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. The garden behind the shop is a bit shabby and the light wasn’t great, but hopefully you get the gist!
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.
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.
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 – 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.
It is a really fun dress to wear and hopefully there will be more Alder’s in the future…