I finally bought a Tilly and the Buttons pattern. I’ve been promising myself the Coco pattern for ages but never got round to it. After the Spoolettes meet-up, despite my sizeable budget I took to spend on fabric, I came back from our shopping spree with £25! I thought it was only right to spend it on patterns! So I did. I bought the Coco pattern and the ‘love at first stitch’ book.
I must admit that I made this top three weeks ago and I have worn it every weekend since. I love it! It’s a very basic top and it slotted into my wardrobe perfectly.
My seven year old took this photo which is the reason why my head is chopped off! And unfortunately, being black, the top is hard to see properly.
We took the photos on Scarborough South Bay as it was such a glorious, hazy day.
The tide was right out when we went on to the front. I’ve never been this close to the lighthouse from this direction before! While we were faffing about taking photos the tide was sneaking in behind us. Before we knew it we were on our own little island surrounded by sea! We had to splash back to safety but it was ok for Bethan and I as we had boots on but poor Bryn got his feet soaked! The things we do for this blog!
The fabric I chose was a fleece that has been in my stash for about a year. It was in my mum’s stash for the 25 years before that! She used it to make my 16 year old self a jacket which I still have and it still fits! Fleece is not one of the fabrics that is recommended for the Coco pattern and I have to admit that it was a bit bulky. My poor sewing machine did not like it at all! The thread kept breaking and it was quite frustrating but the results were worth it.
Based on my measurements I decided to cut out a size 4 bust and arms, and I graded to a size 5 from the waist down. I think that next time I will go for a straight size 5 as it is a smidge too tight across the back and the bust but nothing too bad.
I was quite pleased with my side-slits and hem…
Coco side split
Despite my sewing machine tantrums this was a very quick and easy sew. It was very satisfying! I can now see what everyone else loves about this pattern. I’ve got some more fabric in my stash that I think will make a great Coco dress. So when I next need a quick fix (I’m in the middle of making a quilt which is taking a looong time) then this will be the pattern I’ll turn to!