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Knit Tutorial and Tips Round up

I may be at risk of sounding like a total cliché, but I love this time of year. The crisp autumn air renews my love of sewing, and each weekend I find myself getting up a little earlier to pull on my coziest sweater, pour a hot cup of coffee, and settle behind the wheel of my sewing machine.

Knits always seem to be my fabric of choice during cooler months. They layer easily and are incredible versatile. Wren is the perfect dress for getting dressed up without feeling constricted or fussy. Which is perfect for all the pie I am obligated to eat cocktails I definitely need.

Here at Colette HQ we are stitching up Wrens for all occasions. Here is a round up of helpful tutorials and guides to get you started sewing your very own Wren.


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Haley Glenn

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Five years ago, Haley left the apparel industry to join the world of home sewing. She has been empowering women to sew ever since – first through years of in-person teaching at Sew LA, and now through her writing at Colette. Haley writes tutorials and articles on our blog, teaches sewalongs, and writes and edits for our magazine, Seamwork.


raquel from JC

November 4, 2015 #

I like this pattern, but I don’t like the big 2 horizontal wrinkles next to the bust area (armscye gap?) I always have this problem, how would you fix it?


November 4, 2015 #

Try using one of the techniques in this tutorial to combat armhole gape.

raquel from JC

November 5, 2015 #

Thank you!


November 4, 2015 #

Thank you thank you thank you for pictures of the lovely grey haired model you featured. Beautiful pictures in this months Seamwork edition too. She’s so elegant and its VERY inspirational for me :)! We grey haired ladies are encouraged to give the dress a try and its kind of nice to see which colors look good with our ‘ crown of wisdom’ :).


November 6, 2015 #

Isn’t she so lovely? Our Art Director, Christine did a great job of choosing colors that showcase the models natural beauty.

Katie Emma

November 5, 2015 #

I made a muslin of the Wren bodice and it fits pretty well! The bottom edge of the bodice hits above my natural waist, but is lower than a traditional empire waist. From some of the modeled pictures (especially the gored skirt) it seems like the waist seam should hit above the natural waist. Is that how it’s drafted? Or should it hit my natural waist, and should I lengthen the bodice? Thanks!


November 19, 2015 #

Hi! I recently made my first version of the Wren Dress (version 2 with the gathered skirt) and while it mostly fits well, I had some issues with a pretty wavy/bumpy waist seam where the wrapped portion of the bodice meets the skirt. Can you provide any tips on how to make sure that this seam doesn’t turn out wavy? I’ve seen comments about this in other places as well. Thanks!


November 20, 2015 #

This can be caused by a few things. If the length of the band is too long or short on your body, the waistline can pull or sag. You can also try using a shorter length of elastic to gather your skirt. This will create more horizontal tension preventing the seam from being wavy.