The Savannah Kielo Dress
Posted in Projects on Sunday the 17th March 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
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,