Another Coco Before Clearing the Decks

I just finished another Coco dress.  I bought this coral coloured jersey which was the perfect weight for this dress but I felt was a little bright to make the whole dress in.  So I decided to pair it with this grey jersey and have a go at making a colour block version.  I love it but, unfortunately, forgot to lengthen it this time so I will get a consensus of opinion from family and blunt  honest friends and, if they think it’s too short for me, I’ll have to hand it over to one of the Madamoiselles.  I think you can usually get away with things a little shorter in the summer with bare legs and flats but we’ll see.

Colour Block Coco Dress

(The ombré effect here is due to bad lighting rather than the fabric and my paintwork morphing into different shades)

Only a couple of days to go until the Lladybird and Tangled Threads’ Outfit Along starts so I wanted to finish up some projects I had on the go and start with a clean (ish) slate.

As I explained here this Outfit Along comprises a dress (or skirt) and a cardigan to go with it.  The suggested pattern for the dress is Simplicity 1803 which I already have and had bought the fabric for some time ago and the cardigan is the new one from Andi Satterlund called Myrna.

Simplicity 1803

I’m going to make the one in the bottom right hand corner with the short sleeves and button embellishments.

myrna cardigan2

Here’s the cardi I’m going to make.

There are lots of gorgeous fabric and yarn choices going on and I’ve been watching the Ravelry thread to see what people are choosing.  However, much as I like the bright, patterned fabrics, I’m taking into consideration my lifestyle, location, age, wearing opportunities and going with something a bit more ‘sensible’ or let’s use the word ‘classic’ as it sounds slightly less boring.

OAL fabric and yarn 001

So, these are my fabric and yarn choices.  What do you think?  Be quick and tell me if you don’t think they’d work as I start the day after tomorrow!

I’m sure I will have time to do plenty of other things at the the same time – we have until the end of July after all – and the dress shouldn’t take me long but I only knit in the evenings so the cardigan is likely to be the thing in danger of not being finished so no more knitting projects until afterward.

I just had time to finish off this cute baby jacket which will, eventually, be in my shop as I have lots of plans for more hand knit baby wear but I’ve got to complete a few more yet before I put them in the shop.

Knitted Baby Jacket

I’m frantically sewing up a knitted jacket for myself – don’t you just hate the sewing up part of knitting? – then that will be out of the way and I can cut out and cast on.

Outfit Along







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  1. #1 by sew2pro on May 29, 2014 - 12:22

    That’s a fab colour block combination and it doesn’t look too short (though the mademoiselles may steal it anyway).

    Look forward to seeing the button embellished dress: it’s a great pattern.

    • #2 by tialys on May 29, 2014 - 18:50

      It is a good pattern – it’s been cut out in Mlle T the elder’s size (which is the same as me usually) although I might have to do a bit of an FBA on mine. It will probably be best to make a toile just for the bodice which I might do tomorrow otherwise I’ll make it and end up giving it to her and I want it.

  2. #3 by lovelucie1 on May 29, 2014 - 13:17

    I love that colour combination and the use of the word ‘classic’ to describe your choice. Now over 40, I aim for ‘classic’ in lieu of looking ‘cheap’.
    The blue baby knit is adorable. Are you able to knit them up fairly quickly?

    • #4 by tialys on May 29, 2014 - 18:47

      Well, fairly quickly although the band took a while – I find that moss stitch slows me down quite a bit as you have to concentrate more than with stocking stitch which I can do while chatting, watching T.V., reading, planning corporate takeovers, etc. (well, maybe not that last one.) I like making baby sized things – they are just so cute.

  3. #5 by katechiconi on May 29, 2014 - 13:19

    Very pretty Coco dress! I love the colour combination. And that baby cardy is fabulous.

    • #6 by tialys on May 29, 2014 - 18:40

      Thank you Kate – I am hoping nobody will tell me it’s too short for me as I don’t want to give it away. I have got some of both of these jersey fabrics left though so I suppose I could make the same one again. Of course, I’d never be able to wear it in the same vicinity (or planet) as whichever daughter I gave the shorter one to.

  4. #7 by PendleStitches on May 29, 2014 - 14:12

    I think this is my favourite Coco that I’ve seen on the interwebs. So lovely…as is the wee cardi!

    • #8 by tialys on May 29, 2014 - 18:37

      Wow! Thank you so much – I am very flattered.

  5. #9 by Jan Marriott on May 29, 2014 - 16:21

    My Goodness Lynn, you are so busy and productive these days, I’m impressed.

    • #10 by tialys on May 29, 2014 - 18:36

      Well, I could be even more productive if I got away from this computer more often and as for the housework……..

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