The Kielo Wrap Dress by Named Clothing is a wrap dress designed for either knits or wovens. There is also a free expansion pack to add sleeves. Its a popular pattern which has been reviewed a lot. It wasn’t until I saw a midi version with sleeves that I knew I had to make it.
The pattern comes in sizes UK 4 – 18. I’ve inserted the sizing chart to explain why I choose the size I did.
My measurements are 115 cm bust, 104 cm waist, 134 cm high waist and 143 cm low waist. These put me well out of the range included in this pattern.
I read a lot of reviews, but the most help was Manju which is found here. We had similar body types and I just cut out the largest size with the sleeve add ons.
I picked up a grey marle jersey and a geometric print knit from the Pitt Trading winter sale. The fabric was dispatched super quickly and was beautiful to work with.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes – It meet with my expectations. It’s well photographed and published online so I had seen quite a few versions.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn’t really follow the instructions. I read them initially then did my own thing. The construction process is pretty straightforward and there wasn’t anything out of the ordinary to the process.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really wished that there was bigger size range but I love how my dress turned out. I’m certainly not confident to try it in a woven.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added a neckband. I hate a turned knit neckline. I used a method I picked up which is to cut the neckband at 75% of your measured neckline.
I also shortened the pattern by 30 cm to make the dress more versatile.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I’ve made two versions and I would love to make a bright and funky sleeveless version for summer.
Other great versions can be found at?
Manju at Sew Manju
Rumana at The Little Pomegranate
Jenny at Byrdie Couture
A dress to take from work to play or even a big lunch.