Archer Lime & Gingham

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What a glorious Easter Weekend we had in Sydney!

When we weren’t out revelling in the sunshine, I was finishing off a stack of shirts I’ve had piling up in the Sewing Salon.

This is my favourite, a Lime & Gingham Grainline Archer.

It really is a superb pattern – beautifully drafted and the sew-along posts really helped make this shirt my best yet! I had several ‘a-ha’ moments – in particular how to get the collar stand and cuff alignment spot-on. As if by magic! A very good confidence builder! I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but I’ve declared this The Year of Shirts…and I am working on perfecting the art of collars, stands, cuffs etc.

I love the colour blocking potential of this pattern. This lime fabric is a butter-soft cotton lawn . The b+w gingham has a slight amount of stretch to it, so it’s very comfy to wear. Both fabrics are from The Remnant Warehouse in Alexandria.

Here it is un-buttoned at the neck, tucked in:

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Love the pleat at the back. I inverted it on this version. A later version has it ’round the other way – both look great. (stay tuned)

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Check out the fabulous Archer Flickr board for inspiration.

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28 comments

  1. Oh, Anne, this is by far the cutest Archer I’ve seen yet! Love the color blocking! You are so creative. Makes me want to make another. Happy Easter!

    • Thanks Kristy – the piecing is what really appeals to me, too…I’m going a bit bonkers with mixing prints/colours! Love the results, however I need some single colour bases….(bummer they’re just a bit boring to sew)

  2. I really love your new shirt. My current shirt pattern lacks the shoulder panel and inverted pleat. I think I have some drafting work to do.

  3. Wow very cool shirt and I am loving the colours too ….and the proteas! I am still scared of a shirt ….. though there are several I wanna make too. I might just become inspired if you keep this up ;-)

  4. It was so nice to meet you in person last night at The Henson! This has to be one of my favourite Archer’s out there. I just love the lime and gingham together, you’ve got me thinking about a colour blocked Archer to add to my sewing queue (like I don’t have enough already) ;)

    • Lovely to meet you IRL too! What are the odds that next time we cross paths at The Henson we’ll both be wearing an Archer??? :-) (pretty good, I’d say!) …or perhaps Papercut Miessa….I’ve got a magenta one of those planned. Your shirts inspire me!!


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