It seems like everyone in the sewing community has made a Cleo and it’s fair to assume that Tilly has cornered the market with the dungaree dress. However, there are other pinafore and dungaree dress patterns out there and I thought I’d let you in on which ones are available if you don’t quite fancy making the Cleo.
Disclaimer: Cleo is also included in this round-up as it is a great pattern!
Possibly the most instagrammed dungaree pattern, the Turia, by Pauline Alice, is a close second to the Cleo in my opinion but comes with the option of both shorts and trousers, so it’s a win win situation. These dungarees have been around slightly longer than the Cleo and I’m itching to make myself a floral pair for the summer. If you’re thinking the same, just look at this bright version by Cocowawa Crafts as well as this Turia hack!
Marilla Walker Roberts collection
This collection includes a pair of full length dungarees PLUS other options to make a dress version, a jumpsuit and even a top. And at only around £8.40 this means that the Roberts collection is ridiculously affordable too. These dungarees seem to be a bit comfier than standard dungarees, so may work for lounging about the house in. Katie from What Katie Sews has made a great version of the dungarees and we love Jo’s bright yellow version too!
This McCalls pattern definitely has a vintage feel to it and the winning element of this design is the flared jeans option. I haven’t worn flares since my teenage years when I was always scuffing the ends, but this pattern might just tempt me to give the look another go. I particularly like the deep pockets of this pattern (again, very 70s!) as well as the shorts option. What I love about this one though is that it gives you the option to create both flared and skinny jeans from the same pattern. A winner in my opinion!
Kwik Sew 4138
I’m including this pattern on the list simply because it’s got the option for a circle skirt which I haven’t seen in any other patterns, plus the slouchy chambray rolled up dungarees with hi-top Converse’s are definitely swaying me towards buying it. I think this Kwik Sew pattern would work best for the summer and I’m excited to try a chambray version like on the front of the packet. I love Madeleine’s midi version and I think it works especially well in a bright colour too!
How could I not mention Tilly’s awesome Cleo pinafore? It’s so versatile, can be made in many different colours and fabrics (pink denim version anyone?) and a plethora of bloggers have made it their own. Plus with the pocket options AND the dungaree clips or button holes, I reckon no Cleo pinafore would ever look the same. I’ve definitely got my eye on many different versions of this beauty. I love this pair of Cleo’s made by friends Sophia and Lexy, Rosa’s added a patch to hers or you can read my review here.