After the success of my first 2 Cleos, I couldn’t resist making a couple more!
I made them both in size 3, as before, and made no changes – it’s not like the Cleo needs much fitting!
The black version is made from some really soft needlecord from my local sewing shop. It isn’t the best for dressmaking fabrics (they have a lot of quilting stuff and novelty cottons) but they do often have needlecord in stock in the Winter/Autumn.
I bought just a metre of the black needlecord and managed to get the Cleo out of it, which makes this a very economical make for me.
As with the other 2 versions I made, I added just the front pocket and not the 2 smaller pockets.
I also made them to the shorter length, but looking at these photos I think I could do with taking up the hem a little more – I prefer things I hit me above the knee rather than on or just below the knee.
The mustard version is my second mustard version. You may be thinking ‘wow, she must really like mustard if she needs 2 mustard Cleos in her wardrobe!’. But the truth is I got a black mark on the front of the mustard denim one I made before and this one is to replace it.
The fabric is the left over cord from Fabricland which I bought to make my suit for the Sewcialite Soiree. I bought loads of the cord as I wasn’t totally sure how much I would need – I think I ordered 6 metres, which was obviously way too much! I’ve also managed to get some dungarees out of the rest of the leftovers (coming soon!).
Again, I think I want to shorten the hem a bit as it looks a little too long here.
The buckles are from my local sewing shop – they are good for notions and I buy a lot of thread from them! They are slightly too wide for the width of the straps, but the advantage of being able to buy them locally outweighs the slightly too wide fit.
One of my favourite things about the Cleo is the shape of the back and how the straps fit!
I feel like there isn’t very much left to say about the Cleo dungaree dress as I’m sure almost everyone has made one (or more) and it’s a pretty simple make. I like the top-stitching details and how quickly you can have a new item for your wardrobe – and if you’re anything like me, you’ll wonder what you wore before you made one!
How many Cleos do you have? Or are you the last bastion of not-making-one?