I was instantly drawn to the Alder Shirtdress as soon as it was released. I couldn’t get the chambray look out of my head though and I really did not want a chambray shirtdress (a little cliche at this point, I think…no offense). So, I took to my “clear my head and steal some design inspiration from the pros” site, Polyvore.
This skort is an exact dupe for Simplicity 1370. Don’t believe it can be that easy…look! The *only* think I would do is shorten it a bit. Maybe three inches or so. This skort hits the upper side of the mid-thigh while the pattern is truly mid-thigh. Test it out with some muslin so make sure everything is kosher on the back side. No leaky-cheeks, please!
And, because I want these project to be super simple for you, here’s the fabric you need. This faux leather is specifically made for apparel so the weight will be spot on.
This is a super easy design to replicate. It’s just an A-line skirt after all. (Note the details: waistband and hip zips) Quilted leather (the faux stuff) is pretty common online. I found it at Fabric.com for just $15/yard.
But, to make sure this stay classy and doesn’t look trashy, I wanted show you this pic, too:
You can really tell from this stock photo how exaggerated the A-line is. This is critical to keep it from looking too tight in the wrong places. It should be more of a bell where the apex is hanging from your hips.
I can’t tell which is cuter…the front or the back.
As for making it myself, I’m thinking a shirt dress as a base (obvs), then some oxford shirt sleeves connected with a self-drafted panel for the layering effect. For the back, I have a pattern with a similar draped panels and cut out. Skirt is just a pencil skirt.
Looks to be relatively straight forward to sew as well. Draft sleeve in self fabric and lining. Sew the two together. Finish the armcye of the bodice like a tank (with lining I presume), snip to seam allowance a few inches up from the side seam, attach prepared sleeve like any other sleeve. You following me?
I’m picturing a boxy top instead of a trumpet skirt dress…keeping the sheer back, though, def!
I have numerous resources for fantastic fashion online…pinterest, celebrity gossip sites, fashion blogs, and my Instagram feed to name a few. Undoubtably, I see something truly fabulous and think “I can make that.” So I do. I have a few tips and tricks for ID’ing the details of that garment to ensure you have a perfect match that’s undetectably DIY to the naked eye.