My black denim Cleo dungaree dress is one of my most-worn garments throughout autumn, and this April I decided it was time to add another one to my wardrobe!
I made this version out of a lovely indigo stretch denim that I picked up on sale from The Fabric Store back in January, and decided to take the time to add the topstitching details in a pretty golden colour. I love the classic look that this combination gives!
I had a bit of a hard time finding dungaree buckles that I liked, and I ultimately went with these sweet bronze ones that I purchased from JM Embroideries & Collectibles. They’re a little wider than the straps, but I don’t think it’s much of a problem.
I took my time with pinning and sewing this one, and I’m glad I did – I managed to finally sew the straps down at the exact perfect angle to the back dress this time, without the issues I’ve experienced with previous versions!
My previous versions were a size 4 but I’ve lost some weight since then, so I took the time to make up a quick toile of the dress pieces in size 2 to check that the fit would work before cutting into my denim. I didn’t end up needing to make any alterations to the pattern at all this time, which was nice! The size 2 fit very nicely, with enough room to move around and to fit a thicker jumper underneath once winter really hits.
As with all of my projects this year, I took the time to add special little details and enjoy the process of putting the dress together, following my ‘quality over quantity’ mantra for my sewing this year. This time, I turned scraps leftover from my Rosery Apparel dress into bias binding and bound all of my raw edges (except the hem) for an extra neat finish and a pretty detail for the insides. I made sure to take my time and go slowly for the top-stitching so my lines were as neat and straight as possible (I used my edge-stitch foot for the first time ever!). And, of course, I added a Kylie and the Machine label as a finishing touch!
As always, my favourite thing about the top pocket of the Cleo is that it’s the perfect place to show off enamel pins from my collection! In these photos, I’m wearing a The Good Place pin from Fogagarty, and an ‘Everything is fine’ pin by KC Green. Definitely reflective of the way I was feeling in April!
Even with taking the time to make my bias binding strips, binding up all those seam allowances, and going very slowly with my top-stitching, I was still able to finish my Cleo dungaree dress over a couple of days in the Easter long weekend. It was so satisfying to make, and I have loved wearing it – definitely an instant wardrobe classic!