I’ve swaddled myself in knit and how comfy it is, well unless you are trying to take photos in the middle of winter. Egads it’s cold! Ready for the sleeveless photos in 30 degrees? I bet if you’ll find some goose bumps if you look closely.
Fortunately, I like this silhouette paired with an oversized cardigan so unless I’m taking mildly insane blog photos I’m quite cozy.
This is my second go at the Kielo Wrap Dress by Named clothing. Although I made this dress in a knit I stayed with size EUR 34/US 4 which I used for my wool version. The pattern actually suggests knits as an appropriate fabric so I stuck to the sizing chart which paid off. Negative ease could be quite strange with the side extensions wrapping around the body. I generally stayed true to the original design with only a few alterations.
- Underlining – This stripe knit from Wanderlust was extremely sheer. I decided against making a slip because I felt the style lines from a scoop neck and straps would be distracting under the stripes. Instead I went ahead and underlined the entire dress with white bamboo spandex jersey. If I had it to do over again I probably would have selected a different fabric (maybe this or this or this) since underlining a dress means twice the money sunk into fabric. Maxi dresses make you feel this in a real way! However the white bamboo spandex is delicious against the skin and drapes beautifully with the striped knit. For the most part underlining went alright although the hem is subtly lumpy after washing. It is difficult to get knits to work in perfect unison when there isn’t negative ease to pull them tight. I’ll be adding a note about this experience to my Behind the Seams post on Underlining Knits.
- Back Vent – Again I found that the length of the back vent needed to be increased by 4 inches to walk comfortably. I also converted the vent to a kick pleat by extending the vent seam allowances to 2″. The kick pleat is another alteration that I wouldn’t repeat in another version. I was able to make it work, but they really aren’t as crisp or sharp in a knit. Next time I will stay with the original slit when sewing with knits, albeit a slit 4 inches longer than was drafted.
- Clear Elastic – Both the stripe and bamboo spandex jersey knit have beautiful drape but lack a firm recovery. I added 1/2 inch clear elastic to the neck and armholes to keep them from drooping with wear.
- Hem – The pattern is designed for a height of 5’8″ and I’m 5’2″ so I removed around 2 inches from the length and employed a generous 1 inch hem to avoid tripping.
Supplies: Kielo Wrap Dress pattern, 2 1/2 yards of striped knit our of stock at Wanderlust, 2 1/2 yards white bamboo spandex jersey, 1/2 inch clear elastic, thread. Styling: Arrowhead Collar, Boyfriend Cardigan, MAC Ruby Woo matte lipstick, MAC Kiss Me Quick Pro longwear lip pencil.