Our lovely friend Sarah who we introduced you to keeps stitching up so many wonderful things we felt we had to share another one of her makes with you. We feel so fortunate to have met so many fun, creative, and inspiring people through our sewing adventures and hope you enjoy meeting them too!
Take it away, Sarah:
This silky little lovely is my first successful sewing adventure involving silk (no need to linger on the details of my previous silk disaster). This time around, I am just smitten!
The pattern is, of course, the Archer from Grainline and the silk is from one of the only fabric stores left in Boston’s Chinatown district, Winmil Fabrics. It came to be mine purely by luck, as I happened into the store right as these beautiful 100% silk panels hit the racks. Dozens of women were clamoring and clawing to get to them (clearly alerted to the shipment and ready to pounce). Silk was flying everywhere, and undaunted, I joined the fight and snagged this beauty and a few others. It was not until I got home that I realized how elaborate and awesome the border print was. Medallions and elephants and peacocks and more! I knew immediately that I wanted to use part of that border print for an Archer butt ruffle, a la Emily’s fabulous cowgirl print number.
I also used different parts of the border print for the front placket, the collar, and the cuffs. I think the differences in the print are subtle enough that it all melded together perfectly, and I absolutely love the final outcome. I have had so many people comment on it and ask where they can get their own, which I absolutely love. This silk beauty is a true one-of-a-kind.
The pattern is absolute perfection, as all of you in sewing land well know. The silk was a bit slippery, of course, but I just took my time cutting and sewing the fiddly bits, and it came together perfectly smoothly. I’m still a bit shocked, honestly. I did not make any changes to the pattern except to lengthen the sleeves by an inch, which in hindsight was probably too much. Y’all think I care about those touch-too-long sleeves??? Nope. Nope. Nope. I love this shirt so much that my whole attitude changes when I wear it. A butt ruffle will make you happier, people! It will. It is basically a super hero cape for your backside. Y’all get some butt ruffles into your lives.
I have another silk ruffled Archer in the queue using one of the other panels I nabbed in the Chinatown skirmish. This one will be sleeveless and maybe sans collar. Which part of the print should I use for the ruffle? And where should I put those gold bits?!?