A Coral Coco

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

xoxo,
allie

ps: this is your sign to sew some knits if you are also scared of them :)

allie J.

17 comments:

  1. Love it! What are you talking about with the fabric you are looking for? like a striped rugby fabric?

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    1. Sort of, yes. A heavyweight jersey with a breton stripe?

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  2. It looks great! Glad you faced your fears and made one, it really is super easy to put together.

    Finding breton striped fabric is so hard, I found some double knit from Fabric Godmother over here in the UK but I've not been able to find anything decent since. I'd love to make one in a blue and white stripe but like you, I'm tempted to just buy a ready-to-wear one instead!

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    1. Its so frustrating, especially since there are breton stripes in practically every clothing store... where did they get the fabric and why can't I find any!?

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  3. very cute! I love the cowl neckline

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  4. Your dress turned out great! Don't you love it when a 'first time' for sewing something new turns out successful - it really imparts the confidence to try again. As for your fabric question, you might be looking for ponte knit fabrics. I've also made some projects from an 100% cotton double knit, and it is pretty stable, not that drapey, but still very soft (hope this helps). Have you thought about buying a RTW item which has the breton stripes you are looking for and re-fashioning it? Sometimes I do this and buy the largest size to have more fabric...just an idea. Can't wait to see what else you make with knits!

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    1. Oh, that's a really good idea, to buy a large size and refashion...

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  5. Great minds think alike. I have a fear for knit fabric, too. But I guess it wasn't as hard as I always thought :) I found it's hard to find Breton stripes as well. I spotted 2 remnant pieces in ponte knit recently and consider myself lucky. Your dress looks cute btw.

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    1. It's so annoying, they're in every store! Starting with a super easy pattern was a nice way to ease myself into the wide world of knits, but I can see why they are so popular, this was practically instant gratification.

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  6. Lovely! You're making me want a Coco dress now too!

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    1. Thank you! It's a nice pattern, cute and easy!

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  7. This is super cute! I think I'll have to make a Coco dress too in sweatshirt material for fall!

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  8. What a cute dress! I'm so glad you've conquered your fear of knits! Sometimes Mood has St. James knits... might be worth calling the store! But I know they're some sort of poly blend, not cotton.

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    1. Thank you! I am too. I'll be sticking to fairly stable knits for a while, but I am feeling much better about them overall. Thanks for the tip about Mood, I'm so jealous of those of you who live close by!

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