Coco Tilly and the Buttons

The Coco by Tilly and the Buttons. Ms Tilly created this pattern and it went off like a rocket in the indie pattern world. I think most sewing enthusiasts know this pattern, and if you don’t, you will now!

Pattern details: To quote Ms Tilly “…Breton top or knit dress with multiple variations the Coco is easy fitting, with no zips, buttons or other fiddly bits. The perfect introduction to sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine.” The pattern variations include a dress or a top, regular or high neckline and one to two pockets.

I created the dress version, with a regular neckline and two front pockets. 


Coco Dress Tilly and the Buttons Miss Pippilotta

Fabric: I found this navy cotton knit at The Fabric Store. It’s medium to heavy weight with only a slight stretch one-way. If you are new to sewing with knits, I recommend using a similar fabric, one without too much stretch. The best bit about knits? They don’t fray – Hooray!!  The pockets I made from chambray cotton scraps. Because the pockets are not made from fabric with any stretch they have puckered at little along the stitching but it’s still looks okay. Next time, I’ll use another coloured knit to avoid puckering.


Coco Dress Tilly and the Buttons Miss Pippilotta


Alterations: I made one alteration; the size. Following the suggested size for my bust size turned out too big, I felt like I was swimming in it, particularly around the waist. I ended up going down about two sizes. I’m interested to know if other Coco sewers have had the same issue, looking around at other reviews I can’t tell if they have or not. So if you are making a Coco, keep in mind it may start too big, but you can easily take it in. Better than it being too small! Not a lot we can do when we have already cut the fabric.


Coco Dress Tilly and the Buttons Miss Pippilotta

Verdict: I give Coco a big thumbs-up. It is easy to make and makes sewing knits not so scary to the beginner. The shape of the dress is flattering and is really comfy too. Along with the shape, the pockets make the dress distinct. You can have fun choosing fabric that you might be scared to wear as an all over pattern. The next time I make a Coco, I’m going to a black with white stripes (similar to the original by Tilly) with white on green polka dots for the pockets…now I just have to find the fabric. 





Coco Dress Tilly & the Bottons Miss Pippilotta


Have you made a Coco by Tilly and Buttons? I’d love to see it. If you haven’t, hop to it, you will have a new dress in no time at all.


10 Comment

  1. Wow I love this:) Those pockets are so cute and the necklace sets it off. i can see you making a few of these 😉

    1. misspippilotta says:

      Oh thank you Jenny. The necklace is by Emily Green – she makes lovely necklaces.

  2. Deb Baker says:

    I actually haven’t heard of this dress – I feel so out of touch with sewing at the moment. This looks fabulous and like you say you can vary it a lot. I am definitely going to try this one. I’ve even got the perfect knit fabric to use. Thanks for sharing.
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    1. misspippilotta says:

      Yay, give it a try Deb. And you have reminded me to get cracking on Softies for Mirabel. Perhaps we can do a linky type post of all our Sofites – will be in touch.

  3. heather gullan says:

    Just love this dress – lv mum

    1. misspippilotta says:

      Thanks MUM 🙂

  4. Laura says:

    Yay! I love your version of the Coco. The pockets are great! I haven’t yet made a Coco but I did make a Miette skirt. I’m planning on making a Coco soon so I can let you know how I find the sizing.
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    1. misspippilotta says:

      Hi Laura, I have been eyeing off the Miette skirt pattern – looks cute. Have fun with the Coco, look forward to seeing yours.

  5. Anya says:

    I love this dress! I’m not too experienced (but enthusiastic) sewing fan and it seems like I may be able to cope with this pattern 🙂
    Thanks for the lowdown 🙂
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    1. misspippilotta says:

      I reckon you can manage this one Anya. I look forward to seeing your creation!

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