Over the bank holiday weekend I was in Cornwall. I know. I get there a bit, don’t I? Well it helps when your family lives there. So, as usual, I kept back some recent makes in order to make the most of the scenery down there, & the availability of a tame photographer. These photos are all taken by my Mum with my new to me DSLR. It’s extremely exciting – but I feel so ignorant as well. But, starting simple – the presets are already making me squeal with joy.
This weekend (rather a long weekend- I was there for five days) was only going to be casual- but not overly warm – and my newly made Coco top (my fourth now) was the ideal wear – not only due to its long sleeves & slightly heavier cotton fabric, but also due to its seasiding nature (oh yeah! can’t resist some themes here!!).
The fabric is genuine Breton fabric bought from Brittany, so kindly organised for me by my IG friend La Mouette Au Sec. It’s a kind of cotton interlock (I think that is how you describe it), & has a real Breton shirtness about it. I chose burgundy, as I have never had a burgundy Breton before, & believe me, in my time I have had a ton of Bretons, but only ever navy striped.
I departed from the true spirit of the Breton shirt however, clearly using Tilly’s Coco Top pattern for all apart from the elbow patches. For these I stole the size & shape from the Deer & Doe Plantain top. The fabric is a cute ditsy jersey (no longer available) from Clothkits that I have since made another top out of – but more of that another time.
How I love the Coco top – I can whip one up in less than 2 hours start to finish. It’s an overlocker make for me, with just the neck & hems that use either my regular zig zag or coverstitch respectively.
But what about the natty trews? Way hey! They are another pair of Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It – this time using a stretch denim. Oh my but these are comfy. I have to say that Ultimates are unusually comfortable for a fitted pair of trousers even without any lycra content, but when you add lycra, wow. Super comfy almost like jeggings (I guess, never having worn any, but they must come close).
Once again I made the Ultimates with a regular lapped zipper – my haberdashery’s invisible zips are ludicrously expensive compared to a 30p regular 8″ zip and in such limited colours too. I like using lapped zippers so much, it’s so much more predictably finished than an invisible zipper too.
I am so addicted to this pattern- it’s another really simple make, once you are confident you know what you’re doing with the fit. So I’ve got three pairs (& a pair of tester shorts) – but my Twitter friend @Ali_Goddard has 8 pairs! Yes – she has fallen for Ultimate Trousers bad- but in a good way, clearly. And that’s just for summer!!
So this is my seasiding outfit for late summer. I am still verging on Ultimates being my OWOP, but I would need to make a pair for work, & I am not sure I have the time (with other more pressing deadlines to meet). And I know I need to decide like real soon, as it starts later this week!
Tell you what, if I was on hols Coco would be my OWOP pattern – look- I took all four with me to Cornwall, & they all got worn!
As well as the one you’ve just seen there is: