Coco dress

On my bucket list for a long time, I finally made a Coco Dress by Tilly and the Buttons.

I used a striped organic cotton jersey from Lillestoff. Breton stripes would have been nice, too, but these kind of stripes (sailor stripes?) really are my favourite. While Coco  in general can be a quick project (I think that depends on each person), I took a lot of time to match the stripes when laying out the pattern pieces – and I think it was worth it, it turned out almost perfect. You can find a very useful guide on matching stripes and other patterns in  the September 2015 issue of Seamworkmag.

The pattern recommends knit fabrics with little stretch and my fabric has 5% Lycra, but I think it still works fine. I made the long sleeve version and sized up the sleeves as I have rather ‘sporty’ upper arms and I wanted the sleeves to have the same easy fit as the bodice. Nevertheless, I had to shorten the sleeves quite a bit.

Sewing the neckline and the hem with a twin needle on my very basic sewing machine turned out a little difficult. The next time sewing with knits, I’m going to use a light hemming tape to stabilise when finishing hem and neckline.

Overall, I’m quite happy with the result, I love the shape and that it’s a quite comfy dress.

I’m going to make the shirt version, too. I was thinking about narrowing the sleeves but as I’m not very experienced with altering patterns and the dress is intended to be worn rather loose, I thought it might be not that that important. Anyone has experience with narrowing the shoulders on this or similar patterns for knit fabrics?

P. S.: I will add more photos later on, at the moment I have a very slow internet connection..

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Polka Dot Sorbetto Top

So here’s my first blog post! I wanted to start this blog ages ago, but never took the time to do so.

At the moment I sew lots of summer clothes because I moved from northern Germany to Catalonia last year and recently found that my wardrobe is not appropriate for the heat we are facing for about two months now… 😀 So I’ll post more of my summer makes soon!

I made a breezy top from the Sorbetto pattern which you can download for free from Colette Pattern’s website. The top has a straight, 60s inspired cut, a pleat on front and is finished with bias tape. It was the first time I sewed bias tape to a garment and thanks to the easy to understand instructions of the pattern, it worked out quite fast.

Added a bow made from leftover bias tape to the pleat – it’s a little off-centre which I’d like to correct, although my boyfriend reassured me that no one will notice.

The fabric is a beautiful, lightweight Japanese cotton lawn, just perfect for summer tops and blouses. I had not expected it to be so delicate: finishing the seam allowance was annoying as the fabric frays very easily. I finished with zig-zag stitch which didn’t help so next time I work with a similar fabric, I might try to finish the seam allowance with a kind of binding or the like. Do you have any tricks to prevent cotton lawn from fraying? I’m curious to read about!