When I heard that the #sewtogetherforsummer challenge was a wrap dress, I did not know whether to take part or not. Wrap dresses are not really my thing and as I live in a windy city, they are unpractical. However, the little note down the page saying that Named Clothing Kielo wrap dress counts remained in the back of my mind when I bumped into Named clothing stand at Ommel. I knew that this was a very popular pattern but would it work for me? Finally, I decided to find out! I bought the pattern and then went around the booths until I found a nice organic jersey for it at Nuppu print company with a beautiful print designed by Satu Kontinen.
I don’t know whether I can say anything about Kielo that has not been already said. It comes in European sizes 32 to 46 (US 0 to 14) and the sizes are smallish. I made the size 38 that fitted nicely.
This pattern takes pretty much fabric if you end up using a directional print as I did. I had to go back to Nuppu shop to buy more for 2 metres wasn’t enough.
Sewing and the fit
The dress was very quick and easy to make. It took me only a couple of hours. The only change I had to make was to shorten the dress a bit since the hem was too long. I also made the armholes a bit smaller since the weight of the fabric was stretching them. Otherwise, the fit was perfect.
tie it to the front or tie it to the back – everything works!
What makes this dress so nice is that you can play with the ties and tie the dress either to the front or to the back – or you could leave the dress open! In the first pictures, I tied the wrap to the front. However, the wrap looks just as fab tied to the back:
I am so inspired by this dress and if I had not already cut several projects, I would very much like to make another straight away! The dress is comfortable and stylish and I love the fact that it is completely local design from the pattern all the way to the printed fabric. In fact, I have met all of the designers in person!
I have made several children’s dresses out of Nuppu fabrics but never anything for myself. I thought the prints might be a bit girly for me, but I actually love how this print looks on me! I am already eyeing this Kanerva print for a future project…
what is “Kielo” anyway?
Kielo, of course, is this flower, the lily of the valley:
Anyway, if you haven’t already tried Named Clothing Kielo, I can warmly recommend it. It is quite unique in design and easy to make!
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