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  • The Alder as a Tunic or Shirt

    Around this time of year we get a lot of emails enquiring how to convert the Archer into a sleeveless shirt. We have a tutorial here but one thing to note is that since the Archer is both slightly oversized and drafted for sleeves, it will never be fitted in the armholes the same way […]

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  • Archer + Alder Variation

    Today I have for you the long awaited Archer + Alder variation! I was hoping to get some photos of it on but the weather here in Chicago has not been cooperating at all so here we have it on a form in the studio. Modeled photos to come but for now, click below to […]

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  • Alder V-Neck Variation

    Today I’ll be showing you how to convert the neckline of the Alder Shirtdress from a collared button up in to a collarless v-neck. For this variation you can disregard the pattern pieces for the upper collar, under collar, and collar stand. This is another image heavy post since I’m doing the pattern alteration and […]

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  • French Seams on Right Angles

    I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to work French seams on the waistline seam of the Alder Shirtdress. Here’s a little tutorial to show you how to make this happen. This tutorial assumes that you already know how to make French seams so if you need a refresher you can check out our […]

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  • Alder Sew Along: Alder as a Shirt

    Today I wanted to show you guys how easy it is to turn the Alder Shirtdress into an Alder Shirt! I’m showing View B here but you can do the same thing with view A for a more classic sleeveless button up. Start by deciding how long you want the shirt to be. If you’ve […]

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  • Alder Variation 01: Mandarin Collar

    Today’s Alder Shirtdress variation is an easy one, the Mandarin Collar. You don’t need any extra pattern pieces, in fact you need less. The mandarin collar is actually just the collar stand without the addition of the collar. Start by fusing the wrong side side of one of the collar stands. With right sides together […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 13: Buttons and Buttonholes

    Today is the last step in the Alder Sew Along, aside from variations. Start by laying the right button band out flat. You’ll be inserting the buttonholes into this side. The measurements I’m using here are the same as on the pattern but feel free to use your own placement. Begin by marking the top of […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 12: Hem

    Today’s a quick post…the hem. Before you begin, line up the front button bands of your dress to make sure they both ended up the same length and adjust accordingly. Fold the hem up 1/4″ and press. Fold up 1/4″ again and press. Pin in place if you like. Head over to your machine and […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 11: Armhole Binding

    Today in the Alder Sew Along we’re binding armholes. To follow along click below! Begin by sewing the two ends of each bias armhole strip together at 1/4,” then press the seam open. Pin a bias strip around the armhole of the dress. Stitch around the armhole at 1/4″ Grade the seam allowance by trimming […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 10: Attaching the Collar

    Today we’ll be assembling and attaching the collar. This post is extremely photo heavy, about 32 photos, so if you’re here for the sew along, click below. If not browse on! Begin by interfacing the upper collar and one of the collar stand pieces. If you’re using fusible interfacing follow the instructions included with your fusible, […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 09: Side Seams and Skirts

    Today we’re going to be sewing together the side seams & skirts of both View A & View B. We’ll start with view A because that’s the easier one. Begin by placing the front and back with right sides together matching up the edges and notch of the side seam. Stitch along this seam. From there […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 8: Yoke Method 2

    This second method of attaching a yoke is also known as the burrito method because everything gets rolled up inside the yokes like a burrito. To start, sew the outer yoke to the dress back at a 1/4″ seam allowance with right sides facing. Flip the dress over and attach the inside yoke with the […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 7: Yoke Method 1

    This is the first method you can use to attach your yoke, and the method described in your pattern instructions. To start, select one yoke piece to be the outer yoke, and another to be the inner. It doesn’t matter which you choose for which so if you’re using a print, I’d suggest picking the […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Part 06: Darts and Pockets

    The darts and the pockets on the Alder go hand in hand, since the pocket is placed directly on top of the dart, so today we’ll be covering both. Starting with the dart, fold the fabric over with right sides facing so that both dart leg notches match and the apex of the dart is […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Part 5: Assembling Your Button Bands

    We’ll start with the left front button band. Begin by placing your fusible 1″ from the edge (between the two fold notches) on the wrong side of the fabric. Fuse the interfacing to the fabric using the instructions included with your interfacing. Don’t forget to use a press cloth to avoid getting glue on your […]

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