Not long ago I made a quick decision and bought the Kielo Wrap Dress from Named.
It was Meg from Cookinandcraftin that made me do it! (See her version HERE.) Isn't her festive metallic version simply fabulous?! It's funny because if you read her post, you will know that another blogger made her do it. I think this dress is in a bit of a snowball process at the moment.
It's actually from Named's very first collection but it seems to be getting some (more?) momentum these days. That's the awesome thing about pdf patterns....they don't sell out. They will patiently wait for us to discover them. And I'm SO happy I finally discovered The Kielo Wrap Dress!
I'm not going to spend much time talking about the actual pattern because it is, as all the Named patterns I have tried, simply FABULOUS! Well-drafted and with clear instructions.
So even though it was a party version that made me take the plunge, I immediately knew that I would make a striped everyday version....blue and white of course.
I bought this cotton jersey knit at Girl Charlee and unfortunately it was not quite as soft as expected. It feels a bit stiff like if the stripes were painted on - you know what I mean, right?! Ugh.
The good news though was that the stiffness in the fabric made it very very easy to work with. I hemmed my neckline and sleeves with bias tape cut in the same fabric. I would never do that with buttery soft knit fabric (too much potential trouble). And the effect with the stripes is super good I think. THIS tutorial of mine will help if you want to do the same and are not sure what to do.
There were a million stripes to match up, phew. Because of the cocoon shape (narrow at the bottom) the dress has a back slit, so there is a center back seam too. I sewed the whole dress like it was woven. I find stripe matching on my sewing machine easier to do than on a serger.
Since I have a fairly narrow waist, my side 'wings' overlap a bit. It is crazy easy to fix and I don't know why I didn't just do it on this one. Not that I mind it looking this way but I think it will be a bit more clean looking if they don't overlap.
Named has generously made a free sleeve add-on pattern and I'm actually not sure I would have bought the dress if that didn't existed. I need to make my next Kielo sleeve a bit wider though. This one fits but it doesn't take much for it to start crawling up my arm (which you can see on the very first photo) and that is a sign that it is a tiny bit too tight.
It's a crazy comfortable dress but I think you end up looking quite fancy in it. I really love it and already have a grey color block version planned.
Get your own Kielo Wrap Dress pattern HERE.