Grainline Alder Shirt Dress // version B // Front view // Liberty Eleonora C // Holm Sown

Grainline Alder Shirt Dress – Liberty Eleonora C

I wear my Grainline Alder shirt a lot so I wanted to make one of the dress versions. Even though it is winter here, I still actually like to make and wear sleeveless tops and dresses as they give me the option to wear a long sleeved top underneath, and/or a cardigan on top. Having them sleeveless means that I can wear them all year round.

I got some quick photos yesterday when we had a rare dry day.ย  The garden behind the shop is a bit shabby and the light wasn’t great, but hopefully you get the gist!

Grainline Studio Alder Shirt Dress Pattern // Holm Sown

I made version B with the gathered skirt. I have to say that I wasn’t sure if I’d like it on me, but luckily I do and it is in constant rotation.

Grainline Alder Shirt Dress // version B // Back view // Liberty Eleonora C // Holm Sown
I’m telling the dog to go and sit down out of the way!

I made it with some Liberty tana lawn that I had in my stash. The pattern is called Eleonora (colourway C) and is a really lovely mixture of reds and browns. I also have some of the green colourway (A) which I like even more! Since the shirt tester fits me well I went ahead with a straight size 12 again.

Grainline Alder Shirt Dress // version B // Side view // Liberty Eleonora C // Holm Sown
I can’t see a thing here but the photo looked even odder if I chopped my head off!

Construction was fairly straightforward although there were a couple of places that I had to do a bit of thinking:

  • The instructions on where to apply the interfacing to the front buttons bands could have been clearer (check out this post from the Grainline sewalong for more info)

  • The pattern piece for the gathered skirt doesn’t have the pivot point at the front corner marked โ€“ it should be 1/2″ in from the front side and top. Marking this makes it much easier to line up the point with the dress front and to sew.

  • I tried the collar construction given by Andrea of Four Square Walls. It was easier but I think I didn’t quite get the seam line right for the front of the collar stand. Next time I’m going to try making a template of the front of the collar stand as suggested by Sewaholic in this post.

The buttons are made from coconut shell and are 1/2″ in diameter and I went with the button placement given on the pattern.

Grainline Alder Shirt Dress // version B // detail // Liberty Eleonora C // Holm Sown
With such a busy print the pockets blend in without any pattern matching required.

It is a really fun dress to wear and hopefully there will be more Alder’s in the future…

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