Monday, November 17, 2014

My first Archer

Believe it or not, I've made 3, almost 4 new things since my last post. It's been all the planning, layout, cutting, etc that has taken up most of the time. Sometimes it takes me awhile to pair up a pattern with fabric either from my stash, or a new purchase.  I get into my dreaming mode and I will fall asleep trying to pair up designs to fabrics. The actual sewing of the garment is, to me, the quickest part...although there are exceptions.

Exception No. 1 is my first attempt at the Archer shirt by Grainline Studio.  Now I loved the Scout tee and I've made quite a few but that's an easy-peasy pattern compared to the Archer. The Archer is a big leap from the Scout - lots more pattern pieces, collar, buttonholes, etc but one must stretch in order to build more skills and broaden one's sewing spectrum.  

At first, I scratched my head over some of the instructions. The online sewalong posts helped. I made lots of mistakes (lots of ripping out), all part of learning, and in the end, voila, a shirt!

This is my wearable muslin and I used some shirting from my stash. I had enough just to cut a 3/4 sleeve. At the end, in a flash of brilliance (ha ha), I decided to make a small tuck at the elbow which I needed to do in order to slim down the sleeve. 
I learned a lot with this project, not least of which is to WALK AWAY when I am confronted with a big mistake. One evening I sewed one sleeve the correct one and the other inside out. Argh! I had never done that before. It was easy to do with this fabric as it's hard to tell the right side from the wrong side. The seam was serged too. I felt like weeping. So a little voice said "put DOWN the garment and back away slowly". I did. I turned out all appliances and exited the room.  The next day I decided I could tackle ripping out the serged seam and put it right. Whew!

In the end, I love the Archer! Of course I would, I love Jen's stuff! I do want to try the Alder before the year is out!

I'll be back soon with more pieces to show. I'll leave you with the last of our roses.
Thanks for stopping by. I would love to hear from you. I do wonder if anyone is reading this blog other than my stitching pals and my one new sewing friend from here.


  1. haha- I often wonder that about my blog as well- does anyone besides my Mum read what I am writing! Nice job on the Archer- as per usual I love the fabric you chose! Also I am completely envious that you are so prodigious in the sewing room- I have a stack of fabric awaiting me!

  2. Good work Melissa on your Archer! You're right ... trying something new in a garment will surely improve your sewing skills. After which when you look back ... you'll think ... no big deal really!

  3. I am so impressed! A shirt! Wow! It looks great! I can't even imagine tackling a collar like that. I'm chicken. lol! Good for you for walking away from a mistake too. That's a lesson I need to learn.

  4. Great job and congratulations on stepping out of your comfort zone and learning something new.

  5. You are really challenging yourself, Melissa, and I'm so impressed with this new top... A collar and buttonholes are not easy (if I remember correctly from my high-school sewing days :) I love the blue and white fabric and your idea to take a tuck in the sleeves is perfect!

    Looking forward to what springs from you and your sewing machine next time :)