Black denim Cleo dungaree dress

I know, I know, I’m kind of late to the party… but oh well, at least I got here eventually! Yes, I’ve joined the club of people who adore the Cleo pattern from Tilly and the Buttons – after scrolling through all the gorgeous #sewingcleo inspiration on Instagram, I decided that enough was enough and I had to make one of my very own!

all the little happy things - black denim Cleo dungaree dress

I opted to make the mini dungaree version, using buckles that I bought from Tilly’s online store at the same time as the pattern. I used a black denim with a bit of stretch – something simple and basic to see me through the transition from the cooler months.

all the little happy things - black denim Cleo dungaree dress

The pattern is super simple and very quick and easy to put together. I cut a size 4 and took the back of the dress in at the waist by a few centimetres, as I didn’t really end up needing all the curve room that the pattern provided for. I also raised the back pocket placement a bit to accommodate my shorter frame. Other than those minor adjustments, it was a nice easy fit and a very quick make!

all the little happy things - black denim Cleo dungaree dress

The only little thing that bugs me is that after I stitched the facing to the dress, I discovered that the right strap was sewn down at a sharper angle than it was supposed to – but it’s not super noticeable and it doesn’t bother me enough to unpick all of that stitching, so I’ve just left it as is.

all the little happy things - black denim Cleo dungaree dress

The front pocket is also the perfect vehicle for displaying a few pins from my growing collection! Here I’m sporting two of my very favourites – Daria Morgendorffer and Jane Lane from Girl Fawkes Pins!

all the little happy things - black denim Cleo dungaree dress

I’m so glad I jumped on the Cleo bandwagon! Initially, I wasn’t sure that I was really into the dungaree/pinafore dress trend… but I’m a total convert now. I’m already dreaming up a few more Cleos – maybe a fun yellow pinafore for summer, an indigo denim dungaree dress with contrast topstitching… so many possibilities!

all the little happy things - black denim Cleo dungaree dress

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  1. Pingback: Tencel Cleo pinafore dress | all the little happy things

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