It’s Archer time! I jumped at the opportunity to join Maris in the Archer Shirt Sew Along. The Archer pattern intrigued me. I have sewn shirts in the past. I made a white, broadcloth blouse that I wore for years at the beach. I’ve made shirts for my husband, including a chamois shirt.
I’m trying to find time to do some fashion sewing. Partly, because I can’t find clothes that fit my body. And partly because sewing is fun! (Most of the time.)
Maris has set up a Facebook group where we can discuss issues. David Coffin created several posts about fit. (Yes, he’s THE David Coffin who wrote the book!)
I love the plaid of the pattern photo above and was hoping to make something like that. We discussed various places to buy fabric and quite a few of us ended up buying at Farmhouse Fabrics. They have a wonderful selection of high quality cotton shirting.
I bought a black and white striped fabric. I will probably look like a referee. They have some fabric bundled in 3 yard packs at fantastic prices, so I also bought the denim.
I am planning to make my first Archer in the denim as I believe it will be forgiving.
I read David’s posts about whether or not to make a muslin. I am stonewalled by that a bit because I don’t have a dress form. I would need to rely on someone to help me fit the muslin. So far, I haven’t even compared measurements of existing shirts to the pattern!
Because if I just stare at it, the fabric will sew itself……
I’m excited about learning from my fellow sewists!
I have about stopped sewing clothing for myself because I’m not the size of a commercial pattern. I’m petite and busty so lots of alterations need to be made and without a dress form, some of the needed alterations are quite tricky.
In the past, I was distracted by sewing for my kids and now I’m mostly sewing household items (and of course, still mending clothing!) but it’s becoming glaringly obvious to me that I’m not sewing much in the way of clothing. I need to but on my big girl panties and face this… 🙂