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Pattern Hack : Squiffy Crossbody Bag by Mrs H in directional fabric

This is a really gentle hack, but essential if you have prints that are one direction- that is there’s nothing upside down or on it’s side, fabrics that you definitely have to use a certain way up. Here’s my video tutorial, but if you prefer photos and text, just scroll a little further down. When […]

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Pattern Hack : Squiffy Crossbody Bag by Mrs H in directional fabric

This is a really gentle hack, but essential if you have prints that are one direction- that is there’s nothing upside down or on it’s side, fabrics that you definitely have to use a certain way up. Here’s my video tutorial, but if you prefer photos and text, just scroll a little further down. When […]

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Pattern Hack : Squiffy Crossbody Bag by Mrs H in directional fabric

This is a really gentle hack, but essential if you have prints that are one direction- that is there’s nothing upside down or on it’s side, fabrics that you definitely have to use a certain way up. Here’s my video tutorial, but if you prefer photos and text, just scroll a little further down. When […]

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Pattern Hack : Adding a flap to secure cards on the Boon Wallet

I apologise for only making a video tutorial on this, I have another hack or two up my sleeve, and I promise to do a photo and text version of the tutorial only. You will need the Boon Wallet by XOXO Lauren to make this, I’m just going to show you how I added a […]

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Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

Following on from the popularity of our post on hacks for the Bettine dress, I thought it high time we shared some of the amazing design variations you’ve been making to the Cleo dungaree dress! One of our most popular sewing patterns, Cleo is quick to make and easy to wear. How about trying out one of these design hacks next time you make it?

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

1) Button front panel

Inspired by dungaree dresses spotted on the high street, Abi added a button down opening to the front of her dungaree dress. I love this style – so seventies! Want to make one just like it? You’re in luck, as she’s shared a tutorial on how she did it.


Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

2) Kitty pockets

What’s better than a dungaree dress with pockets? A dungaree dress with cat-shaped pockets! For all you crazy cat ladies out there, behold the cuteness of the kitty pockets that Emily added to her Cleo pinafore. She talks you through how to do it on her blog.

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

3) Midi length version

Lovely Rumana, who you may remember from the third series of the Sewing Bee (and who I also happened to go to school with – small world!), made a hijab-friendly version of the Cleo pinafore by extending the hem to midi length. It looks so classy like this! I love how she’s styled it with a pop of colour and delicate jewellery.

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

4) Ruffle straps

Ruffles have been all the rage this year… and, as with dungarees, I’m sure the trend will continue for some time. So why not combine the two? Elsie and Ellie both added ruffles to the straps of their Cleos – they look so cute!

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

5) Cleo McKitty Face

And finally – yes it’s another cat-themed Cleo… not sorry! The little ears… the cute little embroidered face… Ahhhh Sabina’s version is just about perfection. And yes, grown ups can wear dungaree dresses with cat faces on them 😉

There’s plenty more Cleo pattern inspiration to be had on Instagram. Have a browse of the hashtag #SewingCleo to get some more ideas for your next make!

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Pattern Hack Tutorial: Drawstring Ruched Top

Over the course of a few months, I kept seeing this drawstring ruching technique pop up everywhere: a couple of RTW tops I saw on Pinterest, a top I saw in Burdastyle’s non-plus size line (see below) and a pattern hack by Shauni of the Magnificent Thread (see below). All of these sightings inspired me to…

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Hoodie Hacks: Drafting a Hood from Scratch

When the call-out hit my inbox for a pattern hack theme on the Curvy Sewing Collective, I instantly knew I’d want to mess about with hoodies. Hardly a week goes by I don’t sew up a hoodie of some sort; this last two weeks; I put together three. One a satin-lined no-wale corduroy jacket; the…

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Pattern Hack: Changing the Folkwear Turkish Dancer Dress into a Summer Dress

Here’s how I modified the Folkwear Turkish Dancer Dress #108 pattern into a sleeveless summer dress. The fabric is 100% linen and fully interlined with a 100% cotton voile from Distinctive Sewing Supplies in Oakville, Ontario.  I really like the modest “V” neck and the slightly extended shoulders: Let me start by saying that I always…

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Curvy Sewing Education Week: Sew a tulip-back tank (video)

Next up on Curvy Sewing Education Week, I’m sharing a video from my online workshop Pattern Hacking for Curves: 1 Top, 10 Ways (you can get 25% off the workshop price until Aug 31 by using code EDUCATIONWEEK). I absolutely love pattern hacking, especially once I have a base pattern that fits me well. Instead of having to {…Continue Reading}

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Pattern Hack: A Curvy Bruyere Shirt (Hacked via Lenox Dress)

When it was released a few years ago, the Deer & Doe Bruyere shirt pattern felt like a breath of fresh air. At the time, the relaxed-fit Grainline Archer was everywhere, and the Bruyere offered some unique details for a button-down shirt: a fitted bodice, a waistband, and general fit-and-flare shape. I instantly fell in…

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It’s Curvy Sewing Education Week – and get 25% off workshops!

Welcome to Curvy Sewing Education Week on Cashmerette! I don’t know about you, but this time of year always gives me that “back to school” feeling, and I feel a hankering to buy new lined notebooks and 5 packs of tights. So I thought it was a great time to run the first ever Curvy {…Continue Reading}

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Pattern Hack: Converting palazzo pants to tie-front wrap pants

Objective: Convert a pattern for woven, elastic-waist pants, to a pattern for tie-front wrap pants From this: to this: Who’s it for? Anybody who wants to give it a try! Any restrictions? Before attempting this hack, you should be reasonably familiar with how regular pants go together Difficulty 2 out of 5. Supplies For drafting…

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Pattern Hack: Change a regular t-shirt into a swing shirt or dress

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to fit, but sometimes there’s nothing quite like a swingy top or dress to make you feel comfortable and carefree! You might think you need to buy a specific swing pattern, but in fact if you already have a t-shirt pattern that fits you well through the shoulders…

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Pattern Hacking for Cosplay

When I first started sewing, my main objective was costumes, costumes, costumes! I bought my first sewing machine because I was participating in a burlesque show and wasn’t able to find a costume in my size. I ran out and bought a little pink sewing machine for $100 and fabric and got started. The first…

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Pattern Review: Simplicity 8378 (Pattern Hacking Line)

After my fellow editor Michelle highlighted Simplicity’s new “Pattern Hacking” line in her curvy pattern round-up in April, my interest was piqued. What exactly did they mean by pattern hacking? I associate pattern hacking with making changes to a pattern that go above and beyond what’s described in the instructions or on the pattern pieces….

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Pattern Hacking Tips

If you’re a follower of my blog, you know I love a good pattern hack. When I first started sewing I was totally intimidated by pattern hacking, or making pattern changes, because I was fearful I would screw up the fit or not know how to make my vision come to life. Now that I…

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Pattern Hacking Tips

If you’re a follower of my blog, you know I love a good pattern hack. When I first started sewing I was totally intimidated by pattern hacking, or making pattern changes, because I was fearful I would screw up the fit or not know how to make my vision come to life. Now that I…

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Round-up: Curvy Pattern Hacks

To get the creative juices flowing and give you some ideas for Pattern Hacking Month, we thought we would round up some pattern hacks curvy sewists have done on curvy patterns! (There are a ton of documented hacks out there by talented straight-sized sewists, too, that could be applicable to curvy gals, but for purposes…

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Four Cardigan Hacks from a T-Shirt Pattern!

Is there anything more versatile than a cardigan? Winter, summer, at the office or on a breezy evening, I nearly always have a cardigan with me. There are lots of great cardigan patterns out there, but personally, I prefer to hack from a trusty t-shirt pattern: faster, cheaper, and it always fits! When you chose…

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Does Your Pattern Speak to You? Or, Why I Pattern Hack!

Pattern hacking is not a 1,2, 3 step process for me. Many times I don’t purchase or use a pattern thinking about the possibilities to hack or alter it. Those ideas usually come to me during the cutting and sewing phases. See, I have to work with a pattern and get to know it before…

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Welcome to Curvy Pattern Hacking Month!

Welcome to the Curvy Sewing Collective’s Pattern Hacking Month! We’ve got an exciting month planned, all centered around pattern hacking. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas, inspiration, and how-tos this month. Based on the posts our amazing contributors have turned in so far, it’s going to be awesome! We also hope you’ll…

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Cashmerette Concord Tee: Maternity Pattern Hacks

 Good afternoon, kittens! Life is in full on baby mode at Chez Fancy. Our guest room is mid-transformation into a nursery, we spent an absurd amount on the world’s safest car seat, and boxes of hand-me-down girl clothes regularly appear on our doo…

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August is Pattern Hacking Month!

Great news: August is Pattern Hacking Month at the Curvy Sewing Collective! What does that mean? Well, as we did for our past theme months, we’ll have a combination of inspirational and how-to posts on altering sewing patterns to achieve a specific look or stretch out the utility of a favorite, well-fitting pattern. Tutorials, round-ups,…

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Curvy Pattern Tutorial: Sew your own Geneva-inspired Dress

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been eyeing that Geneva dress from Universal Standard and wondering if it’s worth the money. I’ve heard from several reliable sources that they’re wonderfully made, that the jersey is awesome, and I love the company for their policy of letting customers exchange their garments for a new size for…

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Pregnancy in Pauline Alice patterns

Today I’m writing a special post: how to adapt your Pauline Alice patterns when you’re expecting! You may have noticed (or not) that I’m expecting a baby for Fall (thanks to…

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Pregnancy in Pauline Alice patterns

Today I’m writing a special post: how to adapt your Pauline Alice patterns when you’re expecting! You may have noticed (or not) that I’m expecting a baby for Fall (thanks to…

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Pocket time! Add pockets to the Cashmerette Turner Dress

We sewists have many advantages over poor Ready-to-Wear buying ladies, and surely one of the mightiest is: the pocket! Yep, pockets are scarce in women’s clothes in stores; I do not know why (a handbag industry conspiracy?!). But, you can add them into almost any garment when you sew. So it was only natural to {…Continue Reading}

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Tutorial: Lengthening Rise and Adding Pockets to Jalie Éléonore Pull-On Jeans

Right now the Jalie Éléonore Pull-On Jeans pattern is my favourite sewing pattern and I made three changes to make it mine! 1. I lengthened the rise by 1 3/4″ 2. I shortened the hidden elastic in the waistband by 2″, front and back 3. I changed the front yoke to a functional pocket Lengthening the Rise…

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How to change a bodice with darts to princess seams

Once you have a bodice that fits you really well, it’s tempting to make it over and over again. So, when I wanted to make a princess seamed dirndl, instead of trying to hack a traditional princess seam bodice drafted for a B cup, I used the Cashmerette Upton Dress in a G/H and adapted it. {…Continue Reading}

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Your Cashmerette makes! Holiday Roundup

If there’s one thing that brings a smile to my face, it’s seeing women around the world wearing their Cashmerette Patterns garments – and it’s been doubly fun seeing all your creative and beautiful makes for the holidays! Let’s kick it off with three gorgeous Upton dresses: Tanya in lovely sateen, Pearl used a border {…Continue Reading}

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