Sunday, March 13, 2016

Woodsy Plaid Archer Button Up


Another plaid flannel Archer! Are you sick of these yet? People started to catch on to how much I was wearing my other flannel, so I had to do the logical thing and make another one. I got more of this amazing Kaufman Mammoth flannel from, because it is in all actuality the perfect flannel. Such a great weight, so soft, and such a good quality.


Not much is different on this one, except I took the sleeves in 1/4" to just slim them down ever-so-slightly. All internal seams are flat-felled, and I made the entire thing on my little Singer Featherweight machine, thanks to a little buttonhole attachment I picked up. This is my 4th Archer, and I find that I am still learning things! Mostly, don't skimp on pins. It's okay to have to rip things out. When in doubt, steam it out. Oh wait, those are things I remind myself with every sewing project!




But seriously, as I was working on this, I was thinking about how glad I am to have this thing that I do (because I don't think calling it a "hobby" is nearly encompassing enough at this point) that I've just straight up always enjoyed, always done (well, since I was 12 or so), and can always continue to learn from and improve upon. Sewing and making clothes is my happy place. It's one thing I just don't get sick of, and as much as I do it, I'll never be 100% proficient at it - there is always room for improvement. It's humbling to continuously make mistakes, and to make very imperfect things, especially when it's in something I consider to be the strongest of my skills. I think part of the attraction of sewing is that you can always, always learn more.



Also let's talk about these buttons! These beautiful handmade wooden buttons are from Arrow Mountain, an awesome Etsy shop based out of Australia. I am so stoked on them - she has all kinds of cute designs, and I am already plotting which ones to order next! How cute do these look with this nice woodsy plaid??



That's all I've got for now. I did snag some amazing woven fabrics in Chicago last weekend, so expect to see some pretty blues and ikat weaves ASAP!

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  1. Great! These make me want to drop everything and go get some flannel and sew. Do you get your prefect plaid matches with pins or basting?

    1. Clearly I'm in the same boat - even though it's warming up, flannel is all I ever want to sew anymore! I used pins along with this great tutorial for cutting plaids: . Cutting with those instructions makes everything else so easy! :)

  2. You did an amazing job! I love this particular fabric for that shirt, too!

    1. Thank you so much! Gotta love a good plaid! :)

  3. It looks great! And those buttons really are perfect. I like what you said about sewing, that's how I feel about fiber arts: you can do it your whole life and never stop improving or learning new things. :)

    1. Thank you! And truly, it is so about all fiber arts. Plus, there are so many aspects of fiber arts to learn about - we should never find ourselves bored! :)

  4. I couldn't agree more about sewing as a happy place and it being more than a hobby and more like a way of life. Just found your blog last night and I love your plaid Archer!

    1. Yes, making really is a way of life! Thanks for the compliments and thanks for stopping by! :)


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