I have some Grainline Studio love to share with you today! Jen was probably the first indie pattern designer I ever became aware of and I started following her blog immediately. I have since sewn five of her patterns: the maritime shorts, archer shirt, lakeside pajamas, scout tee, and the cascade duffle coat. And now I’m happy to add a sixth of her patterns to my closet, the alder shirtdress!
love a good shirtdress, and this pattern is so, so good. As always, Jen’s patterns are drafted so well! The fit is always great and rarely requires any alterations! My measurements placed me in a size four, which is what I sewed with no alterations!I
Jen has a really great sew along on her blog to walk you through, step by step of the sewing process! I find that a bigger project like this is great to do one small step at a time. It doesn’t feel overwhelming or difficult if I give myself little goals to accomplish each day!
Allie over at Indiesew provided the pattern and fabric for me as part of the Indiesew blogger team. I immediately knew I wanted to sew my first alder in a chambray fabric. I love the classic, simple look of a chambray shirtdress! This is the ocean sunwashed chambray from the Indiesew shop. It’s a great fabric, and I’m thrilled to have just a bit leftover, enough I think to sew up a little cami!
Since my fabric had no details to it, all one color, I wanted to make sure my topstitching was perfect. I did my absolute best to slow down as I topstitched and not rush the process. My edgestitch foot on my Bernina is such a great help in making sure that my topstitching is accurate! I also was very choosy about my buttons. I knew I wanted metal buttons and I searched at my local JoAnn’s and then decided to look a bit online. I found these silver metal buttons, and fell in love with the back side of them. They were simple, but intersting to me with the long holes in the front. I asked around on instagram how to tackle those long holes and @mama_kylie suggested sewing the holes, top to bottom with thread! I love the simpleness of it and love the final look!
Phew…lots of information! Here’s a quick recap!
Pattern: Alder Shirtdress , view B
Size: 4, no alterations
Fabric: ocean sunwashed chambray
Buttons: silver metal buttons
Modifications next time: lengthen bodice 1/2 inch, lengthen skirt 1/2 inch
The fabric and pattern were provided to me by Indiesew. As always, all opinions are 100% mine and honest!