I thought it was about time that I wrote about this pattern as I have worn one of the dresses I have made to death this summer.
Named Clothing are fast becoming one of my favourite pattern brands, I don’t love everything they do, but I adore what I have, and actually wear them regularly. (For example the Inari! omg how many do I have now)
At first i was reluctant to order this for myself as it was sleeveless, then the added the free sleeve add on for the pattern, and it definitely sealed the deal for me.
Here is my Keilo – I opted for the long sleeve maxi version:
(please ignore the small dog that wandered into every shot)
The fabric was a light white burnout Jersey that I got a while back from Girl Charlee. It was reduced due to being slightly damaged. To be fair, it was very slight and very easy to cut round. It is such a great summer fabric and perfect for this make, or any maxi. I like the slight see through quality as it adds dimension to the piece.
The pattern itself was classic Named clothing, sleek and simple. The only issue I had with this item is I would have preferred to download and print a PDF. This is something unheard of from me, as I love Paper patterns, but it was layered therefore had to be traced. Its not a problem, its just what i would prefer and what i find easier to do. If i could print it I would have mad a couple then stuck them together, it probably would have been jest as quick as tracing. But as this was my first pattern for tracing, it forced me into trying Swedish tracing paper, which i never would have tried otherwise. So it is a positive learning experience.
The actual make it incredible simple, even with the added arm piece to the pattern, it took me no time at all. Being short i had to chop a bit off the bottom, but thats expected with a pattern, some sizing is required. One thing I had an issue with, maybe being plus size, was the length of the ties… in my second attempt (which i will blog about in the near future) I made them incredibly long then cut them to size. This method was more successful.
I made this dress at the beginning of summer, and have worn it SO many times. Its such an easy piece to throw on and look great. Being so thing it is the perfect summer dress. Unfortunately, I wore it so much that i caught it and ripped it… twice. Totally my fault. But is easy to patch and not noticeable with the pattern.
I don’t think this would be in my winter wardrobe, even in a thicker material. The material needs to be light as to not bulk when wrapped around the body.
Overall this is a summer staple now for me. Definitely my go to maxi.