Hi Everybody! Surprise, surprise I'm back with another Archer! I actually made this shirt back in May, but there always seemed to be something else to blog about so it kept getting pushed to the bottom of the list. So I thought it's time that it made an appearance on the blog! There's nothing really new to say about this pattern that I haven't already said here, here, here, here, here or here, or here (Phew! Have I really blogged that many Archers? Wow!). It's still one of my favourite patterns to make and one of my favourite garments to wear. It has definitely become my true TNT pattern. (Now to come up with some hacks!) This particular version is made out of a very lovely Cotton & Steel quilting cotton called Tokyo Train Ride Countryside (say that 3 times fast LOL).
I absolutely loved this print when I first saw it (and I'm actually really sad that I didn't buy that gorgeous Octopus print in the same collection), so I had to snap it up. I love the navy background, and all the little scenes from Tokyo (especially Mount Fuji). John and I went to Tokyo (and other places in Japan) a couple of years ago, and so this fabric reminds me a lot of that trip, and all the fun train rides we took around Japan. I know, cheesy right?
This was my first time working with Cotton & Steel fabric, and I have to say that it was lovely. All the raves and talk are true. It's really nice. It's a bit heavy (as it is a quilting cotton), and it has almost a brushed feel to it after it's been washed. It was beautiful to cut, a dream to press, and perfect for shirt-making. I think they also make a cotton lawn, which I am guessing would be really nice, and I rayon now too.
It's a bit too warm weather wise for this shirt now, but I know it will get tons of wear come fall and winter.
You can't see them, because I have my sleeves rolled up, but I went with my favourite tower placket tutorial for the sleeves. I really like the look of a good tower placket, and it just seems to work out so much better for me than the included placket. I always get weird puckers when I do that standard placket, is it just me?
So there you have it, another Archer is finally blogged! Lately, I've been all about sewing dresses, so it's kind of nice to go back and revisit this shirt. It seems like as soon as the weather warms up, all I want to do is sew dresses. The same thing happened to me last year. Anyway, hope you all are having a lovely weekend so far!
What's on your sewing table?