The idea for this button up was born during a shopping trip with my mom. While in an antique store we scored these fabulous shoe clips in the Art Deco style. I’d just read this post on Lisa Salzer the founder and designer of Lulu Frost. For the record I am crazy for this jewelry. Lisa often repurposes vintage pieces in her work (check out the Vintage/100 Year collection) and I was itching to make something from vintage jewelry myself. I’ve also been inspired by beading which has been cropping up all over, but especially at J. Crew. Adding a little bling in form of shoe clips to an Archer collar was my marriage of these two ideas.
As for the Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham (I’m calling it a buffalo plaid because it’s cold outside) this was my version of mixing high and low. Despite the sparkles at the collar I wanted this button up to read casual overall so I could get some wear out of it. Katy of Sleek Silhouettes also used this fabric for an Archer (twinsies!) and Dixie made a cute blue plaid Archer.
A little bit about construction, in the unlikely event that you haven’t met this pattern it is the Archer Button Up by Grainline Studio. I sewed my top in a size two as described by the pattern. If you’ve never made a button up before, Jen’s sew-along is fantastic and Four Square Walls has a fabulous collar tutorial. I considered french seams because I like to roll up my sleeves, but this fabric is very thick and I was worried that my shirt would become incredibly rigid. Instead I opted for serged sleeves and side seams to reduce bulk. I also choose to omit the button band and cuff interfacing again because the fabric is hefty. My buttons are slightly closer together 3 inches rather than the prescribed 3 1/2 and added an extra button to the cuffs.
The real trick was matching the plaid. This quickly became an obsession. I used Jen’s method for matching plaid plus pins, lots and lots of pins. I actually pin each transition from white to black through both fabric thicknesses to ensure that they lined up when sewn. Yeah, obsession. This certainly lengthens construction time, but by gum the plaid matches.
So there you have it another Archer for the blogosphere. Hopefully my next post will be a coat because this winter blogging is ridiculous!
Supplies: Archer Button Up pattern Grainline Studio, 3 yards Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham (buffalo plaid in my book), 1/2 yard touch of gold interfacing, 12 x 3/8″ shell buttons, white thread, antique shoe clips