This weekend I decided to tackle a little project that had been on the back burner for quite a while: repairing one of my handmade garments. I don’t know about you, but making repairs and alterations is not one of my favorite things to do! However, my Spring Archer had some serious problems that needed attention, and I wanted to breathe new life into this much-loved shirt.
- My two-layer pocket idea was a total FAIL. After a few rounds in the washing machine, it became apparent that I hadn’t properly catched the underlayer in the topstitching, and it kept flopping out as you see above.
- The sleeves were too long. This cotton seems to stretch vertically over time, ugh!
- The sleeve cuffs were too wide and kept sliding off my wrists. This is no doubt due to the extra width (about 1 inch) added to the sleeve when constructing the tower plackets, a fact which I only realized after it was too late.
- The tower plackets were too long, and therefore, kept gaping open during wear.