My first version has not fit me correctly since I had Caroline 2 years ago. It’s just been hanging in my closet taunting me. (It could be that I never made the right size in the first place, but I’m going to blame this on weird pregnancy body changes.) I have been wanting to make a new dress ever since I worked out better sizing and made my second version, this top, at the tail end of last Summer. I knew I wanted to make a denim or chambray Alder after seeing so many pretty ones on Instagram and other sewing blogs.
I didn’t change much as far as sizing from my last time making this pattern. This dress is a size 10 in the bodice graded to a 14 in the skirt. I lengthened the dress by 1″. I also did a 5/8″ forward shoulder adjustment. I’m really happy with the fit on this and I’m glad to have a replacement for the one I never wear.
Grace, from Maker Mountain Fabrics, offered me some fabric from her shop for this project. I spotted this floral denim and fell in love. It’s a lightweight (4.5 oz) denim from Art Gallery Fabrics and it was perfect for making the Alder dress. It’s really soft and easy to work with and the colors in the floral are so pretty. Grace stocks such pretty fabrics both for quilting and apparel sewing. It’s hard not to fall in love with everything. (This same floral denim sold out after I ordered my fabric but there is a solid denim in the same weight that would also make a great Alder. So would any of these voiles and rayons.)
I think this denim is the perfect match for this pattern and I am so excited to get to wear it this Spring and Summer. (Dear Spring, please come to Chicagoland soon! I am tired of going out to take pictures in sleeveless tops/dresses when it is 38 degrees. Love, Teri)
Also, there is a shirt dress challenge happening on Instagram right now (read about it here!) and I am excited to enter my new dress. If you sew up a shirt dress between now and June 21 be sure to tag it with #sewtogetherforsummer to be entered. There are lots of great sponsors and there is sure to be a huge amount of shirt dress sewing inspiration!
Thanks to Maker Mountain Fabrics for this gorgeous fabric and for helping make my dream Alder dress a reality! I am going to wear this dress for Easter, even if I have to layer it up with a cardigan. (It would be a shame to have to cover up the perfectly matched front pockets with a cardigan, though. Especially after I had to cut 5 pockets to get it right. Ugh!) Do any of you have plans to sew a shirt dress for Summer?