Another Archer – with added flouncing

white archer 1

Outdoor pictures – it must be Spring!

After making the quick and easy Plantain (which I wore three times last week – so definitely a huge win) I felt like getting back into something a bit more involved.

Lucky dip shopping at Abakhan turned up some fabulous white cotton shirting fabric. It may have been a fine twill or it may not, but it was soft, drapey, pressed perfectly and felt lovely. I decided to make another Archer – this time going for view B with the flounce at the back (flounce? ruffle? flap? I am going to stick with flounce because it is such a good word!). I haven’t seen as many makes of this version but I think I like it better than the usual View A.

white archer side

When I made my first Archer I lengthened the body as I wanted it to fall below hip length. I kept that adjustment this time but I went down to a size 10 – my first version was deliberately over-sized but I wanted slightly more fit this time – it’s still quite loose though – I think I could go down a size again at the shoulders. I meant to shorten the sleeves slightly but forgot, so I just fold the cuffs over.

white archer back

As this was my second time it was a bit easier to put it all together and it went much more quickly. I made the effort to use french seams for the side and sleeve seams which came out well. I think going a bit faster meant I wasn’t quite as careful as the first time because I rather messed up one side of the collar stand which has ended up with raw edges, because I don’t wear it buttoned up at the neck this is visible which is really annoying, but short of a huge and fiddly unpicking job I can’t see how I can fix it. I’m hoping it isn’t really noticeable (what do you think?).

white archer 4

Lengthening the body actually means that the flounce sits lower on my hips than it was intended to, so I would rethink that if I make it again. To be honest I think it sits right on the widest part of my hips and rather emphasizes them but I still like the flounce so much in this soft fabric that I decided not to care. I think this version is a bit dressier for work – I have worn it with a skirt and with trousers. I have only really worn my first Archer at weekends with jeans but I can see myself wearing this one a lot.

I am really pleased how this one turned out and I already want another like this – expect to see a lot more of it in Me-Made-May!

 

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. maevef2014 says:

    That is a really nice shirt and is very flattering on you. Your hips are tiny! Hope you get lots of wear out of it.

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    1. mrszandstra says:

      Thank you! I really love this shirt – covers a multitude of sins without being too tent like!

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  2. ksgentry says:

    I love a crisp white shirt and the added ‘flounce’ in the back is so cute. Great job.

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    1. mrszandstra says:

      Thank you! It is a really versatile top – I definitely need more

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  3. Rebecca says:

    Great archer! I really love the addition of the flounce in back!

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    1. mrszandstra says:

      Thank you! I think I prefer the flounce version now

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  4. This is lovely – a really classic shirt but with an added twist from the flounce. Looks like a great fit.

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    1. mrszandstra says:

      Thankyou – I really love it – I have been wearing it a lot!

      Louise

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      1. mrszandstra says:

        I am near the Liverpool store – it’s a total lucky dip really – you never know what you will find and it’s frustrating that you can’t always tell what the fabric is but sometimes there are nice pieces under the random piles!

        Louise

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