Hey! I’m so excited to show you my lovely new Grainline Alder Shirtdress!
It’s made using some silk I recently dyed when I also dyed using shibori techinques. I actually wasn’t planning on dyeing this fabric, but then I was dyeing my shibori dyed silk and fancied shoving some more in (Yes, that’s a technical term ), but this time I wanted it to look dip-dye. I prepared the fabric in the same way as I did before , prepared the acid dye, and then….. hung it from a hanger while I let some of it fall into the pot.
I boiled up the dye for nearly an hour and can’t quite believe that the silk hasn’t shrunk – the part that isn’t dyed it exactly the same width. Considering the high temperatures the silk was in, I was very surprised!
The dye hasn’t seeped/spread up the fabric like I imagine it would had I used procion dyes, or Dylan dyes. But I like the uneven effect it’s given it, which is more or less just due to where I put the fabric in the dye solution.
I had no idea what to do with this gorgeous fabric once it was done, but then I saw the new Grainline Alder Shirtdress and I knew they would look good together!
Naturally I had to make some changes in the length of the dress. I think I added on about 2 or 3 inches overall, and I reckon it’s a perfectly respectable length now. I made up a size 6, thinking that it would fit my bust ok, but it’s a little bit too tight…. I really do have to just bite the bullet and learn how to do a FBA! Annoyingly there is enough ease in the dress for my bust, but some is at the back – where I don’t need it. I should have added in more ease to the front of the dress. Having said that, It looks fine with a top underneath, and I was unlikely to ever really wear it done up fully so no real problem.
The Grainline pattern and instructions where easy to follow and the whole project was like a dream. If you’d like some extra help there’s a sewalong going on at Grainline at the moment! It was really enjoyable to sew something slightly more complex again, I feel I’ve been sewing a lot of basics recently.
I really love the dip dye effect, and so added on a dip dye pocket too! Although working with this silk was a little tricky – it was soooo slippy, so the pocket is not sewn on perfectly but I’m happy with it. The slippyness of the fabric worried me so I took my time to make this one perfectly. I’m so pleased with the outcome, the sewing is all straight and I even made my own silk bias binding which I was not expecting to go in as easily as it did. This being made of silk I could only sew french seams, the fabric almost demands it! When I’m not sewing things together quickly with my overlocker this is my preferred way of sewing seams, it just looks so much more sleek. Overall? Chuffed!
I found it difficult to decide which thread to use for all the topstiching, seeing as the dress goes from white to black. I originally sewed it all in white, including the buttons holes, but I really didn’t like the look. So I went out and bought a fabric pen and blacked out all the white stitching. It think it’s pretty successful – it’s managed to hide the white and I don’t have ugly sections where I’ve had to change the thread. I did a similar thing with the buttons and started with white buttons at the top and changed to black buttons at the bottom. Thanks to everyone on instagram who helped me with that conundrum! It’s looks much cleaner this way! Although next time I’m buying smaller buttons, I always go too big!!
So, opinions? My husband thinks it’s a bit too ‘art teacher’, I’m hoping you disagree??
Also, how much do you love my shoes? I’m in LOVE! Far too tall to wear, far to beautiful not to wear!