If I had to pick an all-time favorite garment I’ve made, I would have to say it’s my color-blocked Coco from a few months ago. I’ve worn that baby to work, social events, concerts, and even an audition! It’s so comfy it feels like wearing pjs, but super chic at the same time. So, of course, I had to make another!
One of the things I really love about Tilly’s Coco pattern are the simple, classic lines that lend themselves well to endless possibilities. And since this month is Sewing Indie Month (hosted by Mari over at Seamster), I decided to try making a simple pattern hack to celebrate! But first, the dress:
As you can see, this time I opted for the funnel neck. The fabric is a drapey double knit from Mood fabrics – I’d been dying to make a striped version after seeing Tilly’s many amazing striped creations, and was to thrilled to finally get a chance! Oh, and look at that stripe matching at the side seams!
Very proud of that! To match the stripes, I sewed the seams with my sewing machine set to a zig-zag, since the serger tends to feed unevenly, resulting in mismatched stripes and frustration. I did want to use my serger as a seam finish, though, since the fabric does unravel a little, so I serged the edges:
To create the bottom panel, (i.e. my super easy pattern hack), I used both the top and the dress patterns:
First, I cut the main dress from the top pattern, adding a 5/8″ seam allowance to the bottom and omitting the side vent mark.
Next, I created the bottom pattern piece by using the bottom portion of the dress pattern, cutting it off at the Coco top hem allowance and adding 5/8″ at the top.
The final step was simply to attach the bottom piece to the top; then you can sew up the dress according to the instructions.
As you can see, I created a fun contrast by turning the stripes on the collar and bottom panel vertically. Since those parts of the dress don’t need to stretch much, you can get away with doing that with a knit. Super easy!
Hopefully this one will become a new favorite as well!