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From summer to fall / Alder shirtdress by Grainline


I made this dress sometime in late August and I love it so much, but somehow didn’t find the time to take pictures and blog about it. A lightweight airy shirtdress is the perfect thing to wear in our hot humid long mediterranean summer. Since I made it this dress, paired with white snickers, became my uniform.


Now that the weather here is starting to get a little bit colder I thought it would be nice to wear it with tights and my favorite hand knitted sweater20161028_084227_resized_1

 It is difficult to photograph the dress. The fabric has a tiny black and white plaid pattern that confuse the eye and the camera. It’s a shirting cotton with small precent of silk blend I found in a local fabric store. It’s light and soft and feel nice on the skin.  I think the dress is much prettier in real life.

Also, and you’ll have to excuse me, it’s a bit wrinkled. I did iron it but I wore it for a few hours before taking the pictures. Well, OK, I tell my self its real life and not a magazine, right?


I planned to sew the Alder Shirtdress pattern from Grainline studio for a long time.

In recent months I learn pattern making course and I practice drafting my own patterns. I wondered to myself what to do: I wanted to draft a shirtdress pattern myself but I only had this dress on my mind (you can’t blame me, it is a beautiful pattern). Finally I decided to challenge myself and work without the pattern. I wanted to incorporate all the design details that I love about the Alder: the pockets, the collar and the side panels. My version is without side darts and the A line skirt is a little wider. So I made it and I’m quite satisfied with the result. Now I plan to buy the Alder pattern as a gift for a sewing friend. Think it’s fair.


I sewed the buttons in fuchsia pink thread and it gives small dots of color that really pop the eye and make it happier.


The butterfly is  a brooch I received from my grandmother sometime before 30 years or so. It covers a tiny tear in the corner of the front panel that I could not fix. I don’t mind, I think it adds a bit more joy.20161028_084645_resized

 A back photo. From distance it seems gray.


If I summarize my sewing adventures of this summer, I can tell I’m very pleased I was able to sew two things that were on my wish list for a long time: this dress and the bombshell swimsuit. So even though I didn’t sew a lot  what I made came out good and was worn a lot and I practiced many new skills.

Now it’s time to start thinking about my plans for the coldest days. This is a glimpse to my winter inspiration board on Pinterest.

What about you? Planning something interesting for the winter ?


The dress that remind me of my grandmother

  A few months ago I found this fabric in the fabric store. I’m not a spontaneous buyer and I usually plan my purchases. But something happened and this fabric, from all hundreds of fabric rolls in the store,this fabric touched my heart. It reminded me of my grandmother, Elizabeth, and the dresses she used to wear.

I don’t know what it was that set the emotion. Something in the brown, orange, yellow print or maybe the feel of the fabric’s texture that reminded me what I felt when I walked hand in hand with her to the grocery store to buy bread and olives, or  helped her when she made the cake for sabbath, or when she hugged me.

My grandma was a seamstress and I was very attached to her. she was the first woman I saw working on a sewing machine and it seemed like a magic to me.

 I knew immediately that I want this fabric and I also knew what I want to do with it. I wanted a dress with some 70s vibe, not exactly like grandma’s. Something to remind her dress but in my own way.


So the pattern I chose was the Megan dress from Love at first stitch by Tilly Walnes. And I wanted to make it sleeveless.

Here it is:

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When I came to my mom a few weeks ago I was wearing this dress, but I did not tell her about my inspiration.

And when she saw me she was so exited and told me: “I don’t think you remember this but the dress you’re wearing remind me of my mother”. And she opened the closet and showed me the dress. It was the same one I was thinking about.

1977 Me and my grandmother, wearing clothes sewn by her

And a few words about Love at first stitch. If you visited me here before you probably noticed that I love Tilly’s patterns and attitude. So when she published her first sewing book I had to get myself a copy.  And it is lovely. In the book, designated for people who want to learn to sew clothes, you can find patterns and instructions for making some classic and basic clothes that can become staples in any wardrobe. From a very simple scarf  to pj pants, two skirts, a top and two dresses, the book guide you in a step by step manner with many helpful photos. Each pattern is accompanied by ideas on how to make the garment “your own”. In Tilly’s “Love at first stitch” pinterest board (here) you can see what other people have made from the patterns and draw some more inspiration.