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Archer Shirt By Grainline Studio


My birthday is coming up, so I made myself a birthday shirt. Hey-before I sewed I used to buy clothes for my birthday, but now it’s a lot more fun to make ’em! To make my shirt I used the Archer pattern by Grainline Studio.

I saw this pattern awhile ago and I couldn’t decide if it was something I’d really like or not because I mostly stick to wearing knit tops. But then I saw a few versions on other blogs (like this and this) that looked super cute so I decided to make one.

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I used some lightweight cotton twill shirting from Mood Fabrics (This is my favorite fabric store right now!)  for this and I really like how it looks and feels. The only problem was that the fabric was so shifty that when I cut my yoke on the fold, I didn’t realize that the fabric underneath had shifted. You can see that because of this the checks are off at the bottom of the yoke. But I barely had enough fabric to make this shirt so I couldn’t cut new yoke pieces. I don’t mind too much though.

I had to make two muslins for this shirt. For the first muslin, I went with my bust size (size 2). But that didn’t work because although it fit really well through the bust, torso, and lower back, it was too tight across the shoulders and through the biceps.

I could have just altered that size to have more room in the shoulders and biceps, but I thought it might end up being easier to just go up a size.

So I cut out a size 4 and it fit a ton better. With that size I only had to do a few tiny alterations:

  • I dropped the armpits by 1/4″ (I am wide through the shoulders and bicep area!).
  • I added just a touch more width through the bicep area. That was easy to do because the pattern narrowed a little bit through the bicep and then widened back out at the elbow-I just kept it wider to meet the elbow.
  • I added about an inch to the length. I also evened the hem out a bit so it wasn’t as drastic of a shirttail hem.

wpid1499-20150111-135550.jpgI only had 8 matching purple buttons, so I decided to leave the button off of the collar stand. I was never going to use that button anyway.

I also moved all the buttons down a little bit on the front. I felt like that top button after the collar stand was too high, but the second button down was going to be too low so I just shot for in the middle of that and then split the difference of how far down I moved the top button between the other buttons. That probably made no sense at all, but it did work for what I wanted.

I have made several button up shirts for Jon and my boys, but this is the first long sleeved one I’ve made with a sleeve placket and cuff. I learn so much better from watching someone do something rather than trying to look at a diagram or read instructions, so I was glad to have my Craftsy class called The Classic Tailored Shirt to help me see how to do the plackets and cuffs.

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P.S. It was snowing when we took these pictures and Jon told me I should come down in the snow for a couple because the snowflakes were so pretty. Why not?

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Making Jeans With Angela Wolf

I finally finished the jeans I’ve been working on for the past two weeks. I’m pretty sure I spent more time on this project than I have on any other, and I am so glad they’re finished!

I loved this craftsy.com class. Angela Wolf is an awesome teacher and her jeans pattern rocks. She shared some tips that I never would have thought of myself. For example, she said to hammer your seams before you sew them. This is the most fantastic idea! Usually when I’m working with denim or other heavy fabric my machine just can’t take the folds of fabric. But after hammering the seams, I was able to sew these jeans with just a size 90/14 needle without any problem.

She also shared how to distress your denim with sand paper. The fabric I made these jeans out of didn’t distress very well so you can’t even tell that I distressed them. But my next pair…

I also learned a better way to attach rivets. Before, I was using a seam ripper to poke a tiny hole in my jeans in order to put the rivet in. This way is not a great way, and I even ripped a pair of jeans doing it. But in the Craftsy class I learned to just pound a nail into my jeans where I want the rivet to go. That makes a nice hole with no chance of ripping the pants.

Angela Wolf also said she made about 7 muslins before she got the fit down for her pattern. That made me feel good because I think it’s hard to get the fit. For these jeans, I adjusted the pattern just a bit before making my muslin. I took a bunch off the length and I took them in a lot from the knee down because I didn’t want so much taper.

Then I made my practice pair and they fit well in the top, but were still too full from the knee down. So I took the pattern in some more.

Then, just to be sure, I cut out my actual pattern pieces from my nice denim and basted the pieces together to check the fit again before I took them apart and sewed them for good. I’m glad I did that, because I decided to take them in even more.

And now the next time I make them it should be a lot quicker since I have the fit down.

I took a lot of pictures of these because I needed something to show for all of those hours of sewing.

The Back.

Back pockets and belt loops.

Front pockets.

Waistband, fly, and more belt loops.

One more of the back.
My pretty pocket lining fabric.

There are definitely some mistakes on these pants. The fly area needs some work next time for sure. But I’m happy with how my first attempt at this pattern has turned out.