I don’t know how you deal with jetlag, but I make a Coco dress! That tells you everything you need to know about how user-friendly this pattern is. I absolutely love it.
I bought the fabric and pattern before my recent trip away. All I needed was time, so when I woke up at silly o’clock I decided to dust off the sewing machine. I did a quick FBA on the bodice as didn’t want material bagging around my upper chest. I added an inch to the length of the dress and graded the sleeves in by two sizes, after reading other bloggers’ comments on the roominess of the sleeves. Other than that, I sewed this up straight out of the packet.
You want to know about the fabric, don’t you? £3 a metre from Classic Textiles on Walthamstow market. Remember, you can find this shop using my map here. This shop often stocks striking border prints, though you’ll need to cut out on the cross grain as the birds fly along the selvedge. Aren’t these hummingbirds wonderful? I love how I have a bird flying away across my sleeve. No birds on the rear of this dress – I didn’t want any oik in the street calling after me, ‘Ey up, Missus, a bird’s pecking your bum!’
I used a scrap of denim for my pocket, after spotting this on some jersey dresses in Anthropologie. I really like how its placement balances out the birds. I also like the fact that for £3 a metre, I have replicated an Anthropologie vibe that would have cost me many dollars in the shop.
These dresses scream to be worn with brightly coloured tights! Not only is the Coco comfortable, but it is flattering as heck. After a week of scrutinising my paunch in hotel room mirrors (urgh!) I am immensely grateful to Tilly for giving me a dress that makes me feel attractive and slim.
Best news of all: I’ve come home to Spring! The sun is out, today I am being reunited with Ella (I survived our separation by begging my family to send me daily photos and videos of her) and I can feel that a heavy weight is finally lifting from my overburdened shoulders. This dress will for ever remind me of happiness returning. Can’t ask for more than that.