LyllosMig

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An Alder Dress Amongst the Trees

Alder DressAt the end of May I went on a mini-vacation with P and my parents to a little house by the sea. It was the first taste of summer and a wonderful departure from the hectic life in the city. When we needed a break from the sun we visited a few different second hand stores nearby. In the hot attic of one of them I found this white thick cotton fabric that called to me to become a summer dress. It might have been a tablecloth in a previous life. IMG_1859I washed the fabric and let it dry in the sun. There is something so relaxing about fabric drying in the summer breeze. Alder DressI had bought the Alder Shirtdress printed pattern a while back and already knew I wanted to make one for the summer. Since the fabric had stripes of flowers I wanted to make something with it that didn’t require too much pattern matching. Right around the time I bought the fabric I was on some kind of shirt-making high so it felt like a good match.Alder DressAs usual with indie patterns I was between sizes, I had recently made an Archer Shirt so I went with the same size. The bodice ended up being too tight so I unpicked it and sewed it with a smaller seam allowance. This fabric was not made for unpicking. Every time the needle hit the fabric it punched a rather big hole. So I covered the holes up with topstitching on both sides of the side seams.Alder ShirtAnother problem with the heavy fabric was that it was a bit challenging to gather the skirt. On the plus side the gathers stayed really well in place. Alder dressWhen wearing this outside for the first time during this photoshoot I also realized that the thickness of the fabric doesn’t drape well in the skirt at all. For example when I bend down the skirt stands out pretty much parallel to the ground. For this reason I think this dress will mostly be used to the beach or with leggings underneath.Alder ShirtI also think I could have fitted the bodice better. I have a large back and ribcage which made me have to adjust the sides but I should have kept the original seam allowance by my waistline. I’ll try to fix that for my next version or make a full back adjustment (I think that is a thing?).Grainline Alder ShirtI am really pleased with my pattern matching on the pockets. Alder ShirtdressAlder ShirtdressI love it when the hem matches up after sewing on the buttons.Alder ShirtdressI didn’t have enough fabric to pattern match the yoke though, but I think it’s alright anyway.Alder ShirtdressI accidentally sewed on the collar upside-down. So the under collar is flowery and the upper collar is mostly white. I think this is for the best though since it matches the white button placket. Alder ShirtdressI really like the yellow buttons I found that matches the yellow flowers perfectly. They have square holes that I thought was unusual. I was one short though so I used a green one too. This is also a design choice I have made on a few button-downs I’ve sewed. Alder ShirtdressI’m really glad that I found this fabric in a second hand store and barely had any scraps left over. Zero Waste is always awesome! Alder ShirtdressHappy Midsummer!