Letters to Cleo

Unless you’ve been living in a very dark cave without access to Instagram, you will have seen the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo. It has been everywhere and rightly so. For me, even before the Cleo entered the sewing world, dungaree dresses have been a wardrobe staple. I had previously made the Wear Lemonade Paloma version and hacked it into a dress.

Tilly and the buttons Cleo Dominique Major

If you need any convincing that you need a dungaree dress here are a few reasons:

1- You can wear it all year round

2- It can be layered with anything so you can end up with endless looks from one wardrobe piece

3- It’s loose fitting but still flattering

4- If you sew it, it’s damn easy but looks great

So this version is a slightly older, yet unblogged, make but as I wear my Cleo at least once a week I thought it was about time it graced my blog.

I currently have two Cleo dungaree dresses, this one I’m  about to talk about and a green cord version. I also have a black cord version cut out and waiting to be made. I could do with one for everyday of the week…

This version is made from a vintage curtain fabric I bought in Portland from Scrap PDX. I’m wearing it with a frilly roll neck that isn’t handmade but is from Asos.


I really couldn’t recommend doing this enough. Curtain fabric is sturdy enough for this pattern but allows you to experiment with funky patterns that you don’t normally find with newer fabrics.

The one thing I did do for this is take out the front seam and cut on the fold. With the pattern of this fabric I didn’t stand a chance with pattern matching so it made sense for this.

Tilly and the Buttons Cleo in curtain fabric Dominique Major

For any of you who have bought Suzy Magazine, you might also recognise the dress from the 1 pattern 5 ways shoot.

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I will now go and listen to Letters to Cleo- Cruel to be Kind while wearing my Cleo.

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