Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and best wishes for the New Year! I made my second Archer – this time out of a poly chiffon with silk accents and complete with butt ruffle action! I had actually finished this shirt in October, didn’t get around to photographing it til November, and scheduled to post about it in December, which worked out perfectly, because:
I love this pattern so, so much – I already have plans for another one in plaid, and want to lengthen the pattern to be a shirt-dress in the future. I am so glad Rochelle of Lucky Lucille, Erin of Miss Crayola Creepy, and Jen from Grainline decided to make December Archer Appreciation Month because this pattern so deserved its own dedicated month – all hail the magnificent Archer! Everyone I know who has made the pattern loves it – it really is just a joy to sew (unless you’re fighting with chiffon, but more on that later).
I made this up in a straight size zero with no alterations except that I gathered the sleeve into the cuff rather than pleating it so it would be consistent with the gathering of the butt ruffle in the back. I finished the interior seams with french seams.
I think the key to my success in making this in chiffon was due to: 1. spray stabilizer – if you ever plan a project with a lightweight fabric like habotai silk or chiffon, use it, it makes cutting and sewing so much easier! 2. using a more sturdy contrasting silk for all the fiddly bits and pieces, 3. Making sure the pieces were cut on grain as much as possible; and 4. cutting the pattern out with a rotary cutter and self-healing mat. Despite my careful preparations, this shirt still took me way longer to finish than I wanted it to. There may have even been a mini-tantrum where I threw the unfinished shirt on the floor to sit and think about what it had done…
I am so glad I persevered though because I really do love the finished product. I think of all the garments I’ve made my two Archers are the ones that get the most wear. Oh, a little tip about sewing the bottom hem: I machine basted around the bottom at 1/4″ seam allowance then turned it up along that seam and pressed, then turned up one more time then stitched it down. I find this helps keep an even hem in a delicate fabric.
1.5 yards black polyester chiffon
1 yard black silk/cotton radiance
8 black shell buttons