Seriously, it was love at first fitting. I put it on and thought, I want to make a thousand more of these!
This is, of course, the Kielo Wrap Dress, a favourite of the sewing blogosphere since it was released by Named Clothing in Spring of 2014. I think this is a classic design, and, judging by the variety of sewists who’ve modelled it online, it’s universally flattering.
The first time I wore it out was for my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary dinner. 60 YEARS! Amazing. Here’s my family on that evening. My poor niece — as we were lining up for this picture she went to stand in front of me and I was all like, ‘oh no, girlfriend, you canNOT stand in front of this dress!’ lol
While we’re talking about my parents’ anniversary, let me just show you a couple of pics of how great they looked on that day in 1957:
My mom is such a beautiful bride! ❤
So back to this Kielo wrap dress. The fabric is an ITY knit (I think) that I found a couple of years ago at Designer Fabrics in Toronto. I love the floral / roman ruins motif. I made an oversized (rhymes with ill-advised) tunic thingy out of it a while ago, which was a bit of a disaster. This poly fabric does not deal well with underarm sweat. Ick. I remember polyester shirts from the 70s like that but why are we still making fabrics like that in the 2010’s? Nonetheless, the print and the dreamy drape of the fabric, along with a sleeveless design, made it great to use for this dress.
I love that you can tie it in front or in back. Tied in front, you can hide your overindulgence at dinner, and tied in back, you get a sleeker look in front.
So my one regret with this make is that while I pattern-matched horizontally across the front and back pieces, it didn’t occur to me to pay attention to what was happening vertically. So there’s a weird repeat at the back seam, and those brown leaves are rather dangerously placed on my bum.
Ah well, I still adore this dress!
The second time I wore it was to go out for dinner with my husband on our 16th wedding anniversary recently. It was a rainy night, so we took a cab to the restaurant. As I stepped out of the car, a woman on the sidewalk said “I love your dress! It’s gorgeous.” I said a demure “thank you!” while internally I was jumping up and down and fist pumping with glee. I just love when you’re wearing something you made and a stranger compliments you on it.
Here’s the obligatory picture of the untied dress.
I’m not usually a fan of maxi-length skirts or dresses, so I contemplated shortening this. However, after having a look at some Kielos online that had been shortened, I decided that the long length is what really makes the design of the dress shine. The waist ties create angled lines that drape from the waist almost to the ankle, and I think interrupting those lines kind of spoils the look.
I have a feeling this won’t be the last Kielo I make. It’s easy to sew, easy to fit with the adjustable waist ties, and so elegant on. What about you? Have you made the Kielo? Or are you thinking about it?
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