• An Alder for All Seasons

    Pattern: Alder Shirtdress Fabric: Feral Childe Thieves Linen/Tencel Mods: None, cut a straight size 4It’s that time of year where fall is rapidly approaching but summer just hasn’t given up quite yet. Over the past week I’ve worn both sweaters and shorts so with this change of seasons in mind I thought I’d present my […]

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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 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 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 4: Cutting Your Alder

    Today we’re going to be cutting our fabric. I know this post is a little late in the day but there was a bit of a laptop charger malfunction that needed to be remedied. Anyway we’re back and it’s time to cut! First off you’re going to want to press your fabric so that it’s nice […]

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  • Alder Shirtdress Version 1: Dark Denim

    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 […]

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