A while ago when the Grainline Alder dress first came out I down loaded it, assembled it, took flat measurements, fiddled with it..then put it away. I think that was because I couldn't squeeze it out of my trial-run fabric or something. I got distracted with other things, as I tend to do.
Yesterday I finally pulled it out again along with this piece of stash batik print cotton and set to doing a quick Alder after half the blog world and then some had made it. I loved the Archer and this is so similar, especially to my altered Archer My Archer ;)
I cut a 14 and found it too roomy then took the sides in to a 12. It is still loose, but in a good way. It has a nice swing.
There were not many alterations, mainly a sway back adjustment and shortening the length by 5 cm and an extra 2 cm off the dip off the shirt tail. My body naturally does the high low thing so I'm carefull not to accentuate it.
I added 1 cm to the outline of the pockets as they are tiny. Yes my dress has the patch pockets but due to the busy print they don't show. Speaking of pockets this dress is screaming for pockets in the side seams.
I found the armholes go a little low and when I attached the self bias to the armholes I was careful not to trim any of the seam allowance of the armscye when turning down the binding and stitching it in place. If I make the dress again I will raise the armscye by 1 cm but go in a little bit at the top of the shoulder instead.
BTW if I hadn't taken in the sides of the dress by 2cm down the complete side seam the armhole would have possibly been to big to fix and that is the one thing I would be wary of in regard to this pattern.
Stylistically I guess the mannish armhole adds to the 'I chopped the arms off my boyfriends shirt' effect and it does not seen to be an issue in smaller sizes but just check! Measure your arm from shoulder bone to armpit and compare to the flat pattern armhole.
In spite of what sounds like a lot of complaining I have a feeling this may become my new favourite hot weather dress..
My next dilemma - will my zebra rayon become another variation of the Alder with gathers or does it want to be a Style Arc Lola ? Decisions, decisions.
*Actually I am wondering if the Alder with side gathers will a) be wrong for my body or b) be too .. ah.. young for me? Thoughts on this welcome. I don't want to be mutton dressed as zebra with frills :)