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Maritime Coco

Good news, the weather has finally decided to be spring here in Wisconsin, well it has actually been closer to summer temperature wise for the last few days. I’m actually writing this out on the back porch enjoying some sunshine (don’t worry I’m loaded up with some sunscreen). It has been absolutely lovely being able to wear skirts with no tights for the last few days, I have two new summer staples that have been getting quite the workout, one of them being the Coco Dress by Tilly and the Buttons.

Maritime Coco

After making up my Coco top I couldn’t wait to try out the dress variation and I must say that it is an absolute pleasure to wear. I’ve only been able to wear it out and about twice since the weather here had stayed so cold for so long, but now that spring is here this dress is going to see heavy rotation, which is a good and bad thing. The bad part about that being that this fabric pills up like mad! It is the same stuff that I used for the top variation (which I purchased at the same time) and while I like the colors and the drape I don’t think I would order anymore of it due to the pilling I am getting, luckily I do have a fabric shaver which is helping slightly.

Maritime Coco

As you have noticed I did something a little different with the top of the sleeves and the top of the bodice and used some solid white ponte to create a subtle contrast. I followed Tilly’s tutorial for the shirtfront and back, but rather than having the sleeves solid I split them as well. To do this I measured where the striped and solid fabric would meet on the bodice and then using a soft tape measure I measured where the sleeve would connect all the way down to where it would match the seam of the front and back yoke. I hope that makes sense. Lemme give you some math to better help explain. For the Dress front I made a horizontal cut 5 inches down from the center front and for the sleeve I made a horizontal cut down from the sleeve cap at 6 ¼ inches. The reason the numbers don’t match is that you have to accommodate for the shoulder so that all the lines match up. Here are a couple of photos so that hopefully makes sense.

Tilly and the Button's Coco Dress Alterations

Tilly and the Button's Coco Dress Alterations

Maritime Coco
And this is what it looks like all stitched up.

The other alterations I did were my standard ½ inch FBA as well as adding two back darts. After making the top version I noticed that I had a bit of extra fabric pooling in the back, which doesn’t bother me too much, but I knew would drive me absolute crazy in a dress. For the darts I used Colette Pattern’s Laurel Dress as a jumping off point for positioning, but for depth I measured how much fabric I was wanting to remove (using my top) and came up with 1 ½ inches for each dart. I them used a straight stitch and tissue paper to sew them up. While I think I have the darts a little too low, I am very happy in how they worked.

Tilly and the Button's Coco Dress Alterations- Back Dart

Here’s what my dart looked like in the end.

Maritime Coco

For a finishing touch I added some metal buttons to the shoulder seams!

Maritime Coco

The only sewing problem I had in making this was sewing the neckline, this thiner white ponte just did not want to stitch up nicely. I used a twin needle and it kept skipping stitches. I ripped out the first set bought a new twin needle, since the other was getting kinda dull, and still had the same results. Oh well, no one should be looking that close at those stitches. Other than that this was a dream to whip up. I could have easily completed this in a single afternoon, but I had to wait to use my sister-in-laws sewing machine to hem it since mine wont fit a twin needle.

xoxo

Jeanne

P.S. Here are a few bonus cat photos for you. I’m surprised it has taken her so long to come and try photobombing me.

Maritime Coco
Can you see her in the corner?

Maritime Coco
And here she is, distracted by the window.

Quick Facts:
Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons’ Coco Dress
Size: 4 tapered to 5 in waist and hips
Fabric: Blue and White Ponte de Roma and White Ponte Fino
Alterations: ½ inch FBA, added two 1 1/2inch back darts, and cut pattern to create contrasting yoke and sleeves

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Me Made May ’14 Week One

Hope everyone’s Me Made May is going well thus far, it was a short week but so far so good. If you follow me on Instagram you will have most likely seen a few MMMay posts, but rather than posting to that everyday and clogging up my non-sewing friends feeds I though I would do a round up on here.

Me Made May Week One

Day 1: Coppelia Cardi and as of yet unblogged Meitte Skirt by Tilly and the Buttons Day 2: Pre-blog Laurel Dress by Colette Patterns Day 3: As of yet unblogged Plantain T-shirt by Deer and Doe and a me made tote bag (available at my Etsy shop)

So far so good and I am keeping with my goal of 4 me-mades a week! Here’s hoping the rest of the month goes this smoothy!

xoxo

Jeanne

 

Where’s Waldo Coco Top

Ah, I’m finally almost up do date with the posting of my sewing backlog and here is my final project of the pieces I photographed earlier this month. But as I am writing this I have 2.5 (I’m currently half way through a project, hence the .5) me-mades and one non-clothing sewing project that I would like to post. It appears that I am sewing faster than I am blogging, I’m sure this has to do with the fact that I am semi-unemployed at the moment (currently waiting for a sewing related gig to open up). I don’t know if this backlog is common with any other sewing bloggers out there, if you guys are reading this I would love to know!

Since this post seems to be of a semi-personal nature, well at least so far, I have been meaning to mention that this summer I am going to Paris with my husband for our 2 year anniversary/belated honeymoon! Anyways I have been doing a lot of planning and researching as well as stitching up some basics that I plan to wear this summer and will hopefully be perfect for France. If any of you have suggestions of Paris related things that we should keep and eye out for please let me know, especially if any of those happen to be fabric stores, because duh, I would love to hear them!

Anyways with the mentioning of Paris I find it all too fitting to share my Tilly and the Buttons Coco Top with you! I have nicknamed this my Where’s Waldo Top for obvious reasons. When Tilly first announced this pattern I did quite the happy dance, I had been meaning to make a Breton style top to eventually replace the three H&M Breton tops I have and wear frequently.

Where's Waldo Coco Top

Let’s talk about the fabric first. I purchased this ponte de roma online from Stylish Fabric, it was on the cheaper side, which is what I was looking for but still had the size stripes I wanted. This is technically the coral color, although in person it looks red (but not a deep scarlet). Initially I was a little sad about what the color looked like in person, but since then it has really grown on me.

For sizing I cut a size 4 through the shoulders and bust and a size 5 through the waist and the hips, but I have considered tapering it in to a size 4, but I have yet to do it. Regardless I am really digging this top. The only other alteration I made was a ½ inch FBA, which I think is going to become my standard alteration.

I have really been digging working with knits, they are so easy to make and fit, so if any of you have been afraid to delve into the world of knits all I can say is DO IT! It isn’t scary at all, I mean it hardly needs any seam finishing, if that isn’t a sell I don’t know what is.

Where's Waldo Coco Top

Where's Waldo Coco Top

So far this is my most worn Me-Made yet, the only problem is I did find some pilling after my second time wearing it, I’m not sure if this is due to the quality of the fabric or if this is just the nature of polyester ponte de roma, since this is my first time working with it. Other than that there isn’t too much else to say about this top, it is a really straightforward design and I required little alteration to it. All in all it is a great pattern and I would recommend it to any sewing level since Tilly takes you through each step wonderfully and in color photographs in the instructions or on her blog.

Where's Waldo Coco Top

One final announcement, I am going to take part of Me-Made-May ’14 this year! For those of you who aren’t familiar with MMM is a month challenge to wear items that you yourself have created. Each person makes a pledge that will state how many me-mades they will wear. This challenge really helps you wear what you are making as well as figure out what is missing from your makes. So here I go

me-made-may'14

‘I, Jeanne of TheJeanneBean, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavor to wear a minimum of 4 handmade garments a week for the duration of May 2014’

While daily picture posts are not required I do plan on taking them so I can more easily look back and see if I am maintaining my goal, but I think rather than posting an outfit photo each day on Instagram (I really don’t want to clog up my non-sewing friends feeds) I am thinking of posting a recap on here instead. But I’m sure there will be a few pop up on Instagram. I would love to know if anyone else has signed up for MMM’14, we could keep each other motivated!

Xoxo
Jeanne

Quick Facts:
Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons’ Coco Top
Size: 4 tapered to 5 in waist and hips
Fabric: Coral Ponte de Roma
Alterations: ½ inch FBA