Kielo Dress aka Stepping out of my box

In my last post I said I was keen to experiment with some new silhouettes, the idea of the Kielo dress has been heavily playing on my mind. I figured the only remedy would be to give it a go…so without further ado.


This appears to be my Blue Steel look

So what do you think? I really like it. Yes it is different from what I normally wear, but then again what is wrong with a little variety?

I was not drawn to this when it first came out, it wasn’t until I saw Donna‘s at the Brisbane Meetup last weekend that I saw how it should look. Hers is stylish, wearable and classic – the one on the pattern promo? hmmm…nuff said.


I have a couple of gripes about the download. First, the downloads are divided into groups containing two sizes each. In essence this might be fine , however I wanted to use two sizes from different printouts, slightly annoying, and what about those people that are three sizes?

I ended up using the size 44 as I didn’t want it too clingy with my fabric choice of a slinky knit. You can see this has resulted in the shoulders being wider than the pattern intends, however I don’t mind this as it is better for bra strap coverage.

The other gripe is that once the pattern is printed out and stuck together it still has to be traced off as the pieces are overlapped like the Burda magazine patterns. I guess this is the payoff for only having 16 sheets to stick together. Fine if you are used to tracing your patterns though. Me, I am normally a serial cutter!!


I used a gorgeous soft sea-foam knit bought expressly for the purpose from East Coast Fabrics. It feels amazing to wear, is soft on one side and slinkier on the other. I sewed the slinky side in so that I can layer in winter over tights. I can picture it with a black long sleeve top under, opaque tights and boots.

The whole project was sewn together with the lightning bolt stitch and all hemming on the coverstitch machine. It is a pretty quick project to put together especially as there is no fitting to worry about. Just sew, wrap and go!!

What I really like about this dress is the versatility. Below, looping the ties around one another and then tied in the back.


Or, and my favourite super loungy way to wear it:


My alterations:
– shortened the bodice by 1″ (the pattern says it is designed for someone 5’8″)
– took the length up to knee length

Sometimes it is fun to mix it up a bit and try new things. I really enjoyed this make, it was different and it was fun to see how it would look on me being so much curvier and shorter than the pattern model or Donna.  Yay for experimenting!

Pattern – Kielo Dress by Named Clothing
Fabric – 2m knit from East Coast Fabrics
Notions – thread from my stash

101 thoughts on “Kielo Dress aka Stepping out of my box

  1. This is fabulous! It looks so wonderfully comfortable and I love the variations – now I’m going to have another look at it too! 😉 – and, gorgeous soft colour!

  2. Wow! Stunning. I really didn’t think someone with curves would be able pull this dress off but you fooled me. I might even get the courage to try it. This is a seriously inspired and inspiring dress. And colour is perfect.

  3. I really love this! The wrap style makes the shape of it lovely and the versatility of it is exciting. It looks really nice on you. Actually, wish I’d seen this post a week ago ;-). I settled on a Vogue drapey dress pattern for a fabric I desperately wanted to use but I’m not so happy with it.

  4. This is gorgeous! I’d looked at the pattern when you mentioned it before, and agree that the photos on the pattern make in hard to “see” what it’s like – if that makes sense! I love how it can be worn in different ways. The colour and style look fab on you, and I adore your blue steel. 😉

  5. This is beautiful Lizzie! It’s great to see how this dress fits on a real person. I love that it effortlessly straddles the line between classy, casual, and comfortable. And the knit you chose – gorgeous! Congrats on a unique and very flattering dress. : )

  6. “Hers is stylish, wearable and classic – the one on the pattern promo? hmmm…nuff said.” Haha, I thought the exact same thing about the Ailakki jumpsuit! The pattern photos didn’t even convince me to look twice at the pattern, but after seeing Sew Dixie Lou’s version (, I really want to give it a try myself!

  7. Wow! You and Donna have totally changed my mind about this pattern – I couldn’t possibly imagine it being flattering on people who aren’t plank-shaped, but it really is! And that colour on you is just beautiful too. Well done!

  8. That dress is gorgeous on you!!! I think you have the perfect figure to take the dress from generic to super flattering and interesting. I find Named patterns to be really boring and uninspiring on their website but this is one more example of them looking fabulous sewn up!

  9. OMG I was just looking at that pattern yesterday when I purchased the Jamie Jeans pattern, so to see your post on my blog thread this morning and then looking at Donna’s does make me want this pattern. I really like the shorter version – I’m not a fan of that back slit! It is interesting that you used a slinky knit rather than a woven. This is on my list for sure now 🙂

  10. I was with you on the ‘first look’ at that pattern, not impressed at all by the pics on their website and thought no way would that flatter us curvy girls. But – Yay you! – for sewing bold and giving it a go, it looks FAB! Gorgeous fabric choice, too.

  11. this dress is super flattering! i really hadn’t even considered this pattern, but now it’s squarely on my radar. it would make a great summer dress, it looks so comfy!

  12. Awesome dress Liz! It looks fantastic on you. Donna did a great service to this pattern by wearing it to our meetup. The image on named’s website sucks. It doesn’t sell the dress at all! I can’t wait to make this up.

  13. This looks fantastic! I’d just sorted out a first order with named patterns yesterday- and now I think I should get more kielo dresses. Their photos don’t do it justice like yours. That length makes it every day wearable

  14. It’s certainly and interesting shape and it looks really good on you. I like how it can tie in the front or back (and this version looks much better to me than what Named have on their website)

  15. I love this dress on you Liz, probably more than anything else I have seen you wear. It is sophisticated and very elegant, just like you.I also love the Kielo dress short which I think makes it more practical and cooler to wear. I look forward to seeing more versions of this pattern.

  16. Lizzie! This is sooooo gorgeous. I’m all for box stepping out of experiments and this is so beautiful on you. Do you think you’ll make another? Now I have to make up that pattern asap!

  17. You sent me back to the Names site for a double look at that dress, so tempted – your version is amazing and really does this pattern much more justice that the Named images.

  18. When your pic popped on my feed it really took my breath away. I’m serious: the color and fit of the dress, your hair, your coloring. Everything on point!

  19. It looks fantastic. I am so glad you gave it a go. I’m inspired to make a shorter version myself. And I never thought if tying it different ways. Duh!

  20. I’ve purchased the pattern but have yet to attempt it. Can you tell me how you decided on which size to sew? I was thinking that since with the wrap, it’s fairly easy fitting through waist and hips and might be better to pick size by bust.

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