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Monday, December 8, 2014


It's been a while....hopefully I am done traveling for work for a while and can get some sewing (therapy) time in!

On one of my recent travels out of town, I ended up finding the Coco pattern.  This pattern has been reviewed all over the blog sphere and I was so pleased to purchase it!

Isn't it darling?  The photo below is taken from Tilly's site called, Tilly and the Buttons.  You can make a top, dress, or funnel neck top.  I made a modified version of the dress.


This is a pattern designed for knits and the directions and visuals are excellent.  If you haven't sewn many knits, you'll find the directions easy to follow and simple to understand.  

didn't find anything missing from the instructions--which I usually like to add a few things!  For this, I used this lovely bamboo and organic cotton jersey from Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver.  WOW, this is an amazing shop with equally amazing fabric and some great Indy paper patterns for sale!  I wish I had brought a bigger suitcase so I could have taken more fabric and patterns home!  

So, back to the pattern...this is an instant gratification project.  I added ribbing to the neckband and used it at the cuffs as well.  I love the length of the sleeves.  Being 5'7", sometimes they are a tad so short but this is perfect!  My only minor complaint is the neckline is simply folded over and hemmed. That isn't my preferred method of hemming necklines and I didn't have enough fabric to make a neckband to add so...I found this black ribbing at Hancock's.  I also thought that I needed to break up the stripe a bit so the pockets were necessary.  

I added the double pocket at the chest simply because I made a stupid error when sewing.  My first pocket placement was too high and I made a small hole in the fabric <insert frown and maybe a few four letter words> so I added the smaller pocket under the larger one to cover the hole and allow me to continue to wear this. 

It is so comfortable, I love the fit, and it's awesome with leggings and boots! 
I only made my usual 5/8" swayback adjustment--that's it! Otherwise it fit perfect out of the envelope based on my measurements.  Hurrah!  
I see many more of these in my future!  I love this pattern!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Cute Coco. I love how you have turned your pocket placement error into a great looking design feature. I have had great success with this pattern too.

    1. Thanks Margy! This is such a fun pattern! Glad you like it too!

  2. I like this version of the pattern. I just may have to break down and buy this.

    1. Thanks Linda--If you purchase this pattern, you won't be disappointed, it's awesome!

  3. that pocket totally looks like a design feature! I'll borrow it if you don't mind.

  4. Thanks so much for your shout out for Fancy Tiger Crafts. I live in Colorado Springs (60ish miles away) and was completely unaware of them! So...after reading about them in your Coco reviews last week, I headed up there today! What a GREAT shop! And it is neat to see you wearing a few of the fabrics. I thought they might be too thin, but they look great on you. (I purchase some lovely french terry today - so...darn...nice).