I’m not going to try to save this project and get straight to the point: I don’t like this dress. This is not the first time that I feel this way about a dress that has “all the elements” that I normally love with the end results mehhh. Two main reasons: fabric choice and ‘fit’. I’m drowning in polkadots.
I bought this fabric during the secret sales* as it looked very warm. It sure delivers. I took this pictures on a 6C early morning without shivering. It’s spongy & thick. Honestly the fabric wasn’t right for the pattern. Slight angry with myself for not using this fabric for a dressing gown. I have seen many beautiful versions of the kielo dress. My favourites been the ones in fluid jersey. The desire for ‘warm secret pi’s’ overode my better judgment and experience. It doesn’t help that I don’t like the large polkadot print on me either.
Fit wise: The ‘wings’ are too high. When the dress is closed really emphasise my bust instead of the waist. Just looks odd to me and it’s clear that is just not fitting right.
The other issue was caused when I traced it. I bought the physical pattern instead of the PDF. The pattern layout is broken in half, layered it. I may have copied the bottom-half wrong. At least 2 sizes bigger. I ‘took’ 5 cm off each side seam and it stills quite loose. Enough for me to not need the back pleat. The length of the wings+ bands was too long leading me to wrap my waist twice. Bulking the front knot even more. The dress looks ok from the back but that’s about it. I haven’t decided what to do with the dress yet.
Pattern: Named Kielo dress with added free long sleeve download. Full tutorial/ updated pattern instructions.
Alterations: turned the high neckline into a boatneck.
Size: 38. Lengthen the sleeve by 3 cm.
Fabric: Synthetic Knit similar to fleece. Very warm and thick
*Secret sales is an stock clearance event where fabrics are sold by ‘full bags’. You just fill the bags from different bins and each full bag cost £10. There is no difference on fabric type or length. Neither there are labels of composition etc. There are many bargains with fabrics on the roll and pick and mix haberdashery.
I’m not discarding this pattern for me just yet. With the right fit and fabric the Kielo is amazing. Watch this space.