{tran sews} Coral Patterned Maxi Dress

At the start of 2016, I was perusing some of the sewing blogs I follow and the Instragram tag #2016MAKENINE, and came across the Kielo Wrap Dress by Named Clothing. I immediately added this to my “must sew” list, because the dress is so simple and easy to wear.


The knit fabric I used was super sheer, so I decided to completely line it with a white rayon jersey that I picked up from JoAnn’s. This is where I encountered some trial and error (read: “sewing and unpicking stitches”).. I should have just underlined the whole garment, but I wanted the “skirt” part of each layer to be free.. As a result, the dress didn’t fall as nicely as I would have liked. And because the main fabric was so thin, there’s some waviness/puckering on the side seam (which can be pressed out, but comes back with every wash).   I made some additional modifications to the pattern based on a post from Katy & Laney – increased the back slit by about 4 inches, and took a bunch off the overall length (to account for my height defficiency).

Overall, the dress isn’t perfect, but I’m happy with the results. I kind of wish I had paid more attention to the fabirc and lined-up the pattern in the back.. next time. I like that I can tie it in the front (as designed and shown) or the back (for a cleaner look). I’ll definitely be making this pattern again, as I think it’s such a simple and easy silhouette. Next time.. going for a less-shear fabric or just normal underlining.. lowering the hemline a touch so it grazes the floor and raising the slit a little bit more in the back.


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