Ever since I made my first Archer Shirt, I knew there would be more in my sewing future.
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I am finishing up one from a Mood Fabrics' linen. Why linen with fall coming around the corner? Well, it is pushing 100 degrees here, very unseasonably warm. I wanted a new shirt that would be cool to wear now but would look fall in color and style.
It has been awhile since I have sewn such nice linen but this is the greatest and I am having the best time constructing this shirt. I did make some changes from my first one.
- I had added 1" to body and the sleeves on the first one, this is eliminated from now on
- I went down 2 sizes for a closer fit.
- Adding buttonholes pockets for a different look
- The cuffs were very big on the first one and this time I went down 4 sizes on the cuffs.
The shirt is coming along nicely and just need to sew on the buttons to finish it up. I had some Pam Erny's by the scoop buttons and I went to digging. I found some dark purple ones and they are perfect with this linen, it has just a bit of a purple hue.
One of the best things I did for my shirt sewing was to get an assortment of 1/2" buttons, I would always use too big of buttons on my shirts. This made them look so home sewn and not a professional look. I am so happy I finally "saw the light" and switched to the smaller buttons. My shirts look so much better and I need to keep a nice selection on hand. It sure makes it nice to have some choices at 10 or 11 pm when you want to get a shirt completed.
Tonight I cut out my third shirt, Mood Fabrics' plaid cotton voile (from Marc Jacobs) and this will be a second Archer Shirt.
Isn't this a fun plaid? I am going to play with the plaid and some bias fun. I really want to try this tutorial from Pam Erny's new blog - Off the Cuff- from a Shirt-maker's Studio.