english girl at home

A Sewing & Knitting Blog, Made in Birmingham, England


7 Comments

Mustard Denim Cleo in Seoul

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

I must admit, when Tilly’s Cleo pattern was originally released I didn’t pay much attention. I already owned dungaree dress patterns and didn’t think I particularly needed another. However, as the highly contagious Cleo fever struck and spread across the sewing community, I inevitably became infected and immediately had to have my own Cleo!

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

In the grip of the fever, I dashed off to Guthrie & Ghani and bought all of the supplies for this Cleo (pattern, mustard denim and hardware). Apparently all of the other customers who had bought this mustard denim from G&G were also planning Cleos, so I’m sure I have a lot of Cleo twins! The buttons are the kind which don’t require pliers; they push together easily by hand and are secure once attached. Make sure to position them correctly, because they aren’t going anywhere.

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

As you already know, Cleo is quick to sew. I made this mini length Cleo in the evening before the CHSI Stitches trade show, and wore it to meet up with fellow sewists at the show. Based on my measurements, I cut a size 2 (bust), graded to a 3 (waist and hips), but ended up with quite a bit of gaping at the waist. For a quick fix, I took these in a few inches at either side, but would size down next time. I also think the bib would fit me better if it were slightly narrower.

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

All of these pictures were taken on my recent holiday to Seoul. My Cleo emerged from the case already quite creased and became more so as the holiday progressed, but I think a slightly crumpled look suits denim.

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

I’ll leave you with my Cleo Dress in a number of picturesque locations around Seoul .

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Tilly & the Buttons Cleo Dungarees in Gold Denim

Advertisements


6 Comments

Star Trek Mini Skirt

Homemade Star Trek Mini Skirt
Inspired by Lladybird’s Star Trek fabric PJs (did I dream those, I can’t find the blog post anywhere?!) I had a mooch online for Star Trek themed fabrics and discovered quite a large selection of quilting cottons. This was my absolute favourite, it’s called Red Star Trek Character Octagons and is produced by Camelot. I ordered mine from Etsy.
Homemade Star Trek Mini Skirt
Fabric selected I needed to decide what to make. Given that the fabric is a pretty bold print & is a quilting cotton I thought a mini skirt might be a good match. I used the Mini Skirt pattern from the February issue of Burda. I actually picked up that issue of Burda in Turkish (which I don’t speak…) as I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in Istanbul for work & lots of time on planes when magazines are much appreciated. However this pattern was so simple that not being able to read the instructions wasn’t a problem. The zip is in the side so there are just two main pieces plus the waist band.
Homemade Star Trek Mini Skirt
I ordered the fabric from the states and the postage wasn’t cheap so I ordered a couple of metres to make it worth while. As I had more than I needed for the mini skirt I also made up a matching bag using the free online Reversible Bag tutorial by Very Purple Person. It’s a really nice free pattern with an accompanying online tutorial and it came together in no time. I’m afraid in this case the bag will never be reversed as the red fabric I used on the other side (purchased from a French market a couple of years back & sat in my stash since) while nice enough is no match for the Star Trek print!
Homemade Star Trek Reversible Bag
Homemade Star Trek Reversible Bag
Homemade Star Trek Reversible Bag
This weekend I had the perfect first outing for my mini skirt and bag, as me and Phil visited the Memorabilia show – a general convention for comics, etc. in Birmingham.
Homemade Star Trek Mini Skirt
Enjoying a dorayaki (Doraemon’s favourite food) at Memorabilia
And just so you can get a closer look at the fabric here are a few close-ups of some of the images on my skirt. I love the smirk on Bones’ face best of all.
Star Trek Fabric
Star Trek Fabric
Star Trek Fabric
Live long and prosper everyone!
Homemade Star Trek Mini Skirt

P.S. While we are on the subject of Star Trek, me & Phil regularly listen to Adam Buxton’s amazing Star Trek song from The Adam and Joe show:) Enjoy!