This summer I sewed the Alder Shirtdress from Grainline Studio in a soft chambray cotton with white contrast stitching. It ended up being my favorite dress of the summer. Now I am beginning to think of my wardrobe for a trip down south, and it was the first thing I pulled out of my closet. (I live in the northeast of the United States where it is pretty cold right now.)
The pattern sews together very nicely and the directions are very easy to follow.
I made several pattern adjustments. I shortened the bodice in the armhole area, as the armhole was too deep for my short stature frame. I also needed to do a full bust adjustment which was pretty easy to do in the View B version because of the waistline seam.
I added pockets in the side seams.
The pattern is easy to adjust to your body shape – adjust the ease for personal taste, lengthen or shorten in both the bodice and skirt, and as mentioned above a FBA or SBA is easy to do in View B.
I also think this design would be pretty in a more translucent or sheer fabric with a slip dress underneath. It works for any cotton or linen for summer.
The design is flowy and easy to wear. I definitely recommend this pattern and look forward to sewing it again soon in another fabric. If you are interested in buying the pattern simply go to http://shop.grainlinestudio.com/collections/all/products/alder-shirtdress to find out more.