MADE: Colette Wren Dress

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Jennifer Swartzwelder | 1 comment

Back in the Fall, I made Version 2 of the Colette Wren dress pattern with short sleeves. Wren is a faux-wrap dress designed for knits and it proved to be a rather quick sew. The only real change I made was to eliminate the back seam in the gathered skirt. The fabric is lovely and I am really pleased with how the sleeves fit and how nicely the back lays.

Colette Wren Dress - Spool Pittsburgh

This was my first time using clear elastic to gather a waistband. I was happy to try a new method, but I can't say I'm in love with the results. I found it a bit tricky to keep the gathers consistent at the beginning/end point (although this is somewhat hidden at a side seam). My main issue with the elastic method is the waviness at the waistline that results from the elastic itself. I've heard some raves about gathering knits with the serger - perhaps that deserves a try!

Colette Wren Dress - Spool Pittsburgh

I do wish that I had trusted my gut and made the bodice a bit longer, especially in the front - it sits up a bit high for my liking and I find myself tugging it downward. I do have a longer torso and I feel a bit like my actual waistline is just hidden under those gathers!

Future versions: I'd like to try it in French Terry with either 3/4 or full length sleeves - I think there is great comfort potential there! I may also reduce the fullness in the skirt as I think that will be more flattering on my figure. 

Also...having been a nursing mother, I can say that this dress has all the things I would look for in a post-partum, breastfeeding-friendly garment - comfort, easy fit around a changing waistline, and convenient access. Just be sure to use a knit with great recovery and you'll be set!

  • Pattern: Colette Wren
  • Fabric: Bamboo and Organic Cotton Jersey in Teal (available here in Amethyst)
  • Size: L
  • Alterations: Eliminated center back seam

Stay tuned - Michelle will be sharing her Colette Wren results soon!


Posted in Colette Patterns, Dresses, Knits, Made, Pattern Review, Womens' Clothes



1 Response


March 01, 2016

Beautiful! And the color is so rich. Very lovely om you! Looks like such a comfortable dress, I’m inspired to look into purchasing the pattern. I just recently found Colette’s blog and have been enjoying it the last few weeks. Just discovered yours and will take a gander!

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