17 November 2016

A Cleo Dress for Every Day... (and a Giveaway!)


You know when you make something and you just want to wear it every single day? You miss it when it's in the laundry basket, and can't remember what you used to wear before you had it?

This is the outfit for me. I've got four Cleo dungaree dresses now, and this is the first version I made back in the Summer - and where it all began. I started off drafting the pattern for myself, then cut it out and stitched it together in an afternoon. When I couldn't wait to wear it again, when people kept asking where it was from, and when the ladies in the office wanted to make one too, I decided we should make it into a Tilly and the Buttons pattern to share with you guys.



What I love about this dress is that it's cute, preppy and trendy - so makes you look like you've made a bit of an effort - and at the same time it's so ridiculously comfortable! I've been wearing my Cleo dresses pretty much non-stop, over t-shirts in the Summer, shirts when the weather started turning, and more recently over sweaters and turtlenecks. It's become my go-to outfit.

For this version I used a brushed cotton twill that has been sitting in my stash forever. The colour navy is a bit like a black hole in photographs - sorry about that! What you can't see are the pockets - a large top pocket on the front dress, and two smaller hip pockets on the back.

Also you may notice that the shape of the back is slightly different on this version - on the finished pattern the top of the back dress has a lovely gentle curve.


And here I am rocking it last Summer!

If you fancy making your own Cleo dungaree dress, you can order the sewing pattern from our shop or one of our stockists. I hope you enjoy making and wearing it as much as I do!


PS. Like the clogs modelled in our Cleo photo shoot? You can win a Cleo sewing kit AND a pair of lovely Lotta from Stockholm clogs in our #cleoandclogs giveaway!

To be in with a chance of winning, post a picture that represents your unique style to Instagram, tagging @TillyButtons and @lottafromstockholm with the hashtag #cleoandclogs. You can post your picture between now and Sunday 20th November 2016. The winner will be notified the following week. Good luck! x x x

12 comments:

  1. Loving the Cleo! I like the back of yours better than the pattern - any suggestions on how to do it?

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    1. Hi Abigail, all you need to do is draw a straight diagonal line from the top of the back bodice to the side seam, and do the same on the back facing. You can then sew it together the same way as the original :)

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  2. I really like this Cleo dungaree dress. Your back is much better. I would like to make it with a Black Stretch Blended Cotton Corduroy I found at Mood fabrics. Do you think I would have to line it?
    http://www.moodfabrics.com/black-stretch-blended-cotton-corduroy-310715.html

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    1. Thanks, knitknit! Hmm... hard to say for sure without handling the fabric, but I wouldn't have thought you'd have to line it. I've made Cleos in relatively lightweight needlecord and they've turned out lovely!

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  3. The Cleo is such a versatile dress! The original back version is also a winner. I hope you would consider offering instructions on this back version. Maybe as part of an expansion pack?

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    1. Glad you like this version too, Junie! It's actually really simple to adapt if you would like to try it - simply draw a straight diagonal line from the top of the back bodice to the side seam, and do the same on the back facing. You can then sew it together the same way as the original :)

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    2. Thank you VERY much, Tilly!

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  4. Cut mine and pinned it today but the children would not leave me alone long enough to sew it - I still love them though!

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  5. OMG I love this !! Can't wait to make my own version of this jumper. i'm definitely using a funky fabric though. :D probably something like this!: http://www.moodfabrics.com/fashion-fabrics/other-fabrics/novelty/italian-black-multi-colored-embroidered-spacer-mesh-311169.html

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