Alder Shirtdress



Alder Shirtdress

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. 

Alder Shirtdress

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. 

Alder Shirtdress Side View

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.

Alder Shirtdress Side View

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.

Alder Shirtdress side view

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.

Alder Shirtdress Collar Detail

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.

Alder Shirtdress Back Detail

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. 

Alder Shirtdress Back

Alder Shirtdress Under Collar

Alder Shirtdress View

Pattern: Alder Shirtdress

Designer: Grainline Studio

Fabric: Robert Kaufman Railroad Blue and Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel Americana

Happy Sewing!





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6 Responses to Alder Shirtdress

  1. Lisa Burger November 13, 2015 at 5:40 am #

    Girl, you are talented! I love that flannel you chose! For me, and I think you, it’s always about the fine details that make it “yours”, something you can’t find with store bought! Great work! I have fabric for one archer too! Maybe we can tackle it together after the new year… have a sewing play date 🙂

    • Sarah Beth November 13, 2015 at 7:03 am #

      Yes, it’s definitely about the details! A sewing playdate would be awesome!

  2. Lauren Dahl November 13, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    Loooooove the accents! I might have to steal that idea!
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    • Sarah Beth November 14, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

      Thank you Lauren! Flattered that you like what I did!

  3. Abby December 14, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

    That flannel was sooo perfect as an accent Sarah! The dress looks absolutely amazing on you, and your sewing looks impecible! Also, I’m super jealous of your photo location, it is so gorgeous!
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    • Sarah Beth December 15, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      Thank you so much Abby! That’s so funny you say you’re jealous of my photo location. I always look at your photos in awe of the green and beautiful trees!

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