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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Another love story, my first Archer..

Wow, I feel like I've been living under a rock, for not making an Archer sooner.. After seeing all the super cool Archers that you've all made I finally joined you and made one myself! Perfect timing as well, as december is Archer appreciation month!

Usually I don't really like button up shirts, but since I finished my Archer this sunday I've already worn it twice.. And I really like the style and fit. This is supposed to be a wearable muslin, and it is super wearable indeed, but I did make some small mistakes which I will show you later.
I really like the view from the back
I cut a size 4 (or 2? can't remember right now and I'm at work.. sorry!) and added 1 inch of length to the pattern pieces. Since I've come to realise that I have a longer upper body then most patterns are designed for. I followed Jen's tutorial which made it super easy. I really like the length now. For all the other assembly steps I also followed the Archer Sew Along, because I find that seeing the photo's really make the construction process much easier for me.

Since this was intended as a muslin version I used a not-too-expensive cotton, which I still really like. It has small red/purple blocks on it, which have a darker spot in the middle. My next version will be a flannel (which I ordered from Mood) version, kinda (or really) similar to Lauren's super cool one. And for summer I can't wait to make a black silk one with some coloured details..


So now for my screw ups.. I cut the pockets slightly off grain, which doesn't really show, but I still need to keep this in mind when I make my plaid version.. I also folded and sewed the pleats wrong at first, but luckily I found out before I attached the yoke.
The bigger screw up however are my cuffs.. I folded one of the sleeve plackets to the wrong side, so that resulted in me also sewing on the cuffs slightly wrong, so now my two cuffs face the same side.. Ahh well, leason learned!
Look at my cuffs, all coordinated..
I also have some other finished objects and some fabric shopping photo's from Singapore and Bali, which I will share with you soon, I promise!


28 comments:

  1. It turned out great! One of the best Archers out there! The fabric is super cute! And I have done the same thing with sleeve-pleats before and no-one ever noticed!

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  2. This is great! I have my first Archer planned and I'm quite excited about all the fiddly bits... Is that weird?

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  3. I've been feeling exactly the same, like I must be the last one left to get to an Archer. I love yours, especially the cuffs. I didn't even notice they were two of the same!

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  4. This is lovely Kim, it looks great on you! I just bought the pattern last night, after deliberating over whether or not to buy it for the whole weekend! Having seen yours, I'm glad I did! I love Lauren's flannel version, I'd love to make some in purple flannel, trying to track some down over here!

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  5. Love it! I really REALLY need to make this pattern! I actually think it is super adorable that you have two same-facing cuffs - it's like someone having two left feet... in a good cute way ;)

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  6. Aleksandra RobinsonDecember 4, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Love this! The Archer is next on my list, too. Such a lovely pattern and it looks great on you!

    PS -- you won my giveaway (http://liveaboardtakesthesuburbs.blogspot.com/2013/11/things-ive-sewn-lately-oscar-de-la.html) a couple weeks ago, so you should send me your address so that I can mail you your prize. :)

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  7. this is gorgeous. lovely work and I to am going to get on the band waggon now!

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  8. This looks great!! I just love this pattern, it's such a great wardrobe staple! Love your fabric too! And I don't think having your cuffs facing the same direction is much of a problem, more of a fun quirk!!

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  9. Wow, the fit is amazing on you! I wasn't a button-up person before the archer either and mine is my most used self-made garment this year :) Great job!

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  10. This is such a beautiful Archer, and the fit is great. I like the coordinating cuffs; they are like secret Wonder Woman bangles. Seriously.

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  11. Thanks Sonja! I also think that I'll wear it a lot with the sleeves rolled up, so then it's not noticeable at all :)

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  12. Thanks! I"m looking forward to seeing your Archer, yesterday I cut out my plaid flannel for the next version..

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  13. Haha I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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  14. Hey Annette, I think all the fiddly bits is part of what makes this pattern so super cool, all the small details really make a great shirt in the end! I'm looking forward to your version!

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  15. Ah thanks Sophie! I would love to see your version of the Archer, especially because I looove all the things you make!

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  16. Thanks Kelly! I found some purple/white flannel at Mood's online store..

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  17. Haha I love that point of view! I actually like it a lot now that I think about it as having two left feet :) My sister told me I should make it a trademark thing on my Archer shirts :)

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  18. Yay! Can't wait to see your version of this shirt, I'm sure it'll look amazing!

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  19. Haha yes that's what my sister told me too! It's indeed a super good staple, I loved seeing your versions..

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  20. Thanks Eleyna! I can really see how this shirt can become your most used item.. Wearing it right now again :)

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  21. Hahaha thanks Charlotte! I'm loving the Wonder Woman idea :D

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  22. very wearable indeed! i love you fabric choice!

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  23. Cute! You could easily fix the cuff by sewing shut the buttonhole and then sewing the button on top of it and doing a new buttonhole in the other side. I do that sort of thing at work all the time to make getting in and out of clothing faster, so I'm generally taking a functioning button/hole and disguising a snap in there.

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  24. It looks good...and cuffs: on me my plaid versions has them going opposite ways because I forgot to invert the second sleeve before I cut it. I still wear the dickens out of it. :)

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  25. Ahhh that sounds like a good idea! The only thing is that I folded the plackets to the wrong side as well, because I already noticed my error before making the buttonholes, but I couldn't figure out how to get them to look good without changing a lot of things.. For my next Archer I'm almost at the plackets/pleating step, so I'll have to get another cup of coffee and pay reaaally good attention..

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  26. Hmmm maybe I forgot that too... Now I can't wait to go home and check! Thanks for pointing it out..

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