Where to buy Cleo in print

Made By Rae Cleo Skirt Sewing Pattern
The Cleo skirt pattern is now available in print! Find a stockist here:

US

Blue Bar Quilts – Middleton, WI

Bolt Fabric Boutique – Portland OR

Cool Cottons – Portland, OR

Domesticity – Baltimore, MD

Fiddlehead Artisan Supply – Belfast, ME

Hartford Stitch – West Hartford, CT

Hawthorne Threads – online

Imagine Gnats – online

Indiesew – online

Knit & Bolt – Minneapolis, MN

Lola Pink Fabrics – Lafayette, LA

Maker Mountain Fabrics – Ben Lomond, CA

Nido – Burlington, VT

Sew Special Quilts – San Antonio, TX

Sew To Speak – Worthington, OH

Thread Lab – Menonomie, WI

Three Little Birds – Hyattsville, mD

CANADA

Fabric Spark – East York, ON

Knit Stitch – London, ON

AUSTRALIA

Selvage – online

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Cleo Summer Showcase, Part 2

Last week, the most gorgeous set of Cleo skirts were posted by a set of talented ladies for the Cleo Summer Showcase. I rounded up the first half of the showcase last Wednesday (see: Cleo Summer Showcase, Part 1), and today I’m happy to be rounding up the second half of the showcase.
Cleo Summer Showcase

Fleurine at Sew Mariefleur always has amazing scenic photos to go with her gorgeous makes, and her Cleo skirt post is no exception.
Darci of darcisews, top right, is wearing her latest Cleo right into her third trimester!
I love Sienna’s (bottom left) ikat woven Cleo! She has another Cleo in her recent feed: @notaprimarycolor.
Amy Nicole, bottom right, shared her chic outfit made out of vintage fabric over on her blog, Amy Nicole Studio.

Cleo Summer Showcase

Bettina of Stahlarbeit (above) made two lovely versions, one of them an almost-floor-length maxi. I love how she styled hers with three new handmade tops to make for a handful of outfit combos!

Cleo Summer Showcase

Kten of Jinx and Gunner, top left, made a wispy beach outfit with a lengthened maxi Cleo.
Indiesew’s Allie, top right, styled her rayon Cleo with clogs and a tank for a perfect combo of classy and comfy!
Emily, bottom left, made this gorgeous rayon version that she shared on her blog, My Crafty Little Self.
Whitney Deal, bottom right, created a perfectly summery cotton lawn version; read more on her blog.

Thank you to all of the creative women who participated in our showcase — I’m so excited about all of the different looks and styles represented in the skirts they made.

Now for a Sewalong!

I’m posting a step-by-ste Cleo Skirtalong starting this Wednesday to show you how to sew this pattern. I’ll have lots of handy tips, photos, and more resources lined up to share. I hope you’ll join me!

Get more details in the skirtalong intro post.

Cleo is also now available in printed form in shops!! So if you’d prefer a printed copy of the pattern, you can find a list of stockists here.

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Let’s have a Cleo Skirtalong!

It's time for a Cleo Skirtalong

Sewalong schedule

The skirtalong will start on Wednesday (August 9) here on the blog. You can also follow it on Facebook or Instagram. Here’s the schedule:

Day 1: Get ready (measure and choose size, wash and press fabric, trace pattern)
Day 2: Cut out your pieces
Day 3: Attach pockets and sew side seams
Day 4: Attach waistband
Day 5: Elastic and hem

How much time will it take?
I’ve divided up the schedule so that you should be able to do each “day” in about 1/2-1 hour, though if you’re a beginner you may find that it takes a bit more time than this for some of the steps.

Below is a VERY generous sewing schedule for making Cleo, from start to finish. I’ve doubled the time it takes me personally to complete the sewing and cutting steps, since I want you to relax and take your time. You’ll be less likely to make mistakes! But know that once you’ve sewn Cleo once, it will go much, much faster.

A sewing plan for Cleo

Get inspired!
First, you’ll need to choose your fabric and decide which view you’d like to make. Check out my Cleo inspiration post, my Lovely Skirts Pinterest board, the #cleoskirt tag on Instagram, or the Cleo Showcase Roundup (Part 1) for some really good inspiration.

Get ready!
You will need:

  • a copy of the pattern, either in print (see: Cleo print stockists) or PDF format
  • woven fabric (see the Cleo page for yardage / fabric recommendations) and coordinating thread
  • 1.25″ wide elastic (the length needed is half your waist measurement)
  • a small piece of fusible lightweight interfacing.

If you’re using the PDF pattern, go ahead and print it out at 100%  or send your file to your local copyshop!

Read more: How to print and assemble a PDF pattern
Read more: How to use a copyshop file

I hope you’re as excited as I am for the sewalong!!

Go to Day 1

How to print and assemble a PDF sewing pattern

how to print and assemble a PDF pattern

It still surprises me sometimes to discover that many people have never used (or even heard of) a PDF sewing pattern. Occasionally I’ll get an email from someone who has purchased one of my patterns and needs some assistance figuring out what on earth to do with it once they’ve bought it.

So here’s a step by step primer to help you get from purchasing to sewing with your PDF sewing pattern! Even if you’ve used a PDF pattern before, you might pick up some pointers in this post.

Step 1. Download and save your pattern file
After you purchase a PDF pattern, you’ll be directed to a download link, you’ll get an email with a download link, or both (this is how it works in my pattern shop). Click on the link to download your pattern file to your computer. Once you’ve downloaded the file, open it from your downloads folder and save it in a private folder where you can find it again later (usually this requires going to “File -> Save As” and selecting a different folder or creating a new folder).

The beauty of a PDF pattern is that you can use it over and over and it never gets worn out. But it is not the responsibility of the pattern maker to hang on to your pattern for you. And…it’s a bit of a hassle to have to email the designer later to ask for a resend, right? SO TAKE A SECOND AND SAVE YOUR FILE!

Once you save your file, you can bring the pattern file to a copy or print shop (drag it over to a USB drive, or upload it to the print shop’s website) to be printed on wide-format paper. If you go the copy shop route, be sure to read my post: how to use a copyshop file. If you are printing at home, continue!

Step 2. Print a test page
First, open your file in a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat or Preview for Mac. Do not print directly from the browser window after you download the file; instead, reopen the pattern in a PDF viewer before printing.

Then set your printer to print just the first page at 100% (or “No Scaling” or “None” for scaling). This step is OH SO CRITICAL. If you print the pattern at the wrong scale, your garment will not fit!

Here’s a screenshot of what the print preview (in Preview for Mac) looks like for me:

print-at-home PDF pattern

If the percentage is a number other than 100%, change it to 100%!

Step 3. Check Scale
My newer patterns have scale marks along every pattern piece page borders at 1-inch intervals (a few of the older ones have a scale box with labeled dimensions) so you can check the scale of each page. Place your ruler or use a cutting mat to check these marks. In the photo below, they line up nicely. Another way to check is along the length of the page: the long edge should be exactly 10″ or 254 cm.

Print and check scale

Step 4. Print the rest of the pattern
When you are absolutely sure the scale is right, choose the remaining pages indicated for the size and version of the pattern you’re making, and set the print dialog again to print at 100% (I always forget the second time!) and print the rest of the pattern pages.

Step 5. Trim Edges
Now use scissors or a paper trimmer to remove the print margins on the TOP and LEFT edges of each page.

Beatrixalong Day 1

Step 6. Assemble the pattern
Place the pages together as shown in the pattern assembly diagram so that the circles in the corners (or in some patterns, the black triangles) line up nicely. If you go from left to right and top to bottom, like you’re reading a book, each page you set down will cover up the print margin from the previous page.

Beatrixalong Day 1

Step 7. Tape it together
Finally, tape it all together, making sure the edges stay straight! For very large patterns, I often tape each row together first, then tape the rows together to assemble the entire pattern.

Beatrixalong Day 1

Now your pattern is ready to trace! I always recommend tracing a pattern rather than cutting into it. Take a look at my How to trace a pattern post if you need a quick how-to!

This post is part of my Building a Handmade Wardrobe Series, a set of posts to help you get from start to finish with one of my patterns.

Cleo Summer Showcase, Part I

It’s time to take a look at the Cleo Summer Showcase so far!

Update: here’s Part 2

I’m so inspired by all of the amazing skirts that these lovely women have made and posted already this week. And honestly, overwhelmed and honored that so many people agreed to be a part of this little showcase. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far!!

Let’s start with a roundup from Monday’s showcase guests:

Cleo Summer ShowcaseVicky of Sewvee, top left, made this colorful and cheerful Cleo. I love that umbrella too. See more pics in her blog post!
Erin of Hungie Gungietop right posted this lovely pink Loominous skirt and styled it with a cute aqua belt. See more pics on her blog.
Natalie of Hungry Hippie Sews rounded up all of her Cleo skirts on her blog, including this beautiful rayon version that she made (bottom left). Natalie was one of our Cleo testers and has made a bunch since the pattern launched!
Teri of Fa Sew La (bottom right) added a fantastic waist tie to her cheerful floral rayon Cleo. Head over to her blog for more details.

Here are the Cleo skirts from Tuesday’s showcase guests:
Cleo Summer ShowcaseTori of the The Doing Things Blog posted TWO absolutely lovely Cleos, top left and bottom left. More pics on her blog!
Kate English, top right, added some width to the waistband (love it!) and styled it to perfection.
Meredith of Olivia Jane Handcrafted, bottom right, chose a large-scale gingham and cut the pockets and hem bands on the bias for a great self-contrast effect. See details and closeups on her blog.
Lindsay, bottom center, shows how a slightly heavier fabric (canvas!) works nicely for Cleo too!

Finally, here are the Cleo showcase posts for today:
Cleo Summer Showcase
Julie at Nurse Bean Sews (above) is so prolific that this is actually just a part of her entire Cleo skirt collection! Head over to her blog to see the rest of her Cleos and to see how she styles them with her handmade tops!

Cleo Summer Showcase

Melissa at A Happy Stitch made a couple of versions (top left, bottom right), which you can see more of in her blog post as well. Sidenote: I love how Cleo keeps popping up in Loominous fabric…it really is a wonderful fabric for clothing. And Lauren of Lauren Durr Design used a brilliant border print for a stunning effect (bottom left, top right). I love how she used the hem band to extend the yellow area of the print.

The variety of skirts and styles represented here really speaks to the versatility of this pattern. I really enjoy seeing how different people can create completely different looks with the same pattern, don’t you? We’re halfway through the showcase, so stay tuned for even more Cleo loveliness!

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