The fabric is a another drapey floral kindly sent by Mark at Girl Charlee. He was kind enough to send me samples first to make sure the drape was right for this style. She chose Red Pink Roses on black cotton jersey blend which is lightweight with lovely drape.
I shortened by working upwards from the hem on the pattern and using a jersey dress in L's wardrobe that was a favourite length. I traced a copy off my size 36/UK 8 pattern for L. She tried on my jersey Kielo and she needed a narrower lower back and waist so I reduced these areas along the back centre seam. The front is unchanged apart from being shorter.
Otherwise construction was like my first jersey Kielo. When it came to hemming I let it hang and then evened out the hem whilst L was wearing it. There's more fabric to contend with as the dress gets narrower as it gets longer but it worked out fine. This short version used 2 metres of 142cm wide fabric based on a one way print. If it had been multi directional or plain it could've been 1.75 metres. Other suitable fabrics in terms of weight/drape were:
- Floral Garden
- Taupe Daisy on black
- Plum grey Rose floral
- Vintage Roses on Navy (v Cath Kidston feel to the print)
- Pink Mint Daisy (choice for my version)
These are all florals as that was her preference but there's other options and Mark and the team are happy to advise, they know their stock well!
Now for the GVEAWAY!
Mark has kindly offered the sort of giveaway prize that I would love to win, a PDF pattern (lots to chose from including Wendy Ward, Named Clothing, Itch to Stitch and many more) and knitted fabric of your choice to make the pattern from Girl Charlee Fabrics UK and Europe. As the company name suggest, entries are open to UK and Europe.
Giveaway is now finished. A winner has been randomly chosen- number 25, Mel- and informed. Comments are closed.