I’ve decided to join in the Archer Sewalong that is being hosted by Jen at Grainline Studio. The Archer Button Up Shirt is a shirt pattern with two options. View A is a classic looking shirt with long sleeves, angled cuffs, two breast pockets and a back pleat at the yolk. View B has a straight back and a gathered lower back detail. It’s really lovely and I can’t wait to get started. So tonight I’m going to be putting all the pattern pieces together. The great thing about printed patterns is that you can get started on a pattern right from your home if you already have the fabric etc… The only thing is you have to put the whole thing together first! So this is what my evening is going to involve a lot of sellotape, paper and folding. It’s a long weekend in Ireland for Saint Patrick’s day so I get an extra sewing day!


I went on pinterest looking for inspiration since I’m going to go fabric shopping over the weekend. As you can see from the images below I’m going for a simple, possibly colour block silk shirt. I really like the plain off white one with contrast black trim. Perhaps a leather trim would add a cool edge. Alternatively I’d also love to try and dip dye in a bright colour which is really pretty awesome and would be great for summer. Hopefully I can find some nice fabric to get the look I’m going for. In her last post Jen has mentioned she will be giving tips on sewing with silk which is great.

A colour block silk shirt from Equipment

A striped silk shirt by Fossil

An off-white silk shirt by Acne with black contrast trim. This may be my favourite

Trouvé contrast trim silk shirt

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  • http://twitter.com/TresBienMichell Michelle (@TresBienMichell)

    Oooo! Especially loving that peach and cream striped ditty! Eager to see what you come up with.

    • stephanie

      Ya that one is very cute. I think I’m going to go with something else this time around but I might keep an eye out for some similar fabric. If the fabric gods shine on me some day maybe I’ll find it :)

  • http://sewamysew.com sewamysew

    I can’t wait for the Sewalong either!!! I’m going to play it safe for my first and stick with a chambray but a I will tackle a silk once I get the hang of the pattern. Last night was tape and scissors tonight will be tracing paper and pencil. Thanks for the ideas.

    • stephanie

      Finished off cutting out the pattern last night so now it’s measuring and altering… I think I would prefer a more fitted shape so I’m going to make some small changes. Looking forward to seeing your chambray one! A chambray shirt is always useful in a wardrobe :)

      • http://sewamysew.com sewamysew

        you said it

  • Liz Boomsma

    I really like the Trouve contrast trim silk shirt. It looks really classy and timeless.

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