Coco was my first foray into sewing with knit fabrics, and I would say that it was a perfect introduction for a new sewist. Tilly’s instructions are fantastically clear, and the pattern is sewn with a Ponte Roma or stable jersey, and so is much more friendly and easy to work with than some of the alternatives.
These two colour blocked coco’s are not my first attempts at this pattern, though that version is still in use, but these are the first ones where I started to modify patterns to suit my own preferences. For these versions I slimmed down the sleeve piece from below the armscye to the wrist, and also added my own cutting lines for the colour blocking.
Another advantage for novice sewists is that this one pattern covers a range of options. There is a dress or a top, a variety of sleeve lengths and a funnel or boatneck neckline. This makes it even easier to get both value for money from a pattern, and to end up with the garment you were dreaming of! For both of my versions I went for the straightforward boat neckline, which is just turned under and stitched. My top tip for getting it to stay in place is 1cm fusible hemming tape. It will stay right were you have pressed it, and also gives the neckline a little bit of structure.
For the dress version I added patch pockets and decided to finish the hem with a zigzag stitch in contrasting white thread. I actually preferred the appearance of the stitch from the bobbin side so I stitched it from the wrong side.
Both this top and dress have been going strong for about 3 years now and they are still comfy and cosy with just a bit of bobbling now. I think I will still be wearing them for a while yet.