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PATTERN HACK // ARCHER OVERSHIRT

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Hello, dear reader!

Are you still out there? If you find yourself reading this, know that I’m eternally grateful for your time. I believe I’m not ready to ramble about my long absence yet (oh my, three years!), as I still haven’t made full sense of it myself. I trust that, in a few years, looking back in retrospect, it will all make perfect sense. And although I’ve thought about coming back to this little journal ever so often, it just hasn’t felt right – until now.

You see, I’m a self-proclaimed tomboy by nature, so the utilitarian feel of work wear truly excites me. From a rugged field jacket to a steel-toed work boot, I take any chance to dress like a mechanic, carpenter, fisherman, explorer! I believe the genius of workwear lies in its simplicity – made with extremely durable fabrics these garments will remain in your wardrobe for many seasons to come. And what they lack in frills they definitely compensate in functionality. So, using my trusty Archer pattern, I made myself a new layering piece inspired by the staple of the workwear world: the overshirt or shacket (shirt/jacket). It’s a very classic silhouette – an ideal choice for those cooler, transitional dog walks mid-spring. Yes, it’s perfect for explorations of all kind – dog walking being optional, but very much recommended.

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INSPIRATION: I noticed quite a few brands added overshirts to their collections this spring, common ground was to be found in construction and detailing (see modifications).

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Closed / A.P.C. / MHL / Filippa K

PATTERN: Archer button-up shirt by Grainline Studio

SIZING: I sized up three sizes (for an oversized look)

FABRIC: Soft khaki-hued cotton twill, bought at Stoffe Mahler and Liberty “Widdas Waltz” print Tana Lawn as collar/cuff/pocket accent

MODIFICATIONS: Sized up (three sizes are a little too much though), added patch pockets, used bigger buttons, added tower plackets (Archer Popover Variation Pack), flat-felled all seams, added a small brooch (Macon & Lesquoy radish bought at Papier Tigre) – optional, but very much recommended! Some more ideas: straighten bottom hem, add side entry pockets, add shoulder epaulettes, redesign cuff closure, add hidden button closure.

THOUGHTS: I believe overshirts aren’t sold to their full potential! Why, oh why are they hidden in the deepest corners of mountaineering shops? You need one – trust me! Even my boyfriend wants to steal mine – isn’t that the most thrilling compliment ever? The cotton twill is a little rigid, but it should start to soften up nicely. Some other fabric options I considered include: linen (so classy!), suede (so luxurious!), wool (so snug!), quilted (so toasty!), or nylon (so explorer!).

Yes, that’s it. I’d love to update this journal, but I’m not entirely sure if I’m back for good. I gravitate to the outdoors by nature, that – or I’m hiding in this little sewing nook of mine. So the administrative bits of keeping a blog tend to fog my mind in a very unpleasant matter.

Anyway, are you ready to board the #overshirtbandwagon this season? Remember: we are all explorers! Our mission is to observe the world around us as if we’ve never seen it before. Take note of all those little everyday wonders! Step away from the computer today! Explore, collect, document, copy, trace, repeat! Or make yourself a workwear inspired overshirt.

Or, breathe – my dear friends. Just Breathe.

That’s enough too.

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Love, always.

Louise

 

 

 

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PROJECTS // COMPTOIR DES COTONNIERS INSPIRED SCOUT TEE

Hello, dear reader!

I have a weakness for earthy autumnal tones, especially the color palette of leaves – ranging from yellow to brown, passing through red and plum.  It’s probably the reason why I’m so deeply in love with the Liberty print I used for my latest project! Yes, another Scout Tee… but they’re just so unbelievably comfortable! I mostly buy my sewing notions in a department store – that means I always have to pass through the women’s fashion department (among which is the French Comptoir des Cotonniers) first. I’m usually in deep thought, daydreaming about upcoming sewing projects, as I walk through uncountable racks of clothes. A few weeks ago, I spotted this lovely silk blouse with triangle cut-outs on the neckline… of course it immediately inspired me to try something very similar!

PATTERN: Scout Woven Tee by Grainline

FABRICS: Liberty “A Stitch in Time” print tana lawn

MODIFICATIONS: I lengthened the shirt and sleeves and added triangle cut-outs to the neckline and sleeves

THOUGHTS: Personally, I just love the loose and modern fit of the Scout Tee! It pairs so well with the cottony drape and unique softness of Liberty tana lawn. And I’m actually pleased with the look of the triangle cut-outs! They certainly add some visual interest to my otherwise rather monotonous fall outfits. I just need to choose carefully what I wear underneath.

Have a calm weekend!

Love,

Louise

PROJECTS // DENIM MOSS MINI SKIRT

Hello, dear reader!

The first finished project I’d like to share with you on here is my new Moss Mini skirt. Truly, I’ve been shopping around for the perfect denim skirt for what seems like ever – something very simple in a moderate length and with a comfortable fit. But I’ve never found the right one (at least within my price range). So I was so delighted when I spotted Grainline’s latest pattern release. It’s just what I’ve been looking for – a great wardrobe staple! And it certainly pairs so well with so many things in my wardrobe.

PATTERN: Moss Mini Skirt by Grainline

FABRICS: Reversible denim (dark blue on one side and burgundy red on the other), Liberty “Darcie” print tana lawn as pocket lining

MODIFICATIONS: I lengthened the skirt by 6cm and added belt loops (for slim leather belts)

THOUGHTS: First of all, the fit of the skirt is amazing! We all know that Grainline’s patterns are incredibly well designed. It sits just perfectly below the waist, neither too low nor too high. Oh, and I can’t keep my hands out of the pockets! This was the first time I inserted a fly, but the step-by-step instructions were very easy to follow. The only thing I had slight troubles with was attaching the waistband to the skirt, but I believe I made a minor mistake while cutting the fabric. All in all, it’s a great pattern!

I already have beautiful burgundy red corduroy set aside for another one. And I’d love to make yet another one in velvet, wool, or even suede… doesn’t that sound dreamy?

Okay, off to the sewing machine!

Love,

Louise