Winter Alder Dress

Grainline Alder Dress - sewn by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

The other day I was digging through my garment fabrics and found this gem. Of course it’s one of those fabrics that I had to keep for just the right project. I go through phases where I think I need to sew up a bunch of things to in hopes of using up my stash, but then I kind of step back into reality and take my time and think about each project more thoroughly. I was on a major kick of matching up fabric and patterns so that when I had a moment, I could jump right in and start sewing again without having to plan out much.  One thing that bothers me though is having piles of projects laying around. It stresses me out. Maybe I’ll find a middle ground!

Anyway, this fabric got pulled and I knew that it had to be another Alder Shirtdress for me. Remember the moon one I made over the summer? I absolutely love it and wore it a bunch. It’s perfect because the dress is sleeveless, great for hot and humid midwest summers. On the other hand I always knew it would be a fun one for winter, too. Great for layering under a favorite cardigan (of course totally wearable in the summer, too!). I think it would look really pretty with a denim jacket, too, for a more casual look.

Grainline Alder Dress - sewn by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

I made two simple alterations: one was to add 2″ to the length and the other was to grade a size down at the hips. Easy changes.

The fabric is so great, I think it’s a linen blend,  lightweight but very soft and somewhat substantial feeling. Of course it’s long gone from Drygoods Design, but Kelly the owner has amazing taste and I love looking at the fabrics she curates – always gorgeous!

I was glad to finish this one and I hope to wear it more this winter.

Pattern: Alder Shirtdress by Grainline Studio,
Fabric: abstract black and white (purchased a couple years ago) from Drygoods Design

Grainline Alder Dress - sewn by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

8 thoughts on “Winter Alder Dress

  1. Reece says:

    It’s gorgeous! You did an amazing job, every detail looks perfect. Look at the corners of those pockets!

  2. kristin says:

    I love it, Anna! What a cool fabric and absolutely great for layering. Good job adding the 2″, it looks perfect.

  3. Lauren says:

    I have had this pattern in my stash forever and still haven’t used it. I need to remedy that! Yours looks awesome!

  4. Holly says:

    So good! Looks amazing. Love the print!!

  5. liz n. says:

    “Saving for the right project” syndrome…I suffer from that, too. (Well, who doesn’t?)

    I’ve been holding onto fabric that I felted from a wool sweater, in hopes of finding the right bag pattern for it. It will probably become the Maker’s Bag, which I’d planned to sew first in leather, but I think I need to use this wool for it.

    And I have some gorgeous slubbed silk that I still have no project for….Ah, well…one of these days…

  6. Karen @runsewfun says:

    Fantastic fit and finish. You’ve inspired me – again!

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  8. Kayla's Blog says:

    I love shirt dresses, too! It is the perfect outfit for me, especially since I am still breastfeeding. I never have to buy any breastfeeding garments, so I save money on those. I can also wear them even when I am done with breastfeeding.

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