Cleo is simple to sew, with no fiddly zips and minimal fitting required – hooray! Make it dungaree-style with buckles, or as a pinafore with button fastenings. Choose from mini length or knee length with optional centre-front split, patch pockets on front or back, and optional contrast topstitching.
Wear Cleo all year round, layered over a t-shirt, shirt or sweater – the relaxed style makes it oh so comfortable!
This easy-to-use sewing pattern will take you through the steps to making the Cleo dungaree dress, with jargon-busting instructions and photos showing you how to sew each part.
SKILL LEVEL - Beginners
FABRIC SUGGESTIONS - Heavy or medium weight woven fabrics that hold their shape, such as denim, corduroy, cotton drill, gabardine, canvas, wool.
- • Fabric – Mini length - 1.2m (1¼ yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 1.8m (2 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide
Knee length - 1.3m (1 3/8 yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 1.9m (2 1/8 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide
- Matching thread
- 0.4m (3/8 yards) iron-on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric)
- 2 x 30-35mm (1¼ - 1½in) wide dungaree buckles and 2 x no-sew jeans buttons OR 2 x 15-20mm buttons and buttonhole foot for your sewing machine
- Optional: Contrast colour topstitch thread and topstitch/embroidery needle
- Sewing machine and basic tools
About Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly and the Buttons creates gorgeous, award-winning, easy-to-use sewing patterns for the new wave of DIY dressmakers. With refreshingly clear instructions and photos of each step, our patterns will help you to create adorable clothes you’ll feel proud to say you made yourself. Even if you’re a new stitcher!
They come in eight sizes (UK 6-20) and are printed in the UK on durable (not scrunchy) FSC certified paper with vegetable-based ink.
The patterns are designed by Tilly Walnes, author of popular blog Tilly and the Buttons and books Love at First Stitch and Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics. She brought together her passion for dressmaking with over ten years' experience in designing learning programmes to rethink the user experience of sewing patterns. Her designs are influenced by late sixties and seventies fashions with a modern twist.