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Cleo Dress

Its very exciting as we are now a stockist for Tilly and the Buttons! All patterns are now on our website. I love the pinafore style dresses but do not find the shop bought ones very flattering therefore was very excited to make a Cleo. Our sewing club arranged trip to the Rag Market at Birmingham on the hunt for needle cord and denim.

As a beginner I was pleased that I could make a dress that didn’t require a zip or darts and something that is bang on trend. I initially made the longer version with the two hip pockets in a lovely unique white baby cord. I made this in one evening I used white top stitching to practice this skill! I found the pattern easy to follow, I particularly enjoyed the clear instructions and the photograph, being a visual learner was a huge help. I love this dress and think it will be perfect for summer. I identified that this was too long so for my next Cleo I made this shorter. I then progressed to the short version with the large front pocket. For the first one I made I used a medium weight denim I used bright pink top stitching. I now have a wardrobe full of Cleos in a variety of cord and denim.

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We made a slight amendment to the Cleo after making three dress and wearing them lots I began to become annoyed by the facing not staying flat after a while. I now top stitch this in place which is practical due to this and ovoids as much over locking, it also looks very effective.

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My Mum has also made a variety of Cleo dresses – she recently wore one for a talk at Ebay for International National Womans day and received lots of compliments!

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A lot of our sewing club members was eager to make a Cleo so we arranged a workshop, we had a range of abilities from total beginners to advanced sewers. The day was absolutely fantastic and everybody finished the dress and was really pleased with the finished results. Feedback from the pattern was;

– Easy to follow
– I like that the paper is high quality and will be easy to use again
– Like that there is an option for a longer and shorter dress (some chose to put the split at the back rather than the front)
– I like the photographs
-I like that for my first attempt I was able to make something fantastic that I will wear over and over again, the simple instructions helped me achieve this.
– Enjoyed learning to top stitch!

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We have since arranged another two workshops to make the Cleo.

I am so happy that I can continue making and wearing my Cleo’s throughout Spring and Summer with short sleeved T-shirts and bare legs.

Sewing Belles x x

HP

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