2.11.2015, 62 comments

Kielo Sleeve Tutorial

Here’s a brief tutorial for using the free Kielo sleeve pattern. You can follow the regular Kielo instructions for making the dress, but with these exceptions:

  • Use a knit fabric with approximately 50% stretch. You can sew all plain seams with a serger. Remember to also use stretch stitch on your sewing machine.
  • After you have sewn the bust darts, contour darts and CB seam with the vent, sew the shoulder seams. Sew a strip of clear elastic to the shoulder seam to prevent it from stretching out of shape.
  • Sew the sleeve to the armhole, matching notches. Note that the sleeve will be placed between the two little ’corners’ where the armhole ends and the side seam starts. These are indicated by notches (and Saara’s fingers in this image).


  •  Sew the sleeve on, easing in the sleeve cap a bit, and press the seam allowances towards the dress.


  • Fold the sleeve right sides together and pin the sleeve seam, and the side seam until the ’corner’ in the side seam and sew.

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  • Fold the 2 cm hem allowance to the wrong side at the sleeve opening, press, pin and stitch using stretch stitch.
  • Continue by following the Kielo instructions – make the belt, pin it to the side seam and sew the side seam from the ’corner’ down to the hem. Finish the bottom edge and the neckline and voilá!


Now, we would love to hear some feedback from you regarding the layered pattern and the whole concept of having a free add-on to a pattern. Did you find these easy to work with, and what could we improve? All feedback will be very helpful! <3

Remember that the Kielo discount is still valid today (and only today)! By using this code at the checkout, you’ll get 15% off of the original price of the Kielo Dress, printed or pdf (the sleeve works for both of them):


Happy sewing!
Laura & Saara


Patterns: Kielo Wrap Dress & Kielo Wrap Dress Sleeve

Fabric: Nosh Organics



  1. Jane Petersen says:

    I can’t see on this or the sleeve pattern where it says the required yardage of fabric for the sleeves. Too many comments on here to read through to see if someone else has asked the same question. Thanks.

    1. named says:

      You can see the yardage for the sleeved dress here: https://www.namedclothing.com/shop/kielo-wrap-dress-sleeve/

  2. Mary brown says:

    Is it possible to get an already printed pattern of the sleeve somewhere?

    1. named says:

      Unfortunately this is only available as a pdf :/

  3. Daria says:

    Hi Ladies, I wanted to ask why you are lining the original armohole pattern with the lower line of the chosen size of the sleeve. I figured that since the dress pattern has seam allowance included I should line it up with the outer line.

    thank you for an amazing pattern. and congratulations on the book.

    1. named says:

      Hello Daria, you are correct! You should definitely line it with the outer line! The images in this tutorial here are a bit old, from when our printed patterns came without seam allowances. 🙂 Best, Laura

      1. Hanne says:

        Hi Laura!

        I bought a PDF pattern the other day and Im noticing that it doesnt appear to be included seam allowences on the print just as the sleeve PDF. Do i have to add the seam allowance to the dress? Or is it included on the dress pattern without any traces?
        Best regards,

        1. named says:

          Hello Hanne! Yes, the seam allowances are included, and they are 1 cm 🙂

  4. Virginie says:

    Juste finished glueing all pdf pages together and also managed to align the new armhole to the front but just can’t get it in the back : whar should be aligned with what ?
    Thanks in advance

    1. named says:

      Hello Virginie! The pattern should be aligned in the same way on the front and on the back – the neckline corner matches the neckline corner, and the tip of the side seam corner on the other end 🙂

      1. Kim says:

        Hello – I’m being a bit dim – Is there a picture of this anywhere please?? X

        1. named says:

          Yes! You can see the pic in this blog post: https://www.namedclothing.com/kielo-wrap-dress/

  5. Lena says:

    I’m a beginner, about to give a try to the kielo dress with sleeves.
    This part : “sew the shoulder seams. Sew a strip of clear elastic to the shoulder seam to prevent it from stretching out of shape.” is not fully clear for me, do you have some photos or video of this ? First I sew the shoulders, but then I sew elastic ? on the wrong side ? on top of the existing stitch line (so only one sewing line) or two stitiching lines for each border of the elastic, thus end on each side of the shoulder seam ? (doesn’t sounds pretty ) ?
    Sorry maybe it’s a silly question but this part has me confused.
    Thanks for your help !

    1. named says:

      Hello Lena! If you have a serger, you can sew the clear elastic at the same time as you sew the shoulder seam. Or, if you are using a sewing machine, sew the seam first (using straight stretch stitch), and the zig-zag the clear elastic in place. See the last diagram here: https://www.namedclothing.com/basics-tips/ 🙂

  6. Kelley Richards says:

    I have never made a whole garment of any kind other than knitting a scarf but this will be my first. I have used my sewing machine to make alterations to some pieces of my current wardrobe and have bought some shirts and skirts at the Salvation Army thrift store. I am still learning how to use it and get the settings rite for the different stiches. I spend as much time doing that and getting the knots out and the machine unjammed as I do the actual sewing once I finally get it rite. I like the look of this dress and it doesn’t appear too difficult a pattern, so if can make one for myself to wear to Church maybe I could get my “tomboy” daughter to try a dress since it is a pretty simple unfrilly design. I was thinking of making the front panel a lighter color-pattern and the back a darker coordinating one so that when it is tied in the front it may appear to make the waist look smaller. Does anyone have any thoughts on that idea?

    1. named says:

      Sounds absolutely gorgeous! There are some similar versions of Kielo, if you have instagram you can easily find some inspirational images 🙂

  7. Fiona says:

    I have downloaded the pattern but all I have in the layers is the sleeve option and I cannot find how to select the right size dress! All it wants to do is to print 71 pages of pattern pieces over the top of each other!

    1. named says:

      Oh no! You can go here: https://www.namedclothing.com/using-the-patterns/ To learn how to use our pdf patterns. What software are you using for printing? Also note that the sleeve pdf only includes the free sleeve add-on pattern, the dress pattern is here: https://www.namedclothing.com/shop/kielo-wrap-dress/

  8. Jenn says:

    I’ve made the sleeveless Kielo. I love it and wear it all the time. I’m going to make a shorter version with long sleeves. I love the idea of the free ad on, and this blog post will be very helpful to guide me to trace and combine the pattern for the long sleeves.

    1. named says:

      Thank you Jenn! We are so happy to hear that you’ve liked the dress and are planning another one with sleeves <3

      1. Jenn says:

        I have made another sleeveless kielo in rayon challis for Thanksgiving last week. I serged the edges of the sleeves opening and sewn it in (which works), but next time I will try your facing tutorial. I definitely will make more of this dress. Like your reply to one of the commenter, it’s really nice to be able to make multiple versions of the same dress pattern. Not only I learn more and do a better job the more I make them, each version looks different because of the different fabric type and prints.

  9. Francesca F. says:

    Hi! I’m about to make my first Kielo 😀
    I think I’ll need to add some lenght to the sleeves, how can I do that?


    1. named says:

      Yay, that sounds awesome! You can slash the pattern at the elbow line, and add the length there. Remember to true the pattern afterwards by drawing the sides straight from the ‘armpit’ to sleeve bottom 🙂 Best, Laura

  10. Patricia says:

    I don´t know how to do the corrections to the back armhole… It seems that It doesn´t match… please, do you have a photo for beginners like you do with the front…

    1. named says:

      Hello Patricia, and thanks for your comment! Oh no, which spot pf the pattern doesn’t match? Have you tried matching it at the two ends, on the shoulder seam and armscye?

  11. Vilma says:

    Moikka! Ihana kaava – niin ihana, että ostin sen heti ensisilmäyksen jälkeen. Minulla on kutina, että tästä tulee erittäin pidetty mekko.

    Aion tehdä mekon trikoosta ja polvipituisena, ehkä hieman polven yläpuolelle ulottuvana. Tuleeko minun ottaa jotain erityistä huomioon, kun en teekään mekkoa täsmälleen kaavan mukaan? Voinko vain pätkäistä helman poikki siitä kohtaa, kun haluan? Polvipituiseen mekkoon tuskin tarvitsee halkiota – vai tarvitseeko? Olen ommellut aktiivisesti vasta vuoden verran, joten ihan haka en vielä näissä asioissa ole.

    1. named says:

      Ihana kuulla! Toivottavasti siitä tulee ihan lempivaate <3

  12. Kat says:

    Hello! I think the images in the post are broken.. At least they’re not displaying for me. I’m really excited about making a kielo with sleeves so hope you can fix them soon. Thank you! Kat

    1. named says:

      Hi Kat! The images seem to work all right in my screen 🙁 What browser are you using? Does it help if you try with a different browser, or refresh? – Laura

  13. shannon says:

    brilliant! and love the add ons!

  14. LyndaP says:

    Absolutely love this pattern and now can’t wait to make a winter version. I wore a long version of this to a wedding at the weekend and have never had so many compliments on a dress and felt fantastic wearing it. An extremely versatile pattern thanks so much 🙂

    1. named says:

      That is so lovely to hear! Thanks for your sweet comments 🙂

  15. Anna says:

    Ooh this is great! Will your current patterns be available as a layered pdf in the future?

    1. named says:

      Hi Anna! Unfortunately not 🙁 All pdf’s made from now on (starting from SS16) will be layered patterns, but the old ones will stay the way they are, at least for now… We’ll have to see if there’s time to re-do some of the most popular items at some point though 🙂 – Laura

  16. Shauni S says:

    Hi Laura and Saara!

    I just wanted to say thank you SO MUCH for releasing a sleeve pattern for the Kielo 🙂 The Kielo is one of my favourite patterns, and I was just getting ready to have a go at drafting my own sleeve pattern, but luckily, yours came out first – I’m not sure how good my drafting attempts would have been. The layered pattern is brilliant – hopefully more PDF patterns will be available in this format in future.

    I blogged about my sleeved version here in case you’d like to see it: http://magnificent-thread.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/kielo-wrap-dress-with-sleeves.html It’s currently my most-worn item 🙂


    1. named says:

      Hi Shauni, that sounds awesome, and your dress looks really gorgeous! We’re also glad that you’ve found the layered pattern easy to use – we are quite excited about it as well, so there will probably be more patterns like this in the future! 🙂

  17. Hayley says:

    I have just finished a jersey version of the dress with sleeves which I printed off using the instructions above and it has worked really well. I also shortened it but didn’t take it in at all but think I should have. Where do you take yours in?
    Loved the dress and two complements on first time of wearing!

    1. named says:

      Hi Hayley, great to hear that the sleeved version worked well for you! Saara narrowed the shirt at the side seams, just by measuring how wide she wanted it to be around her knees and then reducing the necessary amount at the hem. She took quite a lot of ease off, and then drew a straight line from the hemline to the corner where the ties will be attached. You can also make the side seam a bit curvy if you want the dress to be a bit tighter at the thighs and hips 🙂 – Laura

  18. Louise says:

    I bought the pdf version of the kielo pattern and sadly had to print two versions of it since I’m in between two sizes (38 and 40). So I absolutely LOVE the sleeve pattern. So much easier to use 🙂

    I checked out your Pinterest which made me rethink the list of your patterns I would love to get. It got a lot longer! It was so inspiring to see what other people did with your patterns 🙂 you should make sum-up blog posts and show what we make of your lovely patterns 🙂


    PS. I’m visiting Helsinki in January. Are there any sewing shops etc. that you can recommend?

    1. named says:

      Hi Louise! Thanks for your comment! That is very true, the layered patterns are so much handier if you are in between sizes 🙂 I also agree about Pinterest, it’s an excellent tool for collecting inspiration, especially since we’re talking about clothing patterns so it’s always better to see as many versions as possible! How fun that you’re visiting Helsinki! There are quite few shops here, but we would definitely recommend these: Materials (http://www.sp-materials.fi/ located on Yrjönkatu), which is a small shop but with an excellent selection of fabrics. Then on the same street there’s Villisilkki (http://www.villisilkki.fi/), which is specialized in luxury fabrics. They are a bit pricey but it’s definitely worth the visit! Next door from Villisilkki there’s a small haberdashery shop called Nappitalo. Then there’s Eurokangas (http://www.eurokangas.fi/eurokangas-eng) close to the University metro station. This is a big shop with both garment and home decor fabrics, and the selection is huge! From very cheap (and not so good quality) fabrics to very luxurious silks and designer house leftovers. Then if you have time, take the metro to Herttoniemi and go to the Marimekko outlet store (Address is Kirvesmiehenkatu 7) – they have mostly home textiles but also some garment fabrics, and it’s just like heaven there with all the colors and prints 🙂

      1. Louise says:

        Saara & Laura

        Thank you so much for your reply! It seems I need to either bribe my boyfriend to come with me or find something else for him to do while I go sewing-shopping 😉

        I’ve finally started on the Kielo dress. I have high hopes for the dress and the fit. Hopefully it’ll work out just right 🙂


        PS. I love your xmas calendar!

  19. Emma says:

    I was planning on drafting my own sleeve pattern for this dress to make up in a wool jersey for winter this week, and then you guys release this! It’s like you’re in my head 🙂 Thanks for making my life so much easier, and for free too! I am also loving the new layered patterns, they are so much simpler to use.


    1. named says:

      Thanks so much Emma! Haha, great minds think alike I guess! We’re really glad to make your life little easier 😉

  20. Mariangela says:

    Hello! How can i download the free pattern? I love the named patterns (:

    1. named says:

      Hi Mariangela! You can download the free sleeve pattern here: http://www.namedclothing.com/product/kielo-wrap-dress-sleeve/?lang=en Just click on the “Add to cart” button, then go to your shopping basket by clicking the “Items” link at the very top of the page (next to the cart symbol). Proceed to checkout, where you will will be asked to enter your billing information (but don’t worry you won’t be charged for the free pattern). After that, just place the order and you’re done and the links will be sent to your e-mail 🙂

      1. Mariangela says:

        Thanks!!! Xoxo

  21. Margaret says:

    I love the new sleeve! And this striped version of the dress is just stunning! I’m looking forward to the layered PDF patterns- nice to have it all in one file!

    1. named says:

      Thanks for your feedback Margaret! 🙂

  22. Erin says:

    I have loved this dress for a long, long time, but only just recently bought the pattern. I was feeling silly for buying it as winter begins! I am So happy to have sleeves for it!!! It makes the dress completely different and gives it even more life. Thank you!

    1. named says:

      Erin you are absolutely right! <3

  23. Tua says:

    Apua! Nyt ei onnistu. Kun tulostan tuolla “actual size”-asetuksella, toisen sivun testineliöstä tulee kyllä oikean kokoinen, mutta kaikkien arkkien reunoihin jää silti marginaalit. Eikö kaavojen kuitenkin pitäisi jatkua aivan paperin laitaan asti?

    1. named says:

      Kyllä se ihan oikein menee – nuo marginaalit eivät näy ollenkaan pdf’n esikatselussa kuten ennen, mutta tulevat kyllä paperille tulostettaessa 🙂 Nämä ovat tärkeät myös siksi, että saat arkit kiinnitettyä toisiinsa. – Laura

      1. Tua says:

        Ahaa! Eli marginaalit arvatenkin leikataan pois? t. PDF-kaavanoviisi 😀

        1. named says:

          Kyllä, marginaalit tosiaan leikataan pois. Apua, emme älynneet tietenkään laittaa tähän blogipostaukseen PDF-kaavan kokoamisohjeita! Mutta tässä ohjeet siis lyhyesti: Asettele ensin A4-arkit pöydälle tai lattialle oikeaan järjestykseen. Leikkaa sitten jokaisesta arkista yksi pitkä ja yksi lyhyt sivu pois marginaaleja pitkin, leikkaa jokaisesta arkista sama lyhyt ja pitkä sivu (esim. oikea reuna ja alareuna). Teippaa tai liimaa sitten arkit yhteen niin, että yhdistät aina leikatun sivun leikkaamattomaan. Kannattaa teipata ensin vaikka kaikki vaakarivit, ja sitten pystyrivit, näin teippaaminen käy aika näppärästi. Yhdistä arkit mahdollisimman huolellisesti niin, että raamit tulevat tasan ja kaavat ym. merkinnät jatkuvat sivulta toiselle sujuvasti. Tämän jälkeen arkki onkin valmis! 😀 Toivottavasti tästä oli apua!

          1. Tua says:

            Tästä oli kovastikin apua, kiitos! 🙂 Googlaamalla löysin muiden kaavanvalmistajien kokoamisohjeita, jotka olivat juurikin samanlaisia. Ajattelin kuitenkin varmistaa vielä, ettei tule tehtyä mitä sattuu… Kiitos tästä!

  24. Amanda says:

    I never considered this as being a wearable style for me before, but now I am looking at this dress with an all new perspective, and I love it!! The stripey fabric is AWESOME ^_^ I love the idea of add-ons to your existing patterns, especially since I find I have wanted to make them multiple times, so it’s nice to have options to make each one a bit different ^_^

    I (sadly) missed the discount but am definitely going to purchase Kielo now!

    1. named says:

      Yay, that’s really great to hear! And we agree, the dress looks very good and natural with the sleeves. And you’re absolutely right, it’s always better to have a pattern that you can use many times for different variations. 🙂 The Nosh striped jersey is really gorgeous, but now that I checked, it seemed that they didn’t have it in their web shop, which is a real pity!

  25. Eeva says:


    Paljonko teillä meni kangasta tähän hihalliseen Kielo-mekkoon tuon pituisena?

    1. named says:

      Itse asiassa tähän taisi mennä kangasta melkein saman verran kuin tuohon pitkäänkin versioon, koska leikkasimme myös kietaisunauhat pystysuuntaan. Kangasta meni noin 235 cm, mutta valitattavasti hukkaa syntyi aika paljon :/ Kangasta säästyy melkoisesti, jos leikkaat kietaisunauhat vaakasuuntaan, silloin kangasmenekki polvipituiseen mekkoon koossa 38 on noin 205 cm. Tuo on laskettu 150 cm leveälle kankaalle ja kutistumisvaraa on 5%. Mutta riippuu myös paljon kankaan leveydestä, valitsemastasi koosta sekä mekon pituudesta, että kuinka paljon kangasta loppujen lopuksi menee, toivottavasti näistä on kuitenkin edes vähän apua! 🙂

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