Holiday sewing part 2 – Named Kielo wrap dress

Named kieloHi there

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.Named kieloJust 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. Named kieloThe ‘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.Named kieloAs 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!)Named kieloI 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.Named kieloAnd 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!Named kieloSo – 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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks lovely on you, I love how it’s such a simple pattern but can look so dressed up and glamorous. I’ve just packed away all my summer clothes, realised that I have three times as many summer clothes as I do winter ones, bit daft really when we only get a couple of months of warm weather!

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thank you! I wanted to make this for ages but wasn’t sure if I would like it or not! I seem to have lots of summer clothes as well and as soon as it gets cold I feel as if I have nothing to wear!

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  2. Atia says:

    Lovely dress, i have traced it out recently to make too.

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou – definitely recommend

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  3. Lynsey_makes says:

    This dress looks gorgeous and I love the style, one I really need to try but might need to be next summer now. I’m struggling to get any oomph for autumn sewing I’m still clinging to summer 😦

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thank you! I don’t think I will be wearing this again until next summer now, it’s definitely one to try though – it works on all shapes and sizes. Hoping to get going on autumn soon – I feel like I don’t have a thing I want to wear.

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  4. Very cute! I love the kielo so much. It’s so multi-purpose but so comfortable. And when it’s in a knit, it’s basically secret pajamas lol

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou! It is so comfortable and easy to wear – I like all the different options!

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  5. Looks fantastic. I’m still undecided about this pattern but I hear it has a sleeve add on pack so hearing this and seeing yours is tempting me!

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      I have sleeve add on but not sure if I will get to it… I havent really seen a version of this dress that didn’t suit the wearer – it’s really forgiving so I recommend giving it a try!

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