I’m a 90s kid, ya’ll. And I used to rock dungarees back in the day. Not only are dungarees/pinafores/overalls, comfy – I actually think they can be super flattering when styled appropriately.

With that said, I just had to get my hands on this uber adorable Cleo Pinafore from Tilly and the Buttons. I think this is a nice gateway into sewing with denims and twills and getting my topstitching game on. I decided to do the mini length version, but in future I might just try the longer length with the front split.

I’ve picked up so much weight since I’ve been in quarantine, you guys! I’ve been eating a lot of comfort food for my anxiety around this pandemic. It doesn’t help that my medication causes weight gain, now on top of everything, I’m eating and eating and not working out. I haven’t been to bootcamp in a while, but I’m considering doing a 28 day at-home workout challenge they are running soon. It’s so cool, they’re going to do consults via Zoom and send you workouts via email on the daily. It’s brilliant! So I have no excuse.

Cleo Pinafore | Scarlet Stitch
Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Pinafore (Mini Length) // Size: 4 graded at the hips to a size 6 // Fabric: Stretch Twill Denim from Studio47 // Dungaree Button Clips: Cape Town Sewing Centre // Thread: Mettler Metrosene 100% Polyester Thread from Bernina // Sewing Machine: Bernina B535 // Overlocker: Bernina 1300MDC

My biggest mistake with this sewing project is the fact that this is a very stretchy twill denim fabric, and found that it puckered at certain points. In hindsight I would rather stick to a completely woven denim instead. The only reason I went with this fabric is because I so badly wanted a black denim pinafore and this was the only black denim I had in my stash. But it’s okay, there’s always more fabric and I can always sew up another one!

Another mistake I made was forgetting that I have a bit of a bum. So when I hemmed my Cleo, I went crazy and folded it over almost 3 inches. So naturally, my bum ended up pushing up the back of my skirt and it’s not a good look, you guys! After seeing this monstrosity on the photos after I downloaded them from the camera, I immediately unpicked the entire hem and only folded it up once instead of twice. Thank goodness I didn’t cut it off!

This is the first time I attached these dungaree clips and buttons. I used my awl to make a hole and insert the button back through there. Then I stole hubby’s hammer and gently (by gently I mean I let the weight of the hammer sort of land onto the button back) hammered it into place on a sturdy surface. It took a few tries but thankfully it turned out okay! I’m aware that the buttons need to be even more tighter than they currently are, but I was so scared I would bend or damage the button with too much hammering, so I left it as is.

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Hope you are all staying safe and clean and indoors during this crazy time. I’ll just be here, looking cute in my outfit with nowhere to go. But it’s okay, I’m actually enjoying not having to visit people or entertain guests. It’s actually bliss! An introvert’s dream, really.

What have you been up to while social distancing? Please let me know in the comments below.

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