Cleo is a gathered skirt with just the right amount of fullness. It features a flat front waistband with an elastic back waistband to make it both comfortable to wear and insanely easy to get a great fit. You’ll love Cleo because it’s flattering and comfortable without the the need to fuss with fitted waistbands or zippers.
This pattern comes in nine women’s sizes (XXS-XL and plus sizes 1-3), and includes a full sheet of hints and tips to find just the right fit for you. See the size chart here.
The Cleo sewing pattern includes two views: View A has a curved cutout-style pocket and a contrasting double-folded hem, while View B has hidden inseam pockets and a longer length. In addition, the pattern pieces are arranged to make it easy to mix and match features (view a pockets with view b length, for example).
A note about length
I intentionally designed Cleo for a shorter person than me (I’m 5’8) so that someone who is 5’5 or 5’6 could sew this skirt without having to make length adjustments. In addition, we tested Cleo with testers of varying heights (5’1-5’9), and included a page in the instructions that clearly explains how to lengthen and shorten the skirt pattern; you’ll find it’s incredibly easy to do. I encourage you to play around with length — one of my favorite Cleo skirts is a maxi version I made years ago.
Skill level: intermediate
Whether you are a confident beginner or an experienced sewist, I think you’ll find that Cleo is an easy and satisfying sewing project. Here are the skills used in the pattern:
- sewing straight and curved seams
- sewing an elastic waistband
Cleo is currently available as a digital sewing pattern in my shop. Your download link will include print-at-home pattern pieces as well as copy shop files (in both A0 and US formats), just like the rest of my women’s digital patterns!
I’ve put together a Cleo page where you can find all of the blog posts and resources related to this pattern, plus all the charts for sizes, finished measurements, and yardage.
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