From Friday to Sunday, I sewed two more Archer shirts. These two had been on my list for a long time, and the fabric had been prepped and ready to go for several months. But I wanted both of them to be perfect, so I didn't let myself make them until I'd gotten the fit just right with this pattern.
Today I'm showing you the first one - a very plain chambray shirt. I cannot tell you how many times over the last couple years I've been trying to put an outfit together and wished I had a chambray or denim shirt. I went shopping many times to try to buy one, to no avail. Nothing ever fit right. So I am thrilled that this shirt turned out so perfectly. It really fills a hole in my wardrobe.
I've talked about the construction and fitting on this shirt ad nauseum in a few other posts, so I don't have a whole lot to add. I'm proud of myself that I took my time and concentrated on getting everything just so.
For this shirt, I used Pro-Woven Shirt Crisp (which happens to be on sale this month) on the collar and cuffs for a more substantial, menswear feel. On the button and buttonhole bands, I used Pellon SF 101 for structure without stiffness.
When I make shirts out of voile or lawn, I prefer the sleeve placket given in the pattern - it feels more feminine to me. But on this heavier fabric, I decided to do a tower placket, again more in keeping with a masculine feel.
And for topstitching the cuff, I used a little trick I'd noticed on some of Hubby's business shirts. Rather than stitching all the way around, I stopped just short of that super bulky spot where everything comes together.
One of the items I "needed" this shirt to go with is that velveteen pencil skirt I made a while ago. I LOVE how these work together. The grey/blue of the chambray is the same as one of the background colors on the skirt.
And since what is important to me when I put together an outfit is the shoes and lipstick (truly!), here are the deets:
Shoes: Frye Carson Pump in Charcoal
Lipstick: NYX Perfect Red Matte Lipstick
"Statement" necklace: Francesca's - the statement being that I'm cheap - or rather, that I prefer to spend my money on shoes
Earrings: plain pearl studs
I played around with adding a belt, but I'm not so sure I love it. What do you guys think: belt, or no belt? Because I went with the straight waistband (rather than curved) on the skirt, the waist is a bit big for me, so the belt helps in that regard, but I can't decide if I like how it looks.
And here's a little FYI for you: I've worn this pencil skirt a time or two already and discovered something that did not occur to me when I made it: if you don't put a vent in your skirt, you can't pull it up over your hips if you have to pee! Aaack! I found that out the hard way! You have to take the whole skirt down like you would pants. Did you guys know that?
Up tomorrow: weekend Archer #2, which I'm actually wearing today!