I did it, y'all, I made a knit thing!! Yay!
Everyone has made a Coco already, like years ago. I bought the pattern when it came out and even bought fabric and everything. It took me a few months to buy a twin needle, but I did. And then I let it sit for like a year because I was irrationally scared of knits.
But I'm a member of the Stashbusting Sewalong 2015 facebook group, and when I heard that this month's challenge was "Face your Fears!" I knew that it was time for me to pull out that coral double knit I had bought and try something out.
And guess what?
It was easy!
Tilly's Coco pattern was really easy to make on my regular sewing machine and I even used my double needle on the hem without incident. This Coco took me a few hours to make since I traced my pattern and everything (I made size 3--I am right between a 2 and 3 but I wanted to err on the larger size. The version shown here is totally unaltered), but I can see how this could be a really, really quick project.
My fabric is showing up as very orange in these pictures, but it is not orange. It really is a coral-y pink! It was a double knit so it was fairly stable to sew, but I still wish it was a little less drapey. I think it looks better belted in this fabric. If it were more stable, it would have more of that triangle shape that Tilly seems to lovvvvve.
Here I am trying to do my best Tilly pose (also seen in picture #1 up top). Wooster has no respect for blog photos.
I really want to make the top variation, and do an old-school breton/mariniere version of Coco, but I'm looking for a really thick, stable, 100% cotton in stripes and having no luck. Does anyone have any leads on this type of fabric? What is this thick cotton even called? I'm about to just buy a Saint James and forget about sewing it at all! Finding fabric can be so frustrating, especially fabric that is common in RTW.
ps: this is your sign to sew some knits if you are also scared of them :)