy & smart Spring dressing!
Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Coco Pattern with sleeve hack (see above).

Fabric: 1.5 (ish) meters of floral jersey bought in-store at Barrys in Birmingham.

Notions: Ribbon for the shoulder seams.

Sewing time: A couple of hours.

Modifications: Ruffle sleeve hack (video TBA)

Fit: Spot on, looks just like the dress it's inspired by.

Difficulty: So simple, it'd be rude not too!

Watch out for: Even gathers on the sleeves.

Make again?: I have another ready to go!

A staple for Spring!
Overall, I am so happy with this dress! I'm forever looking at RTW clothes and thinking 'I should make that', and I'm glad I've finally started. I hope my Sew You Own blog series will also inspire you to start recreating and do let me know if you try this one!

Thanks for reading, pinups!

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  1. Great minds think alike - I actually did the same thing about a month ago! I used my Coco pattern and then made the flared sleeves using circle skirt maths. I'll be interested to see the method you used, from the pics it looks like the top of your flared bits are slightly gathered? I haven't photographed the finished dress yet but I will be sure to share a picture when I have.

  2. I love your dress! I have this pattern by Tilly but I haven't gotten around to making it yet - you've inspired me! I love the sleeves and look forward to watching your video on how you got just the right measurement :)

  3. Looks great, love those sleeves, keep putting off trying them as unsure how they feel under a cardi/jacket, we need warmer weather so it doesn't matter 😊

  4. Love it! Definitely going to try this! LOVE the tip on whacking the tension up to 6! - I love gathers but get bored of sewing 3 rows and faffing trying to get an even gather.

  5. Very helpful video. I'm trying this hack on an Ultimate shift dress at the moment but would like it on a Coco. You have used lighter weight jersey I think as a ponte roma might be too bulky.