Flamingo Archer – finished!

Grainline Flamingo Archer - finished

The 21-year-old version of myself would have hated this shirt.  It’s very PINK.  I distinctly remember going through a phase in college where I hated pink and refused to wear it no matter how small the dose.  I would go on and on about how I’m not a girly girl and how pink epitomizes everything that feminists rage against.  Fast forward about 10 years.  I’m still not a girly girl, but I absolutely love this shirt.  🙂

Grainline Flamingo Archer - front

Project Stats:

Pattern: Grainline Archer, quickly becoming my TNT button-down shirt pattern.

Fabric: Robert Kaufman Pinpoint Oxford (100% cotton shirting) in baby pink, with accents in a diagonal-striped hot pink quilting cotton.  Cotton grosgrain ribbon along the button band.

Modifications: Many little fit adjustments made a long time ago, with tower plackets on the sleeves instead of a continuous lap.

Level of crafty satisfaction:  It’s very pink, but I love it.  🙂

This is my 4th Archer, and I’m sure it won’t be the last!  (Not to mention the Chambray Bird Archer which is still waiting for its proper post.)  Despite the fact that I got a little grumpy wearing my Archers for 7 days in a row during OWOP, I still love this pattern and enjoy wearing my shirts (just not everyday).  If you’re also feeling the love for this pattern, you can check out all my Archer-related posts here.

Grainline Flamingo Archer - side

I sewed this shirt immediately after my Archer of Many Details and incorporated all the same features, except the false French seams on the armholes, simply due to laziness (I zig-zagged the raw edges instead).  This time, however, I wanted my hard work to be a little more prominent, so I used a BRIGHT contrast fabric for the sleeve cuffs, tower plackets, and inner collar stand.  I think the extra pops of color really make the shirt unique (and awesome)!

Grainline Flamingo Archer - back

Unlike the Chambray Bird Archer (which I’ll tell you all about in an upcoming post), I really took my time with this shirt.  I absolutely love sewing this way, really immersing myself in the detailed work and doing my best to make a professional-looking product.  I certainly don’t consider myself a professional in anything sewing-related, but I do think this shirt represents my best work, and I’m proud of it!

Let’s dive into some of the details, shall we?  🙂

Grainline Flamingo Archer - collar detail

I was really on the fence about using the contrast fabric for the inner collar stand.  I’ve seen this detail on high-end RTW shirts and, of course, on many handmade shirts as well.  I loved the idea of an extra pop of color, but I worried it would be “too crazy” right next to my face.  After MUCH debate with myself, I realized that the only way I was going to decide if I liked it was to give it a try.  The result?  Extreme happiness.  Sometimes you’ve just gotta go for it.

I made sure to center the print during the cutting process, and I really like the end result, especially with pops of the brightest pink right in the front.  Shockingly, even the stitching on the curved ends of the collar stand came out well!  I had to re-do the one on the left (can you see my re-stitching above?), but it all worked out relatively well, considering I find this to be, hands-down, the hardest part of shirtmaking.

Grainline Flamingo Archer - sleeve cuff detail

The sleeve cuffs came out beautifully, if I do say so myself.  🙂  I used the contrast fabric on both the inside and outside of the sleeve cuff, as well as for both pieces of the placket (over- and underlap).  As usual, I used 2 buttons to close the cuff instead of 1, purely due to personal preference.  I even used hot pink thread!  And look at that stitching!  My glacial-like pace paid off here.

Grainline Flamingo Archer - button band detail

As with my previous Archer, the contrast ribbon down the button band is my favorite detail on the shirt.  I love how the white buttons pop against the bright color, and I love how the ribbon peeks out around the collar and hem during wear.  The ribbon is simply topstitched on both sides, and I made sure to stitch in the same direction (top to bottom) on each side to avoid unevenly distorting the ribbon.

Fun fact: I had originally sewed the buttonholes using hot pink thread, but I decided it was just too much “flair” for one shirt.  They made me twitch every time I looked at them.  So, I painstakingly ripped out the pink buttonholes and re-sewed them in white.  Thankfully I hadn’t cut them open yet, phew!

Grainline Flamingo Archer - hem detail

Unlike my last Archer on which I used a bias-faced hem, here I opted for a simple double-fold hem.  While I like the idea of the contrast fabric on the inside of the hem, it added just a bit too much stiffness to the finished shirt.  I like the drape of a simple folded hem much better on this type of garment.  Live and learn!

Grainline Flamingo Archer - summer look

The shirt can easily be styled for summer, as you can see here with a RTW white eyelet skirt.  However, summer has sadly come and gone in Boston.  I think I’ll be wearing this top with denim for the next 9 months.  (The photo above also shows the colorful inner sleeve cuffs.)

Grainline Flamingo Archer - dancing

The outdoor photos in this post were graciously taken by John, boyfriend extraordinaire.  To thank him for taking time out of his day to become my blog photographer, I tried to entertain him with ridiculous dance moves.  You know, as one does.  🙂

Anyway, I think that’s all I have to say about this shirt!  I really dig it, pink and everything.  Good thing my 21-year-old self isn’t around to see this thing, because I have a feeling she would have revolted with some extremely low-rise jeans and exposed thong strap.  (Remember those days??)

Carolyn with two ArchersI’ll leave you with this selfie, simply because I think it’s a good picture of me (well, and the shirt is in the background).  Happy sewing!  🙂

8 thoughts on “Flamingo Archer – finished!

  1. Um, I can’t believe that you ripped out all the buttonhole stitching and re-did them!!! I am certain I would have ripped 10 holes in the fabric. The shirt is so fun– I love all of your added details. I can’t wait to get to this pattern.


    • Thanks Teri, and I can’t wait to see your version of the Archer! As for the buttonholes, I can’t believe I didn’t rip the fabric either and actually managed to re-do them without a complete disaster. It was really needed though, as the pink buttonholes were way too much!


  2. I know what you mean about pink – it is a colour that has do many connotation of princesses and a very girly version of femininity! But it’s good to reclaim it in a casual shirt that is not at all girly! As ever I love your contrast details! Louise


  3. LOL, I remember your 21-year-old self! Seriously though, I absolutely love this shirt, all the fun accent details, and how beautiful you look in it. Pink really suits you – who would have known all those years ago?! 🙂 Awesome work – and great pictures by John as well!


    • Aww, thank you so much!! 🙂 I’m so thankful that you’ve seen me in all sorts of iterations over the years and still agree to be my friend, LOL. And I love how much you support my crafty hobbies! Thanks as always, and I’ll pass along the message to John. 🙂


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