Short sleeve Coco with contrast yoke

Coco Top with Contrast Yoke and Short Sleeves

My favorite type of tee is a boatneck Breton in blue and white stripes. I’ve had my eye on the Tilly & the Buttons Coco pattern for awhile, and after my t-shirt sewing challenges decided it was finally time to buy it.

Project Features

  • Wonder Tape (optional)
  • contrast yoke
  • stabilized shoulder seam
  • side splits
  • flat sleeve construction

Process notes

  • made size 3
  • used a thrift store tee for the yoke and sleeves
  • followed the contrast yoke variation and short sleeve instructions
  • trimmed 1 1/2 in. off bottom before hemming
  • used Wonder Tape to stabilize the neckline and hem


Short sleeve Coco with contrast yokeBetween the straight-forward design, options for sleeve lengths and collar, contrast yoke tips, and the super clear instructions on how to sew it up, this top was a complete pleasure to make. The fit in the shoulders is good, but the pattern flares out at the hips more than I’d like — which is a quick pattern adjustment next time.

I think it would be cute to try the short sleeves in more of a cap style, and I’m looking forward to making the 3/4 sleeve and funnel neck versions once the weather cools.

I’m on the fence about the Wonder Tape…it was tricky get all the wrinkles out while sticking it down around the neck and hem lines. But once it was down evenly it was nice not to have to deal with pins.

Count me in the Coco fan club! Next up is a sleeveless version with contrast yoke, in a smaller size for comparison.