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! 🙂