Stop Press! Didyoumakethat Makes Something

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Ella show her best side

Well, friends, March 2014 has been the busiest month in my whole life ever, ever, EVAH, with no shadow of a doubt, someone pass me the valium. Good busy, but busy. And March is not over yet. Soon, I fly to Bologna with work – gelato, anyone?

Before I climbed on a plane, I was determined to drag a task to the top of my To Do list. I was going to re-engage with my creativity. What use am I to anyone else if denied the pursuits that mean most to me?

And the perfect pattern for the over-tired? The Coco, of course! I used two ponte knits that I’d had in my stash for ages. This pattern is the perfect stash buster. I felt my fabric had a bit too much drape to pull off a dress silhouette, so went with the top. Isn’t it perfect with jeans? And I love the patch pockets. I could claim that they look misaligned because of the way I’m standing, but I think they are out by a few millimetres. Seriously. I could care less.

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This is definitely the best neckline I’ve achieved on a knit make. (Long term readers will know that me and knit fabrics are not necessarily the best of friends.)

It’s a small point, but one I do want to mention: I love the way that the pattern envelope has an expanding fold (technical term, anyone?) that means you have room to shove your  bulging pattern pieces back inside the envelope. That extra thoughtful detail will have added to production costs, I bet, so a big thank you from me.

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Aw, I love this pattern and am sad that I missed the Coco Party yesterday. I see many more Cocos in my future. Do you?

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33 Responses to Stop Press! Didyoumakethat Makes Something

  1. Sam says:

    I have just spent my Saturday whipping up Tilly’s Miette skirt, and have Coco waiting patiently for me. I love grey, and I think your combo looks fantastic! I’ve found these patterns so confidence boosting as a beginner sewist, I am so looking forward to improving my skills!

  2. Lovely top, I love the contrast sections!

  3. designrewindfashions says:

    Super comfy look. I have yet to try knits but have some wonderful knit fabric staring (do I say DARING) at me right now. I signed up for a Craftsy class on knits to do some trial runs first. I hope my blouse comes out half as good as yours! Count me in on the gelato and please share some pics of your trip!

  4. Super comfy look. I have yet to try knits but have some wonderful knit fabric staring (do I say DARING) at me right now. I signed up for a Craftsy class on knits to do some trial runs first. I hope my blouse comes out half as good as yours! Count me in on the gelato and please share some pics of your trip!

  5. Panda Face says:

    So nice to see you back on the blogosphere again. I really enjoy your style of writing and another lovely Coco x

  6. Stephanie says:

    Very cute and love it with the shoes. I have a recommendation for you for Bologna! I recommend eating at Eataly (via degli Orefici 19) if you have the time or interest. It’s on the top floor of a bookstore and the dishes are simple, tasty and not expensive. Eataly was started by the founder of the Italian slow food movement, if I’m not mistaken.The idea is to sell and serve the best of the best of Italian ingredients (with a local emphasis in each place). They sell everything from pasta to beans to cheese to candies and there is a small café. The one in Bologna is the best one I’ve eaten at, although the new one in Florence is also reliable. My partner is Italian (from Basilicata but a long-time resident of Florence) and we always eat at Eataly when we are in Bologna. As you probably know, Bologna has great food (it’s not called “Bologna la grassa” (Bologna the fat) for nothing…and mmm..tortellini!)

  7. mepellymelly says:

    It’s great! Love the contrasting fabrics, I’ve just made one in plain grey, with the funnel neck and i also see many more in the future!

  8. hedgewick says:

    Was the contrasting yoke part of the pattern or a change you made yourself?

  9. tillybuttons says:

    The technical term for the envelope foldage feature is “gusset”.


    Love the top! x

  10. I love it! I’m not too fond sewing knits, but with the coco, I’m having a change of heart. I love that it’s such an instant gratification garment! Don’t have to finish the seams, amazing! There will be more Cocos in my future. I can’t wait to see yours too!

  11. Gorgeous! It looks great with jeans – and those shoes! I have so many plans for more Cocos, I just have to source more knit fabric! Hope you enjoy your trip to Bologna and don’t have to work too hard while you’re there 🙂

  12. Love it! I love the contrast of the two colors.

  13. Very nice rendition of a very nice pattern! Your trip to Bologna is the perfect excuse for what I have in my mind. I am traveling to Milan soon, and I’m wondering… is there any good fabric shops there? where? we should somehow make a fabric travel guide… for when we travel around, get to the core, jeje…

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  15. Philippa says:

    Love your new Coco. I made the dress in a jersey that I now realise was probably too drapey and might have worked better for the top (still love it), this weekend I completed a classic striped one (top version) and have ideas for at least two more! So in answer to your question, YES more Cocos. P.S. Can I just mention I have really noticed you are picking just the most perfect colours for you and you really seem to have hit your style groove.

  16. Maddie says:

    I’ve seen so many makes and heard so many great things about this pattern. Your testimony proves that it’s a killer pattern again.

  17. Fadanista says:

    So inspired by all these Cocos, I’ve got some vintage fabric, just need to stop vacillating and buy the pattern!

    • hedgewick says:

      I’d love to see what your vintage fabric looks like! I just ordered the pattern and will try color blocking it like this one with some ponte from Fabric Mart I’ve been hoarding.

  18. Lindsay says:

    That looks so comfy!

  19. Katie M says:

    I love the colour combination. By any chance did both those knits come from The Man Outside Sainsbury’s? I bought three knit fabrics from him, and two of them look suspiciously like the ones in this top.

  20. This top looks great, the colours are lovely. I am too scared of knits to sew anything with them.

  21. Robin says:

    I don’t think anyone will EVER look at those pockets and think anything is off. It’s a cute top and I bet it’s comfortable!

  22. Stefanie says:

    Here’s another eating tip: Osteria Broccaindosso, via Broccaindosso, 7a Bologna. Tel.: 051 234 153.
    Reservation recommendet. Well, it’s bookfair time, but I don’t have to tell you that! Don’t wonder they won’t let you choose your food… Instead they put a lot of plates in front of you, you take what you like and hand the rest over to another table. Take somebody with you!
    And…. enjoy the fair!

  23. Jennifer S says:

    My brother-in=law wore a shirt for almost a year before he noticed that the pockets were out. By more than an inch. That’s something that you will never have to worry about – at least when you know, you can tell people it was a design feature. My sewing instructor at college taught us that one!

  24. LinB says:

    I think it’s called an accordian fold. At least, the expanding file folder holders in the US are marketed as having accordian folds … my very favorite thing about the Bologna airport is that the whole interior is faced in an amazing red marble. It’s like walking around inside a salami. My second-favorite thing about the Bologna airport is the full-service butcher shop in the middle of the concourse. Featured items are local sausages, including the justly renowned and revered, eponymous, “bologna.” (World Traveler credentials: a two-week study course in central and eastern Mexico, in 1980; a two-week business trip to Italy with my husband, in 2010. Whoo hoo!)

  25. Have a lovely time in Bologna. There’s a few fabric shops near the big square but from what I remember bit on the pricey side. Enjoy all the scrummy ice cream.

  26. Hatty says:

    I like the styling but I for one don’t see a Coco in my future, no! I checked all the party goers and almost every one of them has a visible fold, small or large, in the upper front armscye just between the shoulder and the bust if they are not standing with arms outstretched. One or two comments on problems with it. It’s a very simple pattern but the front armscye is too long for most people and that’s not the kind of fitting adjustment home sewers should have to make. I’ll stick to Burda.

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