This dress was lying in the darkest edge of my closet for nearly a year. It looked a bit different back then I`ve to admit. His story starts back in 2015, I was in need of a dress i could wear for Christmas. Nothing fancy. I was pregnant, my belly was already uncomfortable big, let`s call it huge. Maternity patterns are most of the time… hmm. (how can i say that in a friendly way) Just not that much my style. I thought the Kielo Pattern by Named would fit the bill and have enough room for a big belly. Specially, when sewn in a knit fabric. It actually could work, though. But not in this particular fabric. There is nothing wrong with the fabric. It`s a beautiful double-knit. Firm, heavy with not that much stretch, great recovery. Not the attributes you would name, if you search for a good match with the Kielo pattern. I don`t know what drawn me to this fabric, probably I just felt like being comfy, cozy and warm. With the result, that I looked even huger than I actually was. Any way you looked at it, it was just not flattering. When i was back in shape after pregnancy i gave it a change again. It was hopeless. I just picked the wrong fabric for this project. Sad dress went back on the shelf.
Until a day, I found it again. I felt a bit ashamed when I saw the dress in my closet. I hate it when something isn`t working out how i imagined. And having wasted that beautiful fabric felt even worser.
The fabric. Most of my projects start with the fabric. A fabric should work well with a pattern. And then it occurred to me. Heavy, good recovery, little stretch. This fabric has to be a shift dress.
The Shoulder, neckline and the sleeves fitted very well. Everything I had to do was lay it on top of a well-fitting knitdress and trace the shape from under the armpit to the seamline. I reused the straps of the Kielo, attached them to the waistline and I was good to go. 15 minutes guys.
I ended up with the most beautiful and well-fitting shift dress I ever owned. It`s so sexy without being loud. So casual but still so chic on the same time. I love versatile clothes. That`s probably what describes my style the best. I love clothes that can be worn in any situation. Being with kids, Business, friends, going out. Everyday. Clothes i want to wear for all the opportunities. That`s one of those genius dresses.
By the way one little side note about my shoes. They`re new. You may now that I`m a bit of a sucker for Doc Martens. I wear their boots like all the time. The same pair since 8 years (winter version) and 10 years (rest of the year version). Emm, yes. I like to invest in quality that lasts for a long time. This year i thought it`s time for a more grown up version. Still have to get used to them. They work with a dress as well as with jeans. Win.
So here i`ll leave you with a last view on the nice backdarts of the Kielo that gives the dress such a nice shape.
Pattern: Kielo by Named with the free long Sleeve. (Modified)
Fabric: Double knit, bought locally in Freiburg (Germany)
8 thoughts on “Kielo Shift Dress”
Well I’m so glad you gave the dress another go. Third time lucky. It really does look gorgeous on you. Just perfect. That fabric looks too good waste.
And the DMs – yeeeees!!!!
thank you olu! yes to good to waste! i knew you would love the dm. btw your backpack is amazing, good taste your hubby!
Nice work! I’ve wanted to make a Kielo as a winter work dress in some heavy-ish wool knit, but I worried a bit about the way the waist flaps would overlap. Hacking the top to a shift dress is a good idea!
yes, i should have been woried about my fabric choice as well… kielo doesn’t work that well with a heavyer fabric!
Good save! This is just the perfect dress!
thank you so much, i’m glad it worked out!
you look great in it! wonder if it would make me look that good to (I’m not curvy at all…)
i’m sure you would look great in it!