Last week I shared that Katie, Laura, and I are banding together to each make Grainline Studio’s Alder Shirtdress. I sat down for like 9 hours yesterday and knocked it out!

And – BRACE YOURSELVES – it’s freaking adorable.

The CUTEST!

The CUTEST!

Grainline Studio's Adler Shirtdress

Grainline Studio’s Alder Shirtdress

This was a lot of dress to put together! Like I said last week, I spent like 5 hours putting together the pdf pattern and cutting out the pieces, and I started working on sewing yesterday at about 1pm, and didn’t finish until after 10pm. It was a grind!

View B - swingy skirt!

View B – swingy skirt!

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Really Love the Hemline!

Super Fun Fabric!

Super Fun Fabric!

I just really took my time with it! I had no idea what I was doing most of the time, and read and reread every word Jen was saying in her step by step sew along she’s hosting, which was a real lifesaver. I feel like I grew so much as a sewing stitching this dress up! I have a lot more confidence as a sewer now.

The Damn Buttons!

The Damn Buttons!

Super Pretty Bodice

Super Pretty Bodice

What’s funny is that I can’t wait to make another dress! Jen is going to go into variations, and I just want to keep making this thing until my whole wardrobe is Alder Shirtdresses.

I made myself a size 10 because my bust is just a tiny bit under 37″. The size 10 finished measurement is 38 1/4″, so I thought having just over an inch of positive ease would be the way to go. The dress turned out a little bit big, which I like for this dress because it makes it even easier and breezier, but for the next one I make I’m going to go down to a size 8, just to see what happens.

But basically I just love the shit out of this dress! I can’t wait to scamper around in it forever. With a cardigan I think it will take me deep into fall. Which is great because I don’t think I’ll get back to sewing any time soon, sadly. I’m already dreaming of the next fabric choice, though!

Be sure to check in with Laura on Friday for her finished dress, and Katie on Monday with hers!

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