{Grainline Studio} Cherry blossom Archer shirt

Here's one I made earlier.

A lot earlier. 

I took a long and unintentional break from sewing at the end of 2017. From just before Christmas until the beginning of April I sewed precisely nothing. Then, I decided to help this gorgeous piece of cotton lawn in fulfilling its destiny.
Grainline Studio Archer shirt
This shirt has been finished since mid-April. But, as is often the case, the universe resolved to demonstrate who's actually in charge and sent Britain the hottest and longest heatwave I have experienced since moving here 17 years ago. It got very warm straight after I finished this and I have not been able to wear it yet.
Grainline Studio Archer shirt
It's a Grainline Studio Archer shirt, which I made once before and I love it. I wear my other one a lot but since it's linen, it's a bit too cool to wear year round. I made it exactly as is, in a size 2 again. But this time I went with view B, for the gathered skirt on the back. I'm so happy with how it turned out. 
Grainline Studio Archer shirt
The fabric is the best bit though because it'll remind me of being in Dublin every time I wear it. I bought the fabric at Cloth when we were in Dublin last year to see U2. It's a Lady McElroy cotton lawn called Flora Songbird, however, it doesn't look like they do it in white anymore. Having said that, I've just spotted the navy and pink colourway during my Google trawl and now I want it!
Grainline Studio Archer shirt
When I bought the fabric I knew I was going to make an Archer out of it. The pattern suggests about 2m but I was confident I could squeezed this out of the 1.5m I had bought. I was right. I got all the pieces cut out of it, even the yoke lining, inner stand and under collar. Plus, my print is directional - or I would've had bat-like birds all over the place. It was comfortable, too. No leftovers but no strategic cutting required either.
Grainline Studio Archer shirt
The buttons are really cute as well. They came from Minverva Crafts and I really like them. They add to the shirt and are a little unconventional but they don't steal focus.
Grainline Studio Archer shirt
The gathered back skirt is a lovely design element. And oh, so satisfying to sew. I don't know why so many people loathe sewing gathers. It's great for a change to go: No, I will NOT smooth out this seam, thank you very much. It can stay all puckered and I just won't care!
 Grainline Studio Archer shirt

Pattern: Archer button up by Grainline Studio
Version: B
Size: 2
Changes: none
Fabric: cotton lawn

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