I wrote this post in October last year so most of you have probably seen this top on my Instagram… not quite sure why it has taken me so long to publish it.. but here you go!
As I have been getting more into sewing I have found out about some really popular independent pattern companies. So many sewing bloggers and vloggers mentioned ‘Tilly and the Buttons’ and how simple there patterns are to follow, so thought I would try one of their patterns out for myself.
To give myself an extra challenge I decided to make one of their jersey items. For those of you who don’t know, jersey fabric is stretchy so can be hard to sew with. I popped down to my local sewing shop ‘Crafty Sew & So’ in Leicester and bought the Tilly and the Buttons Coco pattern and some really lovely navy blue ponte roma fabric. (Ponte roma is a type of knit fabric). They are always so helpful and gave me some tips for sewing with Jersey and advised me to purchase some Jersey sewing needles.
I love the packaging of the pattern. It seems to have a more contemporary aesthetic compared to some of the other patterns I have purchased.
As I mentioned I had never worked with jersey fabric before but the Tilly and the Buttons instruction booklet took me through every step, including which stitch I should be using on the sewing machine. I chose to make the three quarter sleeve options, which I think is really flattering. I did struggle slightly to get my head around how to create the cuff, but I got there in the end.
From beginning till end, including cutting out the pattern and fabric the top only took me a few hours to make. I love the basic shape, the cuff details and the splits up the side. I can not wait to use the pattern again to make the coco dress.