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    Make a Tilly & the Buttons "Coco" Dress

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    About this class

    If you're a confident beginner who wants to learn how best to use a sewing machine, work with jersey and cut a simple garment pattern, this class teaches you these essential skills - and to add your own unique finishing touches to the assembled 'Coco' dress. You'll be able to make many other stylish versions of Tilly & the Buttons 'Coco' design with your pattern, and nothing beats the look of custom crafted clothing!

    In this class

    You will be introduced to working with jersey, practice cutting out patterns and assembling the pieces to make your very own Coco dress. You will also build your confidence in using a domestic sewing machine by learning the best approach. Then, add finishing touches such as a pocket or funnel neckline!

    Barley will be there to guide you through your dress-making and guarantee that it looks fabulous and stylish.

    Now you can

    • wear something to a party and know nobody has the same dress as you
    • add some more unique pieces to your repertoire by making many other versions of Tilly & the Buttons 'Coco' design with your pattern
    • build your confidence and enthusiasm to use a sewing machine and other explore other designs

    Other instructions

    • you will need to bring your own medium-weight knit fabric or jersey that's not too thin or stretchy
    • Dress: 2.7m (115cm wide) or 2m (150cm)
    • Funnel neck top: 2.7m (115cm wide) or 1.8m (150cm)
    • Top: 2.2m (115cm wide) or 1.5m (150cm)

    Fun fact

    Coco is an everyday top and dress with multiple variations, wearable and stylish at the same time. The style derives from a classic Breton or "marinière" ("sailor") design, originally used by fishermen in Brittany, France. In 1858, the style was officially adopted as part of the French naval uniform, but it wasn't until 1913 when Coco Chanel herself ushered the striped marinière top into popular fashion, making it a stylish investment piece while also liberating the female form from the period's sartorial constraints.

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    Fabrications - an East London based creative hub!

    Fabrications is an independent gallery, shop and workshop dedicated to the best contemporary textile practice and design, with a particular interest in eco-conscious design.

    Fabrications opened in June 2000 in a refurbished derelict shop on Broadway Market in Hackney, East London. The shop's founder, Barley Massey, has spent the last 16 years finding ingenious ways to turn scraps into original fabrics and using recycled materials to create cutting-edge items. Since 2012, "The Imaginarium", a fully-fitted working studio, has hosted workshops and classes.

    Barley has been awarded as one of Kevin McCloud's (Grand Designs) Green Heroes for her minimally-processed, up-cycled products, which "demonstrate a lightness of touch backed up by a rigorous approach".


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