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  • Coco Dress

    Posted on 18/03/2014 by David in The Women I Sew For.


    Remember your very first time? I do! It was last week, on a crisp early spring morning and the moment I touched it, I knew it felt right instantly. Why did I wait so long? I’m talking about knit fabric of course (as if it was my style to make innuendos…pfff!). Seriously, why haven’t I worked with knits earlier? That Ponte de Roma fabric was such a pleasure to sew!

    The other reason why I really enjoyed this project was – let’s admit it – Tilly does make great patterns. Coco is easy but versatile, instant gratification without the headache of combining complex pieces together. The basic pattern is only three pieces but there is scope for many variations and add-ons which is exactly what I did. I opted for the dress with the three-quarter sleeves, funnel neck, cuffs and pockets which I cut on the bias while using a gorgeous French vintage binding tape around the edges.


    Apart from elongating the pattern by 4-5 inches as per Nadia’s request, I also adjusted the lower back of the dress which was too loose – as is often the case with Nadia. This time I didn’t go for darts but sewed a fabric belt onto the back after gathering evenly the excess fabric in that area. I also added more vintage binding tape for contrast. It now sits perfectly, I was really happy with that idea courtesy of my friend Rita!


    I think that, along with Nadia’s birthday dress, this is the dress I’m the happiest with as I am not super experienced in making women’s garments. The dress really captures the spirit of the 1960’s and Nadia was keen on recreating the makeup and styling of that era for the photoshoot which she will discuss in more detail next week. And this is only the beginning of our 1960’s saga! More is to come in wacky shapes and forms…be patient! 🙂




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28 Responses so far.

  1. Maddie says:

    gosh, I wish I wasn’t a selfish seamstress and made clothes for others. I’m usually not a huge fan of that length, but for some reason, it works.

    • David says:

      I see your point Maddie, Nadia and I went through a “battle for every inch” but eventually, I relented as Nadia knows what works best for her shape and I wanted her to feel comfortable with the length…and I think it works too!

  2. Karen says:

    I love it. The pockets are gorgeous with the binding around the edge and I the length is lovely too.
    I’m enjoying this make. The trickiest part was pinning the sleeves, but I got there in the end.

  3. Mark says:

    Love it! Love all your makes, but this is probably the most striking! Well done you!

  4. lola says:

    What a cute dress! Emma Peel eat your heart out! Well done David, and Nadia for cool modelling. xx

  5. Delgado says:

    Magnifique robe avec les poches taillées dans le biais j’adore ! Ce tissu avec des carreaux prolongés s’appelle en France, si je ne me trompe, motifs “pied-de-poule ou pied-de-coq”.

    • David says:

      Merci maman, j’adore tes commentaires qui sont toujours tres instructifs et enrichissent le blog 🙂

  6. ornella says:

    Congrats! it’s perfect!

  7. Katie M says:

    This is the most fabulous version of Coco. You make me want to rush out and buy some houndstooth fabric so I can make my own.

  8. Sarah says:

    This dress is a TRIUMPH! I love, love it!

  9. Rebecca says:

    That is the best choice of fabric I’ve seen yet for the Coco!

    • David says:

      Thank you Rebecca! Your blog is gorgeous by the way, look forward to reading you!

  10. Maria Shell says:

    I was wondering if you changed the collar/neckline at all? It appears to be a smaller funnel neck then I’ve seen on other Cocos. It really is fabulous. Thank you!

    • David says:

      Hi Maria, no I haven’t changed anything regarding the funnel measurements. It may not have been turned all the way during the shoot which may give the impression it’s smaller.

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