Friday, March 14, 2014

Coco // What Does the Fox Say?


 
Recently, I have found some fun new blogs to follow. One I have been reading is Tilly and the Buttons and I happened to find it just as Tilly was releasing her new pattern, Coco. It can be made as a dress or a top and there is also a variation for a sixties style funnel neck (my favorite!) and rolled cuffs. I made the three quarter length sleeves but there's also an option for long sleeves.

 
I was first inspired to use this fox fabric from Girl Charlee when I saw this post from Fashion and Fishing. Then, a few weeks later, I read this post from Sew Caroline and knew I had to make a fox tee! The fabric is a cotton jersey knit with 25% stretch - perfect for the Coco as Tilly designed it for fabrics little stretch.
 
 
The foxes are so fun and the Coco is so comfortable to wear! I have already worn this top twice this week. It's perfect for everyday wear. The pattern instructions are very easy to follow. I have the pdf version (it also comes in a paper, hardcopy form) and Tilly also has a sew-along for the Coco on her blog with lots of pictures and extra detail.

 
I especially love the side splits. I didn't make any changes to the pattern except for using a twin needle for the hem, sleeve hem and neckline. The twin needle worked perfectly once I figured out the right settings for my machine! It was a trial and error process, but worth it. I also used hemming tape, as suggested in the pattern for the neckline to help make it more stable. It was fusible and double sided which meant I also didn't need pins when sewing the neckline!

Because it's perfectly normal to take blog pictures by your favorite fruit at the grocery store...right? :)


I love the Coco! I think it would be really cute in stripe fabric or polka dots and even a solid. Coco has a simple design, but there are so many possibilities! How would you wear it?
 
~Elizabeth

13 comments:

  1. Great top! My DD has been begging me to get those foxes :)
    I love the Coco pattern too :D
    It fits you great (and bonus of not having to use pins at the neck! awesome)

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  2. Thanks for sharing. Where did you find the adorable fox fabric?

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    1. Thank you!! I found the fabric online from Girl Charlee.

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  3. This is really really cute! I love 3/4 sleeve tops and the fox pattern is awesome!

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  4. I still have yet to sew with jersey fabric--it is somewhat intimidating!

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  5. That fabric is great match for this pattern - love those foxes! Just found your blog from Tilly's twitter feed. :)

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  6. thanks for linking over at Take-A-Look Tuesday via Sugar Bee Crafts - - you were featured earlier today!
    --Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  7. Cute top. I love the print. :)

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  8. Squee!! I just got this fabric tonight in a huge Girl Charlee order. I bought so many different things that I forgot I chose this as well. :) Mind if I totally steal your idea and make a Coco top out of it? Yours is SO cute!!
    Shelley

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  9. A very flattering top which looks great on you! Twin needles make such a difference, don't they.

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  10. Hey it's Nicole from The Girl Charlee Team. I LOVE this top! The foxes look amazing as a Coco! Thanks for the mention.

    www.girlcharlee.com

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