Is it spring yet?

After the coldest week in decades in much of eastern Australia I'm sure I'm not the only one looking forward to spring. I was thrilled to receive in the post tonight from Helene at Stitch 56 my very own copy of a certain brand new shirtdress pattern that will be just perfect to start building my spring and summer wardrobe.......

Which brings me to her competition - the Alder Dress Competition - guys this is the easiest competition ever - either post your finished Alder or a mood-board summary of styling ideas for your future Alder over on the Flickr page before the end of August for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

Of course I'm not allowed to enter, but to show how easy it is to win your own copy of this pattern I whipped up some ideas in my Fashionary. Because I've never made a Grainline pattern before (an outrage, I know) I will be making a toile, and I thought making up a shorter shirt version would be pretty quick and easy and a good way to test the fit through my upper body. I'll be recycling some basic printed polkadot cotton I rediscovered on weekend (it used to be a circle skirt that I wore to my 50's themed 30th birthday just a few years ago!). Hopefully it will still look nice and 50's (rather than Minnie Mouse!). Once I'm happy with my fit I'll be making view A in a lovely mid blue lightweight denim and pearl buttons that I know will look great with a tan belt and my pard flats. And finally I've been hoarding a gorgeous navy seersucker printed with apples for well over 18 months - it's always been destined for a shirt dress, and I've never quite found the right pattern. I thought I might try extending the shoulders slightly for a more vintage feel, and it will look perfect with a red buttons, and a red belt and sandals.



What's your favourite shirt dress pattern?





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  1. Oh my goodness I love that navy fabric with the spots!! I don't have a favourite shirt dress pattern yet but the Alder looks great doesnt it. So glad Jen is doing a version in the sewalong with sleeves :)

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    1. Isn't it amazing? They're apples! I found it at spotty ages ago and I literally squealed when I saw it! I think I love it more than the liberty in my stash - sacrilegious!

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  2. Despite my pattern pile and many UFO's I have been drooling over this pattern for spring / summer. I won't have time to enter the fabulous comp as I'll be overseas but I'll look forward to seeing yours. I have made up the Salme buttonless shirt dress which I would recommend.

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    1. Oh I love your salme dress - I think you started the chambray dress trend! So exciting regarding your trip. I cannot wait to see your photos!

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  3. As Kirsty said, that seersucker is amazing!

    Can't wait to see it!

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    1. Thist comment was me btw, i was signed in as an olg goolge account apparently

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  4. Ooh, I've been wondering about the Alder - I have some spotted chambray I've been hoarding while waiting for the perfect pattern! Funny - this weather's got me thinking warm weather sewing too...wishful thinking, I guess!

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    1. That'd look fantastic - I know it seems way too early for no sleeves but I just can't wait to make it!

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  5. Can’t wait to see your finshed Adler! … with red buttons and sandals … :D You’ve been consistently producing beautiful clothes … I expect nothing less from you!

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    1. What a sweet thing to say! Thankyou :)

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  6. That apple print seersucker is gorgeous!.Can't wait to see this made up. I just bought the pattern myself, am very excited about it.

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