Yes, I have made another Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress, and if you look at this photo for long enough your eyes will turn fuzzy. Don’t you love 15th-century buildings?
My fourth Cleo was sewn using purple pin cord from Saeed Fabrics and top stitched using gold top stitching thread. Saeeds have a lovely range of cotton baby cords at the moment – get yourself down there.
Sadly, I discovered a fault in my fabric after cutting out. Faults happen; it’s part of the heady Russian roulette of buying fabric. I know, I’m crazy. We’re all crazy! They should make a Netflix series about us.
My fault was right on the seat of the dress. I darned the area but didn’t trust this weak spot to withstand either my arse or the washing machine.
I experimented with miniature pockets to cover the area.
In the end, I just unpicked my main pockets and moved them closer in to the centre seam.
Not the most balanced look in the world, and total strangers shall be staring at my behind, but what can I say? Creatives like wot you and I are carry heavy burdens. Pockets Screaming Look At My Arse are just one of many.
It’s still a nice dress!
I then sewed a companion piece to go beneath the dress. It is a Sew Over It Molly Top from Lisa Comfort’s Capsule Wardrobe ebook. I really love this ebook. It’s the one sewing book I’ve sewn multiple items from. Why is that, do you think?
I chose this Liberty jersey because it carries a grey detail, which brings me nicely to my chosen colour palette for #2017makenine:
Purple, grey, mustard, red
Three of these colours occur in today’s outfit. I’m going with purple and grey because these colours often occur in my wardrobe, red because my soul will die without it and mustard to challenge my boundaries. I’m not prescribing neutrals – just trust me to use them.
And I’m adding one caveat – random weirdness! This weekend I bought four metres of totally insane fabrics because they appealed. I’m not ruling that type of spontaneity out of my life for any sewing initiative. No, sirree.
Anyways. As has been proved time and again, the Cleo dress works magnificently with corduroy. Fancy two metres of your own baby cord to play with? Then visit the corduroy selection over at The Sewcial Studio. Enter a comment below saying which is your favourite, and you stand a chance of winning two metres! Personally, I love Damsons In The Wild.
And if you’re in the Staffordshire area on 11 February, The Sewcial Studio is running a workshop on making the Cleo dress. Win, win!
The fabric giveaway runs until midnight GMT Thursday 12 January and is open internationally. Good luck!