A Gingham Grainline Archer

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Doesn't Gingham & Grainlines sound like a blog? There are so many _____ & ______ blog names. If you wanted to start a sewing blog but didn't know what to call it, you're welcome.

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Anyway, this is the famous and beloved Grainline Archer button-up shirt. I think everyone in the universe has made one. There are a million different version of this all over the place, in everything to Liberty lawn to black silk to quilting cotton. Mine is a navy Robert Kaufmann gingham. It feels nice and it was easy to work with as I approached my first sleeve plackets and collar stand!

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I've been growing my skills like crazy this year and really trying to do new things, and having lots of fun with it. Sometimes you're just like, sewing is so great!!! you know?

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I spent all weekend in the car with my husband Alex and Wooster the dog and my friend as we drove down to Athens, Georgia, for a wedding. It felt interminable and my brain is totally gone right now--my friend and I are writing a middle grade fantasy-ish novel and we spent about 10 hours reading it to each other (and Alex, and the dog) to try and spot any weird phrasing and typos and stuff. We were all a little loopy at the end. The wedding was really fun but the driving and reading aloud were tough! All of this just to say that I don't really have much to add to the Archer canon. It was great to put together, well drafted, etc etc. I made a straight size 4, no modifications, and I'm pretty happy with the fit. Next time, I'll make real sleeve plackets--I think this style would be good for a silk blouse or something, but I don't like it for a menswear-style shirt. Then even in my remake I will be learning a new skill. I did seem to have a lot of extra cuff fabric--I may have done my pleats wrong.

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I was thinking about making Alex an Archer, just in a larger size. I tried googling but I couldn't find anyone who made one for a man! I think it would work fine though--there's not really any drafting that would make it inappropriate for a man, especially if you use the alternate steps Grainline provides to make a real sleeve placket. Has anyone seen a men's Archer, or have a reason why this would a bad idea?

xoxo,
allie

ps: if anyone knows a middle grade fiction agent that would like to read a manuscript, send me an email! our quick pitch is: "reverse harry potter, or, what would happen if the malfoys had a squib daughter and decided to send her to boarding school in america." i'm biased, but it's awesome.

allie J.

11 comments:

  1. Your shirt looks so great! I haven't made the Archer yet but I love the Alder and am looking forward to making the mash-up. I have some Liberty print set aside for an Archer. Lucky Lucille has a pink and yellow Archer that I would love to copy. Can I try on yours to see the sizing? You can make several of these and wear them all the time!

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    1. Of course you can! It will be too big for you though. I might make myself a 2 next and see if the two fits better.

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  2. I think you could make that for Alex if you change the way the buttons work.

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  3. Your shirt looks fantastic! I just completed my first shirt after taking the Classic Tailored Shirt on Craftsy. I learned so many techniques. Congratulations! I plan to do a guys shirt next too. I noticed that you liked the fabric that you purchased - I might try this line too -thanks for that tip I love it when others talk about the fabric they use and critique it. Thanks!

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    1. Did you like that craftsy class? I have been tempted by it, since collars are full of those little fiddly bits that I dislike so much :(

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  4. This is so cute! I love it in gingham! I have made McCall's M6044 a couple of times for my husband- it's a basic buttondown. It doesn't have a traditional sleeve placket, so I modified the pattern to include one, but it might be easier to do that than to try to fit a women's pattern for a fella.

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    1. Thanks! I wanted to pick something that didn't require too much plaid matching, so gingham it was! This one also doesn't have a traditional placket--I'll definitely be adding one next time I make this pattern. Thanks for the recommendation of M6044!

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  5. I just made myself a muslin of this, and I was totally thinking of doing one for my bf. It was only an idle thought, but now I've seen the idea somewhere else, I can't drop it. Did you do it? Did it work?

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    1. I haven't done it yet, but I did make him try mine on though. It was too small, but it looked pretty normal besides that! If you make one let me know!

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  6. When Emily of Mai Attique and I decided to sew 1970s inspired dresses, I knew I wanted to make Simplicity 8013. What a beauty!
    Tabitha Hayes

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