kielo wrap dress with sleeve modification

kielo wrap dress

The Kielo wrap dress, by Named Patterns.

kielo wrap dress

Close-up of Kielo wrap dress tie detail + my knit fabric from Girl Charlee. Notice the gold flecks (threads) in the fabric!

kielo wrap dress pattern pieces

Laying out the 4 pattern pieces on my new large cutting table! (Only 3 pieces if you exclude the sleeves.)

kielo wrap dress

Fin.
(Well….almost!)

Hello from Vietnam! If you’ve been keeping up with my instagram you’d know that I’m on the other side of the world! One of my oldest friends from elementary school has found the love of his life in Hanoi and I couldn’t be happier to be here to celebrate. And that’s where this Kielo wrap dress comes in. I wanted to wear a nice dress for the wedding that was appropriately chic for the occasion while being able to throw this dress in my luggage without worrying about silly things like wrinkles. Hanging this up in a hot shower room = problem solved.

Am I the only one that feels that clothes look about 100% better on the human it’s made for verses the dress form? This time I do stand corrected – I absolutely LOOOOVE how this Kielo wrap dress draped on my form.

(Sidenote – it’s times like these I wish I had a catchy/cutesy name for my dressform. Oh well.)

But how this dress decided to look on ME!? Not all the fireworks that I had invisioned in my mind, to be completely honest. I’m pretty confident though that I’m the harshest critic of my work that I know of. But even that being said, there’s a couple of things that bring me to that final conclusion:

1. This fabric. It looks nice, but do you notice the chevron faintly peeking through in the last photo? This could be a problem. I’m wearing this dress to a wedding today, and I really don’t want to find out later what happens to all photos taken with flash while wearing a black bra underneath this dress. I am already committing to black drugstore tights while the average weather here in Hanoi has been around the mid to low 70’s F during the day and no wind. To camisole or not to camisole? That IS the question.

2. And this fabric (part deux). Did I mention I ordered this specialty knit online? I have come to find out first hand that Girl Charlee is fantastic, and they have quite the selections of knits online to choose from. Only problem is, I’ve never been the no-look no-feel type of fabric purchaser. The screenshot looked great and the amount of stretch the fabric description gave seemed perfect, but if I had handled this fabric in person I definitely would’ve passed on it. Between the sheerness, lack of enough stretch and the just so-so drape, I know I could’ve chosen other suitable options.

Despite my complaints, I do really like the style of this dress! It is a great beginner’s pattern, and I think it looks extra sophisticated with the FREE added sleeve modification pdf pattern + instructions. More on my actual thoughts on the pattern later, but truly not bad for my first go at this pattern.

You didn’t really think I did a muslin first, did you? Lol.

Anyway, I must start getting ready for the wedding! Pics to come. Xo

Starting with easy to sew knits

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I love wearing knits. Jersey knits most especially.  I could live in tees, sweater tops and sweater pants without regrets. They pair so easily with jeans (my other favorite thing) and they have so much give in their fabrics. I say all of this to confess that although my feelings for knits is a life-long loving relationship that cannot be broken, I have much apprehension sewing with knits and other stretchy materials.

Wovens and other extremely stable fabrics are just so easy to work with, but knits scare me a little bit. They feel unpredictable under my sewing foot, and after I sew a decent line of stitching on a knit, it pops and breaks under the natural stress and stretch of the material.

But, to be frank, I know that I just haven’t done my homework. I never use the right needles and I have never bothered to do the correct finishing on knit hems. And after meeting with my sewing buddy in Dallas this last weekend, she swears to me that it’s seriously not as bad as I make it out to be.

I really really want to start wearing my own clothing for the everyday, and what I enjoy wearing on most occasions are knit-based items. Admitting my fear outloud to another person that sews was actually my first step in getting the proper help that I needed. Next I took a crash course by looking at these three brief videos, by Sarai of Colette Patterns, introducing you to the difference of knit fabrics and a quick overview on how to work with them – here’s video 1, video 2 and video 3 if you are interested! She also includes a chapter from her latest book about sewing with knits to download for free via PDF (!!!!)

Lastly, I just went to my neighborhood fabric store (JoAnn’s, of course) and selected a $1 easy-to-sew Simplicity pattern. I also took advantage of the Veteran’s Day sale and chose enough fabric to make two sweatshirts.

The last photo is how I left my sewing desk before I had to leave for my 4-day work trip. But come next week, we’ll see how well this pattern really turned out!

BRB.

fabric shopping in japan (!!!!)

Mybad. I’ve moved my blogging life these past few months from WordPress, to SquareSpace, then to Tumblr, and now back to WordPress. I think I’m done now.

But that’s kind of besides the point for this post.

YOU GUYS WE WENT FABRIC SHOPPING IN JAPAN LAST WEEK-ISH.

Yes, YOU and I. AND I finally make my official acquaintance to you fine folks that visit this blog 🙂

It’s probably a good idea to let you know right now that I’m slightly awkward and a touch nerdy IRL.
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Apologies in advance!


 

More on life, sewing patterns, travels + fabrics coming soon. xo