I have a confession to make: I have never made a Colette pattern, not until now that is. Arguably, this isn’t 100% accurate since I have made several Seamwork patterns, but I think of them as being separate pattern companies with very different aesthetics. The Colette look has always made me a little jealous, actually! I am not a very feminine dresser, but when I see that kind of style executed so beautifully, It makes me wish I was! I adore the vintage inspired look on others, but have never felt comfortable in it myself. When the Wren dress came out, I was excited to give this pattern a try because it was more my style. I didn’t end up getting around to it right away, but better late than never, right?
The dress has a simple design with a wrap bodice. It is intended for knit fabrics, so the fit is fairly forgiving. I opted for the gathered waist of view 2 with the sleeveless cut of view 1. When given the choice, I will always go sleeveless!
I grabbed this fabric at a previous Our Social Fabric sale because it has all my go-to colours in it. The rusty red paired with that warm camel and cool teal is such a nice mix.
Overall, I like this dress, but I don’t love it. I think it is very flattering and the colours are pretty, but either the print or maybe the length is throwing it off for me, it is not very modern. I will also make the armscye smaller if I give it another go. I feel like too much of my side is exposed through the arm hole. I suppose adding sleeves would fix this right up!
When I wear this dress people comment on how nice it looks, but I still can’t quite get to that love place. Do you ever feel this way about your makes? Oh well, back to the worktable!
PS: In case you were wondering, it is still full-on winter here in Vancouver, and yes, I was freezing! I quickly bundled back up after the shoot.
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