If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen I am in full Christmas sewing mode. I’m starting with my kids Christmas outfits and then moving on to gifts for family and friends. But, before I started sewing for everyone else, I fit in one last selfish sewing item for the year.
I’ve been eyeing the Alder Shirtdress pattern by Grainline Studio for almost an entire year. If you are considering this pattern, there’s so much inspiration on Instagram at #Alderdress. I love wearing dresses, but they need to be comfortable and looser fitting, otherwise they will sit in my closet unworn for years. I had used a Grainline Studio pattern this summer when I sewed up the Maritime Short. I LOVED the pattern. Jen really thinks of every little detail to make quality garments, so I knew I would love the Alder pattern as well.
Just as I expected, the pattern came together beautifully and the fit is perfect. I think I may just need to buy all of Grainline Studio’s patterns. I already have the material for two Archer’s. Perhaps after all my Christmas sewing is finished I may get to them.
My body is about a size or two smaller on top than the bottom. I also have a bad case of abdominal separation from a crazy intense labor, so I made a size 4 at the chest and then gradually moved to a size 6 at the waist and hips. I also added 2 inches to the length. I’m 5’8″ for reference. I’m really happy with how the dress feels and fits. I probably could have gotten away with using a size 4 throughout since there’s so much room at the waist and the skirt is gathered, but it’s nice to have the extra space. It makes for a very comfortable dress.
For the fabric for my dress I used Robert Kaufman’s Denim Railroad that I picked up at Nancy’s Sewing Basket during a recent trip up to Seattle. The fabric appears more grey, but if you look really close there’s a bit of blue in there. It has a great drape for a cotton; must be the 1% polyester in there.
I also used accents of Robert Kaufman’s Mammoth Flannel in Americana. You can’t see it in the pictures, but the lining yoke on the back of the dress is in the flannel as well. I like to think of this dress as a California fall dress. The flannel definitely lends the dress to a fall style, but the sleeveless dress is more appropriate for our early fall weather. It’s often 45 degrees in the morning and then by the early afternoon it’ll get in the mid 80’s. So, I can simply wear a sweater in the morning and then take it off once the weather heats up.
I have a good feeling this is going to be a staple in my wardrobe. I love that the style can really be worn any time of year. I can simply put a sweater and a pair of leggings on for winter and the material breathes wonderfully, so it would even be appropriate during the hotter months. If you are looking for a good everyday dress pattern, I highly recommend this pattern.
Pattern: Alder Shirtdress
Designer: Grainline Studio