Let’s start on a high – me & Mama Coco herself – the inspirational Tilly.
(I have not cropped this picture – I mean the turquoise wall has its own fame, right?!) So - Stripes & spots looking good together- (no not “goof” as my typing is trying malevolently to force me to write) I am hoping that this marks the Coco highpoint because you see I need to come down from the Coco high or is it more an affliction I’ve got? Is it contagious?
Tell me people- when you are fabric shopping do you assess fabric against the “could this be a Coco top” criteria? Do you also have a developing “Coco stash”.
(Introducing evidence reference A1)
It is not without cause that Coco has become the panacea to losing one’s sewing mojo. Not that that has been a problem for me. However, Coco tempts me with its style & simplicity of construction for “those times when I want a relaxing stylish sew”. I tell you it is a most reassuring thought to know that I have *a number* of suitable lengths of fabric should I feel the urge and the odd free hour to make it. My first Coco top has been a stalwart outfit addition for my weekends,and Merino rocks the Coco. But where could I go next but with a ponte?
So enter Coco #2. I made this using some ponte from Plushaddict. Sucker that I am I saw it on Twitter when my Coco mania was reaching peak purchase potential. I also bought the black/ cream double knit (for a nautical dress oh yes. It is destined for a seaside photo shoot when it is made & the time comes). But I digress, blame it on fou-de-Coco. Onto the Coco in hand … still in absolute first throes of love with the funnel neck I just had to make another version.
I made up as designed, but felt something was missing – in an artistic kind of artist/ gardeners’ smockette- a pocket kanga would want to jump into. So I cut one freehand & sewed it on, with my trying- ever-so-hard-to-please-me coverstitch machine (our relationship is improving thanks to an intervention from Melissa when she came to stay. But coverstitch & me – we have a way to go before we are best buds)
The kangaroo pocket settled almost nicely (coverstitching needed a bit of rescuing & a fair amount of bar tacking by my regular trusty dependable-knight-in-shining-armour machine at key stress points). However, I may have located the pocket a bit high & darned if I was going to take it all off. A bit of playing around in the mirror later & the design decision was taken to shorten Coco to become hip length. It works. But now you know the truth. Some of my design decisions are reactive due to not thinking things through….and there you were thinking that everything was part of the plan …
So it’s been a wonderful weekend & evening staple- lounging in style. So come the Coco party *for real* when I was in such fantastic company for the final of the Great British Sewing Bee, it was the obvious choice.
How many Cocos in this sewing selfie?
It was such a lovely evening watching the final with Coco-wearing sewing blogging pals ( me, Katie, Rachel, Janene, Tilly, Jane, Alana) . Katie has written up the evening (plus two amazing Cocos), capturing the atmosphere if you are interested in even more. I was thrilled to get a picture for this blog post with Tilly – against *the” turquoise wall.
So, while we were there we were lucky enough to have a preview of Tilly’s book: Love at First Stitch & if you pop along to Tilly’s blog you will see that she has shared one of the projects from her blog- the sweet Brigitte scarf- for a book launch blogosphere -party on Thursday 8th May. I’m in, are you?