Ever since I started venturing into dressmaking I have been eyeing up jersey fabric and then veering away from it in favour of plain old non-stretch cottons. I had looked at the Girl Charlee UK website a few times, and seen loads of prints I fancied trying, but was put off by not having an overlocker, and by all the websites that tell you how hard it can be.
Well, I finally decided not to be so wimpy and to give it a go. I thought I should start with something not too stretchy or floaty. This charcoal and black stripe seemed quite sturdy, and had the benefit of being double layers, so warmer – something that is quite appealing at the moment as it has turned so chilly out!
After a bit of research I also plumped for the Tilly and the Buttons Coco Dress pattern as it looked straightforward and the style of dress I like to wear. I should point out at this juncture that I had the pattern and fabric in my possession for several weeks before taking the plunge. I really hate it when things don’t go well and I ‘waste’ time by making something I don’t like or won’t wear. Anyway, I got to it at the weekend, and I honestly don’t know what all the fuss was about!
I am sure if I had used really stretchy and floaty fabric that this would have been harder, but the fabric was very easy to cut, sew and finish. I used zigzag stitch and left the edges raw as there’s no fraying – a bonus that I hadn’t realised before I started!! It was a very quick and simple pattern, and very straightforward, and it took me just under 2 hours to make from start to finish. I really like the finished dress, although the hem is very slightly stretched and a bit too swingy. Next time I will bring the sides in slightly on the skirt and I will make it longer as I am 6″ tall and it is more of a short tunic length on me than a dress. I really like the arms though – I went for the three-quarter length as I am always pushing up long sleeves. The dress/top fits really well and is very cosy.
I will be planning my next Coco dress very soon, and am very pleased at this first attempt. I am actually wearing it as I am writing this post. The hardest thing will be choosing which fabric to go for next – there are several that take my fancy, and I have found a couple of other patterns which caught my eye. I may need to buy a bigger wardrobe!
Girl Charlee UK very kindly supplied the fabric for me to review, but all opinions expressed are my own.
I must apologise for the quality of the photos – my camera isn’t working, the light is awful at this time of the year, and my phone did the best it can!Follow Me