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Kielo Wrap in Stretch Cotton Sateen

Like a lot of very popular sewing patterns, the Kielo Dress is a quick-to-make project. It took me two evenings to make this dress, and I’ll definitely be making more. The wrap style also means that the pattern is easy to fit. I cut a straight size 10 and the fit was good straight out of the packet. The only change I made was to the length. I’m about 163cm tall (Named Patterns are drafted based on a height of 172 cm) and I chopped 23 cm / 9 inches off the bottom of the dress before hemming it, meaning that I can now wear it comfortably with flats. As a result of shortening the dress, I also needed to raise the height of the back slit to give myself room to move.

The only slightly fiddly step in the construction of this dress is finishing the armholes, which can be finished with bias binding or simply turned and hemmed. I finished my armholes with narrow hems and they turned out fine, but obviously hemming (or attaching bias binding) on a curved area can be a bit fiddly.

The fabric I used is a graphic print Stretch Cotton Sateen Fabric in Cream & Black. I’m really enjoying sewing with white fabric this summer, and with the addition of the black print I think that this fabric and dress will be very wearable later in the year too. I really like the combination of a medium weight woven fabric with the Kielo pattern (which can be sewn in knit or woven fabrics) – as it highlights the interesting silhouette of the dress.

The stretch in this fabric means that the dress is really comfortable to wear, and as an added bonus, the fabric is fairly resistant to creases. This fabric would be great to travel in; I wore my dress all weekend while away in London recently and felt comfortable the whole time. I think the fabric would also work really well for a dress (such as a shirt dress) and perhaps for a pair of shorts too (I haven’t sewn any shorts yet – with the exception of pyjama shorts – and they are high on my to-sew list at the moment).

One warning. I assumed I could get the Kielo Dress pattern out of two metres of this fabric but I couldn’t quite fit the very large pattern pieces for the dress onto two metres. I resolved this by piecing a small section of one of the back panels, and in this patterned fabric it isn’t noticeable. Someone better at pattern placement might squeeze this dress onto two metres of the fabric, but for ease it would be best to order slightly over.

Thanks for reading,

Charlotte @englishgirlathome

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Myfanwy Scrivener said:

This dress looks really lovely on you. I??m inspired to make one myself. Thank you for sharing. · 3rd Aug 2019 09:32pm