Aaaaaand for the very first time, we’re offering sewing kits with everything you need to make it!
GET THE WHOLE KIT
Cleo is one of those projects that’s refreshingly quick and easy to make – so it’s great for beginners as well as more confident stitchers looking for a speedy project. It has no fiddly zips – just throw it over your head! – and the casual style means minimal fitting is required. But it still looks impressive – every time I’ve worn one of my (many) Cleo pinafores, someone has commented on how it looks difficult to sew… but it’s honestly one of our easiest sewing patterns. Hooray!
The pattern has a few variations. Make it:
- Dungaree-style with buckles and no-sew buttons or pinafore-style with buttons and buttonholes
- Mini-length or knee-length
- With or without a front split on the knee-length version
- One large or two small patch pockets on the front, and/or two small patch pockets on the back
- With or without contrast topstitching
Lots of options!
We've put together Cleo sewing kits so it's simple for you to get your hands on the bits and bobs you need to make it. We’ve sourced lurrrvely quality needlecord and denim (with just a teeny bit of stretch) in delicious colours, and great quality dungaree buckles and no-sew buttons that are really easy to attach – just press them on with your fingers!
Each kit includes the Cleo sewing pattern, colour photo instruction booklet, gorgeous denim or needlecord fabric, pair of dungaree buckles and no-sew buttons, interfacing and thread. They'd make a perfect prezzie for a crafty friend (maybe you know someone who wants to get into sewing?). And you have our full permission to buy one for yourself too :)
Just to warn you, we have a limited number of each kit – if you love one of the colours, grab it now!
Like all Tilly and the Buttons patterns, Cleo includes super clear instructions with photos of each step so you can see what it’s supposed to look like as you’re making it.
Order the printed pattern and we’ll send you a gorgeous package in the post, printed on durable paper that doesn’t fly around the kitchen when you cut it out or scrunch up when you try to get it back into the envelope ;)
Prefer to print and assemble your pattern at home? Order the digital pattern and you’ll get an email in an instant with a PDF to download.
Cleo is also available from fabric shops and departments stores around the world. If your favourite shop doesn’t stock it, please ask them to order it :)
SIZING + SUPPLIES
The pattern includes eight sizes – from UK 6 – 20, US 2 – 16, or EUR 34 – 48. You can see the body measurements on the sizing chart. We've got a blog post coming up on choosing your size, combining sizes and lengthening and shortening – stay tuned if you need help. As dungaree dresses have a relaxed style, you won't need to do much fitting :)
If you want to choose your own fabric, go for a medium- to heavy-weight woven material that holds its shape, such as denim, corduroy, cotton drill, gabardine, canvas or wool. One of our testers even made it in a ponte and it turned out lovely!
If you want to make it dungaree-style (overall-style), you’ll need two 30-35mm (1¼in - 1½in) dungaree buckles and two no-sew jeans buttons. We've sourced some great buckles with no-sew buttons that are really easy to attach - just press them on with your fingers, no tools required. Alternatively you can make it pinafore-style with two 15-20mm (5/8in - 7/8in) buttons. You’ll also need matching thread, interfacing and optional contrast topstitching thread.
And finally, if you fancy some teacher guidance to make your first Cleo dungaree dress, come to our brand new workshop at our London studio! On Saturday 3 December 2016, the lovely Hannah from The New Craft House will take you through all the steps to make it, from choosing your size and cutting out fabric, to creating a neat finish.
This is a great sewing class for beginners who've made a couple of simple projects before and want to get into making clothes. It'll be fun! Book your place now.
I really hope you enjoy making Cleo as much as I do. We always love to see what you’re making, so share your work-in-progress and finished creations on Instagram – tag us @TillyButtons using the hashtag #SewingCleo so we don’t miss it.
Enjoy! x x x
Hair and make up: Lynn for Natalie Guest
Models: Emily Pettiford and Lora Hristova
Fabric: Kits from Tilly and the Buttons
Lora’s clogs c/o Lotta from Stockholm
Special thanks to our pattern testers for your help! x x x