Tilly and the Buttons - Cleo

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One of their most popular patterns, Cleo is easy to make and oh so comfortable to wear. Make it dungaree-style with buckles or as a pinafore with buttons, with mini- or knee-length hem, optional centre front split, choice of patch pockets and contrast topstitching. Wear Cleo year round, over a Breton top in the summer or with a roll neck and snuggly tights in winter. Flattering on different shapes, once you try it, you'll wonder how you lived without a dungaree dress!

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.

SUPPLIES

  • 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
  • Sizes 1-8 0.4m (1/2 yards) Sizes 9-10 0.5m (5/8 yd) 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

SIZES (body measurements)

PATTERN SIZE BUST WAIST HIP
1 (UK 6 / US 2 / EUR 34) 76cm (30in) 61cm (24in) 84cm (33in)
2 (UK 8 / US 4 / EUR 36) 81cm (32in) 66cm (26in) 89cm (35in)
3 (UK 10 / US 6 / EUR 38) 86.5cm (34in) 71cm (28in) 94cm (37in)
4 (UK 12 / US 8 / EUR 40) 91.5cm (36in) 76cm (30in) 99cm (39in)
5 (UK 14 / US 10 / EUR 42) 96.5cm (38in) 81cm (32in) 104cm (41in)
6 (UK 16 / US 12 / EUR 44) 101.5cm (40in) 86.5cm (34in) 109cm (43in)
7 (UK 18 / US 14 / EUR 46) 106.5cm (42in) 91.5cm (36in) 114cm (45in)
8 (UK 20 / US 16 / EUR 48) 112cm (44in) 96.5cm (38in) 119.5cm (47in)
9 (UK 22 / US 18 / EUR 50) 117cm (46in) 101.5cm (40in) 124.5cm (49in)
10 (UK 24 / US 20 / EUR 52) 122cm (48in) 106.5cm (42in) 129.5cm (51in)