Tilly and the Buttons coco top in black scuba neoprene

A sporty neoprene coco top

a Tilly and the Buttons coco in sporty black neoprene

I’m not going to lie. I miss dresses.

B.B. (before bambino) I used to live in dresses, but now it’s separates all the way. At least for now.

Separates in my world can be rather boring. I’m not a fan of crazy prints or colours. I’m not big on flounces. So, what’s left?

a Tilly Buttons coco in sporty black neoprene

Well, to avoid having the world’s most boring wardrobe I’ve been looking at finding interesting fabric. Cue the fancy neoprene in today’s make.

a Tilly Buttons coco in sporty black neoprene

I sewed up my second Tilly and the Buttons coco in this lovely black scuba/neoprene (think slinky black with a slight sheen and the weight of a ponte roma knit) I bought on the Goldhawk Road in London.

Something about it whispered to me. And for all of £5 it was pretty hard to say no.

a Tilly and the Buttons coco in sporty black neoprene

I wanted something sporty and a bit Zara-esque. Something similar to this beauty. So I redrafted the neck to make it higher and rounder – something between a boatneck and a crew neck. A brew neck?

I added an inch all the way around the neckline and then redrafting the curve using a t-shirt.

a Tilly and the Buttons coco in sporty black neoprene

You can see the difference between the original coco I made a while back (on the left) and this one (on the right). I like the effect of the shorter sleeves and body length with this heavier fabric. Makes it feel all structured and sporty.

The bottom hem and cuffs all got turned up by 2 inches and top stitched with a twin jersey needle. I think I like the raised effect of the twin needles.

a Tilly and the Buttons coco in sporty black neoprene

To be honest, I wouldn’t know how to not get that effect – so raised it is!

I’ve heard that neoprene can be quite the tricky madam to sew with. I wouldn’t say it was a picnic, but I think I was quite lucky. This neoprene was quite easy to work with, though there are a few slipped stitches here and there. Just don’t study the hems too closely.

I’d definitely be tempted to sew with neoprene again and I’d say it’s well worth a play if you’re interested.

  1. Reply
    Nikki Banham-Hall

    I like these tops. The fabric is really nice.
    Nikki x
    Bead It and Weep

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Thanks Nikki. I'm still not sure about the black. Maybe a bit too sombre?

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