Dress

A Summer Shirt Dress

The weather here in Blighty has certainly been temperamental over the last week.  Only a few days ago we were hibernating due to snow and this week the sun has come out and it feels like summer – Hooray!

I have been itching to make something summery and decided to try the Alder shirt dress from Grainline Studio.  I’ve not tried any of their patterns before but I really liked the look of the Alder with it’s structured front and soft gathers at the waist, so it went to the top of my ‘To Do’ list.

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The fabric was found in Ditto and was one of those prints that I  bought on a whim when I went to buy some fabric for my son’s shirt (no surprises there!)  I was seduced by the soft grey leaves and the vibrant pop of the flowers, so I bought 2.5 metres and added it to the ever-growing stash.  As soon as I purchased the pattern I knew that the fabric was destined to become an Alder – the cotton is lovely and crisp, perfect for making a collar!

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The pattern was so easy to follow and I really enjoyed the construction of this garment.  I do love a bit of topstitching  and so I found the whole process really enjoyable.  The buttons were found in C&H Fabrics and are the perfect pink. I also like the way that they have a faded and distressed appearance.

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My favourite thing about the dress is the curved hem and my pattern matching efforts on the pockets – they are there, honest!

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The fit is spot on and the fabric is perfect for this dress.  I know that it will get plenty of wear on those hot summer evenings after work with a glass of Pimm’s to hand!

 

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Until next time…

 

25 thoughts on “A Summer Shirt Dress

  1. Beautiful many times over, beautiful fabric, beautiful fit, beautiful pattern matching, I had to look very hard to see the pocket, beautiful sewing and it looks so beautiful on you.

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  2. This piece looks beautiful on you! The colors are super delicate and you’re right about the distressed buttons; it gives them more interest without being distracting.

    And talking about pattern matching for the pockets- even after I read that I had to strain my eyes to try and find the seams. Great job with it- the fit looks great!

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  3. I loved this when I saw it on IG. I’m always impressed when I see the fabrics that people are using from Ditto, but I haven’t even checked them out yet. I will now, as this fabric is to die for.

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  4. Thank you! They have a lovely selection online but so much more in the shop! It’s hard to walk out without something extra and Gill (the owner) is so friendly and helpful. I just have to make sure that I don’t go in too regularly otherwise I’d be penniless! 😉

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  5. I love the Alder pattern. I made one last summer without the gathers and am planning to make one with them this summer. I really love yours – it suits you soooo much. That fabric is just gorgeous – it’s a well done from me!

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