Late Archer appreciation: it’s a shirt, it’s a dress, it’s a shirtdress!

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What, a new post??? I warned you, it’s going to be crazy blogging weeks with at least a post a week… It will be probably followed by the usual hiatus. Not because I haven’t been sewing (I have, 2 pencil skirts in one weekend, so proud!) but because I travel every 2 months so that usually put everything on hold. This time, I will be going back to NYC for 5 days (YAY!!! FRIENDS !!! DOUBLE YAY!!! MOOD FABRICS!!! TRIPLE YAY!!!) and then joining The Old Man) in Guatemala (3rd time now).

Now going to this dress, if you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I have a limited number but very pronounced obsessions (hum hum Miranda Kerr… hum hum). Among them you can count skinny jeans, pumps, shirts, maxi skirts, pencil skirts and SHIRTDRESSES. All these pretty much define how I dress on a daily basis.

I already made one last year but since then I started thinking about a dress that would be basically a long loose shirt. And what would be more perfect than Grainline Studio’s Archer pattern for that purpose ? That’s right, NOTHING!

Following the advice on Twitter from A Stitching Odyssey, I used size 0 for bust and waist and graded out to a 2 in the hips. In addition, to turn this shirt pattern into a dress I just added 10 inches below the hips area. I think it’s important to do the lengthening below the hip level other wise you end up elongating the curve between the waist and the hip. Other than that I did 0 alterations. Yes, you read well zero.Knowing me you could have expected a debauch of 1/4″ seam allowances, redrafting of the under collar, changing the button placket, etc. But, I wanted to follow the sewalong to the letter, so i did NONE of that, ET VOILA! I finished all seams with french seams, including the armholes (I recommend it, it’s really really nice).

The fabric is something synthetic that I found here in Port-au-Prince, I would go for something like rayon. Actually, The Old Man found it and made me buy it. He is EXTREMELY proud of it, so every time I got a compliment for the dress, he is beaming (men..). As much as I like to contradict him, I have to admit that it’s nice to wear, easy to wash and to iron. I already used the remnants to make one of the pencil skirts mentioned above. But of course it will probably take me an additional 2 months to blog about those.

So anyway, I did not make it on time for the Archer Appreciation month launched by Lucky Lucille and Miss Crayola Creepy back in December (part of my love/hate relationship with sewalongs) but I really love this dress. It’s a great option for these days when you have nothing to wear! I have a white 23mm silk crepe in my stash that is screaming to be made into something similar to this very popular pinterest picture… I may remove 3/4″ to the shoulder length though, because they are dropping a bit.

Have a great day everybody, I will finish this post with a gratuitous picture of where I was last weekend, this is  Ile-a-Vache, an island in the South of Haiti.



33 thoughts on “Late Archer appreciation: it’s a shirt, it’s a dress, it’s a shirtdress!

  1. beebeesvintagedress February 26, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    Its totally lovely well done clever lady. I can’t believe no one has thought of this before. I think I might have to pull out an Archer Shirtdress as my no.4 x

    • sewamysew February 27, 2014 / 12:07 am

      This is so pretty! I’ve been thinking about an Archer dress for a while now. This is the perfect inspiration.

  2. Susan February 27, 2014 / 12:00 am

    The dress looks lovely on you. Nice work!

  3. Debbie Iles February 27, 2014 / 1:18 am

    What a clever idea! I’ve missed the Archer boat I think, but I could always do with a shirt dress! I love that fabric, suits it perfectly, and nice styling with the belt.

    • The Sewing French Girl February 27, 2014 / 11:34 am

      Thanks Debbie!! I kind of missed the shirt boat too so let’s launch a new one!

  4. Sarah - Fabric Tragic February 27, 2014 / 10:35 am

    Looks so chic! I’ve not made an Archer but I did make a shirt dress out of a lovely vintage blouse pattern and just love it – like you it’s great to out on when you don’t know what to wear – instant outfit.

    • The Sewing French Girl February 27, 2014 / 11:35 am

      Thank you Sarah, did you blog that shirt dress? Instant outfit is definitely a thing i should work on more often!

  5. gingermakes February 27, 2014 / 4:34 pm

    This is so lovely! I’m so into it! Great job!

    • The Sewing French Girl February 27, 2014 / 6:48 pm

      Thank you Beth! I was admiring your latest jacket just yesterday, your skills are amazing!!

  6. elle February 27, 2014 / 4:53 pm

    This is BEAUTIFUL. And so inspiring!

  7. Dana Gray February 28, 2014 / 11:53 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Great fabric and it fits you beautifully. Fantastic idea to make a shirt dress. So versatile!

  8. Rebecca February 28, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    I love this as a dress! Great fabric- love the floral. Makes me want to give this pattern a try 🙂

  9. Sasha March 7, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    Love what you’ve done with it … and looks great on you!!!

  10. Beth May 14, 2014 / 5:22 pm

    This looks great! I love the fabric.

  11. Sue Parrott August 5, 2014 / 2:11 am

    Goodness, so very pretty! I recently discovered the Archer and have to try your idea of making into a shirtdress myself!

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