It’s a Coco Party!

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Pattern: Coco by Tilly and the Buttons
Fabric: denim print ponte from Fabric Place Basement
Size: 3

Scarf: J Crew
Tights: Hue
Boots: Nine West

Today is the day, it’s a Coco Party around the world!  This is actually my second Coco dress – I’ve been too lazy to finish the hem on my first one, and this fabric was so perfect that I had to make another one in time for today.

What’s playing on my party playlist?  Happy by Pharrell Williams, because that’s how I feel wearing my Coco!

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This is just a fantastic, basic little dress pattern from Tilly, and I see so many of these in my future – this is a perfect transitional weather garment.  I couldn’t pass up this denim-like ponte fabric – some may have thought “jeggings” when looking it at, but I saw “chambray-esque knit dress” instead.  Think something like this cute shift dress, which I pinned to one of my outfit boards on Pinterest:

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I cut a straight straight size 3 and like the fit, but I may use 3/8″ seams instead of 5/8″ next time since the armholes go up into my armpits a bit.  Going up a size could be an option, but I don’t want a whole lot more ease – I think changing the seam allowances a bit would solve the problem.  I also added an inch onto the length of the dress and turned up the hem half an inch.  I plan on wearing this dress with leggings or tights this spring, but if I wanted to go bare legs, I think another inch would be necessary – it’ a little tricky bending over!

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I whipped up this whole dress on my serger in under an hour, and then used a twin needle on my hems and neckline.  It didn’t seem necessary to use fusible hem tape to stabilize the neck or hems since this fabric is pretty beefy as is.  And for a cute little detail, I sewed some silver buttons onto the shoulder seams for a nautical look.

This dress is absolutely cute and so easy to wear!  I love that it’s a great base pattern with endless customization options, and I see some others in my future – funnel neck, color blocking, striped.

Have you made a Coco yet?



  1. March 21, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    love love this dress and fun photo shoot! nice addition in the buttons!

    • March 24, 2014 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks! It was actually in my boyfriend's condo, he has more blank walls than I do and I just used my tripod 🙂

  2. March 21, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    NO, I haven't made a Coco yet, but I'm going to!! I love the look of yours. 🙂 Very cute idea to add the buttons, and the chambray-look knit is rather chic.

    • March 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm

      Thanks!! I was so happy when I spotted this fabric.

  3. March 21, 2014 / 9:55 pm

    This is so cute! I need more Cocos!!!!!

  4. March 21, 2014 / 11:20 pm

    This is probably my favourite coco yet. The fit looks much more snug on you which I prefer. Love the buttons!

    • March 24, 2014 / 3:01 pm

      Aww, why thank you, I'm really flattered! There's some great Cocos out there.

  5. March 25, 2014 / 5:02 pm

    Love your version of the Coco Dress!! And the thights too! 🙂

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