Everybody’s favorite shirt

If you’ve been reading sewing blogs for a while, you know that when you’re looking for the perfect shirt – as in: elegant, yet not too stiff, comfortable, but not oversize, as if you had borrowed it from menswear, on sewing pattern seems to rule them all: the Archer button-down, by Grainline Studio.

From my over-planning tendancies…

I had purchased the pdf version a while ago, convinced by the numerous versions I had seen online. Since this shirt fitted very well within my dream of a “grown up, functional wardrobe”, and since I’m definitely more about planning than execution, I immediatly planned no less than 9 different versions in my to-do list… then forgot about it for a year.

… to an unplanned project

When a pattern has been sewn multiple times by everyone, people tend to write great, detailed reviews! Thanks to Camille’s post, I understood that Archer might not be the perfect shirt pattern for me, after all: the lack of darts is rarely flattering on my body shape. Yet, this could be all right for a plaid flanel overshirt. And so I added a tenth version at the top of my to-do list.

Project notes

Following Camille’s feedback, I lengthened both the bodice and the sleeves by 3 cm: I’m very pleased with the new length, which suits my humble meter 68, especially as I tend to wear this shirt over long-sleeves t-shirt. I’ve already sewn many shirts, so I didn’t pay too much attention to Grainline Studio’s sew-along, but it seemed very well-made. I replaced the sleeve packets by my usual plackets, which I prefer. After hesitating a little bit, I did my usual alteration on shirts and bodices and shaved 1,5 cm off both shoulders. The shape is still boxy, so I look like I borrowed my shirt from a woodcutter – albeit a rather metrosexual one, who likes his shirts fitted.

Final thoughts

I’m fairly pleased with this project: If I hadn’t had the pattern in my stash, and read Camille’s review (nor if I weren’t a bit jealous of the many flannel shirts you can find in my office comes winter), I would never have made it, but it makes my winter wardrobe slightly cooler! I like the deep shade of green and the streak of yellow of the flannel as well. Yet, everybody’s favorite shirt is not my favorite shirt, and I don’t think I’ll sew this pattern again. And here, my quest goes on!

The sun-bathed photographs are by my dear friend Noctvrna. She also photographs beautiful landscapes – check out her Instagram account!

Good resolutions (#2019makenine)

This blog began as a (very badly kept) new year resolution. It’s been left aside fort years, but since I still like to have my little corner of the internets, I decided to put it back on its feet, little by little. There are still many, many things left to do, but hey: “done is better than perfect”.

This saying is relevant for sewing as well: I’m often too perfectionist (which, for me, is quite the same thing as being a procastinator) and I’ve always wanted to bite more than I could chew. This has always kept me from this simple task: sewing what I actually need. This is why I decided to rally the #makenine project this year.

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Fresh start



New Year, new blog. I usually prefer to take good resolutions in september, but this January month happens to be very special for me. Here are a few of those that will hopefully have their place on this blog. In 2011, I hope I will:

  • Find my style. I wish there were a slightly less naive formulation, but that’s exactly what this is about; I have more clothes than I need but they’re never the right ones, at the right time : too large, not matching, or simply not me. In one year, I would like my close ones to see me coming and say “Hey, this is Carlotta, dressed like Carlotta, and it looks good!”. One the same subject, I’d like to learn a bit more about make up and hairdo.
  • Improve my sewing skills. Directly related to former point. I’m a messy, lazy half-beginner with no will to challenge myself, and it’s more than time to use the lovely patterns and fabric that currently occupy my parisian flat. More about that soon.
  • Learn about photography. Not only could this happen to be useful in my professional field, but I would like to learn about photomontage, a family tradition.
  • Document my daily life. Because I will never find my style, improve my sewing skills or practice photography if I cannot put all of that somewhere where I can look back at it and learn from my mistakes!
  • Keep playing music. Beginning to learn ukulele is definitely one of the best things I’ve done in 2010.
  • Keep being curious. Whereas curious, I’ve been lazy and especially shy for too long. I hope this blog will support this, too.

So, 2011 here I come!