Named Kielo Dress

I’ve been commenting and chatting to people about the Named Kielo Dress I made for several months now, so I figured it was time to bite the bullet and actually blog the darn thing! This story, I believe, began back in November, when Mads suggested I try Named Patterns. She rightly assumed I would enjoy their style and draft, and I have been especially pleased with the garments I’ve made from their line, the Sointu Sleeve Tee and the Inari Tee Dress. I am equally happy with the Kielo Dress!

A woman stands in a garden. She wears a full length dress with ties at waist, in a colourful feather print, and silver runners.
Fab shoes courtesy of our new Cotton On superstore (yeh, we’re that fancy now). Necklace from op shop.

As with the Inari Dress, I was apprehensive that the Kielo may not suit my figure. My stomach is fairly prominent, and there was a real possibility that the wrap would act like a giant arrow to my tum, which is not quite the look I’m going for. I was also a bit suss on how that narrow skirt would fit me, but after seeing how good it looked on bloggers with similar body types to mine, I was ready to give it a crack.

A woman stands in a garden. She wears a full length dress with ties at waist, in a colourful feather print, and silver runners.

This was sewn with minimal alterations. One I made after constructing the dress – I liked the coverage of the neck and shoulders and didn’t want to narrow that area by hemming as the pattern dictates, so I applied a bias facing, starting at the seam allowance at the underarms, then going to 6mm allowance throughout. For the bias tape to lie flat, the seam allowance at the underarm join needed to be clipped. I’ve included photos of each stage so you can see how I achieved this.

Close up of an underarm seam, finished with bias facing.

I should add that I did not lengthen the skirt at all, and as you can see, it hits my ankles. I am 178cm tall, so if you are any shorter, you might want to check on that length.

A woman stands in a garden. She wears a full length dress with ties at waist, in a colourful feather print, and silver runners.

A woman stands in a garden. She wears a full length dress with ties at waist, in a colourful feather print, and silver runners.

I’m pleased as punch with the result (as evinced by my photo spam)! The style is so interesting, and the large-scale feather print really suits the drama. I’m also happy in my decision to sew this using a stretch woven than a knit, as I feel the fabric adds needed structure to a garment that might otherwise drape and cling. (The fabric is a cotton/spandex sateen from that glorious $2/m Spotlight haul!) It is far more flattering that I could have hoped.

A woman stands in a garden. She wears a full length dress with ties at waist, in a colourful feather print, and silver runners.
No stomach drag lines, aw yeh.

Of course, despite how much I ruddy love this dress, I can’t wear it right now. Why? That narrow skirt! Even before my recent relapse, I couldn’t wear maxi skirts, as I did not have the bodily strength to walk against them. Why I thought a pegged maxi would be suitable is beyond me. Even with opening the CB vent an extra 10cm, I can barely take a step (yes, photos were a challenge!). I’ll just put this in the wardrobe in the section of clothes to wear when I’m better.

A woman stands in a garden. She wears a full length dress with ties at waist, in a colourful feather print, and silver runners.

The deets:
Pattern: Named Kielo Wrap Dress
Pattern details: Available sizes 32-46 as a printed or PDF pattern. My PDF comes with two sizes per file, but they may have updated as website states PDF is layered and with A4 and copy shop options.
Fabric: 4m x 122cm printed cotton/spandex sateen in feather, from Spotlight
Other materials: Vilene bias tape to stabilise shoulders. Lightweight fusible interfacing strips to stabilise neck and armholes.
Mods: Size 42 shoulders and bust to size 44 waist and hips, with a 1/2″ forward shoulder adjustment. Narrow hem on pattern replaced with bias facing for neck and armholes. Raised CB vent 10cm.

Author: Siobhan S

30 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic disability advocate.

24 thoughts on “Named Kielo Dress”

  1. so glad to finally see this! It’s a cracker! And although it’s sad that you can’t currently wear it, I am hoping for days in the future where you can put this on and hit the streets, or even just the front porch in it. X

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    1. Good question! I just had a quick look at my pattern and it doesn’t have any shorten/lengthen lines. I’d probably take length off a few places, maybe hem, calf – leaving the front big wrap intact. You might even need to take a tuck across the chest to shorten the armhole a little and bring the waist up higher, as I’m quite long waisted and this hit at exactly the right spot.


      1. I’m long in the torso too so maybe I’ll slice some out of the hip & leg. Thanks!
        Their patterns don’t appear to have shorten & lengthen lines while china is a bit of a pain given they draft for quite a height!


  2. This looks so good! The shape and the fabric are both beautiful. I’m sorry you can’t wear it at the moment but hopefully things improve for you soon. (My partner has CFS and has been telling me about the time, during an especially bad period, when he got trapped under a blanket.)


  3. I can not wait to make this. I have a huge bum and big boobs. This will give me a good strong visual waist. I love the length!!! I am already considering moving the kick pleat to the front instead of the back. Thoughts on this? I have a gorgeous lightweight rayon with huge flowers in my basement that was given to me. THIS is the perfect summer pattern for it. Thank you for the inspiration!!!!


    1. I think this would lovely in a floral rayon! The kick pleat would look great at the front, but you would have to take into account that there is no centre front seam (the vent is just a slit in the CB seam). So you would need to add a CF seam or draft a slit facing.


  4. Another smashing Named creation from you: this is one hell of an awesome dress! The fabric is so vibrant and lively too, and it looks fantastic on you. 😀 And thanks for the shout-out: I’m so pleased that you’ve had such success with these patterns!

    I am very sorry that you aren’t able to wear this dress right now (and worse, that it’s due to something over which you have no control), but I hope your health improves soon; for your comfort and happiness first and foremost of course, but also so that you can wear more of the awesome things you make more frequently and enjoy them as you so completely deserve to do. Thinking of you, and hoping for better days ahead. ❤


  5. It’s gorgeous! All those colors! What a cheerful thing to wear. 🙂

    I didn’t know a “stretch woven” wasn’t a knit, I figured anything that stretched was a knit. This post has been educational!


    1. Glad you learned something! A stretch woven is generally just a fabric blended with elastane (like this cotton/spandex sateen) for a bit more give, but it still retains the properties of woven fabrics. I think they are my favourite fabrics, as they have the structure of a woven but enough stretch to make them exceedingly comfortable. You see them so often in RTW – think stretch jeans, even most RTW pants will have some stretch to them, Lindy Bop dresses are made of a high quality stretch sateen. I wish they were more prevalent in home sewing fabrics and patterns.


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