So, I’ve gone and surprised myself by falling in love with sewing shirts.
I’m not going to lie – sewing shirts can seem scary. But guys, you have got to get on board. This Grainline Studio atcher shirt is one of the most satisfying sews I’ve done in a long while.
Sure I was intimidated at first (all those pattern pieces, button hole placement, sleeves – yikes!) but sewing Jen’s Grainline Studio archer was really painless.
Her instructions are ace and the pattern comes together really easily. Jen is my pattern hero.
I hardly modified anything – apart from bringing in the sleeves and sides. But that was probably much more to do with me selecting one size bigger than I needed (I’m always doing that. I need to learn to cut my size!)
I’m particularly in love with the details. Like the two pleats at the cuffs.
And the pleat at the back.
I’m a little less convinced about my choice of buttons. They’re ivory and slightly sparkly. They look a little off to me. Looking at these photos it looks like I managed to misplace the buttons too. Drat.
Well, heck, it’s sure not a bad attempt at my first shirt.
And can we talk about this lush cotton fabric for a second? It’s Bye Bye birdie in blush by the stunning French company Atelier Brunette. Swoon. It’s got the most amazing drape. Really soft but holds up well.
The only downer is that I’m struggling wear it. I don’t want to cover it up with a sweater, but its too cold to wear on its own. I’m thinking I may need to wait till summer to really get the most out of it.
But, hey, now I’m addicted to making shirts. Which has got to be a good thing.
I’m already on the look out for my next archer fabric but struggling to find something that isn’t too, well, shirty. Super business woman is definitely not my persona. Anyone know of any cracking lightweight fabrics with a lovely drape?