Hey guys! Today I'm going to introduce you to my new favourite dress - the Alder Shirtdress by Grainline Studios. I've been coveting this fabric (a vintage sheet) for a few months now deciding on what to make - when another sewist suggested an Alder, so I took their advice and couldn't be more pleased with the results.. !
I made view B - with the gathered skirt at the back and sides of the dress, which I loved the look of. My measurements are 101cm / 39.75" bust and 84cm / 33" waist so I chose a size 14 to cut out. I gave it a little more ease than required as I wanted to be on the safe side (I have cut out my sizes before for other patterns in woven that have not fit!). But the pattern sizing was plenty big enough, and later on I did have to grade the bottom of the bodice and waist quite a bit to sit nicely.
Since this is my first time ever sewing a shirt or a shirt dress - some of the process was completely new for me. I have to say I didn't always find the instructions easy to follow, especially Step 7B for attaching the yoke, 13 A&B for attaching the collar to the collar stand and Step 12 for assembling the collar didn't tell me to use my interfacing (yes might be obvious but as I was trying to follow instructions closely I actually missed this.. so my collar doesn't have it!). I am also pretty sure i have my buttons and button holes on the wrong side.. looking at photos online and checking out other shirts etc I have.
But the good news is that there is an amazing sew-along complete with photos and instructions on the grainline blog - and it was so good at explaining all the things I didn't understand. I highly recommend having a good look through even before you start your project.
There are a couple of things I managed to muck up a little on my own.. the collar stand is a little wider than it should be and the front hemline should be a little more curved, but in my haste to print the pattern I accidentally cropped it out without noticing.. whoops. Despite this I am really happy with how it turned out - and I don't think anyone will ever notice except me! ;)
Oh and I choose these bright sunny buttons to bring out the mustard in the fabric - but in the end I used 10 rather than 9, as I wanted it to be a little more modest at the front hemline since I accidentally made it a little short!
I love that the skirt is longer at the back and really sits nicely with the gathered waist - eek! so happy with this.
Thanks for visiting - I hope you found this useful.. ! xx