2 x Kielo
Our Kielo pattern was originally released in the spring of 2014, and until this fall, me and Saara had both made one Kielo dress each: Saara’s midi-length, striped Kielo, and I my full-length, sleeved version with an added turtleneck. It has been really fun to see so many different variations of this pattern over the two and a half years we have been selling it: a holiday version, a winter version, one in jersey, scuba, linen and chambray, with and without sleeves and in all lengths from mini to maxi, color-blocked to vivid prints and classic black. And it always seems to look just right!
Since last spring Kielo has also been available at Sprout Patterns. If you aren’t familiar with Sprout yet, you can read more about them here. In a nutshell: from Sprout you can order a pattern, with any of the numerous Spoonflower prints, and have it printed directly on the fabric. That means exactly what it sounds like: the pattern pieces are there on the fabric, in full scale, and all you need to do is cut them out and maybe copy some darts etc.! If you ask us, that is pretty revolutionary. So naturally we have been more than excited to have our patterns as a part of Sprout’s selection. We were also pretty happy to get to test the service ourselves, and make us a couple of Sprout Kielos!
The hardest part of the full project was definitely deciding which print to choose. Because there are so (too) many of them! You can see the designs on a 3D model too, which helps in getting an idea of what the finished garment will look like, and the scale and repeat of the print.
We finally chose a ”wax hollandais” -style print with palm leaves and wavy graphic lines from seasonofvictory, and a beautiful watercolor jungle print by demigoutte. The material is poly crepe, which turned out to be a perfect travel fabric, as it doesn’t really wrinkle! We also made our dresses with a neckline- and armhole facing instead of bias tape or hem. There will be a tutorial for making the facing pattern and sewing the facing to the Kielo dress in our blog tomorrow!
We wore our dresses on our trip to Berlin, where we visited the Spoonflower Berlin office, and the Sprout fashion show, of which you can read more about here. And then we also did a little sight-seeing, of course. Berlin was an amazing city in so many ways: lots to see and to do, plenty of good food and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect either! These pictures were taken at the garden of Charlottenburg castle. And like I said, the Kielo in poly crepe was a perfect, easy to wear, wrinkle free dress to take for a trip like this.
Getting back to Helsinki was quite a shock, as the temperature is about 15 celcius lower here. But, on the other hand we have so much to come back to: We have recently opened a studio/shop in Helsinki, on Viipurinkatu 6. The shop is open every Wednesday 9.30 to 4, or by appointment (or basically any time we are in and the door is open). So if you live in Helsinki or are visiting, don’t forget to pop by and say hello to us!
If you’d like to try out a Sprout pattern, you can now get 20% off all Named patterns on Sprout, with the code NAMEDLOVE. The discount is valid 4th thru 6th of October!
Don’t forget to read the facing tutorial in our blog tomorrow!
x x x Laura
p.s. If you want to see more Kielo inspiration, just search for the tag #kielowrapdress in instagarm and you can see plenty! ☺