Hi all, I'm back with a finished item, I know! With all the puppy craziness and everything!
This is another and much improved version of Grainline's Archer Shirt in this lovely light cotton I got at Walthamstow for around £3 a metre! It was inspired by this stunning shirt I'd pinned ages ago.
I think its a pretty good copy, mine might be a little better! After all I doubt that shirt has the lovely back gather that the Archer has! That being said, I made a few big changes from the last time I made it. This is two sizes smaller than I made before. It fits at the bust but only just. The rest is a much closer fit but without being a fitted style of blouse I think this is as good as its going to be. I also shortened the sleeves by 4 inches. They are still too long but I intend to wear them rolled up anyway so i'm not too worried.
After making this shirt twice heres some Tips I'd give you for making an Archer:
- Take your time! Theres a lot of steps but everyone one is important and worth doing right.
- This pattern uses up squillions of thread! I ran out mid way through so make sure you get two small or one large spool!
- Don't underestimate pressing! It greatly improves the look of a seam that at first looked wonky!
- Grade your seams as close as you can! This seems like a scary thing to do but when your turning and topstitching your cuffs and collar it gives you a lovely crisp finish.
- This shirt runs huge! It is supposed to be loose fitting but if your not sure thats what you want make a muslin of the bodice pieces. They are the quickest bits to put together!
Here's my stats:
Fabric: 2.5m of Light Charcoal Cotton from Walthamstow £7.50
Notions: Thread in stash plus having to buy more £3.55
Pattern: Grainline Archer already in stash £0.00
Wearability: 10/10! I'm thrilled with how this turned out and I can see it being a staple in my wardrobe. Grey is a great neutral for me and looks great with a variety of colours already in my wardrobe. I really love the look of it with my Turquoise Boden Jeans!
I see a lot more Archers in my future. I have a turquoise cotton stashed ready to make myself a short sleeved version! I find the Grainline Patterns so wearable and they always shine as real wardrobe staples for me. I can't wait to get the Blazer pattern!To Conclude here is the cutest picture of Pixel to date!