Ella's Blog Post for the Sew Me Sunshine Blogger's Network
Autumn's on its way and it's time to change up our me-made wardrobes. Luckily there is lots of inspiration throughout the sewing community for cosy cardigans (thanks to the #cosycardichallenge) to layer up over our lovely bright summer dresses.
When Harriet launched Sew Me Sunshine I excitedly headed first for the cotton florals (old habits die hard) but in a bid to build my wardrobe and my jersey sewing confidence I decided on some stripy Ponte Roma and Twinkle Rose French Terry by Atelier Brunette which I had long coveted! I knew at once that the stripes would be perfect for a Tilly and the Buttons Coco top and that gave me an idea... I could use the rose terry for another Coco - the Coco jacket, recently launched as a PDF pattern by Sew Over It.
The Coco cropped jacket, has a round neck with princess seams and is actually designed for a wool or jacquard but I thought I could take a risk and use a medium weight knit. I was conscious I was cutting into the most delightful fabric and would have been devastated if I ruined it! The other risk I took was only buying a metre but it's a nice width and I had already decided to make it more cropped if necessary!
I was lucky that with a bit of pattern Tetris and slightly shortened sleeves, I cut it on the grainline successfully from the metre. The several pieces sewed up well and then I was debating whether to line it. The wrong side of the fabric is so soft and cosy, I decided to leave it unlined. As a result, I needed a different way to finish the seams. I used the scraps to create a collar by measuring the collar and cutting a rectangle a couple of inches wide and folding/pressing it in half and sewing it with a small seam allowance. I also made cuffs for the sleeves.
The front opening was a little drapy, which would have been fine for a waterfall design but didn't suit the boxy shape here. I opted for a Liberty tana lawn bias binding from my stash, which I doubled over to trim and then added a few hooks and eyes too.
I was delighted by the way it turned out - although I may size down to 12 next time. I will definitely be making this pattern again, using some Ponte roma or the more formal version. I would also love to make another top from the rose French terry, maybe a Coco top to go with my Coco jacket! I think I'm well on my way to making a cosy autumn me made wardrobe!
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If you fancy making yourself your very own knit fabric SOI coco jacket then have a look at all of these beautiful knit fabrics
(including some gorgeous French Terry!)
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