Chambray Bird Archer – finished!

Grainline Chambray Bird Archer - finished

One last Archer to round out my Summer of Archers!  This rich burgundy/aubergine combo is pretty dreamy and looks fantastic in this golden hour light.  The main fabric has a slight sheen to it in the right light, which hopefully you can see above.  I love the subtle woven dots combined with the whimsical birds on the pocket and back yoke.  This project was quite a roller coaster, but I’m really pleased with the finished garment.  Read on for all the details.  🙂

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A shirt for my awesome Dad

Dad shirt - Simplicity 5366 - cover photo

My first man-shirt!  And in yellow and black flannel, it has “Dad” written all over it.  See how lumberjack-like my Dad looks in it?  : )  This was my first attempt at a collared button-down shirt *and* my first attempt at men’s clothing.  The pattern is Simplicity 5366, and the only modification I made was to add 2 inches of length to the shirt, at my Dad’s request, to ensure it would stay tucked in while he’s at work.  I made the large (size 42-44), but it came out WAY too big – WTF??  Despite the size issues, however, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  I think my Dad is happy too.  : )

This project came about while I was home at my parents’ house for the holidays.  I was talking about how I had recently bought a sewing machine and was learning to make clothes, and also that I wanted to stop at the fabric store while I was visiting.  My Dad humbly requested that I make him something (to which I enthusiastically said yes!), and he came with me to the store to help pick out the pattern and fabric.  I like how he was involved and excited about this project from the beginning.  The whole experience was great fun!

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