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  • Sewing after Coco

    Posted on 25/03/2014 by David in The Women I Sew For.


    A big BIG BIG thank you to everyone for their lovely comments, tweets and e-mails regarding my Coco dress version last week and being featured on Tilly’s blog today was really the cherry on top! (I’ve added a couple of new pictures below).

     

    Tilly’s Coco Pattern was a wonderful introduction to the world of knits for me.  I only started sewing 2 years ago and I’m getting more and more aware that to get it right at the level I’m currently at, it’s important for me to select the right patterns and fabrics. If I’m being totally honest with you all, I wasn’t very proud of the second dress I did for Nadia at the start of the year and I’ve felt like I had let myself down with an average execution and a poor choice of fabric. But this was a lesson learnt and I now take the time to discuss the projects with my friend and we often bounce ideas off each other in terms of style, design and future projects. That doesn’t mean we will get it right everytime but at least, we understand the importance of choosing adequate sewing projects where I can deliver to the best of my abilities.

    So where do I go from there as far as sewing goes? Well, for the next 2-3 weeks, I’m planning to concentrate on a couple of projects for myself but I still want to make dresses. In fact I’m already thinking about the next project, something with simple lines but quite flattering that would compliment Nadia’s figure.

    I like Burda 6899, it’s a body-hugging dress which is quite figure-flattering.

    Another contender is the Georgia Dress from By Hand London which was released last year and was quite popular among sewing circles. I particularly love that version with the slinky shoulder straps, very suitable for summer! Also the idea of working with patterns made by independent companies appeals more and more to me. Nothing wrong with the major players but I think it’s important to show support to emerging local labels.

     

    Talking about independent labels, I also like this pattern from Colette called Lily Dress. Quite cute, don’t you think?

    There are definitely similarities between the three of them…decisions, decisions! Do you have a favourite one among these three or even an exciting dress pattern you’ve come across and would like to share?

    Have a great week everyone! 🙂

     

14 Responses so far.

  1. Rachel says:

    Love the Georgia dress design. Came across your blog via Tilly…love your spirit 🙂

  2. puu says:

    i so agree with you about picking the right project for where you are – there is nothing more discouraging than getting through a project and realizing that different choices could have gotten a better result. but at the same time i always remind myself about what ira glass said: “Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions. It takes a while, it’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?”

    but i love your coco, and i think the georgia dress is fabulous.

  3. Vasiliki says:

    I’d go with the Georgia dress too, I think Nadia will like it 🙂

  4. oonaballoona says:

    WOW david, this is by far the most glamorous, chic coco out there (of course it’s on glamorous and chic nadia). PERFECTION.

    i say georgia all the way.

  5. Delgado says:

    Les 3 robes sont très belles et leurs points communs sont les bretelles. Je préfère Burda, Géorgie et Lily (pas de jaloux) !!!

  6. KarenJ says:

    Why not make them all!
    My favourite is the Lilly, maybe in a pretty floral.
    Well done on being featured in Tilly’s blog. I had a feeling that you would be!

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