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Alder Shirts in Jetty

In an effort to keep things upbeat and to continue sharing projects and inspiration, here’s a look at some recent favorites. An important garment go-to is the Grainline Alder. I love the Alder, because it is easy to wear and it works beautifully in quilting cotton. (Lawn is also a fantastic choice.) Usually garments get made last before a fabric release or quilting event, and so I tend to stick to something that I know will work. Here are two Alder shirts in Jetty.

I have to admit that this print is one I’ve used a LOT of from the collection. It shouldn’t be a surprise that I chose it to become a shirt. As a top, I like that it makes a crisp, white shirt, but with a bright and fun twist. The pale lemon color and the delicate-ness of the artwork makes me happy.

The second Alder top is made using the same design from Jetty but in a different colorway. Blue is a major comfort color for me. It goes with anything.

I guess I’m fairly predictable in what I make and wear. These tops are go-tos for me year round. Mix in a sweater when it’s cool or a pair of shorts when it’s warm. Easy does it.

Also, here’s a tip. When you’re crunched for time, but still want to wear the shirt, leave the armhole finishing for last and throw on a cardigan. I totally pulled this classy move at Quilt Market last October. Haha!

Pattern: Alder Shirtdress by Grainline (I chop off the length and made them tops.)

Fabric: Jetty

Want to see some other Alders? Obviously I can’t stop making this pattern. If you can believe it, there are still a few others that I don’t seem to have photos of.

In carkai (above and below)

Friedlander Lawn Alder Shirtdress . Carolyn Friedlander

In Friedlander Lawn

In a cute Japanese cat fabric

In a funky swatch fabric from Spoonflower

In lawn fabric by Liesl Gibson

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Mercer Tunic in Harriot.

Now that the weather is warming back up, I am very excited to make use of my new Mercer Tunic in Harriot. It is sooooo comfortable.

Mercer Tunic in Harriot . Carolyn Friedlander

The Mercer Tunic by Whitney Deal and I go back several years and many versions. It’s such a great top that I wear often!

Mercer Tunic in Harriot . Carolyn Friedlander

This yellow yarn-dyed woven was crying out to me to be a Mercer from the very beginning. This fabric is really soft and has a nice drape. (PS, if you aren’t a newsletter subscriber, here’s a link to last week’s mailing that includes a bit more about the different fabric weights in Harriot.)

Mercer Tunic in Harriot . Carolyn Friedlander

I make this pattern mostly as-is, but I’ve shortened the length just a bit. In previous versions, I’ve explored different lengths but this one seems to be my favorite.

Mercer Tunic in Harriot . Carolyn Friedlander

I always like picking a different fabric to use on the yoke lining as well as any bias tape facing for the neck and armholes. (Here’s how I generally do it.)  Using this method for the hem is also great, not only for the visual contrast, but also in any case where you’re ever tight on length. I wasn’t tight in the case of this top, but at other times when I might be pushing the boundaries of what I have, this hemming method is my go-to. Instead of multiple turns under, you only need the width of your seam allowance to attach the binding, before it all gets turned under.

Mercer Tunic in Harriot . Carolyn Friedlander

There we go, a new top!

Pattern: Mercer Tunic by Whitney Deal (and Moji Pants by Seamwork)

Fabric: Harriot (and Euclid for the pants)

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Harriot Wiksten Haoris.

Yes, plural. I made two Harriot Wiksten Haoris before Harriot was released into the world. I loved the first one I made so much, that I couldn’t NOT make a second. (And now I’m holding back urges to make more…at least for the time being anyway…)

Harriot Wiksten Haori

There are many good things to say about this pattern. First, it works so well with many different types of fabrics. I’ve seen it made up in silky, drapey stuff as well as heavier, sturdier linens–and it always works!


The meatier yarn dye in Harriot is very well suited for the Haori pattern. It has substance, texture and still a little bit of drape. Plus, I love the opportunity to play with the lining options.


Everything about the Haori is cozy. From the wide collar to the generous pockets…


And the shape is really nice.

Harriot Wiksten Haori

I made this blue one first. It is the Mid length, and I love it.

Harriot Wiksten Haori

Next, I just had to try the Short length.

Harriot Wiksten Haori

This version is in the sage-y green from Harriot with a little more flash in the lining.

Harriot Wiksten Haori

I have been wearing this one a lot. It’s a perfect layer for the Florida “winter” (if it cools off enough), and I wore it constantly last week when I was in Northern California.

Harriot Wiksten Haori

I didn’t make any modifications to either version, although I did opt for matching the collar that you see to the Main fabric (rather than having the lining show). I’m sure this depends on your personal preference and the fabric that you’re using. I also didn’t interface the collar as mentioned in the pattern. The thicker fabric from Harriot had all of the substance that I wanted, and so I ended up saving myself that step and those extra supplies.

If you have a serger and like using it, this is a great project for it. I serged the whole thing, except in places where you need to do some top stitching. The serger made it a fun and clean way to put it all together.

Harriot Wiksten Haori

I am such a fan.

pattern: Wiksten Haori (Mid and Short Lengths)

fabric: Harriot

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