Lili-Kielo maxi dress

This one starts with a big old celebrity fabric crush. Atelier Brunette rayon/modal in “Lili” has earned a lot of internet love, and rightly so. It’s a lovely understated print: black with little mustard seed heads blown about in pale grey and red. But the cincher is how it wears. It’s soft and silky and cool to touch, feather-light but drapey and opaque. A dreamy combo. I stalked it and pinned it and kept coming back to it for weeks/months before finally taking the plunge.

Having splashed out on the fabric, I then spent further weeks/months agonising over which pattern to choose to show it off. I ended up settling on the Named Kielo Wrap. I knew I wanted a maxi and this seemed a good choice for a lightweight fabric.

The pattern only has three pieces (front, back and ties) so should have been a quick sew. However this was my first time working with rayon, and I have to admit is intimidated me. I got all spooked by the way it shifted around during the cutting, and then left it cut out for over a month whilst other cotton projects jumped the queue. Finally I womaned up and got stuck in, giving myself a full empty weekend to take it slowly.

Construction started well. I staystitched the neckline and treated the pieces carefully, trying not to stretch anything out. I marked my notches with tailors’ tacks and everything seemed to match up well. BUT the neck and armhole bindings were a reeeeal pain in the backside. I just could not seem to get them in without puckering. I unpicked parts of all three, and one armhole I completely re-did and is still far from perfect. I’m not really sure what I did wrong, but if anyone has tips on inserting bias facings with slippery fabric I’d love to have them!

That being said, I love the end result. It feels elegant and cool in style, yet uber-comfortable to wear, even in CAR where we’re currently averaging 35c (arrrrgh, send ice!) A genius-simple design, which has definitely encouraged me to try more Named patterns. In fact I bought the Helga playsuit pattern last time I was home.

The backdrop for the photos, in case anyone was wondering, is beautiful Segovia in Spain. We were recently there on holiday. It is home to both a Disney-esque castle (in fact one of the castles that is said to have inspired Disney’s design) and this incredible Roman aqueduct. I hiiiiighly recommend a trip for anyone staying in the Madrid/Salamanca area. The food is delicious too, mmmmm jammmmonnnnn…

Siobhan xxx



3 thoughts on “Lili-Kielo maxi dress

  1. Corrr, gorgeous setting, gorgeous dress on you, this design suits you so well. I do love a maxi for travel – it covers mosquito bites and leg veins in one fell swoop, though perhaps you are too young to appreciate the latter! The big problem for me is footwear since in my dotage gorgeous flat sandals are a no go – aaaargh!

    • Siobhan says:

      Nawww thaaaaanks! And I am with you 100% on maxi dresses – looks elegant but is also super comfy and covers everything haha 😊

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