The new Coco pattern from Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons has been popping up all over the internet. I immediately thought it was adorable. It was so basic, though, I questioned whether it was worth purchasing. As I saw more examples I realized it’s actually a perfect transitional piece and one that’s extremely wearable. It’s longer and more polished than a t-shirt and can be worn year round.
I bought the pattern for the funnel neck which I think is a super cute retro look without being costumey. When I went to make my versions, though, I was hesitant. I was worried my fabric wasn’t quite right – too thick and wouldn’t hold a press. It would look like I had a short, misshapen turtleneck. Now that I’ve seen more versions online, I think I’ll try one with some navy ponte I have.
My first version was made from a gray ponte from Joann. This fabric is a poly/rayon blend. It’s soft and comfortable with just a teeny bit of stretch. It barely wrinkles and is extremely easy to sew, though I fear it will pill in an instant. I used a triple straight stitch for the neckline and finishing the sleeves and hem. I sewed the sleeve and side seams on the serger. I made a size 4 throughout.
My second version was made of a striped ponte from Fabricmart. It has a slightly different texture and is thinner. I sewed a size 4 through the bust, sleeves and waist then graded out to a size 5 to the hip. This fabric has a bit more stretch so it turned out a bit too big. It’s mostly fine from the front but looks a little like a tent from the side. With this fabric I should have stayed with the size 4. I still have the pooling at the lower back so that area must need some sort of swayback adjustment. I used the triple straight stitch for the side split but used a double needle for the neckline, hem and sleeves.
Sewing the top is a snap. If you’re creative with folding you could probably squeeze it out of less than 2 yards, depending on your size. In fact, I messed up the stripe matching and neckline (the triple straight stitch looked like crap on the striped fabric) so I scrapped my first try and cut new front and back pieces and still had fabric left over.
I definitely recommend the pattern, especially for beginners. I’m sure for more experienced sewers there are less expensive options but since I’ll have used it at least 3 times, I’ve gotten good use out of it.