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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Plaid Archer sisters

I've made two more Archers! 
When my sister travelled to The States this september I knew it was the perfect chance for me to order some Mood fabrics :) So I ordered some of their gorgeous flannels, since it's almost impossible for me to find nice flannels over here. The only thing was that she made me promise to sew her a shirt with one of the fabrics.. I was hoping that my Archer would fit her too, since it would save me having to tape together another one.. Luckily it fitted her perfectly! 

After sewing my first Archer the construction went way faster and now it only takes me about 2 days of relaxed sewing here and there to finish one, yay! I used Lladybird's tutorial for plaid matching, which is super easy to follow and then it's even fun to do.. I did cut the inside yoke on grain, to prevent any stretching that might occur.. 

After making two plaid shirts I'm noticing mismatching plaids everywhere! Sunday at the movies (Wolf of Wall Street, great movie) there was a girl with a shirt whose plaids were so mismatched, it wasn't even funny anymore! 
Anyone else checking all the rtw plaid shirts for plaid mismatching or is it just me?

Nicely lined up.. 
I got really angry when I managed to fuse the interfacing to the right side of my collar twice, and then only noticing it after I've started sewing it, twice! Hmm maybe I need more sleep? So this is me taking it out on an innocent collar..  


  I ordered metal snaps from Cowgirl Snaps on Etsy. The snaps are really cute and the colours are great! The only issue was that they were being held captive at the Dutch customs office, (no idea why), so it took me about 4 weeks before they finally arrived.. All that time my Archer was just lying there, waiting to be finished. I actually checked with my bf if it was ok to wear a shirt without buttons, but he just looked at me strangely, so I decided it was a no-go..

 I had to think twice when I sewed the cuffs and plackets, to make sure I didn't end up with two left sleeves again :)

My sister is really happy with her shirt, I also made her another sweater for her christmas, so she is happy with me sewing at her desk and making a general mess of it.. Well, I did clean out my left over fabric stash and donated two big bags of scraps to Goodwill :) Now there's just the rest of the mess... 
 On another note, saturday there is a big sewist meet-up in Antwerp! So if anyone wants to join, just let Anneke from Annette Tirette know! I'm already looking forward to it!

22 comments:

  1. Awesome shirts! I'm really looking forward to Saturday as well!

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  2. You guys look so cute in your coordinating shirts! I need to make one for my sister, too, but I'm pretty sure she's a size smaller and I'm so dreading printing and taping it again! I may also be lazy and make her a solid shirt so I don't have to match the print... naughty, I know...

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  3. I'm not the only one sewing for my sister, it's great!

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  4. Those are great! I need to try that pattern...

    I sew for my sister,too. We have the same measurement but different body shapes, plus she's 7 inches taller! So often if something I make doesn't look good on me it will on her. So she gets some of thy makes that way, too!

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  5. Love these! and those snaps are GREAT!!! :)

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  6. Thanks! Will be supercool to meet all of you guys!

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  7. Haha thanks Sonja! Yeah that's why I was super happy my sis was the same size, I think that otherwise it might have taken me a year or something to start..

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  8. Thanks! I'm super happy with the snaps too, and I got some assorted colours as well, so now I can put snaps on everything :D

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  9. I really recommend this pattern, I'm usually not a shirt kinda girl, but these are just soo comfy. Ah that's lucky too, that your slightly different but still similar enough that she can wear it too!

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  10. Yay! We are SO twinsies with our red buffalo plaid Archers:)

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  11. Had to laugh at your destroyed collar, I bet felt really good. And those coloured snaps are pretty awesome.

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  12. You look so cool and cute together in your matching plaids! I love this!
    And sewing frustration, don't we all know it... It seems you have a very healthy way of dealing with it, though :-D Have fun at the Antwerp meet-up, I wish I could go...

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  13. yay! very excited here too! Cool shirts - and no you're not the only one who notices mismatched plaid (and I've hardly ever sewn plaid myself). The other day someone in the lift at work was wearing a very expensively-labelled shirt that was badly matched and I wanted to cry on her behalf. Except that she probably will never notice or care...

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  14. I love those shirts! Isn't it annoying that there is no good flannel for sale here?

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  15. Yay indeed! I got super excited when I saw your gorgeous Archer after ordering my fabric, imitation is the best form of flattery right?

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  16. Haha yes it felt super good indeed! I did look twice afterwards to check if I hadn't cut it unnecessary..

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  17. Thanks Wendy! Wish we could meet you in Antwerp too..

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  18. Thanks Inge! I know, super stupid! If you find any good flannel, let me know ok?

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  19. They look great! Could you tell me more about how you did with applying the snaps? I just bought the same kind for a shirt for my boyfriend and I'm really nervouse about applying them!

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  20. Hey Lisette! I started with the cuff snaps, since I figured those wouldn't be super noticeable. I didn't follow the instructions on the pliers packaging but I inserted them first into the fabric (with the sharp points first) and then put the other part on top of it. Then I carefully put the pliers on top of the snaps and squeezed! Some bottom parts went a little bit skewed, but nothing too horrible. Hope this helps! Good luck with them!

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  21. I loooove these shirts, you and your sister look so cute in them! And I can relate to a lot of the things you write. your sewing frustration, noticing wrong (very wrong!) plaidmatching on RTW, even trying to wear your garment despite it being unfinished (LOL!),
    The colored snaps are lovely as well!

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