Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Unseasonably Archer

Oops, hang on - is this thing working??




Yes, another one of those awkward photo shoots.  I guess it's a little while since I got my face in front of the camera, and I just wasn't feeling it. Plus, it was cold.  Just as well I had a flannel shirt to model rather than a DIY bikini (yeah no, that's not coming up any time soon).




So, it's an Archer. With a whopping 10 cm / 4 inches of length removed from the sleeves. Do I have exceptionally short arms, I wonder, or is it the pattern? The only other adjustments I made were a no-dart FBA (of course!) and 5 cm / 2 inches extra length. I have a proportionally long torso - but I do like my tops lengthy, there's no denying it.  It's becoming a kind of unthinking pattern mantra: lengthen lengthen lengthen. One day I'll end up with a hoodie down to my knees and realise things have gone too far.

Anyway. Button placket, pockets and back yoke were cut on the bias for ease of plaid (non-)matching, and for the rest I used Jen's method for easy plaid matching, which worked out just fine, although I do wish I had paid a bit more attention to the vertical placement too. I don't like that big white stripe just off my centre front. But then I don't dislike it enough to not wear the shirt, so whatevs.




I don't know, can you tell I'm feeling a bit meh about all this? (Or maybe it's just - at time of writing - the Monday blahs). I do very much like wearing it though, or I would if it hadn't been so darned warm recently. It's like I singlehandedly brought on spring with my long-sleeved flannel sewing. The shirt is destined to languish in the wardrobe until autumn and the renewed need for cosy, grungy boyishness.




It was a grey day, so I filtered the pics as best I could to look remotely interesting (with limited success...). In real life the plaid is a rather lovely mix of primary colours, as you can see below. What you can also see is that my details are not exactly excellent - the collar, placket and pockets are all finished well enough, but they definitely lack finesse. However, total fail in matching up the button placement and buttonholes - the plackets don't overlap properly at all. Despite several excellent practice runs, sewing buttonholes went disastrously, and in the end I was so frustrated I just sewed the buttons on as fast as I could and called it done.




In real life, no-one will know and no-one, me included, will care.

I made my first shirt!  Which actually is not meh at all. It rocks.

20 comments:

  1. House Of PinheiroApril 16, 2014 9:02 am

    Very cute archer. Weather is so crazy recently that makes sense making unseason clothes all year... Love the choice of fabric.

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  2. This is great and looks so comfy on you. Yay for making a shirt and bringing on Spring!

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  3. Sew Little TimeApril 16, 2014 9:24 am

    Cute. Don't you hate it when practice buttonholes go well and real ones are rubbish? So annoying

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  4. Congrats on making your first shirt! I love this bright plaid. Definitely not a meh make to my eyes!

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  5. It looks awesome! Something to look forward to instead of instant satisfaction :)

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  6. huisje boompje boefjesApril 16, 2014 10:01 am

    Awesome, really great shirt and look!

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  7. SeamsOddLouise.Blogspot.comApril 16, 2014 1:07 pm

    I love a warm flannel shirt, it looks fab not meh at all. Really lovely am rather jealous.

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  8. Such a cool shirt! I tried to do some photos on the balcony recently, next time I'll have to try better to time it when the neighbours in front are out...

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  9. I love the first photo! Great shirt too :) Looks super comfy.. For me the sleeve length is perfect, but usually I have to add extra length to them..

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  10. thank you! So hoping the weather settles down soon - can't wait to get my sandals out!

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  11. It ALWAYS happens! I avoid them as much as possible, just because of this!

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  12. no, not at all really :-) I just want to be wearing it immediately!

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  13. yes, true. A make for the long term :-)

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  14. yes it takes a bit more nerve than indoors! I just get so bored with the same wall all the time. And my neighbours probably already think I'm nuts anyway :-)

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  15. I couldn't believe how long they were on the muslin! Weird because I never usually have this at all.

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