I wanted to take part in OWOP2014 so that took priority at first. I had to quickly knock out an extra skirt for the challenge, so shoved the half-finished Coco to one side, and it hung there on the mannequin looking forlorn. No point finishing it, though, if I couldn't wear it for a week.
Okay, so I'll finish the following week... No I won't, as all five of us in the family come down with the awful noro virus! Yuck!
Okay, so I'll finish the week after... No I won't, as darling daughter comes down with "Slapped Cheek" and I catch the accompanying fever and cold!
And after that?... No, by then my birthday has been and gone, I've got a bad case of the miseries over getting another year older, and I don't feel like sewing!
This is ridiculous: get a grip Louise! It will only take about 20 minutes to finish. I'm going to do it now, photo and post today no putting it off any longer.
[About 24 hours and 20 minutes later...]
Did it! Phew. Sadly the light had gone by the time I completed it, so I had to wait until this morning for photos.
So this is, I suppose, my longest make to date! Ironically, it was really straightforward.
The fabric is a sturdy double-knit jersey with a mock knitted design in grey and black. The photos do not really capture the design very well. It was a bugger to photograph and darling Hubbie (the blog's official photographer) took three lots of pictures before we gave up and said they'll do.
I went for the version with the funnel neck which I really like. I didn't realise it would be so easy. It was literally fold the collar in half and sew to neckline. Even I can do that.
The collar does give the dress a nice sixties vibe and I am happy with the look of it.
Size-wise I feel this is a little tight. If I made another, I would keep the neck, shoulders and armholes the same, and grade out a size for the dress section.
I have another piece of double knit which would look nice as a coco, but it has a printed border along the selvedge. Would it be okay to cut it, so that the patterned selvedge becomes the hem. Or would being off-grain destroy the shape?