Handmade Wardrobe // Alder Shirtdress

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Hey friends. The dust is settling at the store leaving me a little more time to get documenting my makes. Today's post has two garments in one! My Alder Shirtdress made with this amazing Art Gallery Fabrics 'Make & Pin' cotton, and my very first knit cardi, the 'Miette' by Andi Satterlund.

So Miette first. I made this as the knit version of a toile (muslin) with really inexpensive green acrylic yarn to test the yarn substitution (yarn sub on my first cardi project -why not?!). It's a little more lightweight than the yarn suggested so I made the largest size based upon the gauge which worked a treat! I should however have factored in a few extra rows to add some length. A note for next time!




I used some vintage buttons lurking in my stash. Side note, this shade of green is seemingly IMPOSSIBLE to photograph accurately coming out differently in just about every picture. Funtimes! I have to say, dodgy cheap yarn aside I'm thrilled that this turned out so wearable and have my second ready to cast on in a lovely yellow cotton blend.

So Alder, I love it! The prim little collar is just adorable. Fit wise, I made a few adjustments. I had to take a whopping 3cm tuck out of shoulder area across the upperbust and upper back as the armholes and bust dart were hitting pretty low. I also pinched out a little excess fulless at the back waist but that was about it.

I found some great grey / white tortoiseshell buttons which blend in really nicely with the fabric. Sadly this is now out of print so what's left in the webstore is it people! Get in quick if you want the last couple of metres! I have managed to get my mitts on the voile version which is also delicious.



The construction went swimmingly. It's not a beginner pattern due to a few slightly fiddly element such as the collar stand but if you've tackled a few intermediate projects already then it was a really enjoyable make. I even resisted the snap temptation and went for buttons as I felt that in this instance I'd be failing at the last hurdle. This dress deserved 9 buttonholes!

Next time I think I'd look for something with just a shade more drape as the skirt stands quite proud but I just could not resist this amazing fabric! Have you made an Alder? ...tempted?

I'm off to meet some new folk at a knitting gathering! If you're local to Bristol and want to come along get in touch via social media for the full details. Happy sewing! x

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  1. They both look amazing! The fabric and yarn go really well together; the green looks ace whether photographing well or not. And basically, your Miette makes me want to learn to knit. I've not made an Alder and not sure I have the best body shape with my derriere and all but could wear it with a belt I suppose.

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  2. This is lovely! I love the fabric - if I wasn't totally skint, I would buy some myself! And basically make a copy of your Alder. I'm planning to buy the Alder with a voucher I've got, ready for when we get another week of Summer like the week of the meet-up!

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