Kielo Wrap Dress
Kielo Dress is one of the most popular dress patterns in our selection, maybe because it’s so simple and quick to make, but it also has an interesting and very special shape. This is why it’s such a shame that it can really only be worn in the summer! As a sleeveless style Kielo is quite impossible to wear when the weather gets colder, and because of the peculiar shape, it’s kind of hard to combine with a cardigan or a jacket. This is probably why we have been asked for a sleeve pattern for this style quite a lot. Which is a great idea, so here you go!
You can now download a free sleeve pattern for the Kielo Dress in our web shop. You can order the sleeve simply by adding the pattern to the shopping basket, and by following the same purchase process as when ordering any regular pattern. But note that even though you’ll have to go to the checkout and give your billing information, you will not be charged for the pattern.
The sleeve pattern sheet includes the Kielo sleeve pattern in sizes EUR32 – 46 (US0 – 18 & UK4 – 22), and a front and back armhole pattern, which you can trace onto the original front and back pieces of the Kielo pattern to make the sleeve fit right.
We are also trying a new pattern format: a layered pattern. This means that all sizes are in the same file, nested on top of each other, but you can choose to print only one or two (or three, or as many as you need) of the sizes. We will publish another blog post tomorrow, with a tutorial on how to use a layered pattern, and a quick how-to for tracing the armhole onto your Kielo pattern, and for sewing the sleeve.
The sleeve pattern does not include an instructions file, so all the instructions can be found in the blog post tomorrow. Note also, that the pattern has been tested only in size 38. The pattern should work very well in all sizes, but we very strongly advice making a toile before starting with your actual fabric, just to make sure the sleeve fits ok for you. If you find anything odd in the pattern or in the fit, please let us know! We would also love to hear your comments regarding the layered pattern, whether you think it’s easy and handy to use or if there’s something to improve. It would be lovely if you could write your comments here in the blog, or send us a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org!
One more thing about the sleeve: the pattern is very snug, and it’s meant to be sewn from a knit fabric (choose something with approximately 50% stretch). Saara used a firm single knit organic cotton jersey (95% cotton, 5% elastan) for her graphic Kielo dress. This fabric is from Nosh Organics , and it is quite perfect for Kielo, because it has such a nice, stiffish structure that gives the dress a beautiful origami-like shape. A lighter knit fabric works just as well, giving the dress a more draped and soft look.
Saara also shortened her Kielo until just below her knees, and narrowed the skirt a bit at the hemline and hips. She finished the neckline with a facing.
(By the way, having the dogs over for daycare and trying to shoot blog post images at the same time turned out to be a bit more challenging than we thought, and all the images were photobombed by two curious Jackrussells. Thanks a lot Aida and Kusti!)
If you don’t already have a Kielo pattern to add the sleeves to, you can order it from our web shop with a 15% discount! Just use the below code at the checkout:
The discount applies to both pdf and printed Kielo patterns, and it is only valid for two days, Sunday & Monday 1st and 2nd of November! Remember to check the blog post tomorrow for instructions on how to use the add-on pattern!
Saara & Laura
Fabric: Nosh Organics
Models: Saara, Aida & Kusti