Coco Dress 3.0 – Tilly and the Buttons

Hello chums,

I hope you are all enjoying December and all the festivities that come with this time of the year. Today I decided to start this post with a throwback to my second Coco top blogged in August 2014.


Couture Coco


For some reason I didnt get round to making another Coco because I went off it. Basically this top above is one of the garments that got given away when I cleared out my wardrobe sometime ago. It just didn’t fit me well and felt baggy.

Retrospectively I now understand that there were 2 things at play here:

  1. Poor bra selection. I was still breastfeeding in 2014 and wearing bras that I had bought when my oldest was breastfeeding. They were eight years old, quite saggy with poor support (at the time I didnt think so though). My bust measurement was off because of this.
  2. Once I stopped breastfeeding my extra bust inches were all lost and I was back to my modest B cup. This meant that the top looked and felt even baggier.

Cut to more than 2 years later and I now wear better fitting bras (thanks to M&S free bra fitting service) – I tried out the Coco again. At SewUpNorth I met Pam who was wearing her striped Coco top with a funnel neck. I was quite taken by her top and the seed was planted.

Sewing it up was so incredibly quick and everything went together well. I had to cut it 2 sizes down from the 2014 version. The blister ponte is a lovely silvery grey with black embossed leaves. It has a nice texture and is very comfortable.

Tilly and The Buttons Coco Dress


Back view
Funnel neck detail
Sleeve cuffs.

I was pleased to find that I loved the fit of the dress when I tried it on. Perfect winter wear with tights and boots. I will be joining Tialys and making loads more Cocos!

I think if I ever had to recommend an easy beginner friendly pattern this would be it. I even did a Youtube vlog on it just after I finished it (at bottom).

Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!

Peace and love,








22 thoughts on “Coco Dress 3.0 – Tilly and the Buttons

  1. Love this!

    I’ve only made the top version with the funnel neck, my tunic doesn’t and it was actually that design feature I bought the pattern for.

    I definitely need to make some more, quick make and easy to throw on with a pair of leggings when I’m working (and easy to wear is good when working with a class full of 3 and 4 year olds ☺️)

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    1. I plan on making some more as well. Its so easy to make and to wear. Cant believe its taken me so long to fully appreciate it. Did you figure out that swayback issue? x


  2. I haven’t been a fan of most of the renditions of Coco that I’ve seen on the web, but I think your fabric choice and execution make this something I would want to wear! It looks so flattering and chic – rock it, girl!

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  3. I love it! I’m fact I love the whole outfit! I made a coco last week, also my 3rd – they are so quick to put together 🙂 next time I will add cuffs like yours! 🙂 It does fit you really nicely!

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    1. I never liked the pockets on the green one – too small for anything. Perhaps that why. I have worn this dress quite a lot already – so easy to pull on and makes me feel nice and trim 🙂

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