Friday, March 21, 2014

Fasionably Late? Coco



Well I am a little late to the Coco Party .
One late night this week with a glass of vino I looked at the Pinterest Board and decided I too could use one of these cute coco tops to add to my basics. 


I usually love printed patterns, but I was feeling impulsive and wanted to sew this up now so I clicked add to cart and promptly received the emailed PDF pattern to print.  I looked through my stash of knit fabrics but did not have anything quite stable enough, Tilly recommends a fa medium weight knit fabric with little stretch (less than 5%) I made a quick trip to my Fabric Store and purchased 1 1/2 yds of Sophia double knit in Navy for the sixties funnel neck version



Washed the fabric and dried the fabric overnight. Yesterday, I cut the fabric and quickly stitched this lovely together following Tilly's excellent instructions on her Coco Posts. Voila!


It was too small, so we tried it on the cat.
Many of you can guess where I went wrong. I was initially confused and frustrated, but then realized my mistake. Be careful when printing off patterns at home and check the printers settings. I really liked the shirt and to not feel defeated, I decided I could quickly make another. I returned to Nancy's Sewing Basket for more fabric. and snatched up the 1 3/4 yards left of my navy fabric. While laundering the double knit I reprinted the pattern. 


I cut the size 2 in the neckline and shoulders then graded to a size 3 for the rest. Tilly makes this very simple and has a post specifically for this. I sewed the entire shirt on my machine using a narrow zigzag stitch as she describes. The second time around was even faster and I completed all but the finishing details of the hem and cuffs. This morning I finished the rest of it. I think the next time I will cut down the armscye a little to eliminate some of the extra fabric.


This is a fun easy sew,  great for beginners. I plan to sew the boatneck version in a stripe soon.

On a side note, I won this super cute vintage apron pattern from Seamstress Erin's Sew Grateful Giveaway. 

Don't you love the lady T Rex she used to prop the pattern? I am excited to stitch up a retro housecleaning look. Maybe it will make Spring Cleaning more fun.
Happy Sewing!
Jennifer

13 comments:

  1. I love it! Navy, stretchy, comfortable and chic! All my favorite things!

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  2. I've had misadventures with wrong scale printouts in the past too..Love your top. It is retro-chic.

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  3. I like the funnel neck on you...the fabric is very chic.

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  4. Your Top looks Great on you!
    LOL - kitty looks like she's seething with fury!
    :-)

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    1. Yes, the kitty did not enjoy it as much as we did.

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  5. Your Coco turned out really cute. This is one of my "to buy " patterns when I sew up some of my patterns in my stash.

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  6. Looks great on Tig, but better on you!

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  7. The Coco is attractive and your version looks great. I do have doubts about the need to buy this pattern. Like many of the independent patternmakers it is very simple drafting at a very high price.

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    1. I was on the fence initially thinking I could just redraft my Renfrew sewaholis pattern but soon decided that for the $8 download price I was willing to purchase it. If I was a little better at drafting my own patterns it might not have been worth it.

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  8. Looks like a very nice piece to add to one's everyday wardrobe. I'm currently working on re-building my wardrobe, so I may look into Coco top also. Love your version, it looks great on you!

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    1. Thank you, Yes I do think it is a great wardrobe builder. The dresses that I have seen from others have me inspired to do a dress version.

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  9. I love seeing it made up, it looks great on you- and navy is huge this season! ...And it looks great on the cat too ;) -The Nancy's Ladies

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