Pattern: Kielo Wrap Dress by Named Clothing
Made before? This was my first attempt!
Will make again? Yes, but a long version
Adjustments? I originally made this full length but then cropped it short, and added splits to the side & back seams. I also faced the bodice.
Inspiration: check out my pinterest board
Fabric: ‘layered leaves’ crepe from Minerva Crafts
The one issue I have with this pattern is how it looks when you shorten it. The side wraps tend to bunch up towards the front, rather than folding neatly. I have plans for how to adjust the pattern to hopefully change this in future versions. For this one though, I simply unpicked about 4 inches of the side and back seams, which has given the fabric a bit more ease so it lies a wee bit flatter.
Although in this photo the splits look very high, in reality, the ties hold everything in place so you only get a glimpse of leg.
This crepe is gorgeous! I love its versatility – I could easily just wear this out for a coffee but with my clogs or these boots it’s great for dinner or a day date out. And I have a green dress I can wear under it for winter, too.
There’s a real mix of finishing techniques in this dress. I was trying my best to make the insides beautiful as well, and to prevent fraying. My sewing machine in Glasgow wasn’t good at zigzagging, although I did use this on the side seams. For the lining, I used the turn & stitch method, which I love the look of. I wish I had done french seams on the side seams, but I think at the time I wasn’t sure how that would work construction-wise, because of the ties and lining. I might go back over these with the overlocker just to give a more professional finish.
And yes, I was dancing in every one of these photos. Because, well, Lorde.
Which way do you love the kielo – short or long?
Happy sewing! xxh