There are countless shirt dress patterns out there, but I have to say that Grainline Studio’s Alder Shirt Dress beats them all. Sorry to all who are currently obsessed with Closet Case’s Kalle Shirt Dress!
This is my second rendition of this pattern (the first can be seen as part of my Day and Night Dress Challenge here) and I am not stopping there. I want a closet full of these in every color and fabric… but I probably shouldn’t as I need to Kon Mari the heck out of my belongings.
I made this for my Las Vegas trip with keeping cool yet stylish in mind. I needed protection from the blazing sun and the collared neck line really helps cover up my tender flesh. The loose silhouette is perfect for bingeing at the buffets and keeping it breezy.
The fabric is a cotton lawn I scavenged from my sewing friend, Dana. She was cleaning out her epic stash and brought some fabric to our Sit and Sew group so we can get our hands on it before she donated. Thank you, Dana!
I sewed a straight size 8, left the boob pockets off, and made two adjustments. I raised the armholes by 1/2 inch. I found my bra kept wanting to peek out of the armhole in my first Alder. Problem fixed here! It’s snug (but not too snug) in there, so I might only raise the armhole by 1/4 or 3/8 inch next time.
The other adjustment I made was to add pockets! This is the only thing missing from the original pattern that would make this the most ultimate perfect dress ever. I wonder why Grainline decided to go sans pockets? Anyway, I took the pockets from my Winslow Culottes and shaved 1/2 inch off all around since they’re ginormous to begin with. I then placed the top of the pocket 4 inches below the top of the gathered skirt seam line. This worked out perfectly and I now have pockets that are large enough to keep me purse-free if I wanted!
Some other details I like are the red top stitching and red buttons. I find red isn’t really my color, but I like how it’s broken up with gray, black, and white in this print. I also like that the big flower print is summery yet the colors can translate well into the fall. Yay for versatility!
How do you keep cool in the summer? What are your favorite patterns for beating the heat? Share in the comments!