As part of Sewing Indie Month, I had the opportunity to make up Tilly’s famous Coco top – and I can totally understand why the sewing interwebs have gone crazy for it!
I used the leftovers from this wrap dress I made ages ago (ages enough ago that I was still taking photos of my dresses on a dressform, at night…. oops). I love the dress to pieces and had saved the last bits of abstract rose jersey but had no plans to use them until… colour blocking inspiration! I combined the jersey with a lovely navy rayon jersey from Grey’s Fabrics, and whipped it together with my serger in mere minutes. Colour blocking was very simple – I simply drew a line across the pattern, and then traced off two new pieces and added seam allowance.
The serged seam across the bust stuck out ever so slightly, so I topstitched it down, which worked a treat.
As I am a wholly predictable creature, I also scooped that neck right out, using my trusty Renfrew as a guide. I used Tilly’s turn-and-stitch approach for the neckline, which was made 1000% easier by the fact that Colette’s new Guide to Knits introduced me to the joy that is Wonder Tape. Does everyone else already use this?! If not, get some! Basically it’s double-sided sticky tape for fabric that doesn’t gum up your needle and washes out… It lets you secure your seam before you sew it, and you can use the edge of it to get a perfect 1/4 inch hem. I’m not sure how I would have finished this slippery rayon without it…
I was a little trepidatious about the sizing, but I cut a straight size 8 and it actually fits on the looser side, probably because I used jersey rather than the recommended interlock which is more stable and beefy. After a brief consideration of scooping out the side seams I thought perhaps I would embrace the flowiness, which is perfect for summer and/or cake consumption.
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