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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: Band Collar

    Note 05.31.19: We periodically go back through our posts to make updates. In 2014, we created a variation of our Alder Shirtdress pattern and gave it the title 'Alder Variation 01: Mandarin Collar'. In the 5 years that have passed, we've listened and learned a lot, from people of color and on our own, about [...] Continue Reading