Yes, another black dress. I might be going through a phase and I'm not sorry one bit! As Jen mentioned when she shared her Wren, I am finally able to to share my own after a long stint in the Unfinished Sewing Pile.
Have you ever accidentally taken fabric intended for one project to use on a different project and then have the dreaded moment of realization when you finally get back to the original project? That's the story of my Wren Dress. Let's just say the fabric intended for my long sleeves accidentally made its way into my son's ninja Halloween costume. When did I realize this? When we were sold out of the fabric. Of course!
This dress sat unfinished for months until the fabric was back in stock and I now regret every moment it wasn't worn! I am now completely in love with this dress. I find it is becoming a dress I reach for regularly. While I love my Cashmerette Appleton wrap dress, the Wren feels a little more comfortable for my daily wear. It's easier for me to pull off a more casual wear of Wren and I like that. My goal is to continue making more wardrobe pieces for myself and it's very telling when a pattern is a winning one when you have to stop yourself from wearing the same dress multiple times in a week. Wren is an easy to wear garment for me, but certainly has plenty of potential to be the most comfortable fancy dress as well!
I was nervous about a few things before making Wren. I feared the gathered skirt option would be too full. It isn't. I worried about using the clear elastic for the gathering of the skirt. In fact, I attempted to use another method first and then reverted back to the recommended method because it really does work best for the large amount of gathering in the skirt portion! I feared my full bust wouldn't fit into the bodice properly or I'd have a lot of gaping. It all worked out! Oh and the lack of pockets? I didn't even miss them!
Pattern: Colette Wren Dress Version 2 with 3/4 length sleeve add-on
Fabric: Organic Cotton/Bamboo Jersey (available here in black, heather gray, and natural)
Alterations: I used a few inches less of the clear elastic than recommended to make a more snug fit around the waist