Finally, completed sewing posts!
Who wore it better?
I had been lusting over Grainline Studio’s Alder Shirtdress pattern since Jen was posting sneaky peaks on instagram ages ago. I love a good sleeveless shirtdress and this dress was right up my alley. I’ve already made two Alders now, and I’ve cut out two more for sewing. So I hope you’re all ready for a lot of Alders on this blog.
Pattern: Alder Shirtdress by Grainline Studio.
Version: view A.
Fabric: 100% rayon with really lovely drape. It’s a print that I never would’ve thought I’d like, but here we are and I love it. Even if it does look uncannily like Homer’s muumuu.
Thoughts: I think ideally I need to tweak the armholes a bit because they reeeeaaally accentuate my armpit flab. And I really struggle with massive shoulders and I feel like this dress just really makes them somehow look even larger. Also I do not understand the darts at all because they hit about 3cm below my bust so they’re sort of adding volume to nowhere. I don’t know whether I just have extremely perky bust or if I completely marked them and sewn them wrong, but it seems weird.
With that said, this dress is so comfortable that none of the negatives bother me at all. I don’t know, when I wear it I feel like it’s very flattering and I feel fantastic and that’s really the most important thing right? I really only noticed the massive shoulder problem from looking at these photos.
Miscellaneous construction details: This was a quick sew for me. I decided to overlock and turn under the armholes instead of using bias tape or any other binding. I’ve noticed that owning an overlocker has really ruined me for tedious tasks. I spent all my time hating life while pinning bias binding on my other Alder that I decided to just overlock and turn under. I am happy with the finish, but I feel like I’m not sewing ‘right’.
I also chopped off about 2cm off the length of the dress. I feel like the bottom shots make it look kind of naaaughty like I’m seriously just wearing a long shirt, but honestly my legs are actually as short as heck and the dress hits comfortably just above knee.
Overall I really do love this pattern to death. When summer comes (it is actually dead in the middle of Winter where I live) I will just be living in Alders.