Alder Shirtdress With Pleats Is Blooming~

July 26, 2019 0 Comments

Dear Diary~

Just a real quick post to say “Almost there!” A few more days and the Pleated Alder Shirtdress will be done. It’s really taking shape, and I have had the most fun with this dressmaking project! Loved every minute of it. Even the seams that seemed a little too wonky for me that were ripped out and sewn again. This has been pure pleasure.

The yoke. I know I say this every time, but boy howdy…I do love this fabric combination. It is just nice and quiet and peaceful to look at. One is supposed to be out on the patio sippin’ a cup of tea and surfing the interwebs in this dress, I should think. That sounds a bit pretentious but when you’re constructing a garment, you do think about wearing it out and about and imagine yourself in different scenarios. This dress makes me think of being quiet and still. Who knows why?

Line of stitching 1.5”  at the top of the pleats. Because that’s what all the videos show so I did it, too. I just can’t articulate the technical reason for it yet. ~I glance over at the growing stack of vintage tailoring/dressmaking books acquired from eBay, lovingly waiting for me on my nightstand, to do me a knowledge.~

Bodice done, attaching the skirt with a basting stitch to check for errors.

And it’s attached. I will take close up pics of where the side pleat panel attaches to the front of the dress. It was something to get that to attach right, but that’s a post in itself which I’ll do tonight because, important.

The back. I tried it on and wow…I REALLY dropped that waist. But it works! It has a sweet vintage 1920s feel to it, as the waist is dropped to hip level, and especially with the pleats. Old School. When I saw it on, it made me happy! REALLY happy! I didn’t spend too much time analyzing the longer skirt, but my first glance impression was that I liked that, too. I may just keep the length, we’ll see.

Close up detail of the topstitching. The serged seam topstitched to the bodice so as not to disturb the pleats.

Just a close up of the little pockets and yoke.

Today I’ll get the button band and collar on and probably have time to bind the armscyes. I left the dress hanging last night. I doubt I’ll get to the hemming today and I’ll let it hang overnight again.

So far, this has been a great project. Just superb. 


Jyps 🦋


P.S. By the way…I freaking hate Pinterest and Instagram. Hate them.

July 30, 2019

Jypsea Rose