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.

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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.

I used 2 different sizes larger for the bust and smaller for the waist/hips. I think this is the type of dress you can really accessorize to dress it up or down to create whatever “style” you are going for.

Great as all Grainline patterns are - clear instructions, accurate marking, and great tutorials online.

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.