Phew – I just finished my dress by the skin of my teeth! As soon as the themes were announced I got to planning. Alas practicalities curbed some of my creativity for this week as I was away last weekend and then travelling for work on Monday and Tuesday, so I had to choose a pattern that would be simple and straightforward.
I decided to go for the Alder Shirt Dress from Grainline Studio as I love their patterns and figured that the simple design left some room for creatively mixing and matching fabric. I picked up two beautiful pieces of chambray from Higgs & Higgs which washes like a dream and feels so wonderfully soft. Not only did I get to use the contrast fabric on the yoke and collar stand facing, I made my own bias binding for the armholes too!
I made size 10 which corresponds perfectly to my measurements but I think next time I’ll make a size 8 and do a full bust adjustment. I figured this might be the case before I even got started but simply didn’t have the time to make the changes. As it was, to get this finished in time to photograph and post here this evening I was up at 6am this morning hemming my dress and sewing the button holes before going to work. And then spent my lunch in the park sewing the buttons on. That’s dedication eh?
I’m pretty happy with it – its very comfortable and I love the fabric combo. Plus I’m pretty pleased with my finishing: the insides are done with french seams, and I used the ‘burrito’ technique to join the yoke to the dress so all the seams are nicely hidden. Plus my top stitching is so straight! But I do wish it had pockets! If you’re interested there are plenty more photos over on my blog: thimble&threads.