Green Striped Cleo Skirt

Cleo Skirt | View B

Oh Nani Iro double gauze, how I love you so. I sewed this delightful fabric into a Cleo Skirt earlier this summer. I la-la-love it. Double gauze is so crazy comfortable and soft, and these stripes look like they were painted on by hand. This skirt has inseam pockets which seem more and more critical to me in a garment the more I sew, plus a flat-front with elastic-back waistband, so it’s quite comfortable to wear. New favorite skirt alert!

Cleo Skirt

The “midi” length falls below the knee, resulting in something that gives me strong flashbacks of the skirts my mother wore to church in the summer back in the 80’s along with a large perm and sandals, even more so when I wear it with my chambray Gemma tank. I am admittedly confused by the word “midi.” Has this word been around a very long time? It seems to have popped up in the last couple of years, and the first time I heard it I had to look it up. I suppose I risk sounding incredibly stupid by admitting that, but there it is.

Cleo Skirt

This version will be “View B” of the Cleo skirt pattern, with View A sporting cut out pockets and a band along the hem ala the Flying Crane skirt. If you got my fall pattern preview newsletter back in September, you’ll have seen a more thorough description plus more photos of Cleo already (you can sign up for my email updates here, by the way).

Cleo Skirt

Let me tell you how long it takes to make a sewing pattern: forever. I previewed this skirt pattern on Instagram back in February (though I’ve been working on this design since early 2013…yes, 2013), and if you asked me in February when this one would be ready, I probably told you late spring. But then there was Gemma, and Isla, and now I’m serious, this pattern will happen next is now here. I do feel a bit badly since I know some of you have been excited for this pattern for a long time and probably feel a bit impatient. If so, you have a good sense for how long it takes me to make a pattern. So I have a question for you: do you prefer when pattern designers surprise you with a design once it’s ready so that you can sew it right away? I feel like a lot of the big indie pattern designers keep everything very secret until they are absolutely ready to a launch. Or do you enjoy seeing the designs while they are in progress? As a sewing pattern consumer, I can see benefits to both approaches, but as a pattern designer I wonder if it would be better if I took the Super Secret approach. What do you think?

34 thoughts on “Green Striped Cleo Skirt

  1. I like knowing what’s coming, personally! I really loved knowing that Gemma was on the way this summer. I had already tried the tiny pocket tank from GL and had trouble with fitting and darts, so after a couple tries with it I just put the tank project on hold. I waited until you released Gemma and thankfully it fit me on the first try!

    But I say do whatever floats your boat. If you like showing peeks of what’s coming, go with it. If you want to try holding off for a big surprise, that’s fine too.

  2. It’s fun to see the process. The only change I would make is to make the yardage requirements available sooner because once you know a pattern is coming, you see fabric everywhere that would work for the pattern.

    • That’s a really good point!! I think I can make that happen, for sure!!

      I do have the yardage already for Cleo, but I hesitate to put it out there just in case the pattern pieces change (for instance, if we decided to remove fullness, the yardage requirements would go down). So the next question I would have would be: would you rather have the yardage super early with a disclaimer that it might change a bit, or wait until the pieces are finalized to get the yardage post? Might be the difference of a few weeks, I would think.

  3. The “midi” length falls below the knee, resulting in something that gives me strong flashbacks of the skirts my mother wore to church in the summer back in the 80’s along with a large perm and sandals,
    Yes, that was me, too.
    Now I can make a new one!

  4. I love your new skirt, and look forward to the pattern. Where do I find that luscious striped Nani Iro double gauze?

  5. The skirt looks nice! I’m curious to see more, since I didn’t see it before (sorry, not a very regular reader, although I really like your blog and creations!). I like seeing what is coming, but maybe only when I don’t have to wait too long… Several weeks are still very ok to me, but maybe I would get bored after much more? I actually don’t really know to be honest 😉 But when it comes as a surprise, I sometimes have more doubts, and want to see more before deciding on buying. If I’ve seen more of the process, it gives me more a sense of whether it would be something for me or not…

    • Hi Julie,
      I think I purchased 2 yards of this print; possibly a bit more (maybe 2.25?). You can see from the top photo that I actually didn’t have enough to match the stripes, unfortunately. It would be awesome if I could have had enough to do that, but yeah, I probably should have gotten an extra yard if I wanted to have all of the stripes line up on the side seams. Hindsight is 20/20, right?

  6. I love seeing the process & waiting (albeit impatiently by times) for the pattern launch. By the time it comes out, I usually know what I’m going to use to make your vision mine. Love this skirt Rae. (I wore midis way back when; including a velvet chocolate brown midi winter coat—I can still feel how it made me feel.)

  7. I think it’s fun to see the process and be teased about what is coming – makes it more exciting!! I did try and make my own version of this skirt and realized that I do not have a future in pattern design. Although I wear the skirt (and am proud of my efforts), it made me realize how much I appreciate your patterns. Keep em coming!!

    • aww yay!! That’s great that you tried it on your own! I agree, even as a pattern designer, attempting to replicate things often makes me realize I’d rather just buy a pattern from someone. It’s definitely easier. Glad you’re excited for this one!

  8. My impression has always been that there were three basic lengths of skirts: mini, midi and maxi. And then my iraqi mother in law once mentioned a “Chanel” length, meaning mid-calf. Live and learn!

  9. Hi Rae,

    I didn’t think about the pattern placement and how much it affects yardage. I actually thought about buying this fabric in another color way to make this skirt way back when you first posted it knowing that the pattern was coming but held off because it isn’t inexpensive fabric. I think it is best to wait on the fabric chart until you know the total yardage for sure but if it could be sooner, such as when you start posting some versions of the garment, that would be great. That being said I have no shortage of fabric, it is just that you always seem to find the perfect thing. It takes so much restraint to not just run out and buy fabric to replicate your beautiful versions. 😊

  10. If it is actually, really, truly coming soon (as in sometime in the next month), I think sneak peaks are exciting and enjoy planning my sewing projects with the upcoming pattern in mind. But anything longer than that is unnecessary at best and irritating at worst; If I’m looking to sew, say, a gathered skirt and I’m holding out for one of your patterns that you’ve put teasers out for, thinking it is coming sometime this season, and then time goes by and still no skirt, I tend to wish I would have just sought out a different, currently-available pattern elsewhere before the season had passed.

  11. You could tease a pattern for 3 years and I’d still be into it. I think that’s one of the reasons I love your blog – you are like WELL! LIFE GOT IN THE WAY OF THAT ONE! I appreciate your candor and I like that you AREN’T a big pattern house and that we get to see your process, worts and all.

  12. I am so excited to see this announcement! This is the skirt pattern I’ve been dreaming of, and I can’t wait to buy it. I like finding out about patterns and watching the development process. Your blog is so inspiring. Thanks, Rae! 🙂

  13. I remember the flying cranes skirt! I remember how you wrote that we can make our own with 4 rectangles. So I still have not done that and I am looking forward to the pattern. I like to see what is coming, but with kids clothes, I need it to be released a bit more immediately, for obvious reasons. Like 4 years might be too long.

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