Two Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dresses
Greetings. This month for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network I have made a pink corduroy Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress. If you want to read more about it and/or see more photos, you can do so on Minerva’s page here. I bought the pattern and interfacing myself and Minerva provided everything else. I love the pattern and I love the dress!
Before I made the pink version, however, I made a red one, which is equally awesome! I used a fabric called ‘Gaberchino’ which is a combination of gabardine and chino fabric, so it’s medium/heavyweight hard-wearing fabric.
I got the jeans buttons and dungaree fasteners from Abakhan in Manchester. It was the first time I had ever used jeans buttons and they needed a surprising amount of hammering!
The dungaree fasteners are ok, although the straps are that bit too narrow for them I think, which is why, when I made my pink corduroy version, I widened the straps to match the clips.
I used a twin needle and regular thread to topstitch my red Cleo dress. I didn’t use a triple stitch or anything, just a normal stitch with a slightly longer length for some subtle topstitching. Using the twin needle was great – I set it up on my old Elna machine so that I didn’t keep having to switch needles.
I didn’t make any alterations to the red dress, but I did cut a size bigger than normal as I prefer a looser fit in these dresses. I first wore the dress for a weekend away in West Yorkshire; the photos are taken on Scar Top on our way to Haworth. It was very, very cold!
During our visit, in a shop where I crouched down to look at something on a low shelf, I heard a rip of stitching and later discovered one of the straps had almost pulled out at the back! I have since resewn it and reinforced it, and when I made my pink version, I made sure to triple stitch it, twice!!
What I love about these dresses is how practical and cosy they are as part of an outfit, not to mention cute! When I first started wearing them, I worried that I basically looked like a five year old. But then I got over it. I don’t care! I feel great! I love how you can layer up underneath them with one or more t-shirts (even my Grainline Studio Linden sweatshirt looks good underneath), you can wear thick, cosy tights, warm boots with extra socks for foot warmth, and then throw a big slouchy cardigan over the top (which I did right after these photos!).
I may have to make myself at least one more version – I’ve got some lovely navy blue fabric that would look great with contrasting topstitching!
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