A Very Floral Liberty Archer

Bonjourno!! How are you all? I actually started drafting this post almost a month ago now, isn't that crazy?! I seem to have lots of time to sew, but less time to blog. And it's not that I don't write about my projects, I keep a very detailed, handwritten (I'm old school), journal about each and every project I make. I even add little fabric swatches. It's kind of messy, but I love it. I actually have 4 notebooks filled now. It's crazy!

Anyway, onto the project at hand: another Archer shirt. I recently bought myself a 50mm portrait lens, so bear with me as I've been playing with it a lot, and I thought it might be fun to have some in progress shots too.

When I set out to make myself a new Archer, my previous pattern was no where to be found. I of course promptly found it, once this shirt was finished. Anyway, that's the lovely thing about pdfs, you can always find the original on your computer or at the very least back on the designer's website. 

So I printed it out, put it together and started over. Luckily I could find my trusty notebooks, and it was easy for me to make all the necessary changes. The only thing I did differently, was to start with a size 8 instead of my usual size 6 (usual in Archer anyway). I'm always kind of flip-flopping between the idea that my Archer is too fitted, and that it's just right. So this time, I decided to make it a little bigger and see. 

So anyway, I started with a size 8, did a 1" FBA (so 2" total) which added a dart, then I did a 1/2" forward shoulder adjustment, and I shortened the body by 1".

I also decided to use the sleeve from the Archer popover pack because I wanted to try out the tower placket. The sleeve looked a little long so I shortened it by 1".

I'm happy with the sleeve length, but I find them kind of puffy. Next time I think I'll grade down a few sizes to get rid of some of that excess. The sleeve placket was pretty easy with Jen's instructions, but I will admit, I still like this way better. It's the first way I learned to make a tower placket, and it's still my favourite.

I also went with snaps on this one, and while you can't really see them in these photos, they match perfectly. They're a nice green-y teal colour.

As you might be able to notice, my photographer is having a hard time getting used to my new lens. He doesn't like it nearly as much as I do. Perhaps it's time to invest in a tri-pod. ;)

This fabric is a gorgeous, but busy, Liberty print I bought on Goldhawk Road in London about 2 years ago. I love the colours although it does remind me a bit of a shirt Cameron might wear.

So there you have it another Archer. Can a girl really have too many? I really like the relaxed fit of this one, and I know I'll wear it a lot, but I think I'll go back to the size 6 for my next one. 

I hope you are doing well. What's on your sewing table? Are you in full spring/summer mode yet? (Or fall/winter if you live in the other hemisphere from me 😉.)