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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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