First, I’ll state the obvious: my shoes don’t go with this dress.
I was just so excited to put it on when I finished sewing my Wren that I changed out of my jeans right there in the studio. Gotta wear shoes when you’re taking pictures outside so…. clogs it is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
As Wren was being developed, I had this vision of making it in wool jersey with a full-length, fitted sleeve. I knew it would be the perfect fall/winter sheath dress, and one that was actually secretly comfy.
That’s what led us to create the extra bonus sleeve variations, after the pattern had already gone to print. They’re a free download if you buy the Wren before Tuesday (or while supplies last from your local shop).
I have no idea why, but for some reason the long sleeve just makes this feel a lot more Joan Harris to me.
The fabric I used is a wool jersey, purchased locally at Mill End. I actually wanted to make it in black, but loved the feel of this deep blue.
(Of course, if I’d found the black, maybe my shoes would have matched a little better.)
Wool jersey is one of my favorite fabrics. It’s great for making vintage-type dresses and skirts that are actually stretchy and comfortable. I think it often reads like a woven rather than a knit, so it looks a bit dressier.
For those of you asking, we might bring out these sleeve options again in the future. It’s just a little bonus promo for us, much like a sale or gift-with-purchase sort of thing.