I will never stop loving the Tilly And The Buttons Coco Dress for a quick fix of creativity and a startlingly comfortable dress that can still look smart. I lost the instructions a long time ago, but I know this pattern off by heart by now.
This time, I scooped out the neckline and added a facing. It’s incredibly easy to draft your own neckline facing. Trace the neckline shape from the main pattern pieces, add a good two inches of depth and jobs a good’un. Attach right sides together, trim, staystitch and, as I have, add an extra row of stabilising stitching an inch in. You’ll have a neckline that won’t bag, ripple or flip out.
The fabric was £3 a metre from The Man Outside Sainsburys. I thought it was perfect for the spring, though as soon as I cut out the pattern pieces I felt as though I was in danger of channelling 70s dowdy. So I added some pleather pockets! (Pleather bought on a visit to Ditto Fabrics; sadly I can’t see it on their website.)
Teamed with a pair of Converse, I felt I successfully skirted dowdy. I had a recent Instagram conversation about Converse, where several people asserted there is NO outfit that doesn’t benefit from the addition of Converse. Do you agree? I love them. Comfortable and classic. A bit like the Coco.