Named Clothing Kielo wrap dress
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:
Now that I think about it the shape of the wrap somehow resembles the shape that the leaves of the flower make. What do you think?
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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I have just made my first Kielo, similar to you I didn’t think wrap dresses would be for me but I love this pattern. Your dress looks fabulous.
I just made the Kielo (first clothing ever, I make drapes) and love it. I made it out of knit fabric (also a first for me) and would love to try making it out of woven fabric. I cannot figure out if I should size up if using woven fabric and if so how much larger should I go? I can’t find anything in my searches. Any ideas on how I would handle this? Your fabric is just beautiful!
I think that the best way to choose the size is to compare the dress pattern to a woven top you already own and that fits you. It may be the same size or a bit bigger. Underneath the bustline the fit is not so important as the dress widens. Or you could cut just the top part out of some cheap woven fabric and make a crude toile to check the fit.
I have just bought the pattern, looking at all the makes I can see on the internet the dress has back darts, mine doesn’t 😢 will this cause a problem?
I have ordered 3.5 metres of material and am going to make a size 44 -16.
If your pattern doesn’t have darts send email to Saara and Laura of Named. They will send you the corrected pattern!
They sent me a pattern without darts as well, it fits terribly. Unfortunately they are currently on holiday, so I`ll have to wait..