Hello Internet friends!
Fall is officially here in the pacific north west, and while we still have a a few days of sunshine here and there there is a crisp chill in there air even when it’s sunny. Despite the chill I still haven’t fully switched over my summer wardrobe for my fall one (side note: does anyone else do this? pack away their summer clothes and pull out their winter ones? I find it great for creating closet space and it’s like re discovering your closet twice a year!) To make the transition from summer to fall a bit easier I’ve been re-styling some of my summer makes for colder weather.
Today I’ll be sharing a very summery make that I’ve transitioned into a winter wardrobe staple, my linen cropped Alder shirt! The Alder pattern is a sleeveless dresshirt pattern that I’ve made many times, both and without the bottom ruffle. I have had some bust fitting issues with this pattern (and most grain line patterns) so for this iteration I decided to do my ever so slight 5/8” FBA to stop any lower back pooling and it worked a treat!
I was inspired to recreate a shirt look I saw a lot over the summer, a stripped, linen tie front shirt. To get the ties at the front I simply cropped the dress where I wanted the length then drew a curved front hem shape to make front ties using the View A pieces. On the Grainline Studio blog they actually used the view B piece and had the crop portion be where the ruffle piece would have been, but I wanted the length to be a bit different so I went with the view A piece. For the back I simply ensured that the side seam lengths would match and made a straight hem.
I really like how this button up shirt turned out! I love the bold, asymmetric stripes and the fabric fees so nice to wear (fabric is from blackbird fabrics) :D I added some mirror buttons from arrow mountain which really add an extra bit of detail that, in my opinion, have lead to a lot of people asking if I got this from Madewell!
For the summer I mostly wore this as a slightly longer cropped top, I omitted buttoning the bottom button and simply tided the front in a lose knot. I typically styled it with my dark Lander shorts (which I haven’t blogged about yet, I guess they will have to wait until next year?)
For the fall I’ve switched up shorts for my fave pair of mid rise ginger jeans (I love how these have subtly faded over the last year!) and a warm wool cardigan in a very fall mustard-y colour. The pattern for this cardigan is reine from Brooklyn Tweed and knit in Harrisville highland yarn. I knit years and years ago and it’s still going strong! Since I don’t really like the front ties just danging but I don’t want as dramatic of a tie front for the fall, I button up all the buttons and do a very small tied knot so that the ties don’t look so weird on their own.
I’m hoping to get a few more good wears out of this top before it gets too cold. Do you guys have any summer makes that you are extending as long as possible into the fall? let me know in the comments :D