Saturday, April 5, 2014

Finished Project: Colorblocked Coco

Welcome to my first bona fide knit sewing project! As soon as I saw Tilly's Coco pattern, I (squealed out loud, and then) ordered it right away. I prefer printed to PDF patterns, so I ended up being a little late to the party, but now it's finally here. My very own Coco top.






What a fun, satisfying project! It only took a few hours, spread across a couple of week nights after work, and it turned out so cute. I've already worn it out and about twice in the short time I've had it. On the occasion pictured, we went to Union Market in DC where we got to browse some boutiques at the pop-up market, Thread. There was a bit of artwork there, in addition to the clothes, shoes, and accessories, etc.












For this top, I used two ponte fabrics from Fabric.com. The polka dot bit is just a regular ponte de roma, and the solid teal is ponte fino, which is slightly smoother and more drapey than the spotted ponte.  This was also my first time trying out color blocking, and I think it came out pretty well. Next time, I'll cut the upper part off just above the armpit, instead of just below, and would probably also add the 2nd fabric to the sleeves, too.

I've got two more spotted fabrics lined up for Cocos (both ponte knits), and am thinking of trying out a lighter weight jersey fabric, too. Maybe stripes? Hopefully these will work well during Me-Made-May 2014. That's right, I'm participating again this year!

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This year, I'll be wearing one me-made or me-altered/refashioned (including me-mended, if need be) piece each day of the week for the month of May. Last year, I was a little bit worried, and wrote in the backup clause that if I ran out of things to wear, I had to wear vintage, but this year I'm feeling confident (and excited!), as I didn't end up needing to resort to vintage once last year.

Here's to MMM'14 and more Cocos! :)

10 comments:

  1. Love it! The two teals match perfectly! The seam above the bust also looks really perfect :)

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  2. Pretty! You've done a great job :) Knits are so lovely and fast. I want to make more myself... I really love that artwork by the way! Sounds like a great market :)

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  3. Love the top Sue! It's hard to believe that's your first knit project. I really have to face my fears and try knits again. Having a pretty but polished top like this would be great!

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  4. That is a fantastic Coco, Sue. The colours are a perfect match and it has dots, yay. I can't wait to see your next Coco.

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  5. So so cute! Love the color on you! I would so love to make up a striped one!

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  6. Just found your blog through Julia Bobbin's Mad Men Challenge and I love everything I see so just had to follow!

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  7. Love your choice of polka dot and solid for your color blocking. Great top!

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  8. Your shirt looks great! I have a black polka dot ponte fabric that I want to make a Coco with on my to-do list. Your color blocking looks awesome with the polka dots. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Looks lovely, I hear the colour! Pairing the solid with the polka dot is a great idea!

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