We’re really into Autumn now and everywhere you look is awash with rich colours – from the leaves on the trees to the earlier evening sunsets and from the darker lipstick hues in all of the magazines to the beautiful fabrics coming into clothing shops and fabric retailers. Autumn really is my favourite season; not just because I am an Autumn baby myself, but because it’s a really magical time of year. Away can go my pasty, Casper the Friendly Ghost legs and out come tights, boots and snuggly cardis (when we got to hats, scarves and gloves, the weather has gone too far).
Abakhan have got a great range of fabrics in stock for our Autumn/Winter sewing plans – my favourite is this Abstract Floral Spandex Scuba fabric – set against a navy base, the russets, lilac and ice white make me feel warm and cosy – it got me thinking, it would make a great Tilly and the Buttons Coco (yes, another one!) Scuba is another great option for making the Coco Dress as like ponte roma it doesn’t have lots of stretch. I actually think this Coco is a little more fitted than my ponte version and would consider more scuba Coco’s in the future.
As you can see, this version also has three quarter length sleeves; full length might have been warmer for winter but I don’t know about you, I find I’m pushing my sleeves up my arms with long sleeves so many of my tops have three quarter length sleeves. You’ll also see I’ve omitted the pockets on this version as the fabric was such a busy pattern – I tried a number of options but nothing seemed to stand out well enough to warrant pockets. Another reason I opted for scuba is because of the warmth of the fabric, I’m feeling very snug for Autumn.
When you’re using scuba, I can’t recommend enough using a walking foot! It’s great for any knit fabric but it works particularly well with scuba to avoid the normal foot catching on the fabric (you’ll also find it very helpful if you’re sewing striped fabric which you need to match up at the seams). This time round, I also bought some hemming tape for the neckline, which I really liked using to avoid any stretch when I was hemming the neck line. I also used my new best friend, stretch interfacing, for the sleeve and skirt hems.
I’ll be pairing this dress with my Swing Cape during Autumn for the perfect day to night outfit.
If you like this post, you might also like my last collaboration with Abakhan, my Liberty Wrap Dress.
Loving the 60’s vibe? Check out my Summer Dress review, where I was sewing up a storm with the New Look K6263 pattern.