Friday, September 26, 2014

Selfish Sewing Week: Coco Tunic

More Selfish Sewing Week action here... a Coco tunic, care of Tilly and the Buttons!

A solid black, work appropriate top has been on my list since, oh, May. Me Made May, to be precise. While documenting my outfits for a month, I noticed that a gaping hole in my me-made wardrobe is solid colored separates, particularly in black and white. Fast forward several months and I am just getting around to filling that hole!

Not my flashiest or more exciting make, but one of my fastest, simplest and most likely to be worn...  I am particularly pumped to wear it with my ikat ponte Mabel skirt, which hasn't seen much action thus far because I didn't have anything to pair with it.

The fabric is black ponte, which is thick, soft and easy to sew. I bought it in a 5 yard cut from a vendor in Hong Kong recently for the equivalent of $10. Yessssss, so cheap! More on Hong Kong fabric shopping coming soon!

The pattern is Tilly's Coco pattern. I might be the last person on earth to make this (ok, maybe just the last sewing blogger on earth), but it is such a staple pattern that I couldn't resist. I made the absolute simplest version of Coco: tunic length, no collar or cuffs, no pockets. I even skipped the side slits, mostly because I forgot to mark them, serged right up the side seams, and was not about to unpick them. I used my twin needle on the neckline and hems and my serger for the rest of it. I cut a size slightly smaller than what I should have, but used 3/8 inch seams rather than the 5/8 inch called for and it worked out perfectly!

Coco: there will be more in my future!! Love the fit... snug in the right places and skimming in others, great neckline.


  1. Great outfit, and it must be so comfy! What a steal on the ponte too - score!