One of the first things I
lusted over noticed everywhere when I discovered sewing blogs was the Grainline Archer.
They really were everywhere and I really wanted one. I’m fairly certain that most of you seasoned bloggers will have seen them about, but here’s a couple of my favourites…… Click on the photo to be taken to the owners blog post…please!
Carolyn from Allspice Abounds is to me the Queen of the Archers! Her attention to detail is just second to none. Overtime she made another and I read her blog post I’d want one even more!
Rachel from Sew South London made a gorgeous Chambray Archer which really showed off her stunning topstitching! And it was her post that lead me to a different way to attach the collar – which worked really well! Thanks Rachel!
I couldn’t bring myself to buy the pdf version, not with all those pieces. So when they announced they were selling a paper version I snapped one up immediately! Not sure now what all the rush was about. That was back in 2014. 30th September 2014 to be exact!
I traced it off in the week it arrived intending to muslin it with an old sheet. But for no reason I can think off I just never got round to making it.
Earlier on this year I even bought this Liberty Fabric – Travelling Threads – with the sole purpose to make the Archer.
Then something clicked in my brain just over 2 weeks ago and I thought….. “Hey! I’m gonna make that Archer!!”
I remeasured myself. I was about an inch smaller on the bust and waist than the size I traced off. I wasn’t going to trace it off again – it might take me another year to get round to making it!
I had a rummage in my stash and found this 100% cotton. I really love the edge on this which runs just along one selvedge. I decided just to use it on the lower part of one side to give an asymmetrical look.
I bought it from Lucky Fashions in Dewsbury when I was out taking photos for the Spoolettes meet up. I bought all this, all on a whim, all were £4 yard so I didn’t really break the bank.
I’ve actually used up 4 out of the 7 fabrics which is over half so I see that as almost stash busting! the the black/gold wrinkly fabric, the green/grey check and the chunky sweater knit left.
Talk about getting side tracked……!! You’re here for my latest make aren’t you, not me waffling on about my stash! So without further ado, tah dah……!!
Worth waiting over a year for??!!
Maybe it would have fit better a year ago with the extra inch in the bust! And maybe my arms would have been longer a year ago too! Or maybe not!
I’m happy with the length when you see the back view, but from the front it looks like it’s a bit short.
Maybe it’s the patterned lower left side that creates an optical illusion and makes it appear shorter. By the way I made those pants!!!
Is it me or do the arms look a bit baggy? I wonder if shortening the sleeves would make them appear less full. I’d already shortened them by an inch.
I’d spent ages getting the position of the button holes just right and look what we’ve got here…… GAPING!! Gutted 😦
I much prefer the sleeves rolled up. They seem much less baggy.
Verdict……. (………drum roll……….)
I really like it, but I’m not in love with it. It was only a practice so I’m not disappointed which I could have been after waiting so long to make it. It could have been the anti climax of the year!
Just a few things for me to note for next time.
- Read the instructions properly before cutting into the sleeve where the plackets go. I had to add interfacing so I could add the stitching lines (long story but makes sense to me, honest!).
- Lengthen by 1 1/2 inches.
- Shorten arms by 1/2 inch.
- Reduce the width slightly in the arms.
- Look into a sway back adjustment. Will I need a centre back seam for this? Or is it just the style? After all it’s not really a ‘fitted’ shirt.
- Choose a less soft cotton. This is quite lightweight and would have may fab PJs!
Overall I’m happy. I worn it twice. And did i mention that i made those pants!!?? It was at the start of my blogging life. Before i picked up all the scary hype of fitting your own pants. I just made them and never worried about any drag lines!
Now looking at them I think they need some work before I make my next pair. It’s the first time I’ve worn these in ages and ages (pre archer trace off!) but now I’ve lost a few pounds they’re really comfy!
P.S. Rachel – do you recognise the fabric at the top of the pile from my shopping spree?