The time has come. I am finally making my Colette Wren Dress. This dress immediately went on my “to-sew” list when it was announced. The style matched what the Wardrobe Architect was telling me about my personal clothing preferences. But it quickly got buried in an ever-growing pile of sewing wishes and life circumstances.
Now that I am ready to sew Version 1, I have one final question to answer:
Do I make this dress with or without sleeves?
The Case for a Sleeveless Wren
- The first version I fell in love with was sleeveless. This image —-> is what sold me on the dress.
- The seafoam/mint green color of the fabric is better suited to warmer seasons and it is never fun to be stuck in a long sleeve dress on a warm day. A sleeveless dress could be layered more easily with my large collection of cardigans.
- Long sleeves means more fabric and with this being a solid color, I worry too much green could get boring. The long-sleeves versions of Wren I like most tend to be made with patterned fabric.
- Making a sleeveless version will leave me with more remnant fabric for another project, like maybe an Astoria Shirt?
- I will finish the dress a couple hours sooner.
The Case for a Wren with Sleeves
- I am making this dress in the fall and I want to wear it now.
- In a work environment, I think long and 3/4 sleeves give knit dresses a bit more professional modesty. At least enough to balance a deep v-neck and fitted silouette.
- I love Sari’s long sleeve wool-jersey dress in this picture —–> but does it only work because it is a darker blue that makes you think cooler weather? This photo is what convinced me to get the sleeve bonus patterns.
- Because my lower half is visually a bit heavier than my upper body, having sleeves balances the amount of fabric below the waist.
- I already own a lot of sleeveless dresses and I am eager for a challenge.
I’m still torn.
Thankfully, it is easy to make the sleeveless version before I need to cut out any long sleeves. I’ll get your thoughts on Instagram later this week.
Which version of Wren would you sew?