Finished - Denim Alder shirtdress
It's quite outrageous that this is my first Grainline pattern ever! I've ogled and lurked the Grainline blog and pattern store for a couple of years now, admiring Jen's modern, simple aesthetic, and now I can finally join the legion of fans! It's beautifully drafted, and I'm very pleased with my first attempt.
I'm not sure about the loose silhouette on me. On a hot day I imagine it will be lovely and cool but as I tend to prefer my waist more defined I'll probably be wearing a belt with it a lot of the time.
For crazy reason I decided that white top stitching would be the perfect combination with this bright, 70's-style denim. My machine was quite well behaved, and apart from a few dicey spots on the collar I think it's not bad.
Construction-wise I changed the order slightly, only to make top stitching more efficient. I used the burrito method to enclose the yoke shoulder seams, which has just been covered by Jen over at the sew along over the weekend. I had used this method making my recent Sewloft Caroline shirt, and it's so tidy. I also used Andrea's fab collar tutorial, which makes so much more sense to me than standard collar construction.
My parents have recently been in France, and my mum brought this cute binding back as part of my gift cache (yes - even in my mid thirties I expect a gift when my parents go travelling, I'm a very mature person).
Do you think I need to add another button and buttonhole at the neck opening? I'm not sure. I'll never button it up to the neck but it kind of looks naked there. The buttons were a great (but random) find from junk store Dimmeys. They look like pearl snaps but are sew on buttons. I used this method for sewing on the buttons - I'm not shy to admit my previous button sewing technique did not result in buttons of longevity - this method is fantastic and those bad-boys will not be going anywhere!
The only fitting issue I have is in the lower back. I do have a fairly dramatic sway back, and I have a lot of excess fabric pooling there. I thought I'd be tricky and I added fish-eye darts from my Laurel-New Look 6808 mashup, but it didn't look good - they did the job of removing some excess fabric but there was some weird poofiness at the top of the darts at the point of my mid-back that did not look good. So my options for future makes are to continue to experiment with dart placement, or just add a centre back seam in the back piece and do a sway back adjustment there. I think this is probably the easiest option, and in a busy fabric the seam wouldn't be visible. In a plain fabric I'd probably just make a feature of it and top stitch it down. Thoughts? It might be sacrilegious but I'd also consider adding some elastic to this version, just in the back, to evenly gather the fabric under a belt......
It's still a little fresh to be wearing a sleeveless dress here in Melbourne, so this little pretty has gone into the wardrobe waiting for some sunny days. I'm really excited now to make this up again in my gorgeous apple fabric in another month or two! And I've a decent amount of leftover denim that will make the most perfect Beignet skirt. Win win!
Thanks to Helene, of Stitch 56, for gifting me this pattern - it's already a favourite!