I started this dress literally a year ago! I almost gave up on it after an unfortunate accident while installing the snaps. I hammered my left thumb pretty badly; it was cut and bruised and nasty. I have a new found respect for my buttonhole foot and plan on keeping the snapping to a minimum going forward. I’ve made the Alder shirt dress once before and was excited to try my hand at it again with a few modifications. I added a little bit more length to the skirt, added pockets again and did a second FBA. I used the pattern piece I had already adjusted and just did an FBA on it again. I’m honestly not sure if this is “correct”, but it worked! The girls fit in nicely. I had this fabric in my stash from when the Arizona line came out and when I saw that Teri had used it to make an Alder I had to copy her. Her button choice looks great and I bet she didn’t almost loose a finger …
I was still struggling a bit to make a proper collar (2-piece), so I decided to take another class on a garment with one to gain the mastery of the collar! Luckily for me I saw that Grey’s was offering the Alder Shirt dress class in just a few weeks, so I signed right up!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve seen countless versions of the Archer in blogland, so I know what you must be thinking. Where is the colar? I got this fabric quite cheap with the intention of getting the fit right before using my polka dot chambray but I used every little bit just for the body so I didn’t have enough to attempt the collar. I didn’t have enough for the cuffs of sleeve plackets either and I really wish I had enough because those are two techniques I’ve yet to practice.
I’ve noticed that I’m much more excited about sewing during the spring and summer. If I had to guess why, I’d say its because I tend to be drawn to dress patterns which are much more appropriate to wear in the warm months. While I love a good dress and can add tights and a cardigan to make it winter appropriate, I think its time to branch out and make some staple pieces, simple shirts, blouses and maybe even some pants!