Saturday, November 14, 2015

Herringbone Flannel Archer

I made a flannel shirt. Yep, flannel.


Yep, me. The woman who complains about Bangkok's stifling heat on a regular basis, made a long-sleeved flannel shirt.


Did I make this shirt specifically to wear during a one-week trip to the Northeast U.S. in mid-November? What?! No. Noooooo... that would be crazy, right?! 


Ok, fine, yes. Yes, I did. Shhhh. It's an Archer and it's flannel and it's fluffy and it's warm and I don't care. I wanted something new and fun and warm to wear for the trip since all of my winter clothes are, at a minimum, five years old (purchased before moving abroad to Southeast Asia).


The fun thing is, I snuck in some blog photos while on the trip... the autumn leaves were lovely in Boston's Public Gardens, so I forced my mom to take my photo (thanks, Martha!).


The fabric is Kaufman Shetland flannel in Ocean, a pretty turquoise and black herringbone, that I bought from the Imagine Gnats shop (affiliate link). This stuff is insanely soft!

I cut the button band, pockets and yoke on the cross grain to shake things up a bit, although you can barely tell because the whole thing reads like a solid until you're up close.


Speaking of up close, don't look too closely at my collar stand, as it's a bit of a nightmare. The fabric is quite thick, so anytime there were multiple layers, I struggled a bit.... The patch pockets on the front also turned out 3-dimensional because of the thick fabric. I was worried it would look weird, but I kinda like it.


I skipped the top two buttonholes because my machine didn't want to deal with the layers. I never button them anyway, so no biggie. And I finished the hem with a bias tape facing because I knew that double-turning that thick fabric on the curved hem would be impossible and bulky. The bias tape worked out beautifully!


I had to lengthen my stitch a bunch for the topstitching; my machine wouldn't have it otherwise. But I recently learned how to use my edgestitching/stitch in the ditch foot, which helped keep things straight.


I made two silly mistakes, neither of which really matters to me as far as wearability goes: I made the back pleat inside out and I accidentally put the button band on the wrong side of the front bodice. Oops!


Size-wise, I decided to cut the same size as my last Archer, but graded up a size at the hips since I find my first one to be a bit snug in that area. I dealt with my crazy-long and crazy-wide sleeve issues by shortening them by 3 inches and grading down two sizes at the lower arm and cuff. I'm really happy with the fit! Having slimmer, shorter sleeves makes the whole shirt look much sleeker and less slouchy.


Overall, I'm loving this Archer! It's like a wearable blanket. In the words of that kid from Despicable Me, one my nieces' favorite movies, "It's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!!"



22 comments:

  1. Your shirt looks great, Meg! The mods to the sleeves look perfect. I have another Archer cut out but I haven't had a chance to start sewing it yet. I am hoping that I've slimmed the sleeves down enough that they will fit better than my last Archer! That pattern is definitely drafted for someone with monkey arms!

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    1. Thanks, Teri! Yeah, the sleeves were an issue on my last one, but I am happy with the shortened, slimmed down version on this one.

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  2. I love it! Thanks for mentioning how you worked out the issue with the sleeves. I have this pattern but have hesitated making it up because all of the sleeve width issues that others have reported.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I think there may be a grading error or something that is making the sleeves so off. But it's an easy fix, I think. I went from a 14 at the shoulder to a 10 at the lower arm/cuff and that worked fine for me.

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  3. It's gorgeous! And I totally make stuff for trips - you always need something special when you are holidaying. I love that flannel, it looks so snuggly!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one making things specially for trips!! Omg, this flannel, you have to get some. So soft and fluffy!

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  4. I am absolutely in love with this - the colour, the fabric, pure genius. If I made one for myself would you take it as a form of flattery?! Chic + super comfy = holy grail of clothing :)

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    1. I would be honored if you made one!!!

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  5. I think one of the joys of sewing is being able to make something specifically, well, just because, and whatever the just because is. This is going to be one of those throw it on all the time skirts as it looks to be so comfortable.

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    1. So true, Rhonda, so true. I feel justified in making this, too, because it's a classic shirt that won't go out of style, so when I move back to cooler climates, it should still work!

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  6. You are very funny :) Your shirt looks great and I am feeling very envious, shivering in London. I love a wearable blanket.

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    1. Ha ha, thanks, Debra! You should make yourself a wearable blanket, too! So warm...

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  7. Looked even more fab in person! I'd have to be restrained from stroking my sleeves all day if I was wearing it..

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! Ha ha, that's pretty much what I did for the two days in a row that I wore this shirt!

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  8. The color looks really really good on you. I love it.
    I like the pockets too. they are like THE perfect size. any smaller and I think they'd look weird. Nice job on everything :-)

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  9. This looks so cozy and nice and almost feels like a direct response to me making a shirt with the darker blue shetland for Joe, looking at him, and thinking, *I* want a shirt like this for MEEEEEEE. Well, here, you've gone and done it! And once you're back in Bangkok, can I maybe just borrow it (and wear it to death)? No?! What? It's so fluffy I'm gonna DIE!

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    1. Ha ha- I know, when I saw your shetland shirt, I thought to myself, "Great minds..." You should make one for yourself!! You deserve it.

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  10. Awesome! I bought some of this same flannel in charcoal for a shirt just like this. Love it!

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    1. Oooh, that will be great! You'll want to swaddle yourself in this fabric; it's so soft.

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  11. I love the fabric and think it turned out wonderfully.

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