archer in plaid

i almost didn’t blog this shirt. not for lack of loving it, but i don’t really have much to say that hasn’t already been said! however, i never tire of examining shirt construction, so who am i to deny you a few photos?

worn with my beloved denim moss skirt


i made this archer with a very nice shirting from fabric place basement (local). they have a great selection of shirting fabric, and all in the $6-8/yd range. seriously. you can’t beat that! as i cut this fabric, i realized just how nice this fabric is in comparison to the fabric i used for my husband’s dress shirts… er… over a year ago. poor guy definitely needs a few more… anyways, i decided to go all out and properly flat fell my seams, tower placket, top stitching, you know the drill. blousier fabrics get french seams and continuous plackets, but the “boyfriend” shirts get all the proper traditional details.


i know people go crazy for bias cut plaid, but unless i’m working with a plaid that is symmetrical horizonally and vertically, i tend to go the more conservative route and cut the yoke, collar, stand, and cuffs along the grain (perpendicular to how the main body pieces are cut). it’s subtle, but you can see how the light blue stripe is vertical on the body, and horizontal on the other parts.

tower placket

tower placket


flat-felled side seam (inside shot)

i don’t know about you guys, but i’ve been avidly following Peter at MPB as he relays all that great shirtmaking info. a lot of the info is quite similar to what i’ve read from David Coffin’s “Shirtmaking” book, but still i find it all fascinating!


went with a smaller single pocket just to change it up

so, that’s about it folks…


—lisa g.

26 thoughts on “archer in plaid

  1. poppykettle says:

    Well I’m glad you did because I for one never tire of seeing pictures of such beautifully made and well fitting shirts 🙂 Peter’s blog is certainly a wealth of information when it comes to all things shirts! Another gorgeous make 🙂

  2. Carolyn says:

    What a lovely plaid shirt 🙂 I couldn’t even see the small pocket! so I’ll take your word for it that it’s there! Your plaid matching is perfect!

  3. Mette says:

    So glad you show your Archer. I’m sewing my first one these days and it’s such a big inspiration to see other types of Archers. Mine is more girly made from cotton/silk with tiny butterflys on it (looks like polkadots) – same pattern and so different. The Archer is certainly a very versatile pattern.

  4. sarah says:

    i don’t even believe you that there is a pocket on that shirt…funny how that is a compliment 🙂 i never tire of seeing great archers. one of these days i’m going to bite the bullet and sew one of the 6 that i have planned…

  5. crab&bee says:

    Dang, nice job with that plaid! I’m glad you shared, because I store away beautiful detail shots in my head as inspiration to slow down and do a good job when I’m actually sewing. 🙂

    • lisa g says:

      thanks! i worked really hard to figure out how to cut the tower placket to match the plaid, and it’s only off by a fraction! that one took some brainpower 😉

  6. Susan says:

    Oh that placket! Such shirtmaking perfection, you are. The topstitching, all of it lovely. Always post pics of such makes, *always*! It’s sewists’ p0rn. 😉

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