A Coco Fit for a Baby Bump!

Being a Tilly and the Buttons super fan, I even surprised myself for taking this long to try a Coco dress! I might be heavily pregnant, but thought I’d make one now just for fun, to see if it would work.

I just decided to just try making a larger size than I normally would, with no fancy maternity alterations. Then crossed my fingers and hoped for the best!

I had been eyeing up this fabric from Backstitch for ages. So when I popped into the shop over Christmas I decided to finally treat myself. I figured this would be ideal for a Coco – a nice medium weight without too much stretch.

I loved how quick and easy this was to make – especially with the help of my trusty overlocker. I really wan’t sure if this would work as a maternity dress, so I was a little nervous to try this on when I finished. Very luckily, I think I I pulled it off!

It fits over bump, but not too tight – this was the thing I was most worried about. When I make this again, I think I’ll try shorter sleeves to give it a bit more of a cute, girly look.

The only area I think that could have been improved is the neckline, which gaped slightly. But I have this problem with most patterns. I nearly made the adjustment before cutting, but thought that I might be a bit bigger all over at the minute (definitely am!), and would rather make too big than too small. Never mind – I’ll adjust for my next Coco!

I wish I’d tried this pattern sooner, as it really is a fab dress. I think it *just* works for my stage of pregnancy, but would have been perfect for a bit earlier on – and obviously stunning without a bump too.

This make is going to be perfect for seeing out the rest of pregnancy in the colder months. Just add tights! Oh, and gold brogues. Standard.

Pattern: Coco Dress by Tilly and the Buttons

Fabric: Ponte Roma Jersey from Backstitch

Size made: 4

Alterations made: None!

Alterations for the next Coco: Narrow shoulders/neckline

Birdseye view over the bump

All the heart eyes for my new brogues

Matching nails 🙂

3 Comments

  1. by Marie (Ree-Sewn) on January 17, 2017  5:24 pm Reply

    Looks lovely! That print with the gold brogues is just great. I'm expecting too, 22 weeks and only just getting round to sewing any maternity clothes!! So I may copy you and try a Coco, I already have the neckline and sleeves etc altered from a top version I made ages ago. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy, you'll certainly see it out in style in this dress! :) x

  2. by Cassandra on April 28, 2017  5:37 am Reply

    Absolutely lovely as a maternity dress! I was thinking a small V-split at the neckline would fix that slight gape and would add an extra point of interest to the dress. Definitely keeping this pattern in mind though for when I need it, thanks for sharing!

    • by Gingerthread Girl on May 1, 2017  10:47 am Reply

      Thank you so much! And that's such a good idea about the neckline. I need to bring the dress in a bit too now that I don't have a big baby bump :) x

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