My first Archer
This is one of those projects that I made a while back but never blogged about. It was the first Archer that I made, and I decided to do a popover. This was before Grainline offered the popover add on, so I just used some online tutorials that unfortunately have vanished. But I've since bought the popover variation myself just to make things easier.
This was also one of my May makes last year. My goals for Me Made May last year were to wear handmade 5 days a week, and to sew 5 new garments in that month. I beat that goal and made 6! Sadly, I will likely have no such luck this year as I will have a major project in construction at work this May.
So, like I said, this was my first Archer. It wasn't my last. I think I'm up to 6, with plans for several more. But this one is still my favorite. Why? CATS. ORIGAMI CATS.
This fabric came from my very favorite fabric source, Miss Matatabi on Etsy. I adore the shop, adore Frances, and have had nothing but excellent service from her over the past couple of years. This particular fabric (a lovely lawn) is no longer available, but she has nearly a hundred other cat related fabrics for sale now!
In addition to the popover variation, I also did a mandarin collar. I think I might have been tight on fabric for this project. But I love the mandarin collar anyway. It's a favorite for me, and something I've repeated on many of my Archers since.
I cut the largest size, and had no problems with sizing. The sleeves are a little big, but that's by design. And it makes it easier to push up/roll up my sleeves, which I am always doing.
Not much else to say, other than I love this shirt. So much. This was one of my touchstone items when I was Kon-Mari-ing my closet. What brings me joy? A heart print sweatshirt, a purple floral dress, this cat shirt. One of the things I love so much about sewing is that I truly have so many items that I adore. Not just things that I like because it's cute or it was a bargain or it makes me boobs look good. I have so many clothing items that I truly love now!
Pattern: Grainline Archer
Fabric: Origami cat lawn
Notions: My favorite mother of pearl buttons from the neighborhood fabric store