Yes, I have produced an additional Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress, and if you look at this photo for long enough your eyes will turn fuzzy. Do not you really like 15th-century buildings?

My fourth Cleo was sewn using purple pin cord from Saeed Fabrics and leading stitched using gold prime stitching thread. Saeeds have a lovely variety of cotton baby cords at the moment – get oneself down there.


Sadly, I found a fault in my fabric following cutting out. Faults take place it’s component of the heady Russian roulette of purchasing fabric. I know, I’m crazy. We’re all crazy! They must 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 region.



Undoubtedly not…


In the finish, I just unpicked my primary pockets and moved them closer in to the centre seam.


Not the most balanced look in the planet, 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 Appear At My Arse are just one particular of numerous.

It’s nevertheless a good dress!

I then sewed a companion piece to go beneath the dress. It is a Sew Over It Molly Leading from Lisa Comfort’s Capsule Wardrobe ebook. I genuinely enjoy this ebook. It’s the 1 sewing book I’ve sewn several products from. Why is that, do you think?


I chose this Liberty jersey because it carries a grey detail, which brings me nicely to my selected colour palette for #2017makenine:

Purple, grey, mustard, red

3 of these colours occur in today’s outfit. I’m going with purple and grey simply because these colours typically take place in my wardrobe, red simply because my soul will die with out it and mustard to challenge my boundaries. I’m not prescribing neutrals – just trust me to use them.

And I’m adding one particular caveat – random weirdness! This weekend I bought 4 metres of completely 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 functions magnificently with corduroy. Fancy two metres of your personal child cord to play with? Then go to the corduroy choice more than at The Sewcial Studio. Enter a comment under saying which is your favourite, and you stand a likelihood of winning two metres! Personally, I love Damsons In The Wild.

And if you’re in the Staffordshire location on 11 February, The Sewcial Studio is operating a workshop on making the Cleo dress. Win, win!

The fabric giveaway runs until midnight GMT Thursday 12 January and is open internationally. Excellent luck!


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