Cocowawa Plum Dress

New dress joy!

I’ve had my eye on the Cocowawa Plum dress for some time. The simple, relaxed shape and versatility really appealed to me and I loved the button-up back detail on the bodice. I have seen some fabulous summer versions of the dress – this one by Holly at That’s Sew Peachy is a beaut – but it was a winter version I had in mind. As soon as we took delivery of some lightweight cotton needlecords at Hometown, my Plum plans fell into place and I snapped up 2.5m of the ‘moss’ colour-way.

The pretty button-up back bodice.

I found the perfect buttons in my stash to add a bit of sparkly interest to an otherwise quite plain garment. I’m almost always drawn to buttons made of natural materials, but something about these little pops of fun by Each to Own really appealed to me!

The gold and silver glitter buttons look lovely against the colour of the fabric.

Patsy was supposed to be visiting this week but the night before her trip to Kent, Wakefield was moved into Tier 2 and she was unable to mix with other households. As our plans were all cancelled we decided to spend one of the days sewing together virtually instead. I had already assembled the PDF and cut the pattern pieces, so I cut the dress out first thing on Thursday and we started sewing mid-morning. I wasn’t in any rush and I enjoyed taking my time with the project – it was a straighforward sew and I was finished by dinner time. Patsy was making an Avid Seamstress sheath dress and you can read all about it here.

I decided to make my dress in the UK size 6 (even though my measurements fit the UK 8) as I knew there would be plenty of ease and Cocowawa patterns tend to be sized generously. In hindsight I think the 8 would have fit better – the arms are a little tight and that is causing a bit of pulling at the neckline. It’s perfectly wearable and comfortable, but if I made it again I would definitely make the next size up. I was worried about too much volume, but I could always grade to a size 6 from the waist or take in the width of the skirt.

A little more room is needed in the sleeves.
I like where the waist hits and the slight curve of the hem.
I love a fun pocket bag!

I found a fat quarter of fabric in my quilting stash to make the neckline binding and pocket bags. It’s a pretty pale grey with gold metalic dots, which ties in really nicely with the glittery buttons. Annoyingly, I had absolutely no grey thread to understitch and top-stitch the binding, so I’m a bit disappointed with the finish there – but no-one else will see it!

I’m really pleased with my Plum dress and I think it’s ideal for layering up and keeping cosy as the weather gets colder. Leggings and chunky boots with an oversized scarf would look lovely and keep me toasty warm. I think it will be a pattern I revisit next year too – I have a couple of gorgeous linens in my stash that would make beautiful summer versions!

Really into that moss green!

I’d like to end with a quick note to ensure I have been completely transparent, as I did not pay for the Plum pattern. I was given some Cocowawa patterns by Ana in return for the unpaid work I did over the summer testing for her recently released Dew Drop quilt. I was under no obligation to make the dress or share it and all thoughts and opinions on the pattern are honest. There has been a lot of discussion in the sewing community this week about advertising and I will always endeavour to be completely clear about any products I have received for free.

My version of the Dew Drop quilt pattern that I tested for Ana.

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