A little while ago, the Finnish fabric design company Verson Puoti put a call out on their Instagram account for dressmakers to try some of their fabulously colourful fabrics, and I was delighted to be chosen!
A few weeks later two lovely floral jersey fabrics arrived, one in a bold skandi floral against a gorgeous turquoise background, and the other a red rose print against a white background. As I hadn’t tried sewing with knit fabrics before, this was the perfect opportunity to try out the Tilly & The Buttons Coco dress pattern.
Since the prints were both quite large, I decided to add a contrast plain fabric for each of the dresses to balance out the print. I chose a lemon yellow yoke to contrast against the turquoise which created a really fresh look, and I used a red ponte roma for the top half of the second dress to bring out the red floral, and slightly shortened the sleeves.
I absolutely love the yellow and turquoise dress and it’s already had several wears. The red version is cute but it turned out to be not quite so much my style. I also prefer the balance of adding just a plain yoke against the print fabric as I did for the yellow and turquoise version rather than making all of the top half a different fabric. Although the red dress does look good with the fabulous polka dot clogs I picked up when I was in Rye.
I found the Coco to be a fun and easy dress to make and Tilly’s instructions were, as always, exceedingly clear and helpful! I was a little nervous about working with knit fabric for the first time but by following Tilly’s useful tips I had nothing to fear. I sewed both of these dresses up on my normal machine using a zig zag stitch for any seams that would stretch as recommended, but I have just upped my dressmaking game and ordered an overlocker so I’ll be able to whizz a few more Cocos up on that in future!
I was very impressed with the quality of Verson Puoti’s fabrics, but most of all with their design. Their range of prints and patterns is charming and I’ve got my eye on quite a few others… The yellow raindrops are top of my list, such fun!
I’ll definitely be making the Coco again as it’s a cute and easy dress to wear and so comfy. Tilly certainly knows how to create a great feminine vintage silhouette but combined with modern comfort! I obviously now need to make a striped version of the Coco dress, and I fancy making a few Coco tops to layer under dresses now the weather is changing, perhaps with funnel necks to cosy into!