Late to the party as usual I have just sewn my first Kielo Wrap Dress. This dress wasn’t even on my radar until the recent #sewtogetherforsummer competition over on Instagram. I didn’t take part because I was convinced wrap dresses weren’t for me but this one kept coming up in my feed and grabbing my attention.
Having decided to give it a go I scoured the internet, the paper pattern was pretty much sold out everywhere (I am not a fan of printing my own pdf patterns for piecing together). I finally found the pattern available over at Sewalicious where for an extra £5 the pattern is printed off for you ready to be traced). The instructions are then easily printed off online.
The pattern indicates that it is designed for someone who is 5ft 8″ at only 5ft 2″ I knew I was going to need some adjustments. There are no shorten/lengthen lines on the pattern so I pretty much winged it and hoped for the best. I took 3″ off the pattern just below the mark for the waist and then a further 3 inches below the hip mark.
Be it luck or good judgement the sizing worked out perfectly☺ I did take a further few inches off the bottom because I decided that I didn’t what it full length so with the help of my husband I adjusted it to a length that I was happy with.
The fabric used was a Ponte Roma from Weaver Dee that I purchased online:
I bought 2.5 metres but only used 1.9 metres – it was actually less than this once I had taken some fabric off the bottom. With the left over fabric I was able to make a vest top so at a cost of £20 for the fabric I have a dress that I absolutely love and a tee shirt.
The vest top is made up from a pattern hack of the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top which is over on the LikeSewAmazing vlog.
As far as sewing the dress up the instructions are fairly basic but there are only 4 pieces – front and back and 2 ties that need to be sandwiched in between. There is an option to have bias binding around the neck and armholes but the jersey I used was fine to just turn over and hem.
I can’t tell you how much enjoyment I get out of sewing my own clothes. I recently made the Tilly and the Buttons Joni dress which I thought was the best dress ever but I think the Kielo Wrap Dress may of just taken over the top position (It a close call between the 2) and they are both dresses I would like more of in my wardrobe.