I am back with a leap of faith make that I am so excited to share. Leap of faith because I made no muslin in contradiction with my sewing goals from end of last year! My waist and hip measurement fitted squarely into Grainline Studio Size 4. After my success with the Morris blazer – I felt justified in going ahead and cutting into my fashion fabric.
Let me talk fabric. This is cotton lawn – shares top spot with linen as my favourite fabric to sew. Saw the palms and flamingoes against the navy blue and it was love at first sight for me. Initially I saw this as a Granville shirt but as I was about to cut into it – the fabric whispered “Alder shirtdress……”and the rest is history. Do you find that happens sometimes – a fabric you bought specifically for a pattern turns around and literally becomes something else? Its weird to explain but I heeded the call. Granville would have to wait for another day.
On to the pattern. I have had my eye on Alder for a while especially after seeing SewBusyLizzy’s versions here, here and here then CarlyinStitches’s versions in polka dots and batik pushed me over the edge and I purchased literally after reading the batik post. Tis so hard keeping to a pattern buying fast……ah well…
The PDF taped up beautifully. I went with the easier view A i.e without the bum ruffle. A lot of reviews mentioned the length as an issue but I decided to see how it would look before lengthening. Held up the bodice front pattern piece against me – it seemed ok. Plus if it turned out too short I could always wear it as a shirt with jeans and leggings, so fine. Deep breath and I cut.
Throughout the sewing I was nervous about whether it would fit and the moment of truth came after sewing the front and back together. It looked OK. It looked good! My faith was rewarded by a well fitting shirtdress. A lovely fitting dress that I very much love. Its very comfortable.
The sewalong is outstanding. I didn’t even use the instructions that came with the pattern. This pattern is well drafted and all the seams meet perfectly on point.
The yoke went in smoothly. I loved doing the pockets. I didn’t bother with pattern matching them. Does it show?
My collar making skills are improving with this collar taking less that 30 mins to do.
The buttons were harvested from an old M&S shirt that had frayed collars so could not be reasonable reused even if donated.
This was so much fun to make. I cant recommend the sewalong enough! There were no head scratching moments for me at all and I like that. True to form Grainline has delivered. And I am very glad I listened to the fabric whisperings – cant even imagine this as Granville now!
Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!