Today we are thrilled to share the latest Colette pattern with you! Meet Wren, the fitted surplice dress.
We are also excited to share special promotions and free downloads surrounding Wren this week. You can purchase Wren for 15% off through this weekend. Or bundle and save more! Buy the Wren bundle and get the Wren dress, plus The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits, plus one additional pattern of your choice. The bundle is available in both print and digital formats.
Last, but not least, when you purchase Wren this week, you will receive a free PDF download to make a 3/4 sleeve or long sleeve version of Wren.
Wren is a feminine, wrap-style knit dress that is sure to flatter every figure. Make Wren in a colorful cotton jersey for the perfect day dress, or stitch this pattern up in a black silk jersey for the ultimate little black dress.
Sewing with knits is such a pleasure, and the Wren dress is no exception. You will breeze through sewing this dress with easy step-by-step instructions. And the best part is, when you are are done cutting and stitching, you will be left with an unbelievably flattering dress that is just as comfortable as it is stylish.
Wren is available in sizes XS through 3X, making it a gorgeous staple for all shapes and sizes.
Version 1 is a sleeveless dress that is perfectly suited for warmer months. The wrap bodice is embellished with a gathered neckband, and a fitted, 6-gore skirt finishes just at the knee. The streamlined, smooth look of this dress is great for layering, so it transitions perfectly into cooler months.
Version 1 works best when sewn out of a stretch knit with body and good recovery. Look for thicker knits with ample stretch that will flatter your curves.
- Ponte de Roma
- Wool Jersey
- Double Knit
- French Terry
- Stretch Velvet
Version 2 offers the same wrap bodice, with the addition of short sleeves. The gathered neckband is gracefully echoed in the gathered A-line skirt. This dress has a charming silhouette that can be styled up or down.
Version 2’s gathered A-line skirt requires a knit with more drape. Looks for knits with ample stretch, good recovery, and a soft fluid hand.
- Silk Jersey
- Cotton Jersey
- Tencel, Rayon, or Bamboo Jersy
- Baby rib
Features and Skills
Learn These Skills
When designing a new sewing pattern, we strive to create something that is versatile, beautiful, and highly teachable. In sewing Wren, you can learn and perfect several details.
- Working with knit fabrics
- Hemming knits
- Gather knits using clear elastic
- Installing knit sleeves
Make your Wren One of a Kind
Wren is highly customizable. Why don’t you try:
- Color block using contrasting of monochromatic colors.
- Lengthen into an ankle skimming maxi-dress.
- Mix and match sleeve and skirt options.
Purchase Wren within the first week, online or in stores, and you will receive a free PDF pattern for the Wren long sleeve variation. This limited edition variation is perfect sewn up in a wool jersey. This version will keep you stylish and warm through fall and winter.
Through Sunday (midnight PST) Wren is 15% off. Buy your copy today, and begin sewing a version of your own. Stay tuned later this week for fun giveaways!
Find Wren Locally
You can also find Wren at these amazing retailers:
Altman’s Needle & Fiber Arts
Bernina of Oklahoma City
Birch Fabrics / Fabricworm
Brooklyn General Store
The Cloth Pocket
Fiddlehead Artisan Supply
Finch Sewing Studio
Grey’s Fabric And Notions
Pintuck & Purl
Sew to speak
Silk Road Textiles
Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics
Tissu & Co