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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 ?