Cool for the summer
It's getting hot, y'all.
We had really, really pleasant weather this winter (sorry, northerners). But it looks like it's over. All of a sudden we're back in the 80s, and I assume the humidity is not far behind. So it's time for me to focus on summer clothes. And like I mentioned on the post about my last Alder, it is the perfect pattern for hot summers.
I bought this fabric at my favorite fabric store last summer. It's seersucker in a pretty navy with a lovely print of little apples. Although fruit prints are totally in right now, this is actually a vintage fabric. They only had about 1 3/4 yards of this left, and I snapped it up.
Because of fabric limitations, I knew I was looking at a sleeveless or short sleeved blouse. But I wanted something with a little interest. This fabric deserves it! So I decided to shorten the Alder dress into a top. I also made it a v-neck as I didn't have enough fabric for a collar and stand. I didn't even have enough for pockets! I ended up having to piece the inside yoke together from two pieces and used another fabric for the armhole binding too. This was some serious pattern puzzling.
I wanted to exaggerate the high-low hem on the Alder a bit. It turned out that I exaggerated it a little TOO much, as I ended up chopping about 4-5 inches off the back once I tried it on. It's still a big difference, but the before was almost costumey.
I. Love. This. Shirt. This is my favorite thing I've made in a while. Alder is such a fun pattern to sew. I love doing the back yoke, I love turning the corner on the gathered section, I love the button bands. It's just an all around great pattern. I finished this one up on Friday afternoon, and I've worn it 3 times in the last 4 days. So I'd say it's a success!
Project: Apple Seersucker Alder Blouse
Pattern: Grainline Alder
Fabric: vintage seersucker print