Thursday, April 10, 2014

Coco by Tilly and the Buttons


Hey, guys! It's really sad, that I'm late to the Coco Party, so late that I didn't even make it. It's kind of the story of my sewing lately. I ordered the pattern before the Coco Party. There was some mishaps where my order didn't get shipped until a week later, but Tilly is sweet enough to gift me her Miette skirt PDF. I finished a polka dot Coco the day of the Party. I just didn't have time to take pictures of it. I haven't taken pictures in a while. It felt weird, but I like it because I get to share with you guys what I've been making.


I bought my ponte fabric from Girl Charlee because of all the recommendations, but my first version pilled all over. Laura told me that it was going to happen because it has polyester. I didn't know because it was my first time sewing with pont knit. I didn't realize the extent of it. It pilled in places that I didn't expect it to. It pilled all over, the boobs, stomach, and thighs. It basically pilled everywhere. I think it's the fabric. Sadly, this fabric is of the same material as my polka dot dress. So, I don't expect to wear it that often before I see major pillage sets in. Two may be three wears and a wash, max. It's sad. The other three fabrics I bought from them seems better quality. If anyone knows a place that sells all cotton or wool ponte, let me know! May be I can use Merino wool? Why, yes!

Anyway, on to the pattern itself. It's a straight forward pattern. I love it. I lengthen the pattern by 2 inches and used a 1 inch hem. The first time around, I made it according to my measurements, a 4 bust, 3 waist, and 4 hips. I didn't like the loose fit, so I cut 5/8 inches off. I like the this fit better, event hough it's a bit loose looking at these pictures.


I was scared to sew knit, and I don't know why I had this horrible fear. It's fast to sew, this took me an 1.5 to sew up. It's super comfy to wear. It's like wearing PJ's, which has its up side and down side. When I eat, I do internally know when I'm full. What I like about the fitted dress is that it too tells me that I ate to much when the dress gets tight. I'm just crazy that way.

Stats:
Coco Dress by Tilly and the Buttons
Size: 4 bust-3 waist-4 hips
Alterations- took out 5/8 at the side seams, lowered the neck line by 3 inches. It could have been 2. hehe


31 comments :

  1. Sadly, I've found that all my jerseys from Girl Charlee have pilled so far - and I have been buying the cottons with a little lycra built in. I don't think their quality is very high, which is sad because the prints and stripe combos are great. Your dress is really cute.

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    1. I'm sad to hear that and that other people have experienced the same problem. What drew me to Girl Charlee, other than the recommendations, is the cute prints. I haven't seen many polka dots, hearts, and other prints that I like. I'll have to look for another alternative.

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  2. I just ordered some ponte from Girl charlee for maternity skirts, but I only need them to last a couple more months. I've seen good recommendations for the ones from Mood: http://www.moodfabrics.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=ponte+knit (some are rayon, some are 100% cotton).

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    1. Thanks! I'll have to check it out. I do like 100% natural cotton or rayon over poly blend. May be I'm just a content snob. :P BUT the only problem I've come across is that ponte doesn't come in 100% natural materials. There's always poly in there.

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  3. This looks to be a comfy dress :) Too bad about the pilling though...

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    1. Siri, it's amazingly comfortable. It's like wearing PJs in public! I'm very sad that it's already starting to pill...and I've worn it only a couple of times. :(

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  4. I have some ponte that I got at Mood, and I've been happy with the quality, and haven't had any pilling. Your Coco is cute! I like how you added the contrast color at the hem.

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    1. Thanks Marrie! I have to check out Mood from the recommendations everyone has been giving me. I can try to shave my dress to get rid of the pilling, but it's sad that I have to shave it every time I wear it. I really have to check out Mood because I'm lazy. ;)

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  5. One other thought (sorry for the multiple comments), you could try shaving your dress with a razor. I do this with my sweaters to get rid of pills and it works really well. I just use a regular twin blade razor.

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  6. This Coco is so, so cute! The color blocking is such a great effect, with a simple pattern. Lovely!

    I'm so sorry to hear about the pilling, though. I've had some quality issues with Girl Charlee fabrics, as well, but mostly with jerseys. Like everyone else, I've also had really great luck with the Mood ponte. It was very high quality and easy to work with!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I love color blocking too because I get to mix and match colors, my favorite thing to do.

      I'm really disappointed in their ponte and I do have another cute heart knit that I know is going to pill after a days wear. What drew me to them is the cute prints. I have to check out Mood from all the recommendations. You know the sad part of it all? I can drive to Moods! Ha!

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  7. I love the colour blocking - and the colours you chose. Thanks also for the updates about fabric quality. I'm in Australia and drool over some of the fabric websites but with the shipping costs, I've really got to be confident about the quality before ordering.

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    1. Oh my, yes, save on your shipping costs. I love their prints because their really cute and the price is perfect, but I think it should last more than a couple wears before it pills. It just doesn't pill in areas you expect it too, it pilled everywhere!

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  8. The downside to ponte is the pilling polyester! And it's always on my boobs too.....oh well it's soft and cozy. The colour blocking super cute!

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    1. Ugh, I don't like the pilling. It's really noticeable with my first dress that I don't wear it anymore. It is soft and cozy. I'd have to look at other types of fabric that is as stable as ponte.

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  9. What a great color combo! Sorry to hear about the pilling. Ugh. I have so much of their fabric in my stash. Oh well.

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    1. Thanks, Mela. May be yours won't pill? I do have a lot of of their fabrics and it's all ponte. I'm hoping the thicker ones will last longer and wont' pill as much. (thicker=better quality? Ha)

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  10. Thanks for giving me an update on Girl Charlee. I originally ordered from them because they were cute and cheap but I guess you get what you pay for because I wasn't impressed with the quality.
    It's a super cute dress and I really like the color blocking as well.

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    1. Yea, unfortunately it's true; you do get what you pay for. I wish I knew about the quality before hand so I can put that money and buy fewer quality fabrics rather than more cheap fabrics. :(

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  11. I'm sorry to hear that your ponte pilled! I tried a Sophia ponte, which can be obtained from vogue fabrics online. It has not pilled. I haven't ordered anything else from Girl Charlee because the swatches I received were so thin. It is probably great for kids' clothes, as they wear them for such a short time.
    As for this dress, it is fabulous! I love the color blocking. :)

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    1. Oh! Thanks Laura! I'll have to check it out.

      Even for kid's clothes, I wouldn't buy it from them again because I think kid's clothes should last longer than a couple of wears.

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  12. This dress is so cute, and the color blocking is perfection! Sorry to hear that your fabric isn't standing up to basic use and washing, though. Guess that means you'll have to buy new cute fabric and make another version! ;-)

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    1. Right? I think a fabric should stand up to BASIC wear and washing. Ugh.

      I'm thinking of checking out both The Fabric Store and Mood, BUT I do have a few of Girl Charlee fabrics left. I have two dresses cut, but I haven't sewn. Also, I bought 2 yards of fabric and only ended up using 1 because of careful folding and pattern placement. I don't even know what I want to do with the left overs. I don't want to put all that time and effort into the dress so I can only wear it a three times. Sad panda.

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  13. Love your Coco. I really enjoyed this pattern and planned to stitch a few more versions. I was going to order from Girl Charlee but no will look elsewhere.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I really enjoyed making the Coco too. I love that it really lends itself to many alterations and styles. It's a breeze to sew too! I'll have to sew the thicker fabric and let you know how it is, but I don't have much hope for it.

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  14. I think this is my favourite coco I have seen! Good to know about girl Charlee. They have cute prints but it isn't the first negative comment I have heard about their quality.

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! I used the thicker, and I thought it was better quality ponte. Umm, no it still pilled, unfortunately. I've worn it once and I'm afraid to wear it again because of the pilling. It's a shame because it looks so pretty!

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  15. Ahhhh you look so adorable in this dress! Isn't it great to have a dress pattern that doesn't take too long to sew up?

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    1. Thanks, Erin! It's so great to have a pattern that doesn't take much time. I make easy patterns when one of my sewing project fails, which happens a lot. :P

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