Indie Royalty: A Transition wardrobe

IMG_0340Hi All! The Indie Royalty wardrobe challenge was the motivation I needed to pull out the lovely Indie patterns I’ve been meaning to try, but just haven’t!  The theme for my wardrobe is transitional layers, as I want a mini wardrobe that will go from summer to fall. Coordinating these makes is an idea I can get behind, as I’ve been on a mission to make sure there are no orphans in my over-crowded closet. My outfit includes the Orsola dress by By Hand London, a Modified Alder Shirtdress by Grainline Studios, and a Sapporo coat by Papercut Patterns.


The Orsola dress was a dream to sew. The instructions are spot on and the sizing was perfect too. Since this was my first BHL pattern, I wasn’t sure if it would be true to the displayed pattern measurements, but it was, Hooray! The bodice is lined which makes for a nice clean finish on the inside. I made it from a lightweight cotton print, and lined it with rayon. The drape is really nice in this fabric, but I can imagine it would be perfect in rayon, silk or linen too (I’ve already purchased linen for another one.) If you hate darts, beware as this pattern has a bunch! But the good news is there isn’t a zipper, LOL!! One word of caution…you must commit to the length of the dress right away as the hem is faced.


I love the way it wraps in the back. I think this style would be flattering on anyone!

Next up, is a shortened version of the Alder shirt dress in blue linen.


I shortened the pattern so that it would function as a jacket or topper. Using the Archer pattern sleeves, I modified by adding a sleeve to the Alder without a cuff so that it would look more like a little jacket. I left off the collar, and used only the collar band. I also took out a little of the fullness in the peplum so that it would be a little less puffy of a silhouette. I love this linen – and I know I’ll wear this new Alder constantly as it goes with almost everything in my closet!!


Last, but definitely not least is the Sapporo Coat by Papercut patterns.

IMG_0286I’ve been eyeing this one for awhile and IPM was the perfect excuse to jump right in. I made it from linen and lined it with gray rayon. This pattern is definitely a departure from my usual style, but I love the cocoon shape, a new obsession of mine! It’s a very unstructured look, so there is ALOT of ease in this pattern and I do mean a lot. I cut the size XS, and ended up taking in the side seams even more to get it to fit.


I love the construction of this coat – the collar is built in and the sleeves are faced so that you can roll up cuffs if you want. The pockets are my favorite part of the design and I love the slouchy look they give the coat. Be forewarned though. There’s isn’t a mechanism for shortening the bodice – so I tried a quick muslin to make sure it fit. If you love this style, go for it! The construction of this jacket was really pretty easy! This is my new favorite coat and I know I’ll love it for fall.


Phew! That’s alot of sewing, but so fun to finally try some new great patterns! For more of my makes, and more photos of these projects, please visit my blog, Thanks to the Monthly Stitch for another inspiring IPM. Here’s to more fun this year!

21 thoughts on “Indie Royalty: A Transition wardrobe

    • Thanks! It’s so hot here right now, it’s hard to imagine it will ever be cool enough to wear it, but it should be great in September before it’s cold enough to wear wool,


  1. I love what you did with your Alder! I have that pattern and being such a fan of Grainline myself I was exciting to see your alteration. I love it! I agree you’ll probably get loads of wear out of this little jacket! I was also keen to see your Sapporo – I have that pattern finally on the way. When the new patterns by Papercuts was first released this grabbed my attention BUT I was TRYING not to buy more patterns (who am I kidding now?) but after seeing a few of these online I ordered it 🙂 and now seeing yours I feel vindicated. It’s lovely! I’ve bookmarked your post for when I make it to include your much appreciated advice.

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    • Thanks! The alder worked so well as a jacket, it’s a great pattern! I think you’ll like the Sapporo- it’s fun to make and. It not too hard so it’s very gratifying. I want to buy all of the patterns in that collection too, lol! There are some great designs there!


    • Thanks! I wasn’t sure if I should have made it longer, you know? But I think it’s the sort of style you can wear at the knee or below.


  2. Really nice capsule of complimentary pieces. Well thought out and executed. I especially liked your Alder jacket and plan to give that a whirl with some of my own linen. Kudos!

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