A Wren Dress + a Bonus Sleeve
Role: Graphic Designer
Pattern: The Wren Dress
Fabric: French Terry Knit from Bolt Fabrics
What was your original inspiration for this project? How did it come to be?
I was inspired by all the amazing Wrens that were getting sewn up out in the world. I also felt like it would fill a gap in my closet.
This was my first time working with a knit fabric. I knew I would have the opportunity to tackle a lot of skills like setting a sleeve, gathering with clear elastic, and hemming knits.
How do you plan to wear it?
Wren is a darling pattern and dress, but for my lifestyle it isn’t an everyday kind of dress. I see it as more of a special occasion dress that I know I will be super comfy in, but still look dressed up.
I used the Wren bonus sleeve to make this dress ideal for cooler weather.
What did you learn?
I learned that gathering with elastic can be tricky and definitely takes some patience. I can’t tell you how many times my boyfriend asked me what was wrong while sewing the skirt and bodice together, haha!
I also learned the virtues of using a needle specific to your fabric. As well as how to use a twin needle on my sewing machine.
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of how quickly I sewed this cute little number up. I spent a Sunday working on it and am really happy with the outcome, especially with it being my first knit piece I’ve ever sewn.
Get the Sleeve
The Wren bonus sleeve is now included with all digital downloads of Wren.
If you purchase a printed copy of Wren or have purchased Wren in the past, just follow this link to grab your free PDF download.