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My Second Cleo

Sew… With all the love I have been getting on Instagram for my second Cleo I thought it would make the perfect first blog post of 2017, along with sharing some of my sewing resolutions.
I made my first Cleo at the beginning of December and have been wearing it so much that I knew I had to make another one! With one of my sewing resolutions being to use my stash before buying fabric, probably the most common resolution in the sewing community!, I knew I had the perfect Liberty chambray waiting.



I’m not going to use this post as a tutorial as Tillys instructions are so amazing that an extra input from me would not help in anyway! I did make one adjustment due to my massive out of proportion boobs! For the top part of the dress I use the largest measurement and at the side seams I cut two sizes smaller. I then adjusted the facings.

Check out Tillys top tips for sewing Cleo. The ‘stitch starter’ is amazing.


I will admit that the Cleo is definitely not the most flattering dress on me due to my gigantic boobs but I love it anyway. It’s fun and comfortable and I will definitely be making more, I’m thinking yellow denim for the next one. I would possibly lower the underarm opening on my next one to see if it sits better with the boobs. Does anyone have any fitting suggestions for the Cleo?



Pattern: Cleo by Tilly and the Buttons

Fabric: Liberty chambray from Fabworks Mill

Buckles: Fabricworld
This has been my first make of 2017 and I am hoping for many many more makes this year. I took part in @rochelle_new #2017makenine and definitely want to complete these before the end of the year. My choices fit in perfectly with my stash resolution as I have 6 of the patterns already and suitable fabric to go with them. Another resolution is to complete #memademay so I need to get in lots of sewing in the next few months.

My 3 creative loves; dress making, patchworking and crocheting.


I’m hoping to make a Coco this week if I have time. Can you tell I’m a massive Tilly fan?! What are your sewing plans for 2017?

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