Plaid Flannel Archer

Archer 5

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.

Archer 1

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.

Archer 4

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.

Archer 2

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!

Archer 6

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?






15 thoughts on “Plaid Flannel Archer

    1. Thank you, Meg! I got these sneakers at Ann Taylor Loft last year and I have worn them soooo much. I hope they have them again this spring because I’m worried these are going to wear out!


  1. So cute! I love all your plaid shirts. Tell me, how much extra fabric do you buy to be able to do the cuffs, pockets and button bands on the bias?


    1. Thanks, Gail! I usually order an extra half a yard just to be sure that I have enough for the bias details. I usually don’t end up using all of it but I’m usually scared I won’t have enough if I order only an extra quarter yard.


    1. Thanks, Heather! I think it adds interest, too. I love a good matched pattern, but I also like being able to see the pockets stand out on the shirt. Plus it doesn’t require nearly as much brain power to cut the accents on the bias! πŸ˜‰


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