Alder Shirtdress: Fabric Logic

Alder Pattern

This guy.

More complicated than I expected. It’s a pretty standard job until the button band and fusible interfacing come into play. Following that, the collar stand is tricky to cut and sew the collar and interfacing to the yoke.

That’s only somewhat completed! Going strong, though. Really proud of the collar, wonky as it may be.

To Do: I need to add the pockets, arm hole bands, address the disparity in length from the front and the back sections, and add buttons! I am very excited, however. I think this kind of tricky problem makes your brain bigger and better able to problem solve. There’s also a logic to reading the actual pattern as well. That’s so cool but I almost did some crazy wrong moves on my garment!

What I love is Gather Here.

The teachers are wonderful and really explain things well. If you are prone to self-criticism and have exacting expectations of your industry.

The next Alder I make wont be as light a fabric. I chose a lightly patterned & weighted chambray, which did fray, making my driving on the Bernina somewhat askew. Seam ripping is also tricky with this beautiful fabric because the light grey thread matches the fabric; it’s hard to know if you are ripping the thread from the machine or thread of the fabric. I created a rip in the color because of this-which I can cover with embroidery or darn. Still definitely wearable!

More pictures to come.

Peek at a few of examples of some gorgeous Alders: