Pattern: Colette Wren. C/o. of Colette
Size & alterations: Size M (8-10) with my general fitting alterations; raised the arm-cycle and lengthen the bodice by 1 inch (2.54 cm). Pattern related alterations: I reduced the gathering on the skirt by making the pattern smaller on the waist and eliminating the back seam.
Constructions notes: This pattern is very easy to sew. My favourite finishing method is to use stretch bias on the neckline. That changes the pattern construction-wise by sewing the whole bodice first instead of finishing each piece separately like the pattern instructions. Using the bias method not only finishes the neckline nicely but helps with stability. For the gathering I gathered the skirt piece using the traditional woven gathering method instead of stretching elastic. The elastic method seems easy to do but as a creature of habit I ignored the instructions.
Fabric: Black interlock jersey from my local fabric shop remnant bins.
Favourite details: The neckline with the gathers is a lovely detail. The pattern has a lot of interesting things to make this dress a fun sew while still beginner friendly.
Wrap dress are pretty much a staple on my wardrobe. I love how chic this dress is and I’m not a gathered skirt girl (it’s too girly for me).