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