Sunday, 23 March 2014

The Topshop Gingham Archer Shirt

The cotton gingham hidden button placket Archer shirt I copied from Topshop (sorry Topshop!)

Left: Topshop
Right: Me made Archer!

I saw this shirt in Topshop and immediately thought Archer!  I'm so in love with this pattern that this is now Archer number IIII!  I used a light cotton gingham in a large and small check.  I found this hidden button placket tutorial on Youtube, which was pretty simple to do and hey presto!

For the yoke and collar I used the small check gingham cotton again.  I'm still struggling with Jen's video on the sewalong tutorial for the collar.  I can't seem to get it neat and tidy at the front where the button hole is, I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong there but apart from that I've pretty much nailed the Archer now.

The cotton is so light that it barely needs ironing when it comes out of the wash!  I can pretty much just throw it on!

This time for the sleeve plackets lovely Carolyn pointed me in the direction of this tutorial.  It worked a dream and was so easy to follow, and I didn't have any issues with lining up the button holes either!  Fab.

I used my new overlocker (the overlord as it shall now be known as, thank you Claudia! #GBSB) for the inside seams and I'm soooo pleased with the results I could actually wear it inside out!  Georgina was asking me about it, just for you lady here's a pic - it's awesome get one!  It works by stitching over the edges to prevent seams from fraying.  As you can see I'm still getting used to it as I'm a little way off the main seam stitch.  I aim to get closer for a neater finish!  The overlocker (sorry overlord :-)) works by cutting the fabric as you feed it in and stitches as it goes.

I've done so many Archers now I think it's time for a new challenge.  My next projects will hopefully be some jersey t-shirts for the summer.  I've got my fabric just searching for the perfect pattern (I'm so fussy when it comes to style!).  I'd also like to make a paperbag skirt - can anyone recommend a pattern?  I have been looking at Salme on Etsy - are they any good?
I've been lucky enough to have been gifted these fabulous fabrics and can't wait to play!


  1. This came out so well - love it!! I'm so glad that sleeve placket tutorial worked out well for you - I'm going to do all my sleeves like that from now on. Love the two different scales of gingham too! :)

    You'll nail the collar eventually, I'm sure. I'm still working on perfecting the ends of the collar stand - so tricky!

  2. So glad you like it, thanks! I think I'm going to do the same too with the plackets- they look some much nicer, don't they.
    Oops yes I meant collar stand too! Let me know if you figure it out!

  3. What an awesome effort! I am too scared to try the Archer - you inspire me! :D

    1. Thanks Lady! It's really not that difficult, I found Jen's tutorial invaluable! Give it a try!

    2. ohh! I love the different scale ginghams! Great effect

    3. Thanks so much! I can't take the credit for the idea sadly!

  4. Nice! Love Archer as well - such a satisfying sew! Like the hidden button band - might give that one a go as well.

    1. Thanks so much! The tutorial I used made it easypeasy! Great effect too I think! Let me know how you get on! This is by far my fav Archer ☺