Completed: Archer Button Up Shirt

I’ve got a backlog of garments to blog, and honestly I don’t know if I’ll get to it. So, I thought I’d just start off with the last thing I made: an Archer Button Up from Grainline Studio.

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The fabric I chose is a mid-weight linen/cotton blend.  (I ordered it online, but don’t remember where.)   I don’t know if it was an ideal choice for this shirt, it’s a little stiff. But I think it will soften over time since it’s got a high percentage of linen, or at least that’s the hope.

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Fit wise, it’s big through the mid back. I wasn’t sure how to get rid of the excess without losing the ease I need through the hip. Looking at it now, I’m thinking maybe a sway back adjustment.  Any thoughts/ideas are definitely welcome. 🙂

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I wanted to make this as a loose “topper” kind of shirt, something that I might throw on when it’s cool in lieu of a hoodie. So, even though the fit could be improved, I think it hits the mark for the purpose I had in mind.

Here are some flat shots:

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As you can see, I used some polka dots on the inside – I can’t help myself.  🙂  I hemmed the shirt by using a strip of bias tape.  I think it worked pretty well, and it reduced bulk.

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I recently got a new sewing machine, and I love the buttonholes it made!  (I will do a full review after I’ve sewn on it longer.)
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I always have a tough time sewing collars, and this shirt was no different.  I know I just need more practice.  After ripping it out a few times, I think it turned out pretty good.

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One change I made to the pattern was to add tower plackets to the sleeves.  This was my first time sewing these.  Unfortunately, I think they turned out a little too long. But that will be an easy fix for next time.

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The pattern doesn’t include tower plackets, so I used this template from Threads.  For sewing instructions, I referred to these tutorials: (1) Sewaholic and (2) Off the Cuff.

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So, there you go, that’s my Archer.  I liked this pattern, it went together easily (except for my mental block with sewing the collar).  The sleeves eased in really beautifully, which is a big thumbs up in my book.  I hate wrangling with too much sleeve cap ease.  I think its repeat-worthy, but I want to wear this one for a while before cutting another.

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Completed: McCall 5522 aka the Impossible to Photograph Blouse

Now that it’s dark when I get home from work, taking photos has become increasingly difficult.  (Grr…daylight savings time!)  I tried to get up early and take a few pics. But then I realized photographing a black blouse on an overcast morning doesn’t work very well. 😦  I tried again at night, and it’s no better. So please excuse the lack of clear photos here.  It may be the way things are for a while, unfortunately.  Anyway, onto my make…

Black Shirt

This is McCall 5522, a now out of print pattern.  It’s a button down blouse, with several options.  It’s also one of those “Made for You” patterns that comes with different cup sizes.  I made view D.

I made this pattern a couple years ago, after I had first started sewing.  The fit on that first blouse was pretty good, but the fabric choice was, um, questionable.  🙂

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This time around I ordered some black Italian cotton shirting from Mood.  The difference between the quilting cotton and the shirting cotton for a top like this is night and day.  I’m really glad I revisited this pattern with a more appropriate fabric.
Black Shirt
Black Shirt

Black Shirt

I sewed the collar according to this tutorial, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out.  I will definitely be sewing all future shirt collars this way.  I’m also really happy with how my cuffs turned out.  The first time I sewed this pattern I goofed up the sleeve plackets, badly. So it felt good to get it right this time around!

Black Shirt

So that’s it, my kinda boring black blouse,that you can’t really see.  Next up, a shirt dress. Do you sense a trend here?