Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Kielo Wrap Dress

This dress made me ponder my creativity. When people learn that I sew, I always hear the proverbial "you are so creative"! I don't think I am that creative and this is why sewing works for me. I am very logical, analytical, and work in a career where I use those skills. I'm not one who can come up with a design or concept from scratch. I'm not good with crafty things unless there are directions to follow. I'm great at cooking, because I know how to follow the directions of a recipe. This is what sewing is to me. It's a puzzle of pieces that go together when you follow the directions. The most creative part for me is picking the right fabric, which after 25 years of sewing, is still a challenge sometimes. Sure, it's a creative outlet for me, of sorts, but I'm certainly not coming up with the designs. 

Take the Named Kielo Wrap Dress as a perfect example. I loved the lines of this pattern when it came out. And although there are fabric recommendations for the pattern, I could never picture it made in anything other than this semi-sheer knit the model is wearing. I knew this was not the look for me and never gave the pattern another thought. Fortunately, many lovely sewists had more fabric hutzpah than me and made the dress up in lovely, opaque jersey fabrics. Go Google images for the dress or just go to Instagram and you will be in awe of all of the great versions out there. 

Once I could picture this dress made up in something other than sheer fabric, I knew I needed it in my life. I chose a green cotton spandex  from Girl Charlee fabric. I spent about $7 a yard, and needed about 2.5 yards. 

I made the size recommended by the pattern without adjustments. The maxi-length is not for me. I shortened the dress to hit me at the knee and left off the walking vent. I serged the majority of the seams, did what I needed to on my straight-stitch. 

I love the darts. Although this is a knit pattern, which tends to conform to your shape, the darts gives it a little more tailoring. 

The end result is fabulous. I have worn this every which way. Tied in the front, tied in the back. Out to the grocery store, business casual for work. It travels well. It is "flattering"- don't get me started on that word. I've actually come to despise it because it sends the message that our bodies need to be concealed in order to wear certain things. But if you've got a belly pooch like me or a little extra junk in the trunk, this really does look good! 

What about you? Do you consider yourself to be creative or a direction follower? Are you a bit of both? 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Off The Shoulder Dress Pattern Review

The off the shoulder look is everywhere you look this season. From tops, dresses, even swimsuits. I was drawn to McCall's 7543. I love the sleeve variations included in the pattern and it's one that can work for both tops and dresses. 

When I came upon this Ikat-ish woven fabric at Joann's, I instantly thought of the off the shoulder dress. This is a cotton/poly chambray with a woven white print. I spent $23 in yardage. 

I made a size Large (16-18).  I added about an inch to the length. I like my dresses and skirts to hit just below my knees nowadays. Other than this, I didn't make further adjustments. 

This went together easily, no hiccups with construction. I would say a confident beginner could hammer this one out. 

I love the way this turned out. I like that the entire width of the top and shoulders have elastic. I don't feel like I'm going to have a wardrobe malfunction. I can't stand strapless bras and feel quite comfortable sans a bra on this one.  I love the casual, yet special look. It wouldn't look out of place to go to the grocery store, yet still dressy enough for date night! I've already picked out a cute print to make a top version.