Wissew Rose Dress

Posted Friday, 9 October, 2020

Hello Crafty folk and creative types,

My most recent make is this lovely tie-strap dress, kindly gifted by Wissew patterns. 

Spring Picnic Chic

Wissew is a new-to-me indie pattern company and I must say, this dress was a pleasure to sew and their website has a lot of pattern options. I've already bought myself the bleuet top pattern as I wanted to sew another shift top, but with some variation. Hopefully I'll have more to share about that one soon! It also seems pertinent to point out here that I never share or review items which I wouldn't fully intend upon spending my own money on. 

Before I share details of and impressions surrounding my newest picnic dress, I wanted to spend a little bit of time discussing the Wissew brand because there are so many pattern companies these days (and cheers to all of them!), it can be hard to keep track. 

All this to say, I do feel as though Wissew is a little different. This is because I really enjoy scrolling through their website for sewing inspiration regularly (which to be honest, I don't tend to do with other pattern companies very often these days). Also, another reason why I really like this company lies in their compelling backstory.

Wissew was founded by Juliette (you can read her story in full here) who has a passion for design, style and dressmaking. Initially dissuaded from pursuing her love of sewing professionally, Juliette returned to the world of dressmaking in order to launch a vibrant and supportive entrepreneurial sewing community. Patterns purchased from the Wissew website are produced and created by indie designers from all walks of life. Reading Juliette's story about wanting to find a way back to sewing, in spite of discouragement really struck a chord with me.

"We support creators throughout their journey so that they dare to believe in themselves and in their talent" ~ Wissew Official

It also doesn't hurt that their pattern styling and designs are so cohesive and beautiful. To me, the designs just look so effortlessly stylish and chic. Being a vintage lover doesn't preclude me from watching the trends and I absolutely adore the way that both modern and classic styling is fused together. 

Sewing Notes:
  • Wissew patterns are available in French and English, however the patterns themselves are marked in French. For non-French speakers (Je suis désolé!) the patterns come with an English glossary of sewing terms and there is always good old Mr. Google for any sticking points that may arise.
  • I'm tempted to say that the instructions for this pattern were a little sparse, however I think that a lot of that comes down to the fact that I just quickly purused the diagrams, read the English glossary of terms on my printed pdf, compared them to the contruction methods that I preferred and just went off on my merry way.
  • For such a chic look, the Rose is a very simple dress design. It was refreshingly straightforward. For me, I would say that ease of sewing is comparable to a smock dress. Truly. 
  • I sewed my version of Rose in a peached wool-blend from my stash. The drape is beautiful, however I have also seen versions of the same style in broderie Englaise. I think that lightweight cotton or linens are a beautiful option for this dress, albeit slightly less drapey.
  • The buttons down the back were a breeze to sew - so long as you have a reliable sewing machine. Although, I will let you in on a little secret - my buttons weren't quite aligned because I was a little bit laissez-faire in my approach to watching that the fabric wouldn't slip or move. Button-wise, having a dress with shoulder ties and buttons closures is quite sassy and impactful.
  • Fit-wise, From the below photo of my back there's a little puckering/bagging out - that could be rectified by either tightening the straps, obviously (I didn't realised the wings until I saw the photos, but it's good to share these things). OR if I was the toile-making type of sewist and this were an actual fit issue, I could just either shorted the straps in that area or take a little wedge out - whatever gives the best results. This technique is the same for any fitted bodice.

What are your go-to places for sewing inspiration?