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Patchwork Print Kielo Dress

Hi, I’m Tamlyn (Also known as Sewn on the Tyne) and I’m happy to be back again on the Minerva blog today.

As a regular reader of the Minerva blog myself, I know that the Named Clothing Kielo Wrap Dress has featured MANY times before. But this is with very good reason – it’s a fantastic pattern which has a straightforward construction and looks fantastic for lots of different occasions, depending on the fabric used and the way it is styled.

When I spotted this gorgeous patchwork Viscose Jersey Fabric, I knew straight away that it would make a perfect Kielo. I loved the different colours and patterns that make up the patchwork design and the viscose content would provide a lovely drape for the dress.

When the fabric arrived I wasn’t disappointed – it was just as lovely as I expected. I pre-washed it on a quick 30-degree wash and hung it to dry. Then I cut the fabric using a rotary cutter and cutting mat, using clips and pattern weights to help with keeping the fabric stable. The fabric behaved really well during cutting and didn’t move much at all.

The dress came together really quickly using a combination of my sewing machine and overlocker. I love the darts in the front and back that give some lovely shaping to the dress. For the neck and arm openings I simply turned the raw edge over, pressed it with an iron, then turned it again and stitched. For the hem, I overlocked the raw edge, turned and pressed it to my desired length (after trying it on) and stitched. I comfortably got this out of 2.5 metres of fabric and at only £9.99 a metre, that is fantastic value for such a striking dress.

I am really happy with the result of this project. I have wanted to make this dress for so long and I’m glad I finally did! I love the way you can achieve different looks by tying the dress in different ways (as you can see from the photos). It is also super comfortable, given the soft and stretchy fabric.

Thank you to Minerva for sending me the fabric and giving me the opportunity to share my makes with you. I hope I have inspired you to make a Kielo if you haven’t done already – I’m sure you won’t regret it!

Thank you for reading,

Tamlyn @sewn_on_the_tyne

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Sweater Knit Kielo Dress

Hi, Vicky here, you can find me at vickymyerscreations.co.uk where I share many craft related tutorials, plus refashions and sewing projects.

Initially planning a light weight cardigan, once this Sweater Knit Fabric arrived I had a change of heart. I spotted the Kielo Pattern on line and fell for the unusual shape and design of the dress. I used the PDF version, if you have not a bought a print at home PDF pattern before I love how many designs there are. You print only the size of pattern you need (you can learn how to tape up a PDF pattern here).

I strongly suggest washing your fabric before you start as it could shrink during the first wash and you would be so disappointed. This fabric is made with polyester and elastane, but it almost feels like cotton, super breathable, described as a medium weight it was a little lighter than anticipated but is perfect for this dress. It’s a delight to sew, and hardly creases, a perfect combination.

The pattern has good clear instructions which I advise you to read through before starting. I love how the pattern makes no assumptions about your sewing knowledge, teaching you how to finish edges, transfer marks from the pattern to the fabric, start and stop seams amongst others, basics which are not always covered in a pattern.

The neckline and armholes are finished with stretch bias binding, this was my first time at using stretch bias binding, thankfully this was far easier than I anticipated. The dress looks a far more complicated sew than it is, four darts, four seams and the edges – the website has a free add on for long sleeves, perfect for winter months.

Before you start take the time to check the tension on either your overlocker or sewing machine overlocker stitch to ensure your seams lie beautifully flat when pressed. As I picked the project up and down I made a silly error, practising my seam tension on one of the pattern pieces… thankfully with a bit of patience I was able to unpick my practice seams!

I made a few errors as I went but I think the next time I sew it up it will be a 2-3 hr sew. It really does pay off to read instructions properly before you start!!

I love how the dress flows beautifully. At 6” tall I am delighted with the length of the dress, no pattern adjustments required. One of the aspects of sewing I love, which I am sure you relate to, is sewing items that fit you. This dress is perfect for a day trip out but also elegant enough for evening wear, I love how slimming it is. I prefer the design when wrapped around the front and tied at the back.

Will I make this dress again? My Mum and daughter have both put in a request for one so that is a resounding yes!!

Vicky @vickymyerscreations

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Kielo Wrap Dress with Contrast Yoke

Hello everyone, I’m Kealy from Voice of a Creative. This time for my Minerva Makers blog post I chose this fabulous bird and floral print jersey.

I chose this Cotton Jersey Fabric, which is available with 4 different coloured backgrounds including grey, jeans blue, mint green and pink. I decided to go for the jeans blue colour wave. The fabric itself has a beautiful pattern with brightly colours flowers, leaves and birds. The composition of the fabric is 65% polyester, 30% cotton and 5% elastane. The fabric is a medium weight fabric which is lovely and soft, it also has good drape.

I was unsure of what to make when I received the fabric, as I wanted to choose a pattern which really showcased the fabric. Also, the fabric only stretches crossways so I wanted to make something which allowed for this.

I decided to make the Kielo Wrap Dress by Named. I love the versions of this pattern I have seen and have wanted to make one for a while. I like the concept of creating one dress, that can be worn in many different ways.

When I laid out the pattern I found I didn’t have quite enough fabric to make the length I wanted so I decided to add a contrast yoke to the back of the dress. I looked through my fabric collection to find a fabric which would go with the main fabric. I chose a green viscose jersey which matched with the colour of the leaves. To create the back yoke I placed the paper pattern piece on the fold, cut the neck and shoulders before folding the pattern piece to create a straight line across the back.

I also cut a neckband and two arm band pieces out of the contrast fabric. As I would use these to finish the neckline and arm holes.

The only fit adjustment I had to make was to shorten the waist of the dress, I adjusted this by 2 inches, which brought the ties up to my waist. Otherwise I worried that the dress would look quite bulky around my hips, I was really glad I made this adjustment and might even need to shorten it a little more the next time I make the dress.

I decided to adjust the dress to be a shorter length, inspired by other versions I have seen. To do this I laid the pattern piece along the fold of the fabric and then folded the pattern piece up along the hip line. Measuring the same on the front and back pattern pieces, I took it up by about 8 inches.

In the instructions it suggests you fold over the neck line and stitch along, however I wanted to bring the contrast fabric as a detail to the front of the dress. Therefore, I decided to add a neckband to finish the neckline.

To create the neck band I measured the neckline, then calculated 85%. Before stitching the shortest sides together and then folding in half length ways before attaching to the neckline.

I did the same for the armbands. In this make I just attached the arm bands without considering the seam allowance and position against my arm. However, I should have cut into the seam allowance a little as the arm bands are slightly tighter around my arm than I would like.

The fabric was easy to work with and looks awesome in the final dress. I love the detail of the pattern on the fabric and am so glad I chose to make this dress. I will get so much wear out of this dress during this summer.

Thanks for reading,

Kealy @ Voice of a Creative

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Vacation Kielo

The Kielo Dress by Named Patterns has been a very popular make in the sewing community. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure the pattern was for me. All the makes were beautiful but I couldn't picture myself wearing it. However, when I saw this fabric, I literally couldn't picture the fabric as anything else. It is the perfect pairing.
I recently got married and went to Cancun for my honeymoon. Sadly I made this dress after the trip but oh how it would have been the perfect outfit for Cancun. I guess I just need another vacation to wear it to, or I'll just talk my husband into a nice dinner for an occasion to wear it. 
This Jersey is printed, so the wrong side is white. I used black knit interfacing on the ties and it made the black in the print really pop. I found the jersey quite easy and quick to sew. I only had one time that my machine wanted to eat the fabric which is a common problem for me with jersey. I probably made this in maybe 3 hours altogether. Getting the darts in and ties ready took probably the longest. There are only 3 pattern pieces total.
I used a zig zag stitch on the neckband and armhole. I also used self fabric for the binding which I think gives it a really nice finish. I made a size 4 with no alterations. I'm 5'7" and I found the length perfect, so if you are on the shorter side, I would shorten it.
The pattern features a back vent which turned out beautifully. It really creates a elegant look when walking. 
I'm sure this fabric will look beautiful in many things but I think it's the perfect pairing with the Kielo. I probably would not have tried the pattern without this fabric. There is no better mood booster than wearing something that you feel beautiful in with the adding bonus of having made it.
Thanks for reading,
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A Ponte Kielo Wrap Dress

Here I am, late to the party yet again and this time in two respects: not only is this dress my first ever Named Patterns Kielo Wrap Dress, it’s also fairly late in the year to be whipping up anything without sleeves. That being said, I’m already confident that this Kielo will continue to make an appearance as the spring approaches.

 

Anyone who has read my posts previously may be surprised to see me sporting a slightly different design as my fabric choice. Yes, it’s still floral and yes, the navy background is also consistent, but the small print isn’t. I admit that I do tend to shy away from ditsy prints and smaller patterns, but something about this Ponte Roma Fabric caught my eye, and actually when I looked at it closely when it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. The flowers remind me of little pansies but the print also has a Japanese cherry blossom vibe which I love. It’s a good quality knit fabric which again adds to the longevity of the dress – the length of the pattern means it’s a surprisingly warm dress.

 

I sewed up the UK 14 and was able to fit the pattern pieces on to 2m of fabric. This might not have been as easy with a directional print but it worked just fine for me. I didn’t make any modifications and although it’s really not a typical style or shape for me, I kept the length because I wanted to make my first version as true to the pattern as possible, even though I know I would love to have a knee-length version in my wardrobe. The Kielo may be the first knit dress I have sewn which has bust and back darts, both of which I think add a really flattering shape. The famous tie waist is extremely flattering and I like that there are different ways to style this.

 

I sewed this dress on my machine but for once was disciplined and used my over-locker to finish the edges so it should be a little more robust inside than some of my makes. I opted to hem the neckline and arm holes simply by turning under – again, bias tape isn’t something I have ever used on a stretch fabric so I wasn’t sure how it would work. I took my time and pressed before sewing but the neckline did stretch out a little. I am hoping this may improve once it has been through the washer. I also ended up sewing an extra couple of inches under the armscye as quite a lot of the side of my bra was visible. I am not sure if that is because it’s quite a stable knit, so the weight pulled it down?

 

Although it’s quite a different style for me I really like a lot about this dress. I think it will be easy to dress up or down. It’s comfortable and warm but the tie waist adds definition so it doesn’t feel too casual. The smaller print means I can wear more chunky jewellery if I wish and the split up the back is a nice detail that adds extra interest. Thank you for reading, and if you would like to keep an eye on what else I’m making, head on over to Instagram and find me @ccmercer

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Kielo Fever!

Kielo Fever…is that a thing?  I’m only asking as I *think* I may have caught it!  A little while ago I fell in love with my first ever Kielo Dress from Named Clothing.  I absolutely love the shape, its versatility and it is sooooo comfortable. I’ve been itching to make another but I just couldn’t decide on a fabric to use. My last fabric was a polyester knit, and while it’s great, I also wanted to have one using a fabric that had a little more weight.  

I saw this ditsy floral printed Cotton Jersey Fabric and absolutely loved how it looked. I was intrigued at the size of the flowers and it really reminded me of a couple of other prints I’ve seen from well known designers too. The print actually comes in two different color ways and even though I was very tempted to get the pink, I thought that the blue backed option was cute and not a color that I would normally choose…so I went for that one!

The weight of this jersey is perfect for a Kielo dress (obviously!) but would also be a great fabric option for t-shirts and even a little kid’s jersey dress. Thinking about it now, I should have ordered a little extra so that I could make Rosie something matching. Maybe I’ll add that project to my list! 

I enjoy making dresses that are quick…they are quite possibly my favorite for obvious reasons. The Kielo has very few pieces and for this version I had decided to alter a couple of things slightly. A shortened version of the dress really appealed to me so I chopped the bottom chunk of the pattern off. I made the cut just above where the back split hem was. Doing this also allowed me to cut the back piece on the fold instead of two separate pieces. On my original Kielo, the armscye was quite low meaning that a lot of my bra showed. I ended up raising the armhole curve by about an inch and I also raised the armhole notch 1.5 inches.

These ended up being the perfect adjustments for how I wanted the dress to fit. If you look over on Instagram at the #kielowrapdress tag, there are so many gorgeous versions and you will have seen quite a few on the Minerva blogs too. It really shows how versatile the pattern is. I love how it can be worn different ways. I like to wrap the ties over at the front, wrap them around the back and then tie them at the front again. If I’m going for a less casual, less form fitting look, I will just tie the ties at the front and then leave the excess to hang at the side, or I wrap the ties behind me first and then tie at the front.

I’m already thinking about my next Kielo dress! The original dress pattern has sleeves so I think that might be my next version and I’m thinking about making it a maxi length too. If you haven’t already made one, I really urge you to check the pattern out and of course this fabric!  I am very tempted to order more of it but this time in pink!

Natalie @threadsnbobbins

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Viscose Jersey Kielo Wrap Dress

Hello again Sewists!  I’m back this month with another make for the Minerva Makers group. I took two projects on as I had a bit more sewing time and I’m so glad that I did as I have ended up with two really great garments which have added to my wardrobe.

This beautiful Viscose Jersey Fabric in a pink floral print was my first choice this month and I knew that it had to become a Named Patterns Kielo Wrap Dress.  I had bought this pattern a while ago and seen so many lovely versions of the dress online that I couldn’t wait to give it a go. However, I could not decide which sort of fabric to choose. Originally I had been thinking about a knee length Kielo as I thought that this would be more wearable but when the chance came up to use this gorgeous jersey I decided to go for the full length version.

The fabric has lots of stretch in it, however I found it quite easy to sew and was able to do the darts and contour darts quite easily. I just used my walking foot and a stretch needle and the fabric behaved very well with my sewing machine. The fabric doesn’t fray so there isn’t a need to finish the seams, however I did use my overlocker where possible for a nice neat finish. I didn’t interface the ties as instructed because I wanted them to remain quite soft and I’m glad that I did this. Its such a great pattern for this sort of fabric as you can wear the dress so many different ways.

For the arm holes and the neckline, I simply turned the fabric under twice and stitched neatly along the fold.  There is the option in the pattern to use a binding but I chose not to do this – I may try this on a further dress as I already have a knee length one planned which will be more suitable for work.

There is a free add on pack for sleeves available on the Named website which may be a useful addition and extend the wearability of the dress into the autumn/winter.

I highly recommend this fabric if you want something that is comfortable, drapes well and is easy to sew. I’m not an expert with knits by any stretch of the imagination (!) but I found this fabric a dream to sew with and it is so lovely to wear with its bold floral print. I have had lots of compliments on my dress which I recently wore on a day out in York with some friends.

Thanks to my teenage daughter who took some photos for me in the dress – I have tried to show the different ways that it can be worn and the lovely drape of the fabric. I will finish off with the obligatory flying squirrel photo -  a perfect summer Kielo wrap dress!

Sarah @my_favouritedress

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Kielo Wrap Dress - Dandelion Cotton Jersey

Welcome to my review of this beautiful Jersey Fabric with dandelions & hearts in shades of grey.  It is a medium weight cotton/polyester knit fabric with 4% elastane and although described as grey, with a dark grey pattern, it hints at a tinge of brown marl rather than the classic grey marl that is popular.  However, the shades are lovely and a great contrast for the overall pattern.  I love dandelions and have wanted to make a dress in such a fabric for ages. The ones I had viewed appeared more suitable for lounge wear or pyjamas, but this fabric is more elegant.

There are many stunning pictures online of the Kielo Wrap Dress by Named Clothing and I thought it was about time I made one to see what all the fuss is about & I can honestly say this won’t be my last Kielo.  I had very recently purchased the paper pattern and was pleased that I now had my perfect fabric to make the dress.  Many sites offer PDF downloads of the dress but Minerva stock the copy print paper pattern which is what I prefer to use.  Many printer companies now also offer printing for sewing patterns and can be found by doing a simple search online.  My instructions were in PDF and easily accessed on my phone or iPad.

There are only 3 pattern pieces to the design, and 2 pieces are huge as they incorporate the wrap section.  Layout is dependent on the pattern direction and will require more fabric if the pattern is directional – for this fabric this wasn’t an issue.  There are back waist darts and upper bust darts and the pattern is clearly marked.  As it is a multi-size pattern, I highlighted the size I needed for ease and opted for size 14.  I usually need to grade up a size at the hips but went for a straight 14 due to the position of the wrap.  I had also read that some sewers found the armholes to be too big, so I paper fitted the pattern prior to cutting just to check the size.  My final adjustment was to shorten the dress to just below the knee.

Whilst googling for sewing reviews I found a great tip from Rumana, The Little Pomegranate, about inserting a phone pocket into one side of the wrap and, of course, we all love pockets.  This was really simple – just a traced outline of the phone and the pocket pieces added to one of the wrap sections about 10cm in from the front edge, then sewn with the side seam.

I had no issues sewing the fabric due to its medium weight and there was only minimal curling of the edges.  The darts were easy to create and lay nicely after a good iron. More often than not I use a damp baby muslin cloth when ironing new seams as I have accidentally scorched a couple of fabrics – luckily only on small sections and not the final garment.

To finish the neck and armholes the pattern states to fold over a small hem and top stitch, however, there is the risk of it not lying flat and so I chose to make a binding.  This was attached right sides together, sewn, folded to the inside and stitched in the ditch from the right side.  The fabric was very forgiving and didn’t twist and I’m really pleased with the finished result.

I’m now converted and can understand the hype around the Kielo Wrap Dress – a simple, yet effective garment made all the more special with this gorgeous Dandelion Cotton Jersey fabric.

Of course, no review is complete without the star of the show – the secret pocket :)

Thank you to Minerva for the opportunity to review this lovely fabric and to everyone for reading.

Helen @JustSewHelen

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Cobra Corsage Kielo

This month I am so excited to be showing you the Lady McElroy Cobra Corsage Fabric in a VELVET JERSEY!  Yes! I know! How absolutely beautiful.  I am a big fan of this print, I already have a Moneta dress in the scuba and 3m of the cotton lawn,  I am still agonizing over what to do with that.  Suffice to say, I felt that this delicious velvet and I belonged together. I had planned to make a jump suit with it, but when the fabric arrived, I realised that it didn't have quite enough stretch for that.  This fabric is about 40% stretch, the jumpsuit required 50%.  So, it was briefly back to the drawing board, I wanted a pattern that didn't break up this exquisite print too much and created real impact. It wasn't long before I hit upon the Named Clothing Kielo Dress.  
This is a wrap dress with a difference, it has a simple but dramatic shape with large wing like ties at the waist, creating a glamorous and versatile look. It is perfect for keeping the gorgeous design of this fabric intact, all those moths, butterflies, snakes and beetles in such rich, intense colour, deserve to be the stars of show. 
I didn't have quite enough fabric for the full length version, so I shortened the front and back pieces by 40cm, this still gave me a mid calf length. This is really quite a simple dress to make, it took me little more than an afternoon. Working with velvet requires some care and attention but it is not as frightening as you may think.  The first thing I would say is check, check and check again that you have all the pattern pieces facing the same way. If you don't, the pile will lay in different directions and not only will the finished garment feel strange to wear, the light will reflect differently onto the surface of the fabric and make it appear like two different colours. I used a ballpoint needle for all of the sewing, these are designed for use with stretch fabrics.  I was also very careful when pressing, velvet does not respond well to heavy pressing.  I used a pressing cloth to protect the nap of the fabric and gently steamed the seams.
The most difficult part of this project was the neckline, the pattern calls for it to be either, turned and top stitched down, or bound using a stretch, bias binding.  Normally, either of these techniques would work perfectly well but I found that as I tried to turn the velvet, the pile around the curved seam opened up to reveal the white underside of the fabric, leaving an unsightly white, broken line at the neckline.  I was stumped for a few hours and feeling slightly disappointed, the dress was coming together so well and as I had plans to wear it the next day, I needed to come up with a fix. I eventually decided to use the stretch bias binding I had and create an exposed bias facing for the neck. It worked a treat and I think it gives the dress a really polished finish.
I have yet to see a Kielo dress I don't like, I think it suits every body shape and makes a fantastic statement garment.  Making it with this luxurious and eye catching fabric was a real treat, it looks and feels amazing to wear. It can easily be really dressed up or worn with a pair of simple trainers as I have and you can achieve a more relaxed and casual look.  This dress will definitely play a star role in my summer wardrobe.  Until next time ..... Nicola x
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Floral Kielo Wrap Dress

Hello!
The Kielo Wrap Dress has been on my must make list for ages, everyone has made one but it just never made it to the top of my list until now. Minerva offered this lovely floral Jersey Fabric for review and all I could see was a swishy Kielo Wrap Dress by Named Patterns, so here we have it.
This fabric is very stretchy in every direction and this made me rather scared when I first opened it. It has a silky feel to it and also drapes beautifully. But I needn’t have worried as the fabric washed very well and wasn’t too bad to lay flat to cut. Due to the size of the pattern pieces I cut it on the floor which I’m sure helped as there was no weight hanging off the table or possible crinkles due to the excess being bunched up. The fabric also pressed very well where required during sewing. It is a very dark navy blue which appealed to me as an alternative to black and goes so well with the pink flowers. The quality of the fabric is great, when you stretch it you don’t see the white ‘wrong side’ showing though. I used a jersey needle and standard Gutermann thread to sew. 
As it seldom gets very hot where I live, I decided to add sleeves to the dress. You can download the sleeve add on from the Named Patterns website and their blog gives you instructions for the changes required to the pattern, namely widening the shoulder piece.
I shortened the dress by 6cm as I wanted it off the floor/ankle length for wearing with trainers as realistically that’s how I’ll get most wear out of it.
This make was not without its challenges, when I sewed the back slit edges my machine kept twisting the fabric and the edge wouldn’t lie flat. After some fiddling with my sewing machine tension I discovered I needed to turn the lower thread tension down to 2 and it sewed so much better. I unpicked the slit, removed the overlocking from the edges as when I overlocked the center back I continued down along the slit too and this added to the bulk. (Mental note to self: Don't do that next time!) When I folded and repinned the fabric everything sat flatter and it sewed beautifully! I used a 1 width and 2.5 length zigzag stitch.
Inserting the sleeves was straight forward and the rest of the dress came together well. For the neckline I opted to fold it over and sew with a twin needle as I had read a couple reviews where people battled to get the neckline with the biasbinding to sit flat after sewing. I also counted how many layers of fabric I’d be sewing together & decided it was a bad idea as my sewing machine isn’t a fan of bulk. I’m very happy with the outcome.
A little tip I’ve found useful when sewing over another seam that isn’t pressed open, for example when hemming the dress. When you get to the step, with your needle down lift the foot. I have a small piece of corrugated cardboard that I slip in behind the needle before putting the foot back down and then the foot isn’t trying to climb a step and sews over the seam easily.
I love my new Kielo and foresee it to be a summer wardrobe staple.
Happy sewing 
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Animal Print Kielo Wrap Dress

Hi Again

My love for animal print fabric continues and it seems to be “in” this season so when I saw this Animal Print Fabric it was a no brainer wasn’t it! Well….that was until it arrived and I held it up and could see right through it! This is one of the problems I have with purchasing fabrics online and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. To be fair the description was Slinky Animal Print Jersey. I just didn’t realise it was going to be so slinky.

My next dilemma was what on earth was I going to make with something this thin. The colours were great but as a 40 something mum of 3 see through is not an option and let’s face it the cold weather we’re having here at the minute its highly inappropriate! Anyway on I plodded pondering patterns and scouring Instagram for inspiration. Then it hit me! The Named Clothing Kielo Wrap Dress. I’d seen lots of versions, some I like, some not so much. I have previously dismissed this pattern as I’m not sure the bulk of the waistline would do me any favours. If you aren’t aware of the pattern its sort of diamond shaped with ties that wrap around your back and back to the front of the dress where it ties. This pattern can also be made in woven and stretch so very versatile! You can get a better idea from the picture below that has been taken from Named Clothing’s website. But I figured that there was plenty of fabric round the correct areas to keep my dignity in tact with the fabric being a bit more see through than I would like.

I’m not gonna lie, the fabric was a bit of a nightmare both cutting out and sewing together. Trying to get it to stay still whilst I lined it up and made sure there were no wrinkles in it before I started cutting was tedious. I’d get one part lined up and then magically a wrinkle would appear elsewhere causing the fabric to shift out of line. Anyway much patience and perseverance paid off as I managed to get it cut out. This pattern is quite fabric hungry and this version takes approximately 3 mtrs of fabric. Probably another reason I haven’t made it before as it’s a lot of fabric when I wasn’t sure I was going to like it when it was finished.

I managed to get the darts marked in and pinned, however the fabric on the darts kept shifting around whilst I was trying to sew them. Perhaps I should have basted them by hand first, and when it came to sewing the belt straps in particular was quite curly on the ends.

The dress itself came together pretty quickly, mostly done on the overlocker, and as it was coming together I was growing to like it more and more and felt that the fabric worked very well with this pattern. The pattern of the fabric is pretty heavy so I don’t think I needed to worry about how see through it actually is.

Obviously as its so cold at the moment I haven’t actually worn this dress yet (don’t be fooled by sunny photos. It was 2 degrees while I was stood there but I needed sunny photos for this review!). I can see that despite my initial reservations I will probably take it out for a test drive and see what response I get from friends and family. Failing this my thought was that it was the perfect beach cover up for my hols! The fabric would be perfect in warmer weather as its not very thick so would be quite cool to wear. I will probably try this dress again but perhaps next time in a woven just to see the difference between the two. I’ve already been searching Minerva Website for suitable fabrics and have seen a couple that I’m thinking would be ideal so who knows, maybe I’ll make more than one more!.

Let me know your thoughts on the jersey Kielo and if you have any tips for taming shifty fabric, please share with me :)

Thanks for reading

Lisa

@lisa__loynes

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Slinky Jersey Named Kielo Wrap Dress

Ok, so I have recently had a little break from the florals… I knew it wouldn’t take long until I needed to work with more! Florals are my favourite and this Floral Jersey Fabric really popped out at me. I just love how pretty floral fabrics can look when made up. With this one having the dark base and being a slinky fabric, I thought it would make a perfect ‘day to evening’ type of dress. I went for the Named Clothing Keilo Wrap Dress as I wanted to make the most of the print. 

I love how this pattern is so easy to make. It doesn’t have many pieces to cut, making it quite a quick sew. It has a lovely wrap style which can be worn in various ways. I used my overlocker to join most of the pattern pieces to give myseams a neat even finish – it also saved lots of time just being able to zip it through and have the seams finished and cut in one go. You don’t need to have an overlocker to sew the pattern, you can use a normal stretch stitch or simple zig-zag stitch too.

The Keilo pattern has quite a high round neck, which sometimes for me, makes my bust look a little larger than I would like it to. I do feel more comfortable in lower necklines, so I hacked the pattern piece of the front to create a V neck.

I made my own binding by cutting 2.5 inch wide strips and sewing them together at an angle to create one long strip. I then folded down the one edge and attached it to the armholes and neckline.

The V neck hack worked really well and looks really good. I did struggle with binding the V as I have never attempted binding one before,  after some fiddling about and hand sewing, I got it done. I will have to do some research on how to bind a V neck so that my next one goes a lot smoother…. no doubt there will be more V necks in my life!

I am a little shorty so I did have to alter the length to stop me falling over the bottom, I think I ended up making it shorter by around 3-4 inches. It falls at a perfect length to be worn with some lovely sandals.

This really is a lovely pattern and the fabric really does make it that little bit ‘extra’ with its sheen and slinkiness. It’s so soft and has a fabulous drape. Plus the wrap style makes it great for hiding lots of food and drinks. It makes a fabulous maxi dress that can be dressed up or down.

#sewdave – my little fur baby is also a fan of it.

Until next time

Tee

@the_craftee_welsh_one

 

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Slinky Jersey Kielo Wrap Dress

When I saw this Fabric I knew it had to be part of my wardrobe for summer. Animal print and floral, a winning combination.
My fabric arrived and as the description stated this is a slinky fabric. Beautiful to the touch and an amazing vibrant print. I was a little nervous of how this would sew up as I had only made one stretch garment before. It washed well and extra bonus it does not crease at all. I decided to make the Kielo Wrap Dress  for my upcoming holiday. Perfect for poolside with flip flops or evening with heels and accessories.
I was so pleased that the process of cutting out the Kielo was a lot easier than anticipated. The pattern is basically two very large pattern piece and two ties. The fabric was very well behaved and didn’t move around or curl up. Also when it came to sewing up no problem at all with normal sewing foot. Just used ballpoint needle and stretch stitch.
Love the Kielo design it is so clever and flattering for most body types. An easy sew for beginners too. I only adjusted the length and stitched up sides a bit higher to close armholes.
Wearing this fabric is lovely, it feels really luxurious but breathable and I am so pleased with the finished garment. 
Thanks for reading,
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Italian Cupro Sateen Crepe Kielo Dress

Sometimes a project begins with the fabric. This delightful Italian Cupro Sateen Crepe drew me in with the promise of its drape and its sheen. I had no idea what it would become until it arrived. Standing in front of a full length mirror with the fabric draped full length over me, a vision began to formulate. Images of dressy birthday parties or wedding receptions in a full length formal dress circulated. I wanted a simple silhouette with subtle shaping to show off the fabric but it needed a twist. The Kielo Wrap Dress from Named Patterns was the obvious choice. 
The crepe is of high quality. It is smooth, supple, is of a decent weight with a hint of stretch, cool to the touch and a delight to wear. The drape is the fabric’s strength. It flows smoothly and its weight allows it to move effortlessly with you which makes it perfect for being on the dance floor. 
The grey has a strong sheen and is rather shiny in some lights but there is subtle difference in the sheen on one side which changes the look a fair amount. I chose the more mat side knowing it would ensure I reached for the dress more frequently than the glossier side. The grey is a great canvas to mix up accessories and the level of formality needed - it works equally well with black strappy heels and a clutch bag or with pink summer sandals for a more relaxed look. 
I won’t go into construction details as other makers here have done a brilliant job already but wanted to share some tips on working with the crepe. Making the dress took longer than I had anticipated due to the fabric’s nature. It slips fairly easily making cutting out a little more tricky. Pinning the selvedges together to keep it on grain really helped. The crepe has an aversion to heat and comes with a scorch risk requiring a cooler setting and a press cloth when pressing. The edges fray and I found it worse at the hem so it is worth finishing the seams as soon as you can. I used a mix of overlocking for the side seams, bias tape for the neckline and arms, and folded under for the vent and hem. To ensure the ties were crisp but not stiff, I interfaced half of each. 
I focused on getting the fit right in the shoulders and across the bust using the finished measurements for guidance. Given that the crepe is woven, I did wonder about sizing up but took a risk hoping the slight stretch would be enough and it seems to have paid off. I made my standard alteration of grading down a couple of sizes to the hips. If I was to make the pattern again, and that is exceptionally likely, I will probably make a sway back adjustment as the fabric bunches above the ties. 
The beauty of the Kielo pattern is that the wings can be wrapped at the front or the back, essentially giving you two dresses in one. I’ll wear it exclusively tied at the front as it has better proportions with my narrow hips and the weight of the fabric is more evenly spread. 
Thanks to Minerva for supplying the fabric. Now I need to find an occasion in the near future to show off the dress.
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Liverpool Jersey Kielo Wrap Dress

My latest make is the Named Clothing Kielo Wrap Dress in Navy Liverpool Jersey Fabric. Now, if, like me, you had never heard of Liverpool Jersey, let me try and explain it; it has a very loose waffly, crepe style texture. It feels quite sustancial and definitely high quality, with a bit more substance and bounce than a casual jersey. I would definitely say it was a bit more dressy for either work or evening wear. 
The Kielo Wrap Dress seems to suit everyone and I have seen so many people making them and having made one recently, I cannot believe that I have left it as long as I have before I made one. This will be my second and I made some changes. I made the dress knee-length instead of full length as I do not get as much use out of full length dresses. I also included sleeves and lowered the darts by about an inch and a half, which I would recommended to anyone trying this pattern who has a fuller bust.
Using this fabric was a pleasure, it does not have as much movement as other jerseys so cutting out was quite easy, though the pattern is quite fabric hungry and although I had two metres of fabric, I only just made it and I had to cut the ties in two pieces rather than on the fold. The fabric is quite bouncy and needs quite a few pins to secure it, for example, the dress requires darts at the back and I would not usually use many pins on darts, but I had to use quite a few to lay it flat. When pressing the darts in place, the iron needed a low setting as a hot iron made the fabric quite shiny. I also chose to stabilise the shoulder seams as the fabric is quite heavy, so I used some blue ribbon and caught it against the shoulder seams to do this. 
I ran up the ties, again this is something that I would use limited pins on but the fabric did move quite a bit and I needed lots of pins, which is a pain along a long length like this for a sewer with limited patience! Once these two tricky bits are complete, its a quick sew from the sleeves the pivot point and to the point to the hem. Then you hem it and it is complete!
I love this make, the drape of this jersey is exactly what is needed for a dress like this and the crepe texture makes it feel quite smart and dressy. I hope you like it too. 
Thanks for reading,
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A Kielo and a Wedge of Swans

Hey Minerva makers!

Did you know that the collective noun for swans in flight is a wedge of swans? I love silly facts like that and I kind of love that the folds of the Kielo dress mirror that wedge shape! Am I thinking about this too closely? Probably!

Anyway, as soon as I saw this Lady McElroy Stretch Viscose Fabric I knew I wanted to make it into a Kielo Dress. It’s such a pretty shape and displays the fabric beautifully; I am also hoping that it can transition through the seasons quite nicely. I was tempted to make the sleeved version but I want to be able to wear this in summer so I decided to make it sleeveless and wear it with cardigans/jackets in the spring.

Named Patterns recommend a light and drapey fabric with a minimum 20% stretch and this fabric fits the bill perfectly! I don’t know about you but I always find it hard to find nice wovens with stretch – the sample Kielo on the packet is made of a stretch chiffon and I always think it looks so light and beautiful and floaty - I wanted to replicate that with this fabric. It has a really fluid drape, is completely opaque and not as lightweight as I had expected; it feels like beautiful quality. I was actually a bit nervous that the fabric wouldn’t have enough stretch so I sized up one size but I don’t think I really needed to.

I love the Kielo shape but I am not much of a maxi dress person so I do tend to shorten them (this is the third one I’ve made!). This time I folded the pattern up by 18 inches to take it from maxi length to just above the knee. Beware! It’s a good job I wanted a shortened version as the recommended fabric layout supplied in the pattern has you rotating the back pieces upside down to fit next to the front piece – no good if you have a directional print like this one!

If you’ve not made a Kielo before, the back is usually cut as two pieces with a centre back seam and there is a long dart running up and down each side. Because I knew the darts would ‘interrupt’ the swan pattern quite a bit, I chose to cut the back on the fold so that the print is somewhat preserved. This did mean there was a little less shaping in the back but because the ties cinch in the waist quite a bit I don’t really think it matters too much.

The pattern instructions give two options for finishing the arm and neckholes – they suggest that you can just turn them in and topstitch or they also give the option of binding them. I chose to bind them with some strips of self fabric I cut on the bias and I’m really pleased with the finished effect – it looks neat on the outside and beautiful on the inside! I also had no problems whatsoever making the straps – something I’ve struggled with in previous makes as I’ve had straps trying to twist while I am sewing them. To combat any potential twisting, I cut the strap pieces parallel to the selvedge and fully interface the straps with lightweight interfacing. Using this method they sew up beautifully and thanks to the interfacing they retain their flat shape while worn. I am really pleased with how crisp and beautiful the ties are in this version!

I absolutely love this dress, the Kielo is one of my favourite patterns and think it looks great in this fabric which was beautifully easy to work with and (unlike some viscoses) doesn’t want to crease! Hallelujah! In the ‘flying squirrel’ picture below, I had been wearing that dress all morning with the straps tied around me and you can see it’s not creased much!

As always, thank you to Minerva for the supplies and until next time, happy sewing!

Vicky @ Sewstainability

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The Savannah Kielo Dress

The Kielo Wrap Dress by Named Clothing has been taking the sewing community by storm in the past couple of years. It feels like every sewist has already made one of their own. There's a photo or blog post out here for any Kielo versions you can imagine: long, short, with or without sleeves. Suitable for both woven and knit fabrics, this versatile pattern can be sewn in a wide variety of fabrics, the most popular being viscose jersey or challis. You might ask - do we really want yet another blog post on Kielo?
Well the answer is Yes We Do! Because I've just found the (in my opinion) the fabric match made in heaven for the Kielo - the Lady EcElroy Crepe Jersey Fabric! This new to me substrate is such a perfect match for the Kielo that I'm surprised that I have not seen one out there already! 
What is crepe jersey you ask? Well it is just what it says: crepe + jersey. This wonderful fabric has both qualities of crepe and jersey! Like crepe, it has a matte finish and slightly crinkly texture that feels soft and crisp at the same time. Like jersey, it has a superb stretch and molds to your body. The Lady McElroy crepe jersey is 96% viscose so it drapes beautifully. The tiny bit of spandex content gives it excellent recovery. I washed it in regular machine cycle and it came out complete wrinkle free which deserves a little dance in the sewing room!
This lovely base comes in several solids and fun prints including the ever popular Cobra Corsage. I chose the green palm print on cream background called Savannah and let me tell you the colours and details are just amazing in person! I can literally imagine someone had hand painted the leaves and birds by vivid brushstrokes. Simply gorgeous. 
The Kielo's popularity partially owns to its simple construction. I sewed a straight size 34 but shortened the maxi length for my 158cm height. I followed the instructions mostly and used a narrow zigzag stitch with a regular machine foot. I left the seams raw because the wonderful crepe jersey does not fray one bit in the wash! For the neckline and arm hole I used a woven cotton lawn bias tape on the inside (as in photo below) instead of the recommend knit tape, to give it a little more structured support for the long maxi length dress. 
If you have not sewn a Kielo in crepe jersey, I highly recommend it! You might agree with me that it's a match made in sewing heaven indeed. The flexibility and stretch of the jersey works perfectly with the form fitting bodice and the hem slit so you achieve that slimming silhouette with easy and comfort. The crepe part means no wrinkles so those batwing/ties can be tied and re-tied without leaving marks - perfect for travel! 
In fact my palm print Kielo makes me suddenly yearn for a summer holiday at some warm exotic destination. But before then, I shall make a couple more of these, maybe in a shorter length too!
Have you tried / will you try the crepe jersey / Kielo combo? If so I'd love to see your version!
Until next time,
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Floral Mustard Viscose Kielo Wrap Dress

I know that I’m late to the party, and that there are already a million sewists out there who have sewn a Kielo Wrap Dress by Named Patterns, but it was a dress that didn’t really appeal when I first saw it. It was the shape of the dress along with all that excess fabric, I just didn’t think it would suit me. However the more versions I saw the more I warmed to the pattern, and the variety of shapes that it looked good on. That combined with the option for a woven or stretch fabric, meant that last summer I took the plunge and bought the pattern.

This Fabric which Minerva sent me was perfect for the wrap dress, it’s a floral mustard viscose challis, as soon as it arrived I knew that it would make the perfect Kielo. It has a gorgeous drape to it, it feels really fluid, and is super soft. The fabric comes in other colourways as well (check out the red – all the heart eyes!). The mustard colourway is a really rich dark mustard, and is just as I imagined it would be. I can’t praise the fabric highly enough, its such great quality, and is a dream to wear.

As the Kielo dress has only 2 pieces plus the ties, it should be an easy dress to cut out. As there are only 2 pieces it does mean that each piece is quite large, and it was quite difficult to cut out the pieces straight and on grain. The fabric didn’t shift too much, but I think that when I make this dress again I’ll use a rotary cutter and a really large cutting mat to minimise the amount of cutting inaccuracies!

I chose to sew up the pattern without sleeves (Named patterns have a sleeve extension pack available on their website). I also chose to make it a midi length pattern. Partly because I only had 2.5m, and this pattern is quite fabric hungry, and because I think it is more likely to be worn more often in a shorter length.

As you would expect, a dress with only 2 pieces isn’t going to take long to sew up. It is a satisfying quick make, with the most time consuming bit being the turning of the straps. The dress has some great design details, the shaping a the bust through some darts which begin at the shoulders is so unusual and works so well, there isn’t any other patterns likes this out there at the moment, so no wonder it’s takin the sewing world by storm.

The beauty of the dress is that it can be styled in so many ways. I made this during a really cold spell, and although I always had it in my mind that this was a summer dress, giving a really relaxed bohemian vibe, I didn’t fancy taking photos for the blog in bare legs in this weather! I style it with thick black tights and a black roll neck and I think it really works like this as well, meaning that I can get wear out of it all year round. I’m super pleased that by pairing it with possibly the most basic item in my wardrobe it gives this wrap dress a whole new look. Coupled with the fact that you can tie the Kielo dress to the back or front – I wear it almost exclusively with the excess fabric wrapped to the front – this dress is super versatile, and I regret dismissing this pattern when it first came out. The perfect pattern and fabric pairing in my opinion, and a satisfyingly quick make, I can’t see this being my only Kielo dress for long!

Thanks for reading,

Chloe @ Handmade by Chloe

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Burn Out Velour Kielo Wrap Dress

Hi Guys!

Back on the Minerva blog today to talk to you about this lush burn out Jersey Fabric, which I made into the Kielo Wrap Dress, by Named Clothing.

So, I’ve had the Kielo wrap dress pattern on my “To Do” list for quite a while now and when the opportunity to product test this black burn out jersey came about, I must say I jumped at the chance to make it from this.

The fabric is basically a black jersey (think jersey velvet) but then some of the surface has been removed leaving behind a gorgeous branch/leaf pattern in relief.

I’ve never used a burn out jersey before, so when I ordered it I wasn’t sure about how it would look and perform during sewing and in the wearing.

Would it stretch a lot, or would it be see-through and need to be lined?

These were my two main concerns but I’m sure by the time you’ve finished reading this, you’ll see my concerns were totally unfounded!

I always prewash my fabric in the same way as I would launder my garments and although the Minerva website had suggested that it was pre-washed at 40 degrees. I thought as I had designs on this being an evening dress. (think Christmas party). I thought that it would be adequate to wash at 30. However, some of the colour rubbed off on my hands (similar to an indigo denim) so I popped it back in my washing machine and a quick wash at the instructed 40 degrees sorted it right out!!!

I had considered how I would sew this up, should I use my overlocker? Sewing machine?

Some of the features of the Kielo require a straight stitch or slight stretch stitch, such as darts, similarly top stitching around the neckline and the split in the back, which obviously can’t be done on an overlocker.

I must admit I did buy some spray starch thinking that the fabric is so soft and drapey that my sewing machine might “eat it”.

But, I’m happy to say with the aid of my walking foot the regular sewing machine managed with no problem, I didn’t even need to stiffen with my spray starch.

The Kielo is basically like a big diamond shape and the points across the horizonal are where the straps are attached. These then wind around the body giving the shapely silhouette. On the pattern the instructions for the straps recommend either half interfacing or fully interfacing dependent upon the weight of the fabric.

So, I cut a small piece of interfacing (I used iron on Vilene F220 in black) and made little straps out of fabric scraps (no fabric was harmed in the making of these trial straps) to test the stiffness. I didn’t want them to be really stiff and not fall nicely seeing as the jersey was so soft.

Can you see one of the mini straps is drooping nicely the other is holding much more horizontal?

So, I decided that the fully interfaced straps would be too stiff and proceeded to half interface the straps.

The Kielo pattern is written to be made up in either woven or jersey fabric and once I’d given some thought and a little time to the decisions, it absolutely flew together.

My only other dilemma was whether to line this or wear a slip underneath as it appeared to be a bit see through.

I decided that it was so soft that I didn’t want to line, and I would wear a slip if it was needed.

But to be honest in the following images I’m not wearing a slip at all just nude coloured underwear!!!

However just to save my blushes I probably won’t chance it when I wear it on an evening out!

I’m a sting ray, you can see the simple diamond shape which then wraps to give the classic Kielo shape.

Till next time happy sewing!

Carol x

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Sleeved Kielo Wrap Dress Goes Asia?!

A bit about me...
This is my first time as a guest blogger. I think it’s wonderful to create with Minerva's fabric and share the experience with you. Love it! I will introduce myself. My name is Marlies Witjes (@made by LIESL). I create outfits with a LIESL twist and share this on my social media channels. The sewing virus has fiercely flared up in me since I won a sewing competition last year. You could call it the online Dutch spinoff of the British Sewing Bee. Now I can’t stop.
The Fabric
I saw this Satin Jersey Fabric online and I immediately thought it would be a lovely dress, maybe a maxi dress? A lovely damask print with the yellow 'stripes', that would give a nice effect. Once I received the fabric I could finally touch it and noticed that it was stretchy, super flowy and the colors are amazing. The first thing I did was drape the fabric on my mannequin. That gave me a good idea about how the fabric would fall. Eventually I decided to drape the fabric on myself in front of the mirror and decided what it was going to be.
The Pattern
The Kielo Wrap Dress from Named Clothing has been on my to-sew-list for some time. The fabric was absolutely suitable for it. When cutting it I took into account how the stripes of the fabric would run in the finished dress. Of course you do not want stripes in places that are no way flattering for your body. It was quite a puzzle. When stitching the darts at the back, I made sure that the line runs through.
Let's Talk Sleeves
The silhouette that I had in mind had somewhat flowing sleeves. The pattern is sleeveless but an addition for sleeves is free downloadable. These sleeves are straight, so I adjusted the pattern.
At about the elbow I cut the pattern right through and then I cut the bottom part 3 times in length. I dilated these parts as wide as I thought possible and fasten them with masking tape. When the sleeve was cut out of the fabric I gathered the fabric to about16 cm (6-6.5 inches) and attached a simple cuff.
Little Doubt and Sew On
I started to doubt when I had put in the first sleeve. The wrapdress is also cute without sleeves, of course. I asked the help of my followers on Instagram with the question: “To sleeve or not to sleeve?”
The majority went for sleeves. It worked out well, because I think the material is a bit more suitable for slightly lower temperatures. (…and once again the Kielo wrapdress ended up on my to-sew-list, this time without sleeves. (FYI…I already sewn it!))
Finishing
For the neckline I used a small strip of the same fabric. About 85% of the circumference of the neckline. Just like you would finish the neckline of a t-shirt. 
With some accessories and a pair of heels I’m ready for a party. I just happened to have the best orange shoes to match the orange in the dress. Loving it.
When shooting these photos It occur to me that dress gives me a somewhat Asian feeling. You’v got to LOVE the versatility of this fabric and this pattern. They’re both real easy to sew and the result is just fabulous.
Thanks for reading! And if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!
Marlies (@madebyliesl)
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The Kielo Wrap Dress by Wanderstitch

Well hello again, dear readers! Sarah from Wanderstitch here, super excited to be back on the Minerva Crafts blog sharing with you my Kielo Wrap Dress by Named Patterns.
I've been a long-time admirer of all the patterns on the Named website, but never actually got round to making any of their designs. As summer slowly bloomed in the UK I kept seeing beautiful versions of their Kielo dress popping up all over social media and decided it was finally time to make my own. I hadn't seen many patterned versions, they all tended to be plain - but you know I can't resist a good crazy print!
You can use a wide range of fabrics for this dress, but the key point is that it must have some stretch to it - 20% to 60% is recommended on the Named website. You could use a lightweight stretch chiffon or crepe (though you may have to think about a lining!) or any jersey that takes your fancy. A word of warning - the yardage stated on the pattern envelope is for uni-directional fabric designs as they instruct you to cut one piece the 'right' way up and then one piece 'upside down'. So if you have a fabric like mine, which has a clear 'this way up' vibe, you'll need to buy extra. One more metre over and above what's stated should do it, or two metres if you've got a large scale pattern that you want to match up.
When I saw this elephant print jersey on the Minerva Crafts site, in those gorgeous bright warm colours, I knew it was destined to become my Kielo. (Unfortunately Minerva have now sold out of this fabric, but there are loads of other gorgeous Jersey Fabrics to choose from on their site). It makes me think of lazing on a Thai beach, sun shining, lush green trees all around. Refreshing coconut drink in hand.
Sadly I don't live anywhere near a Thai beach for a photo shoot, so you'll have to use your imagination with this London park instead!
The Kielo is a full length, sleeveless wrap dress with waist ties that you can fasten in a couple of different ways. The waist tie is what drew me to this dress - I need some sort of definition around the middle or I end up looking like I'm wearing a bin liner. You can fasten it either at the front or at the back depending on your preference - It's photographed on the pattern envelope tied at the front but I actually quite like it tied at the back as I feel that it's not so much bulk on my stomach that way!
Named package their patterns in an über-stylish sturdy cardboard envelope, and the pattern itself is printed on white paper as opposed to tissue paper. Seam allowances are included (yay!). Due to the size of the body pieces, you have to trace two separate parts to get the one complete piece which you can then cut out, but this is no biggie. Cutting the front piece on the fold is a little bit tricky so I would recommend tracing a complete front piece (rather than one that is to be placed on the fold) to make it easier to see what you're doing and check that the fabric is where you want it to be. With this fabric, getting it straight was really important as it would be glaringly obvious if the coloured bands were wonky!
The construction of the dress is pretty simple as there are only three elements - the front (one complete piece with bust darts), the back (two pieces, one dart on each joined with a seam at centre back) and two straps. The straps require interfacing for extra support. I don't usually work with jersey so I didn't have any of the recommended knit interfacing to hand, instead I used regular woven interfacing (no stretch). I figured that I probably didn't want the straps to be able to stretch anyway or I'd be wrapping them around me a hundred times just to stop them from flapping about behind - check out the size of the dress when it's unwrapped!
To keep the edges nice and neat on the inside, I overlocked them. Though you could totally use a zig-zag stitch if you don't have access to an overlocker. To hem the dress, I used a normal straight stitch as I don't have a coverstitch machine - because there's a vent at the centre back of the dress the hem isn't under too much strain when walking so I'm not worried that the stitching will break. Working with jersey needn't be as scary as you think it will be - you can get along just fine with only your sewing machine, you don't have to have the other machines. If you've never tried working with it before, this would be a nice easy project to start out with as the fit is very forgiving!
My only special recommendation would be a Ballpoint Needle (also called a jersey needle) which has a slightly rounded tip to allow the needle to slip past the fibres of the fabric rather than piercing through them as a super sharp needle would do.
The dress is unlined, and there are no facings (bear this in mind when choosing your fabric!). If you wish you can use Knit Bias Tape to finish the armholes and neck opening (instructions are provided) but I didn't have any of this to hand. I guess I could have potentially made my own, but instead followed their alternative method of turning under the seam allowance twice and then stitching in place. This is the same method as used for the hem of the dress and worked out pretty fine.
I'm really pleased with how this has turned out, and I think the design has massive potential - you could achieve a classy look with a sheer fabric over a slip dress, or add some sleeves and make a winter version from a thicker jersey (which I am totally planning on doing). There is a free PDF template on the Named website for sleeves that you can download, so you don't even have to draft your own!
There will definitely be more of these dresses in my life. I don't usually get excited about fitted jersey dresses because they cling to my stomach, but this one has just the right amount of detail around the middle to not make me feel self-conscious. This dress is a game-changer for me!
As a parting gift, I'll leave you with the obligatory sugar-glider shot :)
Thanks for reading,
Sarah @ Wanderstitch

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