So, I took these pictures 2 weeks ago when it was still Summer and I didn’t get a chance to write a blog post about this top until now. It feels seasonally inappropriate at this point because Fall has arrived and it is definitely long sleeved shirt weather. But this is one of the most fun things I sewed all summer (and I have no other finished projects on deck) so here is my blog post about my new sleeveless top.
This is the Grainline Studios Alder shirtdress shortened about 9″ to shirt length. I made the dress version of this 2 summers ago and wore it a few times but ever since I had Caroline I haven’t worn it at all. It feels too tight through the upper bust, which makes me so sad because I really loved the fabric I used. I had made a size 8 graded to a 12 for that dress, and this time I went up to a 10 graded to a 12. The fit is much better on this shirt.
I also did a 5/8″ forward shoulder adjustment on this top, which I hadn’t done before. I haven’t done it on any of the Archer button ups that I’ve made either, but I think I will on my next one. The yoke comes forward on the shoulders a bit, which I think disguised the fact that I really did need a forward shoulder adjustment.
The fabric I used is a Liberty lawn that I have had in my stash for at least a year. It is really, really pink and the scale of the print is smaller than I expected it to be from the pictures I had seen online. I had a hard time deciding what to use it for, but I think it turned out to be perfect for this bum ruffle Alder shirt.
I spent some time trying pattern matching the pockets but when it came time to sew them on one of them did not match up at all. I honestly have no idea what I did. I only had the tiniest scraps left over so I couldn’t try to re-cut the mismatched pocket. Instead I switched them around so neither one matches. This fabric is so busy that I don’t think it really matters– it’s kind of hard to see that there are pockets at all.
Even though this is a pretty summery shirt I think I’ll still wear it layered with a cardigan through the Fall. Making this top has made me wonder about how I would like the bum ruffle version of the Archer shirt. I haven’t really given that view much thought before but I may give it a whirl this Fall or Winter.