A Hand-loomed Wilder

Note: I received the fabric for this make as a gift from Loom & Stars without expectation of a review or post.

When Friday Pattern Company released the Wilder Gown pattern, it was an instant queue-jumper for me. The romantic, drapey silhouette and gathered neckline are right up my alley! When Loom & Stars reached out to me with an offer to send me some of their hand-loomed fabric, I knew it was the perfect match.

I used the indigo-dyed dots jamdani cotton from Loom & Stars. They do not currently have this fabric in stock, but do have many other beautiful jamdani cottons – they’re beautifully light and ethereal! I lined the bodice of my top with blue voile.

Because the Wilder is drafted for a B cup, on larger sizes I’d noticed the raglan sleeve seam tends to fall really far in towards the chest. To avoid this, I cut a smaller size and did a lazy FBA. While my measurements put me in a 2XL, I cut an XXL graded to a 1XL at the hips, then added 1.25″ straight down the middle of my front bodice piece. Because the excess is gathered in the neck anyway, this is a really efficient way to add extra width without changing the sleeve seam.

To get a longer, blousey sleeve, I did a slash-and-spread to create a soft bell shape, then gathered at the cuff and added elastic within a casing. After some experimentation, I kept this elastic pretty loose so it can be comfortably pushed up to my elbows. I love the soft breeziness of the Wilder and will definitely be making more (already have one more done, in fact!)

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