Friday Pattern Company Wilder Gown in Floral Crepe

Posted by Claire Gilmore on

Wilder gown with red ribbon neck tieI have been dying to make the Wilder Gown ever since it was launched but life just kept getting in the way.  I had been searching for more of a winter floral ditsy print but when I was cutting some of our floral textured crepe, inspiration struck.  I hope you’ll agree with me that it is a lovely match for the pattern. Its light weight and drape make for a flowy silhouette and also ensure the tiers don’t look too voluminous.  The dress has a beautifully simple construction – no zips, buttons or elastic needed. The neckline feels quite high fashion and I added my own twist with the velvet ribbon and hacked sleeves.  I replicated the neck closure at the wrists but used elastic to gather the ends.

Elasticated wrist cuffs

I’m not gonna lie, this fabric is challenging to work with – it is shifty and frays quite a bit. But the print, texture and drape are so gorgeous I forgave it!  I would have used spray starch from the get go, but I didn’t have any and couldn’t nip out as I was cutting it out very late on a Friday night with the kids asleep and my other half out on the town!  I just taped it down when I was cutting out and that worked well. I overlocked all of the pieces prior to construction and, as well as preventing the fraying, it gives the dress a nice RTW quality. It sewed up nicely after the cutting drama.  The dress can be thrown into the washing machine, dries in a jiffy and requires no ironing – tick, tick, tick!

The really special thing about this dress is that I made it at the inaugural Lets Sew Belfast – a sewing day organised by the lovely Mo (@mo.makesandsews).  Around 15 sewists gathered at Café Cuan in Belfast City Centre on a Sunday and it was a truly lovely experience. We sewed, chatted and exchanged tips all to a soundtrack of relaxed tunes – I felt like I’d found my happy place! Shout out to the lovely Barbara who kept us well fed and watered throughout the day.  I can’t wait to do it again and meet some more local sewists in real life.


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