4 October 2017

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

Following on from the popularity of our post on hacks for the Bettine dress, I thought it high time we shared some of the amazing design variations you’ve been making to the Cleo dungaree dress! One of our most popular sewing patterns, Cleo is quick to make and easy to wear. How about trying out one of these design hacks next time you make it?

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

1) Button front panel

Inspired by dungaree dresses spotted on the high street, Abi added a button down opening to the front of her dungaree dress. I love this style – so seventies! Want to make one just like it? You’re in luck, as she’s shared a tutorial on how she did it.


Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

2) Kitty pockets

What’s better than a dungaree dress with pockets? A dungaree dress with cat-shaped pockets! For all you crazy cat ladies out there, behold the cuteness of the kitty pockets that Emily added to her Cleo pinafore. She talks you through how to do it on her blog.

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

3) Midi length version

Lovely Rumana, who you may remember from the third series of the Sewing Bee (and who I also happened to go to school with – small world!), made a hijab-friendly version of the Cleo pinafore by extending the hem to midi length. It looks so classy like this! I love how she’s styled it with a pop of colour and delicate jewellery.

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

4) Ruffle straps

Ruffles have been all the rage this year… and, as with dungarees, I’m sure the trend will continue for some time. So why not combine the two? Elsie and Ellie both added ruffles to the straps of their Cleos – they look so cute!

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

5) Cleo McKitty Face

And finally – yes it’s another cat-themed Cleo… not sorry! The little ears… the cute little embroidered face… Ahhhh Sabina’s version is just about perfection. And yes, grown ups can wear dungaree dresses with cat faces on them ;)

There’s plenty more Cleo pattern inspiration to be had on Instagram. Have a browse of the hashtag #SewingCleo to get some more ideas for your next make!

4 comments:

  1. LOOOOVE the ruffle straps and kitty pockets!! Brilliant pattern hacks!

    Gemma
    Faded Windmills

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  2. The ruffles are to die for! Amazing 😍

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  3. Amazing ladies great job!! I can't wait to do some of these Eeek!

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  4. Not sure what the hijab has to do with the length of the Cleo? The hijab is a head covering...

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