I’m back again with another holiday sewing project – I finally made the Named Kielo wrap dress. So many sewists seem to discover this pattern each summer – it feels like one of those patterns that I am the absolute last to get to!
I am really not into maxi dresses in my everyday life. For holiday wear I am much more willing to try something different – last week I embraced the elasticated waist-band and this week I wanted to make something comfortable but a bit dressed up for evenings out.Just in case you have somehow missed all the other Kielos that have been sewn up this year and in past years – this is an oddly shaped but incredibly easy to sew wrap dress from one of Named’s early collections. The ‘wings’ mean that the dress can be wrapped in a couple of ways, the shape doesn’t really require a lot of fitting and is really comfortable to wear! The pattern recommends a lightweight fabric with 20-60% stretch – many people have used a knit but it also works in a woven, though you may need to size up.As this didn’t seem that it would require a lot of fitting (and in the best tradition of holiday sewing I was doing all this at pretty much the last minute) – I chose some fabric and went ahead with fingers crossed.
The fabric is this poly jersey from Fabworks, its wide and a bargain at £5 a metre – I tried to bring myself to go for something a bit more colourful but I ended up playing it safe!
The website describes the fabric as very lightweight – I found that it actually has a bit more body than I expected – it isn’t at all sheer and drapes really nicely – I think it worked out really well as a Kielo (and I didn’t even have to think about trying to pattern match!)I am reasonably confident about my size in Named patterns so I went ahead with my usual 42 bust and shoulders, graded out to 44 at the waist/hip (for a more fitted pattern I would have gone up to a 46 hip, but this wasn’t an issue for the Kielo).
It felt slightly fiddly sewing darts in a knit fabric, but once that is done you are pretty much just sewing up the long back and side seams. I used strips of the jersey as a bias facing for the sleeve and neckline.And I was all done in time for the holiday! I wore the dress a few times for evenings out, but didn’t manage to get a single picture of it in action. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, but sadly it is already packed away to wait for next summer.
And one final picture – the obligatory ‘look at my wings’ pose!So – its probably time to think about autumn sewing now, but I can’t quite seem to get started. I have pulled out some fabric and will be looking at my wardrobe to see what the gaps are – is anyone else still trying to cling onto summer for a bit longer?