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.

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What’s on the sewing table

First this title means that there is a sewing table: yay!! All my things arrived 2 weeks ago and opening all the boxes felt like Christmas, except Santa packed your own stuff, kept it for 3 months and brought it back in tons of packing paper (which will be great for cutting silk!). Not sure that Santa would be as successful with kids…

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I started working on this burda dress for the silk (yes silk!!!) i found a few weeks ago in Port-au-Prince. The store is in Pétion Ville and is called “De fil en Aiguilles”.

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More as soon as I find oil for my industrial Juki machine!!

So I’m in Haiti…

View of Port-au-Prince taken from l'Observatoire Boutiliers!
View of Port-au-Prince taken from l’Observatoire Boutiliers

I arrived on the 5th of March in Port-au-Prince. My new job is great, I managed to find a lovely apartment in Montagne Noire, my colleagues are very nice and I just found a great yoga studio but…. my shipment, with all my sewing stuff, has been waiting to go through customs for several weeks now. Don’t get me wrong, I do miss my friends and family, but I can talk to them! I cannot talk to my industrial juki and I miss her (yes, she’s a girl)… Please Haitian customs people, REUNITE US !!!

Anyway, this is why I’m not posting or sewing anything and it’s getting frustrating.

See you soon! (I hope…)