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How We Wear It: The Alder Skirt by Imagine Gnats

By Allie

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Today’s How We Wear It post has been a long time coming and is one that I’m so excited to share with you! Life has been getting hectic, and this post has been in the back of my mind on an almost constant basis. I’m not sure why it’s stuck with me for so long. Maybe it’s because I love this skirt more than any other skirt in my closet right now. Maybe it’s because I just love Rachael from Imagine Gnats and the patterns she creates. It might be because sometimes it’s more fun to throw on a cute skirt and take photos, than talking about thread and presser feet. But only sometimes.

The Alder Skirt from Imagine Gnats is a killer pattern. This a-line skirt has two adorable front pockets that sit nice and flat against your abdomen. The center front pleat adds some visual interest, while the elastic back waistband makes this one of the comfiest skirt patterns in our shop. What I love most about this skirt is that there aren’t any finicky zippers to deal with. Thank you, Rachael. Thank you.

Alder Skirt Front and Back | Indiesew Blog

I sewed my Alder Skirt in a dark turquoise twill and modified the skirt a bit to fit my body shape. Because I’m pear shaped, I find that high-waisted skirts complement my figure more than a skirt that sits low on my waist. I decided to size down two sizes in the pattern and the fit is absolutely perfect. I was worried, though, that sizing down that much would require me to insert a zipper. But lucky me, I inadvertently chose a fabric with a ton of stretch. Enough stretch, in fact, that I can easily slide my Alder Skirt up over my hips with no problem!

So how do I wear my Alder? Happy you asked. This summer, it’s been all tank tops, all the time. I pair my skirt with a tight-fitting tank tucked in. I usually throw on a light-weight scarf to cover up a low neckline. This is my go-to outfit on hot days.

Alder Skirt with Tank Top and Scarf | How We Wear It

But this skirt is going to transition into fall perfectly! When the temps cool down, I’ll be wearing my Alder Skirt with a button-up shirt, half tucked into the front of the skirt. While still casual, this outfit can easily work for a lunch meeting or sewing all day. When the temperatures really dip, put on a pair of tights and ankle boots and you'll be turning heads wherever you go.

Alder Skirt with Button Up Shirt | Blog

What’s so great about this pattern is that it’s so easy to modify. Indiesew user, April, added flat piping to the front seams of her skirt for a little touch of contrast on her Alder Skirt creation. Have you made this pattern? We want to see it! Upload your creation and share some inspiration with the sewing world.

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