Tilly and the Buttons - Coco

Tilly Walnes created Tilly and the Buttons in the UK after only sewing for 5 years. She developed her skills and talents through trial and error, by reading blogs, in courses at the London College of Fashion, and finally by blogging herself. What makes her patterns special is they are very wearable fun clothes and the patterns don't assume you understand complicated sewing terminology.  If you're making your first garment, or it's been a long time, this is a great place to start. 

Make your own Coco, the perfect Breton top or knit dress with multiple variations. Simple to sew, Coco is easy fitting, with no zips, buttons or other fiddly bits. The perfect introduction to sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine, the user-friendly instructions guide you through with a jargon buster, clearly labelled pattern pieces, and photos of each step.

A year-round staple that's so easy to wear, Coco makes a great spring marinière top, summer tunic, autumn funnel neck or cosy winter dress. Designed for low-stretch knit fabrics, the classic style features a boat neckline, choice of top or dress lengths, three quarter length or long sleeves, with side splits at the hips on the top version. Make it your own with optional sixties funnel roll neck, rolled cuffs and patch pockets. 

FABRIC SUGGESTIONS - Medium weight knit fabric with very little stretch. Look out for interlock knit, double knit, ponte di roma, or feel the fabric to check it’s not too fine or stretchy.

SUPPLIES

  • Fabric – 2m x 150cm wide (2 ¼ yards x 60in) OR 2.7m x 115cm wide (3 yards x 45in) for dress or funnel neck top; 0.5m (1/2 yard) less for top
  • Matching thread
  • Ribbon (30cm x 6-8mm wide) or stay tape
  • Stretch or ballpoint needle for your sewing machine
  • Sewing machine and basic tools (a rotary cutter and mat are useful)

SIZES (body measurements)

Note - please measure carefully before you cut out your pattern. These are not standard North American sizes but measurement based sizes.

PATTERN SIZE BUST WAIST HIP
1 76cm (30in) 61cm (24in) 84cm (33in)
2 81cm (32in) 66cm (26in) 89cm (35in)
3 86.5cm (34in) 71cm (28in) 94cm (37in)
4 91.5cm (36in) 76cm (30in) 99cm (39in)
5 96.5cm (38in) 81cm (32in) 104cm (41in)
6 101.5cm (40in) 86.5cm (34in) 109cm (43in) 
7 106.5cm (42in) 91.5cm (36in) 114cm (45in)
8 112cm (44in) 96.5cm (38in) 119.5cm (47in)

 

 



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