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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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