I couldn’t help myself. I know I was supposed to be getting on with making blocks, especially stretchy ones, but I just needed a Cleo so badly after seeing them popping all over IG and the blogasphere!
And I had these shoes which I recently purchased, and had nothing to wear with them! And a Cleo or 2 with opaque tights would be just perfect!
So I whipped it up in an evening (I’d already traced off my size).
The only measurements you need to take into consideration are your hips and waist. I’m a tilly size 5 on the hips (I like Tilly’s sizes – they make you measure. As they are sized 1 to 8 you can’t just go with your ‘normal’ size and be lazy.
I would be a size 6 waist, but looking at the finished garment size I knew there should be enough ease in the size 5 for it to fit my waist.
And it did. Perfect! No muslin!! Not even One! Which is a miracle as I think nothing of having to do 2 or 3.
I started it at 4pm, had a short break to take H to KFC (so I did’t have to cook!) and had it finished by 9:30pm, except for the buttons. That didn’t include adding any pockets, I’d cut them out but wasn’t sure initially which ones I wanted.
The pattern is for a confident beginner, and Tilly really does hold your hand through every step. There are just a few things I would recommend which aren’t in the instructions.
Stay stitch all the curves front and back.
Block fuse the fabric before cutting out the facings:
If you’re not too hot as sewing button holes, stitch the straps in place, then stitch the button on top for fancy. I pinned my straps in place and wore it around the house for an hour or 2 to make sure they were in the right place – and make sure you can get in on and off ok before you do this!!
I used a light weight stretch denim and made the longer version with a slit at the front. Next time I would add a light weight interfacing to the seam allowance if in a medium wight fabric as the split looks a bit flimsy.
Other than that, I love it so much. I’ve worn it out shopping with long boots and tights:
And today for the school run and a quick cuppa at cyber moms before I played golf:
I was instructed to do something with my hands. I don’t think this is what cyber mom had in mind!
Do you have a Cleo in your life yet? It’s just so comfy, but if really needs pockets. I’m still not sure where to put them. But I think my next one will have inseams pockets, as I like the unfussy looks.
Oh, before I go, you need to see the inside – I almost want to wear it inside out!
And the buttons…..I love these! They were reclaimed from on an old skirt from years ago:
Have you thought of making a Cleo, or something similar? I just had to when i saw how flattering they were on everyone, and I love it even more than anticipated!