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Succumbed to the Cleo

on September 10, 2017

Well I finally gave in to the Cleo dungaree dress from Tilly and the buttons. They had a sale and I couldn’t resist any longer (even though I discussed this pattern at @dorset_meet_up with @charlotterunswithscissors and agreed it wasn’t fitted enough to be appealing!!).

I bought this pale blue needle cord at Hansons fabric and craft during the Dorset meet up in July with plans to sew a dungaree dress but from my burda magazine.

I cut the pattern out at full length so I could decide what length to have when I could try it on. I decided to cut it back to the mini skirt version but can see me making another in denim at knee length with a split at the front.

This was a really quick make; 2 hours got me to the stage above including making bias binding for the facing. A further hour finished the hem and facing.

I edged the facing with floral bias binding and the same for the hem. I love these hidden details and this is definitely a satisfying make for little details, including all the top stitching on the pockets, straps and seams.

My original thoughts on this pattern were accurate. I cut a size 4 as this matched my hip measurements and it said that the waist was not fitted so not to worry about this measurement much.

When I went to try it on it was huge and gaping at the waist but fitted on the hips. I had to take off 3cm at each side at waist level and tapered down to the size 4 hip.

This fitted on and off okay but think I got away with it as I am quite small on top half.

I used prymm buckles bought from Tilly and the buttons which went on well without the need to hammer them on, just push fit.

I am really pleased with this dress and glad that I followed the sewing crowd šŸ˜Š

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10 responses to “Succumbed to the Cleo

  1. Lesley says:

    I want to see it on you! I’ve avoided this pattern so far as I wasn’t convinced it would do anything for me.

  2. JaneyB says:

    Glad you’ve succumbed! I waited a while before trying the Cleo but I now love my denim version – I’m wearing it today and have another one nearly finished. The sizing is a bit tricky because you’ve got to be able to get it off and on again without any side fastenings but I don’t like too much gaping at the waist! It looks great in cord.

  3. I’ve avoided it too because I was worried about the shape but I think your grading has added a bit more shape to it.x

  4. I love your inside bound edges – they look great! I’ve just made a Cleo too and love it, can’t believe I didn’t make one sooner! Your version looks great, would like to try a denim one next šŸ˜Š

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