The Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Co.

Date: March 5, 2020

Made by Steph

The myth, the legend, The Wilder Gown! Super easy and satisfying to sew, this Friday Pattern Co. pattern lives up to the hype!

I’ve made the gown version with short sleeves. 
I’ve also shortened the hem of the second ruffle and added elastic in the collar (instead of a tie) and in the sleeves for a cute puff! 

The Wilder is designed to have a super relaxed fit, but I had a little fabric left over that I turned into a simple (press stud fastened) belt.

 Now I can wear it as intended or as a more conventional sundress.
I love a dress that can do both. 

Pattern notes:

  • There is a LOT of gathering, so if you’ve got a gathering foot, definitely snap that baby on. Otherwise for tips on gathering without a special foot, I’ve found this really detailed tutorial for gathering by Made Everyday.
  • If you’re not sure about what fabric to use, go for something plain and really drapey (if your confident to sew with drapey fabrics, otherwise a light cotton or linen will work well too).
  • One thing that I’ve seen look incredible, is the Wilder in a sheer fabric with a simple slip underneath (just like the model on the front of the pattern). A style definitely worth considering.
An amazing sheer Wilder Gown by Marsha Style

Skill Level Recommendation:
The Wilder Gown is for everyone who knows their way around a sewing machine.
The difficulty in this pattern will come from what fabric you choose to work with. The softer and more flowy the fabric is the harder it will be to sew.

Eg. Cotton Lawn or Voile = Easy
Poly Chiffon or Tencel = Mid
Silk and Silk Chiffon = Hard

Recommended Fabrics: Rayon Challis, Lightweight Linen, Twill types, Voile, Lawn, Chambrays & Chiffon.

I’m also tempted to try this one in a rayon jersey. The relaxed fit will look great with the heavy drape that you get from a jersey. You’ll just need a bit of cotton tape to stabilise the raglan & shoulder seams.

Supplies List:

  • Fabric; we used this printed rayon challis
  • Thread
  • A large safety pin for threading the elastic
  • And to make my version: I also used: 10mm elastic for the collar and sleeves.
  • Leftover fabric for the belt
  • Press studs as a closure for the belt.

Rounding up; it’s obvious why The Wilder is so popular.
Friday Pattern Co.’s attention to detail really shows. From the pattern drafting and instructions to the gorgeous glossy envelope it comes in.
This pattern is a classic.

You can get your own Wilder Gown pattern here.
Happy Sewing!