Meet the 'Kielo' Dress by Named Clothing

If you haven't already heard about 'Named Clothing' then let us introduce you to this exciting sibling duo from Finland.

Named Clothing - founded by sisters Saara and Laura Huhta - effortlessly combine clean lines with interesting details to create stylish and contemporary patterns that are a joy to make.

The Kielo dress is no exception to Named Clothing's repertoire. Part of their 'All Things Nice' collection, Kielo is a simple yet elegant wrap dress. Easy to wear and easy to make, with just a few pattern pieces, it is a straightforward style to whip up.

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Now it's April and we're starting to contemplate wedding season, our summer holiday wardrobe, and our friends-are-having-a-barbeque outfits... it's a lot to think about! Most of us have a go-to style or shape - either for comfort or practicality. Named Clothing's look-book shows the Kielo in a flesh-coloured chiffon, yet we have seen it made up in everything from classic navy cotton, red crepe, an adapted long-sleeved jersey version, our very own Robert Kaufman lightweight chambray and even tweedy wool.


When you have an uncomplicated shape, you can play around with the possibilities of fabric and print without having to concentrate on all the other details. However don't be fooled into thinking that Kielo is a straight up-and-down shape with a wrap tie. It's back darts help the dress fit smoothly whilst the straightforward hem opening allows movement (and shows a bit of leg!!). The wrap tie ordinarily goes to the front, but play around with how it sits if you tie it in the back, or make the tie longer to allow the dress to sit more loosely.

Our fabric picks: Robert Kaufman indigo chambray, £15/m 142cm wide / Liberty Tana Lawn Josephine's Garden B and Growing Fonder Green, both £20/m 137cm wide / Sevenberry Linen Mix polka dot blue, £16/m 110cm wide

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Fancy learning how to make the Kielo in a group of like-minded people in a fun environment with a talented teacher? Of course you do! We are running an all-day workshop on 17th May, just in time for you to make a full wardrobe of Kielo's for those parties and gatherings you have in the calendar. As Kielo does have some fairly tricky dressmaking techniques such as darts and top-stitching, we advise that you only book if you already possess a good amount of sewing machine experience. And even if you're an advanced dressmaker, it doesn't mean that you can't get in on the excitement of creating something from scratch!

Remember, you get 10% off in our shop for attending a class (plus 2 weeks after), and lunch and refreshments are taken care of.


Words by Lisa and Steph.