Friday, 23 March 2018

Blue Steel // Tilly & The Buttons Coco Dress Pattern Hack

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Hurrah! I'm here today to share with you my second addition to my #2018makenine challenge! When compiling my list of makes for the year I wanted to ensure I would be enriching my closet with items I will not only love but will actually get a use out of and this latest creation ticks both of those boxes!


You can't beat a classic Tilly & The Buttons Coco dress for ultimate comfort, so a creative pattern hack was naturally the next step to sprucing up an already favourite design. I knew I wanted to keep the colour palette workable with my blue/ grey obsessed wardrobe as cotton jersey can be a clingy so and so and opted for a rich medium blue with a fine navy striped contrast yoke and sleeves. I picked this fabric up during my trip to the Handwerkbeurs in Zwolle earlier this year, as the light weight nature and super soft qualities sang "Coco"!


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Following the instructions that came with the original PDF download and swapping out several steps for the savvy Contrast Yolk Coco Variation, I developed the pattern and fitted it to my measurements. The sizing on the Tilly patterns are generally spot on for me although I did grade out slightly at the hips and in slightly at the high waist just to personalise the overall silhouette.


Keeping the length fairly standard, I chose a 3/4 length sleeve and kept the classic neckline giving a clean and simple shape.


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The guide was, as ever, super easy to follow and the fabric was lovely to work with, despite that classic trait of knitted materials to curl up at the edges. Well, you can't have everything I suppose!


Over all I was really pleased with how easy it was to work this new pattern development into the existing design and considering I've been living in this little guy the last couple of weeks, I'd say it was a success. I will be keeping an eye out for any fabric that catches my eye to make a contrast top version, as I think there is a lot of fun to be had with combining colours and patterns! Although, I may steer clear of teeny tiny stripes in the future... That was a challenge to cut out straight! (Don't look too closely!)


All in all, I'm chuffed with the latest piece in my handmade wardrobe and can't wait to get started on a few more projects to tick off the list. A scrumptious mustard yellow knitted cardigan is in the works and a lovely floral number might be hitting my cutting table shortly! Stay tuned for more pattern reviews and home made sewing and feel free to follow along on my journey to creative living!

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