Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Archer button up shirt


For me, spring is shirt. Correctly, I feel like making shirts at the onset of spring. Sometimes it comes early, sometimes it comes reluctantly. This year the feeling came to me very late, but this time it was very strong. In the night some days ago, Saturday night, I suddenly needed an indigo shirt for this spring. Next morning I went off to the shopping mall for hunting some indigo-dyed dungaree, muttering "dungaree dungaree dungaree, dungaree dungaree dungaree, ..." but without any actual sound. I am sure that there were at least 5 people who heard auditory hallucination from my brain activity in the mall. The emotion was that desperate.

Anyway, at the point I came to the only handcraft shop in the mall, though I was an insane, I was a happy one thinking I was going to buy a nice fabric for my shirt. However, you know what happened, I found that they didn't have any decent apparel fabrics any more. They now have fabrics only for school bags and table napkins (or something similar) because, I dunno, because they decided to annoy me. I was disappointed but couldn't give it up for a while. I hung around its small fabric corner for more than an hour knowing that I was not getting any fiber material from the rack. I sighed. I am mature enough to know that wrong fabrics make wrong clothes. Still muttering, I was finally on my way home. Then I noticed there was one UNIQLO store between me and my car. I dropped in to make a double check they didn't have my fabric either. Well, actually, they had. After spending some more time in UNIQLO and I bought two of men's shirts from the rack of discount, calling them fabrics. I am not doing it all the time, but I allowed myself to do it because it was a bad day.

And here you see my new dungaree shirt. The pattern is Archer button up shirt from Grainline Studio. I know some of you would like to see someone else's version of Archer shirt to check how it is like because it was released quite recently. I hope it helps you a bit.



Sleeve tops have unfaded sections from inside of the shoulder seams of the original shirt.
plackets and pockets are left intact. never mind the narrow space between 1st and 2nd button holes!

It has the seams that were originally side seams in the lower back because of the fabric width limitation. You may be distinguishing the old threads(yellowish off white) from new ones(off white).
I am so happy with my new shirt. I think it is my best favorite shirt ever. I am so glad that I dared to allow myself to consume two functioning (not for me though) shirts to get my material. I am guilty but I'd count it as good that I learned a lot about constructions and inner materials of retailed shirts during disassembling. It wasn't a plan. But it was a very happy ending on the whole. On the whole. Okay, this is my say. Well... thank you for your patience!

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Shirt
Pattern: Archer button up shirt from Grainline Studio
-styleB
-size6, graded down to size4 only around shoulders
-front plackets and front pockets were transplanted from one of the material shirts without disassembling.
-sleeves were shortened because the shortage of material.
-height of collars was lowered by 0.5cm
(my measurements are 166-91-72-91cm/5'5"-36-28-36inch)
Fabric: Shirting cotton plain woven, probably chambray, or thinner dungaree, indigo blue, micro-dots in off white, pre-washed, resourced from retailed men's shirts

Pants
Pattern: Stretch skinny pants from Pumila (shop closed)
Fabric: Stretch cotton twill, very light gray
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Talk to you soon!!
xoxo

yoshimi

21 comments:

  1. Both shirts are amazing! I love the fabric and simplicity.

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  2. Gorgeous shirts. Love the details.

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  3. Really nice shirt pattern and so well executed. I love that you did not let go of your goal and got your fabric one way or another! I like the fabric too.

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  4. > I bought two of men's shirts from the rack of discount, calling them fabrics.

    I share your frustration finding fashion fabrics. But, I am so glad that you were able to improvise and achieve your vision. It looks great!

    Oddly, I blogged about my difficulties finding fashion fabrics yesterday, too.

    http://badmomgoodmom.blogspot.com/2013/03/butterick-5816.html

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  5. Love your shirt. Great idea to cannibalize the other shirts. Using the button band and pockets was smart!

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  6. Lovely. I've made the same version in a lawn. Just buttonholes away. Your version looks great! x

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  7. Awesome! That shirt is very spring and it suits you so well!

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  8. Wow. That looks great. Maybe I do need an archer shirt after all.

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  9. This shirt is absolutely gorgeous. I think really nice shirting fabric is so very hard to find, and I like your excellent solution to the problem :)

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  10. So lovely!

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  11. Awesome shirt. I love the fabric you used for this.

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  12. not only so you have the prettiest makes, you have the best sense of humor. you always make me laugh!

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  13. So creative! Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do, yea? By the way, I love all your shoes! ;)

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  14. Yoshimi, you are so classy! Everything you make is understated and elegant. This is a beautifully executed shirt and as usual, your photography looks like it belongs in the pages of a fashion magazine.

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  15. "Dungaree, dungaree, dungaree..." Your mental muttering made me laugh. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that!

    Your shirt is stellar. Undoubtedly better looking than the two that were on the rack.

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  16. "Dungaree, dungaree, dungaree..." Your mental muttering made me laugh. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that!

    Your shirt is stellar. Undoubtedly better looking than the two that were on the rack.

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  17. hahaha you're hilarious. And gorgeous. The shirt is wonderful and will last longer (and look way better) than the two that made the ultimate sacrifice on its behalf. XD

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  18. Oh, this is so gorgeous. I want to make it too - and your fabric choice is sooo cute! :-)

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  19. This is so great! Your version is the most inspiring yet...

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