Pattern: Alder Shirtdress
Sew along with us as we walk you through making the Alder Shirtdress! In this sew-along you’ll learn basic pattern alterations for your Alder, how to sew bust darts, apply bias facings, construct and attach a shirt collar, insert buttons & buttonholes, and much more! Bonus pattern variations include a mandarin collar, v-neck, the Alder as a shirt, and to ways to combine the Alder & Archer together for a sleeved shirtdress.
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Alder Sew-Along Posts
In this post we sew up our side seams on View A and demo faux flat felled seams. View B can be intimidating due to the right angled seam, but we walk you through each step in depth.
This is easily the step that we hear people are most nervous about, but it’s not hard. Just follow our instructions one step after the other and you’ll have a perfect collar in no time.
Finishing the neckline and armholes with bias facings can be tedious and stressful. Here we walk you through our foolproof process with tips to ensure a perfect finish every time.
The last step, inserting your buttonholes and attaching your buttons! Measuring, marking, and insertion of the buttonholes and the attachment of the buttons are all covered here.
Alder Pattern Variations & Extras
If you’re attempting French seams on View B this tutorial is for you. We walk you through sewing French seams at the front skirt seam with ease. This tutorial is applicable to any right angled seam as well.
We get a lot of questions about whether or not the Archer sleeves can be sewn on the Alder, but unfortunately it’s not that easy. The Alder was drafted to be sleeveless which means it takes a bit of drafting to get the Archer sleeves to fit. We show you how to adjust your pattern here.
Variation 05: Alder + Archer v.02
Another method for combining the Alder + Archer. We start with the Archer body here and combine it with the Alder below the waist. This avoids the more complicated drafting necessary in our first tutorial.