Alder Shirtdress – Spoonflower Lawn


I love a good shirtdress (Alder Shirtdress)! It’s such a classic style that feels casual but looks polished! It’s a constant struggle for me to get out of my t-shirts and comfy pants and wear some real clothes. When I wear a dress like this, it doesn’t feel like a production just to make it look nice, it does it effortlessly. I’ll happily pick this one from my closet to wear when the mood strikes!


Spoonflower asked me to try their new Cotton Lawn substrate and I couldn’t resist all the possibilities. I spent way too long oogling all the amazing designs available. Tempted as I was to pick out a great print for my girls, I decided to be stingy and pick this amazing moon print (design by Andrea Lauren) for myself. I absolutely love the blue/green color. When it arrived I was super impressed that the color looked just as I had hoped – amazing. It washed up easily and feels super soft. Not quite as soft as some lawn, but a really great option for trying your own fabric designs! The one thing I noted when sewing was that after ripping out any stitching (you know I do that often!), the holes seemed to appear noticeable still. I’m assuming on the first wash it’ll disappear, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to mention it. Overall I’m really pleased!


So back to the Alder, I accidently cut the button placket for the wrong side. I guess I wasn’t thinking straight, but now the placket opens on the wrong side. Women’s shirts have the buttons on the left side. I’m not worried about it, I loved making this dress and I can’t wait to cut out another!

Pattern: Alder Shirtdress (size 6 graded to a 4 at the hips) by Grainline Studio
Fabric: Moon Phases by Andrea Lauren (on Spoonflower Cotton Lawn Ultra)

Alder Shirtdress sewn by Anna Graham of Noodlehead, Spoonflower Cotton Lawn

10 thoughts on “Alder Shirtdress – Spoonflower Lawn

  1. Ginny Worden says:

    Tell people it is a Euopean pattern, they supposedly button on the left for women.

  2. Ann says:

    This looks fabulous. I have the Alder pattern and really need to make it. This fabric really works with the alder design. You look so fresh in this.

  3. Kelsey says:

    Good to know! Thanks for the review of the Spoonflower cotton lawn!

  4. car2ole says:

    Love the polished look! I’ve got some Liberty Tana lawn for an Alder shirtdress…

  5. Marina says:

    I love the beautiful simplicity of the dress Anna. I have some Spoonflower samples from before they were doing the lawn and so haven’t had a chance to see what that one is like in real life. It’s useful to hear your description. I love Andrea Lauren’s designs! (Also, nice wall backdrop again….. 😉

  6. Carlin says:

    Love the pattern and the fabric!

  7. kristin says:

    Oooo that fabric is awesome! Love this dress. That Alder is a great pattern, isn’t it? The fit is so comfy and summery but totally flattering too.

  8. heather says:

    I love this! I’ve been thinking of making an Alder, but haven’t quite gotten there yet. Yours renews my interest. I was just wondering what you think of the lawn in terms of having to wear a slip. I love Tana Lawn and voile, but often wonder if I’ll have to wear a slip (which I don’t own or really want to have to wear in the hot summer) if I make a dress out of it as opposed to just a top.

  9. Natasha says:

    I really like the fabric you chose. The dress is very cute on you!

  10. Sandra says:

    Re pin holes–just run a pin or needle along the row of stitch holes. The holes will disappear. Dress looks great on you. Love the fabric choice.

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