Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress and/or Welcome Back!

Sadly I published my last blog post over a month ago! You might think I prepared lots of posts and started to plan ahead - no I didn't. I actually plan to be more organised and have my blog posts ready 2-3 weeks in advance. However, this new organised-me starts today (so I hope) and has definitely not been around in the past few weeks. I could come up with several excuses such as how busy I was at work, how I had plans for every weekend, etc. But the truth is: I spent lots of time sewing but also lots of time with Netflix. I just couldn't get myself motivated enough to write a blog post - even though I have several topics to write about...

So thanks for sticking around and welcome back! 

Now let's get started with the real topic of this blog post:

Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress

While I was too lazy to write blog posts, I definitely wasn't too lazy to get some sewing done. Thanks to some fellow bloggers I met at the #BerninaBloggerDays, I learned about Grainline patterns and I must say, I love them all! Shortly after our weekend end of March I bought some patterns in the Grainline online shop (they also offer PDFs to print). Amongst others, I ordered the Alder Shirtdress. A shirtless dress which comes in two variations. I decided to start with "View B" which features a shirt collar, breast pockets and a  gathered skirt on the side and the back of the dress. As Grainline is US based, all sizes and measurements in the pattern are made in inches.

I expected to struggle most with the measurements and the shirt collar. However, I was wrong. The measurements were no problem at all after I had calculated inch to cm. The shirt collar was tricky, but surprisingly I managed it, which makes me quite proud to be honest!

I still can't believe I managed this collar!

I still can't believe I managed this collar!

I struggled a lot with the binding for the button holes, I still don't really understand why. I used jeans fabric with stretch and somehow I seem to have pulled the binding too much while sewing. It looked horrible. After 3 attempts I finally made it. I then struggled even more with inserting the gathered skirt. Honestly I almost gave up. As my last hope I googled it, hoping to find instructions online. And guess what!? Grainline Studio published several sew along blog posts for the Alder Shirtdress (and several variations). Thanks to these (perfect) instructions with images, I managed to insert the dress easily. 

After a lot of frustration i finally managed it. Thanks Grainline Studios for the sew along!!

After a lot of frustration i finally managed it. Thanks Grainline Studios for the sew along!!

before all the trouble started

before all the trouble started

I love the dress and have already started with a variation "Alder as a Shirt" and definitely plan to sew more.

finished! Honestly I just love it

finished! Honestly I just love it