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An Autumn Jumper Dress the Coco Wawa Crafts Pumpkin

You all know how much I love Coco Wawa Crafts Patterns. So, it should come at no surprise that I jumped at the opportunity to be a tester Coco Wawa Craft‘s latest pattern, the Pumpkin Dress and Cardigan

The Pumpkin Dress

When Anna first sent me the Pumpkin to test, I knew immediately that I wanted to make to make the dress version. 

After seeing the line drawings I thought that the sleeveless version of the dress was very in style to a 60’s / 70’s jumper dress, such as vintage McCalls 2569. 

Vintage McCalls 2569
Been kind of feeling this 70’s vibe lately

I loved the idea of a jumper dress to layer as the month got cooler. Plus I’ve been kind of digging the 1970’s look since making my Coco Wawa Crafts Honeycomb Shirts, which for some reason also give me a bit of a 70’s vibe. 

With a plan in mind, all I needed to do was pick the fabric, which actually was pretty easy.

Since the dress is named the pumpkin I thought it only fitting to make a pumpkin colored version of this dress. 

Constructing the Pumpkin Dress

In my stash, I had two rust orange knit fabrics, once a heavier weight polyester knit and a lighter cotton jersey. 

I choose to make the dress out of the polyester as I wanted it to keep its structure and not drape too much. 

A quick pattern review for the Coco Wawa Crafts Pumpkin Dress, that I made in, what else, a pumpkin colored jersey.
Aren’t I a cute little pumpkin?

To add a subtle hint of contrast I used the cotton jersey for the bands around the neck, button placket, hem, and armhole. 

While the color of both fabrics is a near prefect match the difference of texture gives it that hint of contrast. 

             
Sewing Summary
Date Sept 05 A quick pattern review for the Coco Wawa Crafts Pumpkin Dress, that I made in, what else, a pumpkin colored jersey.
Pattern: Coco Wawa Crafts Pumpkin Dress & Cardi
Version: Sleeveless Square-neck Dress
Size: Size 5
Notes & Modification: No changes made as is
Recommendations: Hack with patch pockets
Difficulty: Intermediate easy Rating:

For more interest and to give the dress a more vintage vibe I used some vintage buttons in my stash, which looked like leather stitched buttons. 

I was actually short by one button but found a similar vintage button that I highlighted by making it the first button at the top. 

A quick pattern review for the Coco Wawa Crafts Pumpkin Dress, that I made in, what else, a pumpkin colored jersey.
Love the leather-bound look of these vintage buttons

The entire dress came together super quick and easy. If you exclude the band pieces the main (sleeveless) dress is made up of only 3 pieces. 

I cut out a straight size 5 with no alterations and made the version with the square neckline. 

A quick pattern review for the Coco Wawa Crafts Pumpkin Dress, that I made in, what else, a pumpkin colored jersey.
A ready to wear belt gives a bit of a cinch on around the waist

Also, love that this dress included pockets. You have a choice between welt pockets, which I felt were more suited for the cardigan version or side-seam pockets. 

Needless to say, I went with the side-seam pockets. Thought if I make this dress again I might try to hack it with some patch pockets. 

While I do like the loose fitting casual look of the dress, I personally prefer to have a bit of definition around the waist. As it so happens I had the perfect matching ready-to-wear belt already in my wardrobe. 

An Autumn Pumpkin 

I knew from the beginning that this was the perfect dress for layering this season. In these pictures, I’ve paired it with a cream-colored Frey top from the Tilly & The Button Stretch book

The heavyweight polyester knit I used for this dress also makes it nice and warm. Perhaps a little too warm. 

A quick pattern review for the Coco Wawa Crafts Pumpkin Dress, that I made in, what else, a pumpkin colored jersey.
This isn’t the last we’ve seen of the Pumpkin pattern

While last week the temperature dropped to 45 degrees, this week it’s back up to 75. Needless to say, I’ve still haven’t gotten to wear my lovely Pumpkin dress out and about. 

Hopefully, though I’ll get a chance in November to wear it, at the very least I intend to wear it for Thanksgiving dinner. 

Another Pumpkin

The Pumpkin pattern offers a dress version and a cardigan version. While I do love the dress version I couldn’t help but feel that I still needed a cardigan version in my wardrobe. 

So, for my #cosycardichallenge entry, I’ve decided to make the Pumpkin cardigan with a bit of a hack. But that will have to wait for another post. 

Have you made the Pumpkin dress or cardi? What are your thoughts or this pattern? 

A quick pattern review for the Coco Wawa Crafts Pumpkin Dress, that I made in, what else, a pumpkin colored jersey.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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