When I’m travelling, I like to be comfortable – enter my fourth Coco! This is made from some organic cotton raspberry ponte from The Village Haberdashery. It comes in several colourways and is ever so soft to the touch. In fact, The Village Haberdashery has a load of really gorgeous knit fabrics. Drool.
The first thing I did was whack the jersey through the washing machine and the dryer. I believe in giving fabric a baptism of fire. Because one day soon, I can be absolutely sure I’m going to shove a make into the laundry with little care or attention to temperatures. Let’s get any rude shocks out of the way!
This fabric did not come without its challenges, as it does have a tendency to stretch as you sew seams. See what happened to my cuffs!
Fortunately, I had enough leftover fabric from my two metres. So I snipped off those stretched hems and attached the turned cuffs that come with the pattern. This worked much better.
Because of the fabric’s tendency to stretch I made several executive decisions. I added interfacing to the collar section. I abandoned attempts to add pockets – they quickly become distorted during the sewing process. I chopped three inches off the length, making this more of a tunic – I wasn’t convinced this stretchy knit would live up to a dress silhouette. My best decision was to use Steam-A-Seam on the skirt hem, before stitching. It really helped stabilise it.
This fabric was definitely worth the careful attention. Teamed with thick tights or jeggings it has made a colourful and comfortable Coco, really soft against the skin. Perfect for four-day weekends! Are you doing anything nice?