Kielo wrap dresses have been my go-to garment for the summer. I've made three for myself and one for my daughter. I've also had more requests to make these for other people than any other clothing item I've made. I've made one for my daughter- next on the blog post list, but I don't tend to sew commissions, it's a minefield of pricing and fitting.
Each Kielo I've made has been from a different fabric. The first was a rayon blend jersey, the second was woven rayon and now this version is sewn in linen. Purported to be Ralph Lauren by the seller at Preston market last year, it is a beautiful quality fabric. It's been sitting waiting for a pattern that will make the most of it's picture print and although cutting out a Kielo dress on a single direction fabric is a little wasteful, it was worth it.
This one definitely looks better loose and with the ties at the back. The print design is better displayed and the informality suits hot days. It's still fitted at the shoulders and the rest of the dress flows as I walk When tied to the front, it looks a little bulky and origami like- almost Kimono style. I made it in the same way as the woven rayon version, including the jersey binding.
I was in London last weekend visiting my brother and I took three Kielo's as my wardrobe for the warm weather. I was even stopped in the street by a stranger wearing this Kielo and I undid the ties to show her how it worked!
Thanks to my bro for taking the pics. This followed a lovely afternoon spent at St Pauls cathedral followed by a walk by the canal and a walk through London Fields, a beautiful park in Hackney filled with people barbecuing, playing games and enjoying the weather.
Happy days, the peak of late summer, good times.