Rifle Paper Ranunculus: Grainline Studio Alder Shirt Dress
Hi Ya'll! I hope you're enjoying the new Little Lamb Blog. I''m hoping it will be more pleasing to look at, and encourage me to post my makes more often. It's not like I'm not making, It's just hard to photograph it all nicely. That being said, Sam helped me find a better remote shutter for my camera, so I don't constantly rely on him to take all my photos. I did read on Ally J's blog that she rewards her husband with a beer per outfit shot, and i'm considering adapting this relationship.
After I finished with Sewn Seeds this year, I was chomping at the bit to make something for myself. I've been wanting to make the Alder Shirt Dress by Grainline Studio for literally years. My good friend and the woman who got me back into sewing Derya showed it to me when we both worked at Purl Soho in 2015 and I specifically remember her telling me "This would look nice on you. It's not super twee, even though I know you're very twee."
This remark is actually something I've been thinking about a lot lately as I reexamine my wardrobe and transition into the next phase of my style. I'm exhausted when I think of all the party dresses I sewed for years without every making any basics. I was twee as hell, and I loved it. However, I feel like I've grown out of my kitchy cute ways. I want people to see me as a facetted person, not just a shocking person. Not just a girl with pink hair and pineapple party dresses. This feels a little bit like selling out, but nothing beats the feeling of making something that you know you'll wear two or three times a week.
That being said, this dress is pretty twee. I can't help it, I'm a rifle paper fan girl. I plan on making at least two more versions of this dress in some more neutral chambray and seersucker.
As for alterations, this is dress was really the straw that broke the camel's back when it came to making patterns without a full bust adjustment. The dress fits great, but theres just a bit of gaping in the bust, which I solved easily by putting snaps in-between the buttons on the button band. But really, I'm tired of temporary costume solutions to a bigger problem. I'm hoping by mastering the FBA I can have better fitting garments in both the bust and the waist, both of which have been bothering me lately. I'm a 38 DDD with a small waist for a size 14, so my dress making has felt very frustrating lately now that I'm committed to making wearable clothes.
Other than the *predictable* bust issues, I'm in love with the pattern and the dress. It's wearable, comfy, and makes me happy wherever I wear it. You can pop a belt on it or wear without, and the sleeveless style makes transitioning from winter to spring super easy with a cardigan. I'm still not 100% sold on the cornflower blue, even though I get a lot of compliments on it with my coloring. I have two yards of the red rifle paper crepe and it's feeling much more my speed.
I saw these perfectly colored ranunculus in the shop and I couldn't resist making a little hair accessory to go with the dress. Just a little seeded eucalyptus and the pink ranunculus make a dainty touch, don't you think?
Well, I hope you guys like the new blog. I'm really liking the format, and hope you guys are enjoying the new look. Let me know what's on your summer to-make list, because mine is getting a little intense.