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Another Coco Dress :)

I fancied a quick make this week, so I made myself another Tilly and the Buttons Coco Dress out of this awesome owlie fabric that I bought a while ago from Fabric Land. Sadly they don’t have it anymore though.

I cut a size 2 this time, as I always have to take the size 3 in so much to get the kind of fit I’m happy with and it fits perfectly 😊 The only alteration I made was to reshape the skirt part slightly, as the material is too soft to hold the Coco shape.

I love it!! 😊

My Coco dress in awesome Owlie print material

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Rosa Shirt Dress for #sewtogetherforsummer

I finally finished my Tilly and the Buttons Rosa Dress for #sewtogetherforsummer last week and I’m so pleased with it 😊 I was sewing well out of my comfort zone, but thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt lots of new things.

Putting the collar together was interesting haha but Tilly’s instructions are really clear (and the photos help too!), so I didn’t actually have too much trouble with that…once I’d sat quietly and thought it through properly 😂

Four views of collar

The buttonholes were my biggest fear, but didn’t up being anywhere near as scary as I thought 😂 My biggest problem was working out where to put them and I ended up with a variety of different coloured chalk marks down the front where I kept changing my mind haha 😂 but the one-step buttonhole on my new sewing machine sewed them all very neatly 😊 I found the blog post that Sew Sarah Smith put together really helpful too 😊

Closeup of button and buttonhole

I decided to leave the sleeves off, as I really liked how it looked sleeveless, so I just bought some pale blue satin bias binding to finish them on the inside. It’s not particularly well done, but no one will ever notice that!!

Finishing the armholes with bias binding

I ended up having to take it in quite a bit at the sides to get a nice fit, which puzzled me after my toile fitting so well, so I can only assume that was down to how beautifully soft my fabric is?

My finished dress

I’m so, so pleased with how it turned out, I absolutely love my dress and am so pleased that I took part in the #sewtogetherforsummer challenge – there’s still time if you want to join in 😊

#sewtogetherforsummer

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Named Clothing Paola & Geneva Tops

Things are still a little up and down here, but I’ve finally got the photos I need to write about my Named Clothing Paola and Geneva tops 😊 I used a cheap Cotton Interlock from eBay for both, just as a practice run, but I’ve actually ordered more as it feels so nice to wear.

I made the Paola Turtleneck Tee first and it’s such a lovely pattern – I wore it until it walked itself into the wash, it’s so cosy and comfortable! I had a few hitches due to sewing when tired haha which I’m including here because it actually amused me that I could be so daft 😆 First I sewed the sleeve in upside down and then I sewed the neck together the wrong way round and it had no stretch – oops!! Both mistakes were easily rectifiable with my trusty quick unpick though 😊

Sleeve sewn in the wrong way round
I added a couple of inches to the length, thanks to @amandaturner1977’s advice on Instagram and I actually think I might add another inch when I make it again. I’ll add an inch to the sleeves too as, although they’re a perfectly respectable length, I like my sleeves really long!

I also need to adjust the shoulders, as they’re finishing too far down my arm, but I think that should be fairly easy to do 😊

Shoulder seam finishing to far down arm
Next I made my Geneva Raglan Top and, again, it’s a great pattern and I lived in the top after I finished it 😊 I added a couple of inches to this one too, but will actually probably add an inch LESS next time, as it turned out rather long! The sleeves were a good length for me on this one too, with no extra added.

Geneva Top showing long length

I had to adjust the shoulder darts, due to them finishing too far down my arm and creating an odd shape, and I still couldn’t get them quite right, but they’re passable and I’m going to have a go at altering my pattern before I make it again.

Shoulder darts
Overall I’m really pleased with how both tops turned out and am looking forward to making them again 😊

Finished Paola and Geneva Tops

For now though, I’ve distracted myself with making a Tilly and the Buttons Rosa Dress for the #sewtogetherforsummer challenge being run by @sewsarahsmith, @rocco.sienna and @sewing_in_spain over on Instagram. I fancied the idea of making a shirt dress for the summer and this has given me the push I needed to have a go 😊 It’s way out of my comfort zone and I’m extremely apprehensive about the buttonholes haha 😆 but I made a partial toile yesterday and that went really well, so I’m now looking forward to getting stuck in and having a go 😊

I’ve also got plans to make a Sew Over It Molly Top (pattern from the Comic Relief Crafternoon Mag) and, if that goes well, I want to make the dress version out of some cute owlie fabric I bought recently 😊 and I also came across the Papercut Patterns Hoodie recently and am excited about making one of those too!!

So many sewing plans, so little time haha 😂

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My First Agnes Top

It’s been a rough few weeks one way or another and I’ve not had much time/energy for sewing, but I did manage to finish my first Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top this week 😊

The neckline seems to sit a bit wide on me, with the risk of occasionally flashing a bra strap, which isn’t ideal 🙄 but I’m wondering if that’s down to the extremely soft/flimsy jersey I used. My neckband also turned out thinner than expected and I have no idea why haha 😂 so perhaps that’s contributed?

The shoulders sit exactly in the right place anyway, so hopefully a thicker jersey and better neckband will resolve that issue on the next one 😊

The pattern is, as with all of Tilly’s, an absolute delight to use and the instructions are very clear. I also used her online workshop, as I bought that last summer, which was great. I found the section on attaching the neckband especially helpful, as I’d never done that before, and will definitely refer back to it when I try the gathered neckline 😊

Me in my Agnes Top

I also finally hemmed my stepdaughters Colette Mabel Skirt this week and am really pleased with how it’s turned out – not at all bad for my first attempt at adjusting a pattern 😊 and I actually managed to sew a presentable hem!!! Using Wonder Tape to get/hold it in the right place while I sewed it really helped 😊

Colette Mabel Skirt

I’m now working on my first Named Clothing Paola Top and have Geneva cut out and ready to go too 😊

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My Second Coco Dress :)

Woohoo, I’m loving feeling well enough to sew so much at the moment and made my second Coco dress this week! I’m feeling more confident in my sewing too, which is amazing 🙂

I made this one in black and purple ponte roma fabrics that I bought from Guthrie & Ghani last year (I love ordering from them, they’re so friendly and helpful) and I went with the long-sleeved funnel neck version this time, using black for the body and purple for the sleeves/neck.

I made size 3 again, in case the heavier ponte roma would hang differently, but ended up taking it in half an inch each side again (so two inches overall), so will make sure I adjust my pattern for next time. I guess I just prefer a slightly closer fit than is intended 🙂

I was brave too haha and used my overlocker for the side seams!! I love how professional the finish is and it wasn’t that scary after practising for a while first!

My only issue, yet again, was hemming! I just don’t seem to be able to get the hang of it, but I guess it will come with practice and, as my husband pointed out, it looks fine from the outside and no one else is going to see inside!

I’m having a quiet day today, as I did overdo it a little yesterday, so I’m looking through my patterns and planning what to make next! I think probably an Agnes top, as I’ve had the pattern/material since last year. I’m very tempted by the two Named Clothing patterns I accidentally bought the other day though – Paola and Geneva – oops!! Couldn’t resist their Valentines 20% off offer!! Watch this space!

My Second Coco Dress at various stages of construction
I wrote about my original Coco Dress at the bottom of this post.