July Make for MCBN: Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress Hack and Seamwork Weston Shorts

I love a simple button-up blouse. Especially if it has a cute print. I think they may very well be one of my "signature" styles. They're classy, simple, and I feel quite put together when I wear one instead of a t-shirt.

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Which makes July's Minerva Crafts Blogger Network project particularly appropriate! I hacked the Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress into an adorable top and I have worn it more times than I can count. It fits me beautifully and goes with so many things in my wardrobe. Plus, who doesn't like a good gingham print??

I literally finished this shirt the day before we left for our Chincoteague Island trip. I was determined to take it with me because it is absolutely perfect for all the warm weather we've been having. The fabric is lovely and lightweight and it's sleeveless. Checks all the boxes for me!

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The other project I made for this month is less of a success story. . . I made up a second pair of Seamwork Weston shorts. I gushed about my first attempt a bit in this post, and I was very ready to stitch up another version. Unfortunately, I didn't quite adjust the pattern enough for them to be comfortable. Even though I can't wear the shorts, I still learned a few things for my next variation.

You can read about the adjustments I did make to the shorts and how I hacked Alder into a shirt in my post over on the Minerva Crafts website.

And this pair will be given to my younger sister so they won't be completely wasted. πŸ˜‚ Hopefully, the next pair will be just right. After all, they say the third time's the charm!

-Emily