Nani Iro Archer - the first
Actually the second one I made, but the first one I'm posting. The other one will be posted in a few days!
I am tracking my me-mades this May, and two things have become clear. I wear a lot of Grainline, and I wear a lot of Nani Iro. I'd be wearing even more Nani Iro if not for my work circumstances (essentially, I have to wear pants at work for a couple of weeks).
This top is a great example of everything I love about them both. The Grainline Archer gives me a basic, modern silhouette. The gorgeous floral linen elevates it and adds something special. And it's so soft, and so cool. Really just the perfect summer top.
I did mess this one up during construction. I originally wasn't going to buy the popover pack for the Archer, since I'd made popovers on my own before. But then, when I cut this one out, I used the wrong front pattern piece and ended up with a tooooooon of extra room in the front. Not to mention a crazy wide neckline. How didn't I notice this???
In the end, of course, I made it a design feature by gathering the excess into the neckline. I think it turned out pretty cute, and would actually be really lovely in a drapey fabric!
For construction, I did a mandarin collar, a continuous placket, and bound the armholes with bias binding. I used up the very last of my precious stripe shirting bias tape on this shirt! It's funny how many of my garments have that little surprise on the inside!
The star of this garment is truly the gorgeous fabric. I love Naomi Ito's dreamy florals, and this one printed on a soft linen is just wonderful. The fabric is a little stiff and wrinkle prone (duh, it's linen), but it's what summer dreams are made of. I expect it to get softer as it ages too! The rich blue is gorgeous with black, blush pink, cognac, really any color I've tried with it.
Pattern: Grainline Archer
Fabric: Nani Iro linen from Miss Matatabi
Modifications: made sleeveless, Mandarin collar, popover