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Cleo Dungaree Dress

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Cleo Pinafore or Dungaree Dress by Tilly and the Buttons

Cleo is simple to sew, with no fiddly zips and minimal fitting required – hooray! Make it dungaree-style with buckles, or as a pinafore with button fastenings. Choose from mini length or knee length with optional centre-front split, patch pockets on front or back, and optional contrast topstitching.

This easy-to-use sewing pattern will take you through the steps to making the Cleo dungaree dress, with jargon-busting instructions and photos showing you how to sew each part.

Wear Cleo all year round, layered over a t-shirt, shirt or sweater – the relaxed style makes it oh so comfortable!


This is a multisized pattern (Tilly's own sizing of 1-8) with UK equivalent being sizes 6-20 and can be made up in either mini skirt or knee length. For further sizing information see the Tilly and the Buttons website and click on "Pattern Sizes".

Recommended Fabrics:

Heavy or medium weight woven fabrics that hold their shape, such as denim, corduroy, cotton drill, gabardine, canvas, wool.

Fabric Requirements:

  • Mini length - 1.2m x 150cm wide OR 1.8m x 115cm wide
  • Knee length - 1.3m x 150cm wide OR 1.9m  x 115cm wide


  • Matching thread
  • 0.4m iron-on interfacing, similar weight to your fabric
  • 2 x 30-35mm wide dungaree buckles OR 2 x 15-20mm buttons and buttonhole foot for your sewing machine
  • Optional: Contrast colour topstitch thread and topstitch/embroidery needle
  • Sewing machine and basic tool


Suitable for beginners