Saturday, 23 January 2016

Grainline Archer Take Two


I may have had this fabric for over a year. It was bought to make this shirt, but it took me so long to cut it out! 

After the success of my first Archer shirt, I knew another one or two were required. It is a truly fabulous pattern. Collared shirts never used to be my thing, they irritated me. Over the last few years however that feeling has changed and now I really like wearing them. I feel a bit more pulled together.


I bought this fabric from Croft Mill. The colours were very me and I liked how there are tiny flecks of colour throughout the cloth. They are a bit hard to see in photos but scattered across the checks are tiny spots of yellow, red, green, and blue.


I did as much pattern matching as I could across the shirt. I was irked to find I didn't match the back yoke and lower back a bit better but it isn't going to ruin things for me. I seriously love this shirt and it is fitting into my wardrobe perfectly. I didn't realise it but I have a lot of greys, whites and blues in my drawer. Even my pinky purple long sleeved top makes a good matching layer underneath.


There are a multitude of different thread colours I could have used on this too.



I didn't alter anything on the pattern and the fit is spot on. I didn't want it to be too fitted as I often add a vest plus tee under shirts. I get cold easily!


Last time I made View B with the gathered back. This one is View A. I thought I had done something wrong when sewing the cuffs on this one. I had forgotten that the cuffs are slanted on this view and straight on the other one. I really like the slanted cuffs, they add a subtle detail which makes it unique. I love sewing my own clothes for that reason!


Hubby has a button down shirt from M&S which has a strip of twill tape sewn into the collar. I liked the look of it, so stole the idea. The contrast fabric is Kaufman Herringbone left over from another project. I used it on the inside of the yoke too.






7 comments:

  1. I love love LOVE shirts, I wear them everyday, I even love ironing them so you have won me.
    I have been eyeing off the Archer as a more relaxed, over shirt, I think I may have to give it a whirl.

    Your sewing is so professional Katy, this is a well made, elegant look.
    xx N

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    1. Thank you so much!
      My collars get better with practice! I highly recommend the Archer and would love to see how you got on with it.

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  2. Lovely shirt... Totally love the look of twill tape. It is difficult to pattern match back yoke and body, I think that's why they are cut on bias for checks and cross-wise for stripes. Love the fabric choice by the way

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    1. Thank you! I didn't want to cut on the bias for this one but I will do it at some point I am sure!

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  3. Katy, this shirt is fabulous! The back inside collar detail is just wonderful - very chic and tailored. And I love the fabric you chose - plaids are my favorite and I gravitate towards grays and purples when I sew for myself. If you ever find yourself tiring of this shirt I will gladly take it off your hands :) Button-down shirts are such a great wardrobe item - I love knit tops but a button-down that fits well in the shoulders is such an easy thing to pull on (and camouflage the tummy when I am feeling a little puffy). You look very pretty in the photos too.

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    1. I will let you know!
      Thank you Masha, that is a lovely compliment.

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  4. Wow, this looks amazing! You definitely need more of these, the look really suits you.

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