Monday, May 26, 2014

Archer + Maritime = Signature Style

It seems I've become a Grainline Pattern fanatic!  What can I say, the resulting garments just look so professional and the styles are casual and incredibly functional.  I guess these days I've been thinking a lot more about functionality/practicality rather than what just strikes me as pretty and exciting.  Meaning most of the time I am drawn to beautiful dress patterns but find that they just don't get worn on a regular day to day basis.  So I've been trying to consciously choose makes that will realistically get worn over and over through out my week.  This is just such an outfit.   
 The shirt is the Grainline Archer pattern of blogging infamy.  I made it out of a thin ikat from Joann's fabrics and its going to be my go to summer shirt.  The ikat waves remind me so much of the beach and the texture of the fabric is incredibly breathable.  As far as the pattern goes I made a straight up size 4 and the fit is great except I have a tiny bit of pulling at the bust line button.
 The shorts are the Grainline Maritime Shorts pattern.  I am in love with the way these came out.  I have a hard time finding a pair of shorts or pants for that matter that don't have that dreaded lower back gaping, you know where you bend down and are ignorant of the crazy flash show that is going on back there for the world to see.  I have no gaping in the back which seems like a Christmas miracle come early.  The fabric was given to me and is a bottom weight cotton/poly blend.  The only change I made to the pattern was to let the backside seam out a bit because, well I just needed it!  Otherwise its a straight up size 8.
 Although I'm hesitant to include this shot these are the ones I appreciate when other bloggers blog about their experiences with a pattern...sometimes you just need to know what all the angles look like...am-I-right?

And these are my new shoes, again with functionality in mind I'm trying to move toward what works best with my lifestyle.  In all honesty I am a Birkenstock kind of person through and through but I know that they just look plain goofy with some outfits so here I am back in junior high buying Keds.  This is my last entry for Project Sewn if you are so inclined you can vote for my outfit starting this Friday!

Linking up to Frontier Dreams: Keep Calm and Craft On.

8 comments:

  1. If I saw you on the street, I would never think that outfit was handmade. It looks very professionally done! Great job. I would love for you to link up at my linky party, which is all about sewing for ourselves.

    http://handmadedresshaven.blogspot.com/2014/05/sew4me-tuesdays.html

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    1. Thank you Kathy! Grainline patterns consistently seem to yield a professional looking garment in my opinion!

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  2. This is an adorable outfit! And the keds top it off. Sew cute. Everything looks perfect. Great modeling too!

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    1. You are sew sweet! Thank you for your kind words of encouragement! Love you sis!

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  3. I hope Grainline is giving you a commission--- your outfit is a greT recommendation!

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    1. Thanks Sally! What a sweet compliment!

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  4. Love both those pieces! So funny - I just purchased that fabric from joann to make a sundress or cover-up but I love it as a blouse. I may shamelessly copy! I have a question on the Archer- I'm not sure about the sizing as many versions I've seen on the internet look quite large. You said you made a 4--was that the size recommended by the sizing chart for your measurements or did you go down a size? I like how yours fits and I'm trying to decide which size to make. So glad I found your blog and look forward to reading more!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by the blog and so glad you found us! As far as sizing goes, I made the 4 b/c I read other blogs that said the archer ran a little big. My bust measurement is 34 and waist is 29 so according to the size charts I would've made a 4 in the bust and 8 in the waist. I made no grading changes and the only place where I could've used a little bit more room (like 1/2 inch total) was in the front bust. I hope this helps you decide on what size to make! Its such a versatile top. Look forward to seeing you around these parts!!

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