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Skirt-or-alls All Day Every Day: Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Pinafore

Skirt-or-alls All Day Every Day: Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Pinafore


I've been fantasizing about a good pair of black cord dungarees (pinafore? skirtoralls? what's the right term here?) for what feels like ages. They feel specifically fall to me, as I imagine them with tights and sweaters and boots. So I waited until fall to make them, and I almost regret waiting so long, I love them so much. They're comfortable, wearable, and stinkin cute to boot. 


I used the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Pattern and made it up in a black 21 whale corduroy from Harts Fabric (purchased with the gift card I won from Sew Your Hart Out! Thanks Harts!!!) The fabric is a perfect light weight matte corduroy, which was exactly what I was looking for. My first instinct was to make it in pink corduroy, which is still on my list, but I love how functional and versatile the black is. It's going to look great all season with tees and sweaters. 


As for alterations, there was a few things I did to create the perfect cleo for me. Ive learned from other Tilly patterns to always cut a size 7 instead of a size 8, which I have always matched closer to the size measurements. I also cut the length of a skirt exactly half way between the mini and the midi length offered in the pattern. Tilly patterns tend to be VERY short on me, a 5'9" lady. I was also happy to sew something without the nerves of performing a full bust adjustment. I'm very happy with these adjustments, and find it to fit just about perfectly. Curve flattering but still comfortable. 


I also chose to line the entire pinafore underneath the facings. I have learned the hard way that matte woven fabrics do not work well when wearing tights in the fall. They create friction, ride up, and create a more unflattering look. I've gotten to a point in my sewing where I am tired of cutting corners and ending up with garments I kind of like, but won't wear. So I picked up a lining fabric and cut the main front and back pieces out of it. I am really pleased with the way it turned out, even if I ruined my ironing board cover in the process. Seriously what is lining fabric even made of? Black sludge they scraped up from an oil spill? 


I'm so excited to accessorize this with blouses, sweaters, tees and pins. The pins I'm wearing in these pics are from the love of my life Stay Home Club. I've been eyeing this long sleeved tee from them for a while and I think it would look really awesome with this pinafore if I ever get my hands on it. 


I'd love to hear below in the comments what you're excited to sew for fall. Also if you have a better source for lining fabric that doesn't feel icky and plasticy, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks guys!

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