how is everything going? Ive just got back from a lovely day at the NEC at the Fashion and Embroidery Show with my mum, my friend and her baby, and a lovely lady I met at work. I'm pretty skint at the moment, so shopping wasn't high on my agenda, but I enjoyed checking out the exhibitions, the quilt inspiration, the costumes from 'Far From the Madding Crowd' Dickens adaptation which are gorgeous! I also enjoyed spending time with my mum and the other lovely ladies. I also got to meet Jenniffer Taylor and say 'Hi' to Amy from "Almond Rock". And I did come away with three meters of fine striped shirting cotton for yet another Archer, or maybe a shirt dress- I'll let future me decide that.
I've been working on this Archer Shirt, by Grainline Studios, for ages- I actually can't quite remember when I cut out the fabric, it was some time around end of summer/ early autumn, and put it together in January this year. I love the Archer pattern, it's a lovely shape on me and I'm gaining confidence in the techniques it's taught me.
This time I cut the size 10 again this time for a relaxed style. With my casual jeans, it makes for a really comfortable and casual outfit. I liked the tighter fit of the size 8 (US sizes) of my last shirt, as it worked really well underneath jumpers for layering. I've used a lovely soft brushed cotton check, which is so snuggly and warm to wear! I've worn it a few times so far this year, and I know it will get a lot more wear before I wear it out!
So I've only used this shirt pattern for myself, and I'm debating if I should try another pattern, see it its any better or offers a different fit or teaches me any more new techniques. I do have the Deer and Doe shirt pattern, which has a waist panel, but I'm thinking about any Big4 patterns or Sewaholic's shirt. Has anyone used a couple of different shirt patterns? How do they compare? Is it worth making different patterns for essentially basic shirts? Let me know!