I bought this pattern as soon as it came out, though I have to be honest and confess I wasn't sure if 40 is too old to dress in a pinafore dress without looking slightly like mutton dressed as lamb....however as long as I keep my roots dyed to stave off the inevitable grey I think I can get away with pretending to be younger for a little while longer :-) Actually the Cleo is a surprisingly flattering silhouette, not too tight as it made to be unfitted to the body and the mini isn't so short I feel like I am flashing my bits to everyone. I probably wouldn't feel confident to wear this length in the summer but with a pair of oh so thick tights my pins can be exposed to the world! It feels more sophisticated than girlie to me which is the look I was going for by choosing black corduroy. For a girl that lives in jeans both for work and play its great to find dresses you feel confident in. I need more please!! Apologies in advance for the poor light but I managed to miss the sun when it came out today due to my camera battery dying on the only sunny day over the last week...! Typical!!
As with all Tilly's patterns Cleo came together impeccably and the instructions were as usual crystal clear. I love that there are a couple of versions to choose from and different pocket placements to mix it up a bit. I stayed classic pinafore/ dungaree dress for my make with a pocket centre front which is true to my nature style wise. I chose the classic dungaree buttons and clasps, which are really easy to get hold of on EBay should you need to hunt some down.
|Just to prove there really is a pocket there! Black is so hard to photograph!!|
As corduroy is a pretty thick material I opted for a contrast facing, using some fabric by Leah Duncan which is called 'City Lights Night', a quilting cotton that I had left over from making my Papercut Patterns Rigel Bomber. I then used my serger to create a lovely red stitching line around the outside to prevent any fraying. Only I will see it but I like a bit of contract pattern and thread sometimes. It worked nicely and doesn't feel at all bulky.
So is Cleo a dress I would make again? Yes definitely, maybe in a lovely denim next time. I am also tempted by the kits that Tilly has put together on her site, such a good idea. However with so many sewing plans to tackle this year I am not sure when I will the chance to make another one. How about you? Is Cleo on your sewing list this year?
If you fancy seeing my #2017makenine hop on over to Instagram to check out my future makes by searching for @sewing_beautifully. It would be amazing to see what you are all planning for 2017. Happy sewing everyone!