Cleo #2

Ok, so I was totally going to be a grown up and make a legit muslin of the Made by Rae Cleo Skirt….but, I was/am too impatient.

My first Cleo was a great learning experience, but the skirt was too big and did not flatter me.

So for my second one, I once again chose inexpensive quilting cotton (why waste more expensive material?).

I went down one size, which made for a better fit.

I do feel, for another in quilting cotton, I could keep a XL front but go to a L back.

In a more drapey fabric, I would stick with an XL and see how that goes.

If you opened my waist band, you would  see quite a mess…this, for some reason, was hard for me this time…thank god it is all hidden.

I did read on someone’s blog that they pressed the gathers before folding the band and sewing.

I will definitely do this in the future.

Also, I really gathered (I mean really gathered) the front panel before attaching the waistband.

Duh, I should have lined up the center notches and then gathered as I eventually matched up the outer notches.

Light finally dawned on marble head for that one.

I am still sticking to View B, as I need super simple design as I am so new to garment sewing.

I wore this today and received many compliments on it (“super cute skirt”!).

Here is my daughter’s photo of me:


Man oh man, I LOVE pockets!

Ok, the kids start extended school year on Monday and that means I will have a few hours on my days off to sew.

So here is my “to do” list”

  1. Gypsum Skirt by Sew Liberated (pattern assembled and fabric from Sew So English)
  2. Metamorphic Dress by Sew Liberated (Pattern printed, linen from Joann’s and rayon from SSE)
  3. Ruby Top by Made by Rae (pattern and fabric cut, linen from Joann’s and some silky fabric from Joann’s-both from my stash bought long ago).

Have a great week!

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4 thoughts on “Cleo #2

  1. Stefanie says:

    I like the fabric. The skirt looks great on you. I have the first, two patterns in a collection. I have all of these collections in my IG account so I’ll remember patterns that have caught my eye. I want to make the Luna pants and today I bought the Westchester dolman top from the Crafty Gemini; she’s currently starting the sew-a-long for it. I will probably do it late as I need to make my second, Cleo skirt. Good tip on ironing the gathers. I hope I remember that. I saw a video where she sewed along the top edge of the elastic so it wouldn’t buckle.


    • MrsMcD918 says:

      Hi Stephanie- I want to make the Westchester too! I have the pattern to make the first sew a long she did (it was a Butterick pattern). I made a 3rd Cleo in a thinner and more drapey fabric. Of course, I made it a lot harder and messed it up-but the mistake works 🙂 I’ll be blogging about it next week. Can’t wait to see your next Cleo!


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