My darling daughter sends me photos of outfits she thinks will suit her (and me). Most recently it was the Kielo wrap dress by Named. She’s got a good eye.
This is my second Named pattern. I love my Saunio cardigan, it looks so simple, like there’s nothing to it, but there’s some clever drafting hidden in the simplicity. I like it so much I made this one and another in white (unblogged) that gets lots of wear.
But back to the Kielo. I got 5m of this navy eyelet from the A2F sale, enough for a Kielo for me and M.
Id didn’t know how it would work, whether if would need lining and how much the wrap would create two layers. Turns out it does need something under it. I’m wearing a black slip. It’s ok with a white slip too, better with black though………
Such a comfortable dress and the eyelet makes it cool and breezy. I’m sure that will be good for a long hot summer.
I used the selvedge of the fabric as the binding for the neck and arms.
And here is a bartack at the top of the vent, actually two bartacks in a row. It’s not in the pattern but I prefer a very secure vent.
I would say Named instructions are minimalist particularly when it comes to finishing. It doesn’t bother me because I’ve been sewing for a million years, but may bother you if you’re a newby. The instructions called for a fabric with at least some stretch. I really couldn’t see why this would be needed, soooo …………………my fabric has no stretch and it works fine.
What I like:
- a simple make, no fitting issues
- the shape, actually I looove the shape
- the number of ways it can be worn
The only change I made to the pattern was to scoop the neck out slightly (an inch) because M thought that would be the go.
What I didn’t like, the overlapping pattern pieces, in a paper pattern! that need to be traced! Many people have mentioned it. Also the need to add seam allowances. It seems to be the price for the interesting shapes Named have, but I hope they move away from it in the future.
M and I can be matchy matchy in our Kielo wrap dresses now. Will you be trying the Kielo wrap?