I made another Cleo…

Hot on the heels of my last make, I have decided to make another Cleo by Tilly and the Buttons. It is such a quick make and I am in need of stash busting, so I took the opportunity while I had it.

This time I used a screen printed fabric I bought when on honeymoon in Cardiff last July. I am not sure what fabric this is, it feels like cotton (possibly a light canvas) on the right side but there is def some taffeta or something similar on the inside. Perfect for a slightly dressed up version.


I cut the fabric out, not concerning myself with pattern matching as I wasnt sure I would have enough fabric for that. This is such a sturdy fabric that not only is it a dream to cut out, but it helps the dress to hold the right shape.


I wanted to be more careful with the top stitching this time as on the last make I wasnt overly happy with it. Using an edge stitch foot, the decorative stitching went much more pleasing on the eye.


I did mess up the back at the top a bit. Firstly, if you look closely enough you will see an arrow and some text – this is the selvage that I should have cut away, and secondly when top stitching the vertical lines, the machine kept messing up at the start and I ended up having to cut some away so the diamond shaping from the pattern was lost somewhat. I could have left this out but I want a true account of my makes, not just an instagram ready version.


I sewed the straps with a 5/8ths seam allowance and I shouldn’t have done that. Instead, I should have measured the buckle and made it fit (like I did on my first Cleo) but hey ho, it isnt the end of the world. I quite enjoyed hammering the buckle button in place and this time I used my awl to make a hole, which made the process of inserting the buckle/button much easier.


Excuse the background! I should have taken pictures of the inside of the garment as it looks beautiful. The facing works well and I love how it appears so finished when you turn it in the right way, even before top stitching. I did consider understitching to help it stay in place but with all the corners and nooks and crannies, I decided there was a reason Tilly doesn’t tell us to do that.


Here is the finished garment. I looks quite long. It is actually the shorter version… I think! I am quite pleased with it – there is always room for improvement but as makes go it is not too bad. I am looking forward to giving it to the recpient and hope they like it.

I have one more Cleo on my mind to do – but first I want to source some liberty cord and this time it will be for me.

Have you made your Cleo yet? I’d love it if you would share your experience/photo below in the comments.

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My name is Claire and this is my blog. I am a keen dressmaker and enjoy developing my skills. I am keen to interact with readers so please leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Comments (2)

  • It looks really lovely Claire and well done for your honesty, it really helps give confidence to others! Fab fabric. Think textile express online was where i got some liberty-a-like cord with tiny floral xx

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