We are excited to start previewing our 4 sewing patterns, beginning today with the Wren Dress! Look for our other Spring/Summer patterns to be revealed over the next few weeks. Our idea behind this dress was to offer a unique, go-anywhere design. The pleating around the entire neckline really frames smiling faces beautifully (and now you see why we posted our Pleats, Please tutorial a few weeks ago!). While these pleats are a sophisticated touch, you should not find them too difficult to re-create at home. We chose the "poofy" sleeve to soften the crisp pleating and bring balance to the silhouette of the dress.
We are featuring the dress here in an Alexander Henry cotton lawn, which, along with the Wren Dress sewing pattern, also will be available for sale on our site soon. I think this print just beckons for spring, and this dress would be perfect for Easter or another springtime event. For even fancier occasions (think "flower girl"), you could choose a silk dupioni in a fresh fun color. A linen or simple cotton would give this dress a more "everyday" feel.
We've styled the dress with an optional belt. For the back view in the picture above, we used a skinny belt from JCrew, but we found a simple grosgrain ribbon looks fabulous as well, as shown in the first photo above. We think there is no limit to what you could do for the belt, and we expect to have a lot of fun with it to show you here on our website. In the meantime, here are a few more accessory ideas: