Alder Shirtdress Versions 3 & 4: Printed Silk
Today we have both of the silk versions of the Alder Shirtdress. This first one is made in a woven silk with a bit of body which I think holds the gathers really nicely. A lot of people have asked me where I got this silk and I honestly can't really remember. I got it towards the beginning of last summer either at Emma One Sock or Gorgeous Fabrics, which though I'm not sure. I have a habit of buying good silk prints when I see them even if I don't have a specific project in mind because it's so hard to find silk prints that I like.
This Alder is my favorite of the 4 I think, I love the way the silk moves in combination with the ease of the pattern, and it's also a really light and airy combo for the heat and humidity we were having a bit back. I'd also really like to make one of these in black silk crepe de chine, I'd love to see the gathers in something a bit less structured than this silk.
Also this fabric, I wish I had at least 5 more yards, I kind of want to make everything in it! Why did I only buy 2 yards?! AHHH!! Major reverse fabric regret!
This silk crepe de chine I did get at Emma One Sock last summer, and I am so so into this print as well, it was another buy it with no purpose but I know I'll need it eventually purchase. So glad I did! I don't have a ton of pictures of this version because it was so windy out when we took these, the fabric is blurry in 98% of the images. Total bummer.
A few people have asked me about interfacing in regards to this dress with these two fabrics. In both cases I used a light weight woven interfacing, and on this crepe de chine version I fused the entire right front button band. I'll talk more about that during the sew along, and I'll also be posting a schedule for that soon. Promise! Also the shoes in the top photos are from Madewell, and the shoes in the bottom photos are from No. 6. I got a lot of emails asking so I'll just post that here now.