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Aleks' Alder Dress


Aleks wearing a sundress in front of a green picket fence.

Pattern: Alder Shirt Dress by Grainline Studio
Fabric: Windham Fabric Patchwork Circles, 100% Cotton, 42-43” wide, $12.50 per yard
Notions: Italian buttons, 28mm, interfacing, thread

Detail photograph showing buttons on a dress.  They are black 28mm buttons.

I fell in love with this Patchwork Circles fabric the moment I lifted it out of the box it arrived in. The color, the background patterns that evoked movement and flow, with the large dark circles creating an overlay of rhythm and stability. My inner architect was so happy.

Aleks wearing a sundress walking down the city sidewalk with green trees surrounding her.

I knew I wanted to make something out of it – something that really showcased the fabric. I perused the patterns in the store and came across the Alder Shirt Dress pattern by Grain Line Studios. The simplicity of this design would be perfect, not to mention super comfortable!

Aleks smiling and looking at the camera in front of a green picket fence.

I absolutely love how the dress turned out! Absolutely wonderful for the summer.

Aleks wearing a sun dress in front of a light grey wall, looking at the camera smiling.

I mentioned in my last project, the 101 Trousers, that I hadn’t made clothes for myself in a very long time. You know, it’s like riding a bicycle! And I’m so excited to see where the ride takes me.

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