I’ve made up the Named kielo dress twice before, both times in chiffon. My favourite has always been my first make where I added a cotton underlay. It feels lovely swishing along in it , but it has always felt like a holiday / very summery wear rather than something I would wear around generally in the U.K.
A number of makes on blogs inspired me to try a jersey version. Firstly jersey for me is a much more day to day fabric to wear and of course is super comfy. Adding sleeves ( using the free add on pattern from Named) would also in my opinion extend wear occasions.
There were some great striped Kielos on line….
….so I knew the pattern coped well with stripes which lead me to my fabric choice – a striped jersey fromThe Village Haberdashery ( bought it in January so I doubt it’s still in stock. Quality is lovely though so if their other fabrics are as good I would recommend them for online shopping) . It is medium to lightweight ( so plenty of drape for wrapping).
Adding the sleeves does require modifying the bodice. For some reason I found piecing together the lines from this from the print out a little mind bending ( not quite the usual A4 pdf print out format) but once I got it together the process was easy.
Initally I thought I would shorten the sleeves as they looked very long – but I’m glad I left them the pattern length ( you can shorten after, but difficult to add back on) as when I tried the dress on there is something about the length which balances with the overall design.
Stripe matching was relatively successful over the main body, but not from body into sleeve. Is this even possible?
The dress is super comfy and has delivered just what I wanted
Here I am with Kathy ( Sew Dainty) at The Sewing Weekender wearing the dress for the pub meal on Saturday evening