Alder Shirtdress by Grainline Studio

A relaxed, sleeveless shirtdress with bust darts, pockets, and optional gathered skirt.

Pattern: Alder Shirtdress
Designer: Grainline Studio
Categories: Knee Length Dresses, Shift Dresses, Shirt Dresses
Difficulty: Intermediate
Recommended Fabrics: Chambray, Crêpe de Chine, Flannel, Linen, Poplin, Shirting
required fabric: 2 to 31/4 yards
Sizes: 0 - 18
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For hot summer days, the Alder Shirtdress sewing pattern by Grainline Studio is essential to keep cool. This sleeveless shirtdress features bust darts and pockets. View B features a unique gathered skirt design at the sides and back of the dress. Sew your Alder in a breezy linen and pair it with strappy sandals.

Pattern Previews

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Pattern Details

Intended Paper Size: Letter (8.5in x 11in) or A4 (21cm x 29.7cm)
Number of Files Included: 5
Total Number of Pages: 51
Copy Shop Version Included: Yes
Pattern uses layers to select size: No

Pattern Size Chart (inches)

Bust32333435363738 1/2404244
Waist25262728293031 1/2333537
Hip35363738394041 1/2434547

Finished Garment Measurements (inches)

Bust33 1/434 1/435 1/436 1/437 1/438 1/439 3/441 1/443 1/445 1/4
Waist (View A)35 1/436 1/437 1/438 1/439 1/440 1/441 3/443 1/445 1/447 1/4
Waist (View B)33 1/434 1/435 1/436 1/437 1/438 1/439 3/441 1/443 1/445 1/4
Hip (View A)40 1/241 1/242 1/443 1/444 1/445 1/44748 1/250 1/252 1/2

Fabric Required (yards)

View A (45" Wide)2 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/42 3/42 3/42 3/42 3/4
View A (54" Wide)2222222 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/4
View B (45" Wide)2 3/42 3/42 3/42 3/42 3/42 3/43 1/43 1/43 1/43 1/4
View B (54" Wide)2 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/42 1/22 1/22 1/22 1/2

Recommended Fabrics

Required Sewing Techniques

Required Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • Fabric Scissors

Optional Tools

  • Serger
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Seam Gauge
  • Tailor's Chalk

Required Supplies

  • Buttons
  • Interfacing
  • Thread
  • Universal Needle

Optional Supplies

  • Bias Tape

Additional Notes

This pattern (both paper and digital formats) includes all pattern pieces and instructions with illustrations.

Love the pattern, this is one of three that I have finished and I have another that is partially constructed!

love this pattern, I've made it many times :-) It's great for a flannel fabric.

The instructions and illustrations were easy to understand.

I really enjoyed making this pattern—the instructions were clear and the sewalong available on Grainline's website was helpful clarifying any questions I had. My only complaint is the armholes—they just seemed really large to me; I will definitely make alterations in that area on future makes. Overall a super comfortable, versatile dress!

I liked this pattern a lot, but Grainline patterns always turn out surprisingly big for me. I had to make some changes because I seem to have a much shorter torso than the average person. I'd definitely use this pattern again.

Great pattern. Instructions were very clear, and sizing spot on. If I were to make this version again, I might eliminate a bit of the fullness through the bodice back edge. It's plenty roomy.

Lovely pattern!

It really is the perfect shirt dress pattern.

Great pattern for a first time shirt maker to focus on the collar and button band construction with out the added steps of sleeves and cuffs.

I made no alterations. I cut the size 8 in all pieces, except I cut the hem using the longest length printed as I am 5'9". You do a technique similar to one used in the Morris Blazer collar application when you add the bum ruffle! And it works out really well. I am absolutely planning to make more!!!

The online sew a long was my savior!

Clear construction instructions. Would totally recommend this pattern.

It was easy to follow and sew up. I only had a bit of difficulty following the drawings/instructions for the collar.