Sew Stretchy – Having a go with Coco

Hi All,

My name’s Siobhan and I’m another TMS newbie – thanks for having me! I’m a Geneva-based sewing enthusiast and I blog over at Geneva has many fine qualities (mountains, lake, cheese etc.) but there’s not really much of a sewing community, so it’s particularly lovely to find such a vibrant virtual one!!

This was my first attempt at sewing with knits. Like Charlene (love your top btw!) I went with Tilly’s Coco pattern. A nice, simple sew, perfect for knit first-timers. I opted for the dress variation, with roll-neck and cuffs, which I think has a great 60s vibe. It came together really smoothly and I’m pretty happy with the result.

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I used a double needle for the topstitching (another first), which gives a lovely professional finish. If I have one criticism it’s that I think the shoulders could do with raising a bit. Next time!

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Feel free to hop over to my blog for a couple more details.

Hope you all have a lovely week.

Siobhan xx

8 thoughts on “Sew Stretchy – Having a go with Coco

  1. Looks great and super-wearable. I think I must be about the only person who hasn’t (yet) used Tilly’s Coco pattern. Keep going with stretchy knit sewing – it gets easier.


  2. Thanks ladies 🙂
    SteelySeamstress I just sewed it up on a regular machine, using a zigzag stitch on the seams and a double needle for the topstitching. I followed Tilly’s tip about stabilising the shoulder seams with ribbon, which stops them stretching out too much. Oh and I used a little of that iron-on hemming tape stuff around the hem.


  3. Well done on your first make with knits! Did you use an overlocker or did you sew it the “old-fashioned way” on a sewing machine? You certainly had more courage than me this month with my first knit project.


  4. Thank you both!
    Rachel, I know it’s gorgeous isn’t it?? It’s a Geneva park I discovered last weekend. Lovely and quiet too. Ideal for outfit photo twirling 🙂


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