Alder shirtdress

Alder shirtdress (pattern by Grainline Studio), made by Small Bobbins

After seeing Anna’s maternity version of Grainline Studio’s Alder shirtdress pattern, I wanted to try it for myself. The length made it seem ideal for a top to wear over tights that I could pair with a sweater when it gets cold. The buttons and collar seemed like good skill-builders. I just needed to figure out what size to make it so that I could get some decent use out of it.

Alder shirtdress (pattern by Grainline Studio), made by Small Bobbins

I made View A (the straighter cut, without the gathered skirt), and cut a size 12 at the bust, grading to 16 at the waist. It’s very roomy! Maybe this means I can wear it until the end of my pregnancy. If I find the motivation, I may take off some width and length after the little lady is born so it’s not so super huge on me.

Alder shirtdress (pattern by Grainline Studio), made by Small Bobbins

Alder shirtdress (pattern by Grainline Studio), made by Small Bobbins

The actual construction was not so difficult; like the Bianca, I didn’t get tripped up until it came time to make the collar, but I was much more successful this time. It probably helps that there’s a great (English!) sewalong for this pattern.

Alder shirtdress (pattern by Grainline Studio), made by Small Bobbins

I had to buy a buttonhole foot for my Bernina. I’m pleased with the results, but I wonder if I really needed the special foot. It just has two grooves on the bottom that accommodate for the thick channels of thread that make the buttonhole. I could have a whole blog dedicated to trying to unravel the mysteries of sewing machine feet and whether I should buy all of them or none of them.

Alder shirtdress (pattern by Grainline Studio), made by Small Bobbins

The fabric is a lightweight denim with lots of teeny tiny flowers. I was worried that maybe the small print would be overwhelming, but I’m okay with the results. After doing a few knit projects, it was so nice to work with though. It holds a press! It doesn’t shift or stretch!

Alder shirtdress (pattern by Grainline Studio), made by Small Bobbins

Pairing it with a belt, cardigan and tights, I’m hoping to get a decent amount of wear out of this.

For my next one, I’m thinking about making a shirt version (or View B, with the gathered skirt). Although after my most recent fabric shopping spree, I don’t really have any appropriate wovens in my stash (yet!).
Alder shirtdress (pattern by Grainline Studio), made by Small Bobbins

I have to admit though, I was glad to get back into simpler knit projects after this. There are so many pieces! So much pressing! So much interfacing!

(That lasted for like… a day. Did I mention I’m making a coat now?)

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