Ray Stitch were very fortunate to receive Colette's new pattern 'The Wren' prior to it's official release date last week!! What a treat... with pattern in-hand, we set to work immediately.
We recently stocked up on a gorgeous new range of printed jerseys from Art Gallery, and the Wren arrived just in time to try them out! The first version we made was in the printed cotton jersey Imprint - Maze. This single stretch fabric has a lovely weight and drape, with a small amount of spandex perfect for slightly fitted styles, though is fairly stable to sew so we found that it worked perfectly.
The second fabric was chosen for it's classic and flattering appeal. We absolutely love our double stretch bamboo jersey; it has such a gorgeous, slinky drape to it, plus it's very comfortable and breathable due to the natural properties of bamboo. The Wren this time took on the characteristic of transforming from a smart work dress to a sultry evening dress, depending on how it was styled. It was a mild day when we had finished sewing so our mannequin was feeling suitably happy wearing just the dress in October - the beauty of bamboo!
Wren is one of those great patterns with huge versatility. It lends well to different fabrics and looks great as either smart or casual day wear. The sleeveless option also gives other dimensions – sun dress, evening dress, layered overdress… It’s easy to construct and doesn’t require a tremendous amount of fabric, teamed with the fact that knits usually come on wider bolts. We would also recommend our striped cotton jersey for something striking, and our plain melange cotton jersey for a softer look. You could also go heavier with a Ponte di Roma, a wonderful weight for the fitted version of Wren.
The options are endless.... we are off to make another!