Tilly and the Buttons Coco Top: DIY Striped Breton Inspired Funnel Neck Tunic Top

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Tilly and the Buttons Coco tunic length striped top with funnel neck. Worn with Vogue 1517 ponte trousers

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are well. Today is a quick review of the Coco top by Tilly and the Buttons. I made mine in a striped ponte fabric from my stash and added the funnel neck for laid back winter warmth. This is a quick and easy sew and it’s easy to see why it has had so much appeal in the sewing community.

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Tilly and the Buttons Coco tunic length striped top with funnel neck

One thing I am going to say is that I did a full bust adjustment. Yes, a full bust adjustment in knits is completely possible! And, the best part is, that it is fairly easy to eliminate the bust dart so you have a dartless FBA. I highly recommend checking out this tutorial from Jennifer Lauren which is specifically for knit tops. It is totally worth it just for a perfect fit.

The fit on the back could possibly do with more work. I did a 5/8ths inch sway back adjustment, but I don’t know if actually I need to grade out more in the back? Something to think about.

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Tilly and the Buttons Coco tunic length striped top with funnel neck

Overall, love this top: I confess I bought the pattern in the sales last year just to make a striped version with the funnel neck. So consider my dream for that achieved. 🙂

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Tilly and the Buttons Coco tunic length striped top with funnel neck

Pattern Review

Pattern Description: 

Fill your wardrobe with classic Breton tops, cosy knit dresses and sixties-style funnel necks – all from the same pattern and no overlocker or serger required! Choose from top or dress length, boat neckline or funnel roll neck, long or three quarter sleeves with optional rolled cuffs and patch pockets.

I made the top with three quarter sleeves and the funnel neck.

Pattern Sizing:

UK 6 – 20

I made my usual size and found it to be true to size.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Love the finished top. The only thing I didn’t perhaps like was the turn and stitch method to finish the non-funnel neck version. If I was making that version I would perhaps use a binding or something else.

Fabric Used:

Ponte knit.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • Lengthened the top by 3 inches
  • Did a 5/8ths inch FBA and closed the dart
  • Did a 5/8ths inch sway back adjustment but I feel like I need more work on the fit through the back. Possibly grade out more in the back?
  • Took 1.25 inch hems

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I might sew again. I do recommend.

Conclusion: 

Overall, love this top: I confess I bought the pattern in the sales last year just to make a striped version with the funnel neck. So consider my dream for that achieved. 🙂

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Tilly and the Buttons Coco tunic length striped top with funnel neck

See you all soon!

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

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