Sewing Cleo – Tilly and the Buttons Dungaree Dress

Whilst it’s currently snowing and winter is not sure whether to depart, I’m going to throw it back to summer for this post! Half way through last year, I decided to get the work in progress basket out and actually finish some projects that had been abandoned for a while.

The first project I finished was back in August and it was the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress! It’s a simple dungaree dress with a great pattern for beginners. I used a pink stretch denim and made the long version to my knee.Sewing-Cleo-Dungaree DressBefore this I had never actually sewn a garment! I have knitted and crocheted jumpers and sewn items for my home, but nothing to actually wear. It took me about 4 hours to make, but I’m not sure if that is quick or slow!
Tilly-and-the-Buttons-Cleo-PatternsI actually inherited a lot of sewing notions from my Nan as she was a seamstress. I used her dress makers pencil to mark out the pattern.Dressmaking-Tools

The pattern is available in UK sizes 6-20 and comes with a booklet of instructions with helpful photographs. So useful if you are following a dress pattern for the first time! I also love that Tilly and the Buttons have online sewing workshops in case you aren’t able to make the in person ones at their studio.

Dungaree-Dress-PatternThe Cleo dress was a perfect item to wear on summer days out and with the other pink items in my wardrobe. In the group picture below, we are all at Dreamland Margate in our handmade dresses!
Cleo-Dungaree-Dress-ClaireabellemakesI made sure to sew the pocket on carefully and as neatly as possible so I could add my favourite pins.
Cleo-Dress-and-Enamel-PinsIn case you’re wondering – it’s stretchy enough to wear on a bouncy castle too 😉
Worlds-Biggest-Bouncy-CastleHave you sewn any clothing before? Since this make I have continued to work through my WIP basket and have finished a quilt (woo!) and also worked on a baby cardigan which has been a disaster. More on these projects soon!

I really want to add the Tilly and the Buttons Mila Dungarees to my list next…..but not until I’ve done all those WIPs!



5 thoughts on “Sewing Cleo – Tilly and the Buttons Dungaree Dress

  1. Oh my goodness Margate feels like a long time ago! Your Cleo is beautiful – I cannot WAIT to see your Milas! They’re quite time consuming but definitely do-able!

  2. The only clothes I have ever sewn are Tillys patterns, I have a cleo, two dominique skirts and I am half way through lining a delphine. I do recommend making more!

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