Well actually I’m not sure how wild a button down with diamonds is, really. If they were real diamonds maybe, although I’m not sure it would be wild in a good way. This is just a line from My Brightest Diamond, whose album This Is My Hand has been on repeat for the last weeks. It’s an excellent song to have on when you’re doing a little dance every time a Jade Skirt order comes in. But I digress, here’s my Archer with diamonds!
I remember when I saw this fabric online at cousette.com, it was just immediately telling me it wanted to become an Archer. It’s a ‘batiste’, a lightweight cotton poly blend. It’s from designer Aime Comme Marie, I really like her designs. I had kind of a mint infatuation this summer, I bought the fabric for my Gabriola around the same time. Oh spring in Italy, such sweet memories! I actually cut it out right after my wintery woollen Archer but only got around to making it in August.
I left off the upper collar, it seemed more summery to me like that. And because I always roll up the cuffs anyway I didn’t bother with a pretty placket, just the one that’s in the instructions. The buttons I found also in Italy, they’re metal and I love the contrast with the kind of sweet mint. Some seams are slightly puckered, maybe due to the machine I was using. My own machine was away for maintenance and I only had a 60’s model Bernina at my disposal. Which was a lot of fun in itself, but I did miss my elegant Janome with it’s walking foot, especially for those button bands. As this is my third Archer (the only pattern I’ve ever made three times) I havent got that much to say about construction. I did French seams on the side and armholes, and flat felled ones on the shoulders and yoke.
I didn’t make any further adjustments, although I do think I spotted another fit issue. I think I have forward sloping shoulders. See how there’s a ridge from the collar to the shoulder? And how the shoulder seam lies flatter and more in line with my shoulder when I pull my shoulders back? The armhole also looks better at the front. If I make a shirt or something like that again I’m going to try and adjust for this. That and my slightly rounded back. Ah I love learning about fitting! I’ve been reading Fit for Real People like it’s a thriller too good to lay down :).
So there, another fine addition to my summer wardrobe. It can again be paired up with both shorts (but not with the Gabriola). And it’s a piece better suited for layering, the only one I can still wear at the moment and one of my favourite pieces at that. It combines the practical with a style that is really me with a fun fabric that is sweet but not too much. I’m guessing this isn’t my last Archer, just wait until I find the perfect plaid…