As I mentioned in yesterday’s post I’ve made about a million (okay 7 in actual fabric) Alders so far. I wanted to post a little about some of them so you can get a feel for how the pattern acts with different fabrics if you’re looking at fabrics for one of your own. This pattern is unusually versatile in regards to fabric selection and when reading the recommended fabrics on the pattern you might be thinking, really Jen? Denim, chambray, quilting cotton, and silk crepe de chine? I promise you it’s all true and you know I try to never ever steer you wrong!
Up first is this 6.5oz denim from Robert Kauffman. I know people are really in love with chambray (believe me I have one planned in this fabric) but I also love how the Alder looks with a bit of a heavier fabric with some body to it.
I went back and forth between using topstitching thread and regular thread for this dress and ultimately decided on regular thread. I found the topstitching thread to be a little more bulky than needed and stood out a little too much for my taste on this fabric.
This version is super easy to wear around like you would jeans and a tee shirt, but easier because it’s only one piece! I’ve been clogging it up with this version pretty hard, for some unknown reason I feel like these shoes were made for this dress and I have to wear them together at all times. Do you guys ever get like that with pairing things? Could be just a weird Jen tic…
This photo is just for giggles, I think I might need to go to a posing class. I feel like I never know what to do with my arms and basically I talk to Jon the ENTIRE time he’s taking my photo. Poor guy. I’ll be back tomorrow with another version…stay tuned, and if you need to grab yourself a copy of the Alder Shirtdress, you can do that here!