To quote the film Funny Face, “Banish the black, burn the blue, and bury the beige! From now on girls… think pink!” Millennial pink is one of those meta trends that just keeps hanging in there. Having first emerged in around 2012 and still being named as one of this year’s fashion colours for spring and autumn, it looks like it’s here to stay.
Focussing in a bit further, blush pink corduroy in particular has carved out quite the niche within this larger trend. And the folks over at Tilly and the Buttons very cleverly picked up on this in creating the fantastic Cleo dungaree dress, which has since become one of their bestselling patterns.
Full disclosure, I actually made this dress in 2018 after seeing similar styles shot by two of my favourite bloggers, Sophia Rosemary and Isabella Thordsen, and it’s still going strong. So I can say with confidence that pink cord is the kind of long-term trend you won’t get bored with after one season. Just what we need as we try to buy less and wear more.
As you can see in the close-up, I went with the patch pocket on the bib and grey topstitching detail seen in the original Tilly version of this dress. I was a little apprehensive about the dungaree clips, but they are actually very easy to use and look so professional that people are always surprised when I tell them this piece is home-made!
Of course, this design can be made in any fabric you fancy, but the pink cord version T & the B used for their photo shoot just works so well, I knew I could simply take it and replicate it and I would love it. Perhaps this isn’t the most creative interpretation of a sewing pattern but sometimes that which isn’t broken doesn’t need fixing!
If you’re feeling more creative than me however, there are plenty of ways to customise the pattern to make it your own – with different lengths, button-fastening straps, several optional pockets and a centre front split. Check out the array of different looks on Instagram (#SewingCleo) if you want more inspiration. The construction is also deceptively easy. As it’s quite a relaxed cut, you won’t need to worry about getting the fit exactly right, and the simple, clear instructions include photos to guide you through each step.
I can honestly say I wear this dress all the time. It’s great for the office as well as the weekend, plus it works all year round: with a chunky colour-block jumper, tights and boots in winter or a striped tee and wedge sandals in summer. We shot these photos in early February, when it was just about warm enough to team it with this star-embroidered shirt and my favourite new Rebecca Minkoff bag (second hand of course!).
So there you have it! A long-time fashion favourite that will become a firm wardrobe staple for years to come. Why not try it yourself?