What’s up, Buttercup?
Yes, I’ve been influenced by all the bright yellow dresses this summer. But mine is mellow yellow Buttercup Brussels Washer Linen from Fabric.com.
I’ve been planning this variation of the Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress for months. I love the pattern, but I’m not fond of collars. And, lately, I like sleeves when I go out (it’s that upper arm business 🙂
Both have lots of info and pictures, and my draft worked perfectly on my first attempt!
- My basic Alder pattern, View A, is size 10, with only two changes: adding 2.5″ to the length (I’m 5’7″) and drafting both fronts without an attached button band.
- Jen uses self-fabric binding to finish her v-neck. I like a little more finish and weight on this neckline, so I drafted facings for the front and back. Cut at 2″ wide, they finish at the same width as the cut-on front facing.
- The pretty short sleeve from Allie Olson’s Highlands Wrap Dress fits my armscye like a charm.
- I love the shirttail hem on this dress! Making it simple, I serged my hem edges and turned them twice for a nice clean finish. Your best buddies for dealing with a curved hem are your steam iron and patience 🙂
- My dress goes over my head easily, so I made the buttonholes but sewed the buttons on top and through both fronts. I’ve found that a buttonhole with rounded ends works really well with loose weaves, but I always practice first to find the best settings for the presser foot pressure and upper thread tension.
- About this fabric, which is 55% linen and 45% rayon. It’s wonderful to sew and to wear, and it has the characteristic rumple of linen without the wrinkles. But it will lint and shrink. I serge the cut ends of the yardage and wash/dry it at least two times before I use it. To convince doubters, this mound of lint is from 8 yards of fabric after two cycles!
Simply irresistible. Ciao! Coco