Hi guys! I am back today with the first item I finished sewing in 2016 and it’s another Archer! I made this one from a plaid flannel that I ordered from the Indiesew shop. (At the time of this writing the site says there is 3.5 yds left but I know that the fabrics tend to sell out really quickly.) It is really soft, snuggly, and so nice to wear. I was excited to make this shirt because I thought the colors in the fabric would look great with my old favorite faded jeans.
I made the Archer the same size as my other two. (See here and here.) It’s a size 10 graded to a 14 in the hips. I am still working on tweaking the sleeve length/cuff width and I think this time I’m pretty close to perfect. I shortened the sleeve by half an inch and I went down one more size in the cuff to a size 6. I think I will probably try going down one more cuff size on my next one to see how I like it. I have some pretty pink Tana lawn waiting to become an Archer once Spring gets a little closer.
I decided to flat fell the seams after everything was cut and it was a challenge. I think the seam allowances really need to be larger than 1/2″ or it’s really difficult to get everything folded, tucked, and topstitched nicely. It was a little easier on my chambray Archer because the fabric was thinner and pressed like a dream. Next time I need to decide to flat fell before I cut so I can increase the seam allowances and make it easier on myself.
I also grabbed the placket piece from the Granville pattern and did tower plackets on the sleeves. I cut my yoke, button band, plackets, pockets, and cuffs on the bias because
laziness I like how it looks. I have been wearing this steadily since I made it and I’m so happy with it! It’s a great shirt for a cold winter day!
The last few days I’ve been working on sewing some knits. I made a bunch of t-shirts for the kids and 2 Lark Tees for myself. I have a couple more quick projects that I want to do this week and then I’m planning to start working on my Phoebe dress. I’ve got all my materials and I need to start the muslin process. It’s been a while since I’ve gone through the fitting process on a new pattern and it should be an adventure! Is anyone else trying out something new?