So, I just HAD to jump on to the blog to share my latest make this week – a gorgeous Cleo dress in Sewisfaction’s own black stretch needlecord. I’m a huge fan of this particular style, in fact I would say that it’s probably the garment that crops up in my me-made wardrobe the most – I guess you could say layering is my thing!
So when I saw this fabric on a trip to the store, I knew immediately what I was going to make; Needlecord and corduroy is huge this season on the high-street so I wanted a little slice of the fashion pie for myself.
I had a super exciting few days of filming to attend last week and I really wanted a simple, no pressure sew to whip up the night before – enter Cleo. Cleo is a must-have sew for beginners, it’s simple to follow, has minimal pieces if you hate cutting out like me and when using stiff fabrics, you can even forgo the interfacing to speed things up – the ultimate dress in an afternoon.
I also love the fit of this style too, comfort is a key feature in my wardrobe, so I don’t like anything too ‘clingy’ anyway and this is a forgiving one for that! It also means again no faffing with making sure the fit is dead on – you can totally get away with rocking the baggy 90’s look that stores like Topshop favour so much at the moment.
When it came to creating the dress, as I mentioned, I left out the interfacing as the fabric is stiff enough already so it holds its own. I also ALWAYS have to add a good few inches to cover my lanky legs, so I did this as well. Otherwise, it’s such a simple make which you can really get stuck into, adding some real thought to the finish and look of the garment.
If you’re looking to make one of these, I recommend the stretch needlecord of course, but I have also made a variation in furnishing fabric and PU leather – the possibilities are endless! I’ll be layering this one over more sparkly tops as pictured and chunky knit jumpers.