• Sew & Tell | Melissa Kronlage of Craft Rambler

    Melissa made this Alder back in October and we think it’s just the perfect Alder for colder weather. The chambray and flannel are so cool together and I’m loving how Melissa styled the dress. Name  Melissa Kronlage Where can we find you online? Craft Rambler Link to your post about this project Flannel Alder Shirtdress […]

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  • 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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  • Sew & Tell | Bella of Bellbird

    Even though it’s mid-summer, it’s not too late to sew up an Alder. I just finished one a couple weeks ago before a trip to California and wore it a lot. It’s an easy, breezy, unfussy summer dress. Here at Grainline Studio, we have wide eyes for this amazing fabric Bella chose for one of […]

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  • Sewn: Black + White Sleeved Alder

    Pattern: Alder Shirtdress View A with sleeves from the Archer Button Up Pattern Tutorial: Archer + Alder Variation Fabric: Carolina Gingham 1″ from Robert Kaufman Shoes: Rachel Comey Penpals (cause someone always asks about the shoes) I posted the tutorial on this dress last Friday but since the weather has been a bit rainy here […]

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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 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 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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  • 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 Sew Along Part 03: Specific Fit Adjustments

    Today I have a few specific fit adjustments for you, lengthening and shortening the pattern, moving darts, and a full bust adjustment. For all of these images you can click for the full sized view. First up is lengthening and shortening the dress. I'll be showing the skirt here. 1. Start by locating the pattern […]

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