Mar 15

I really wanted to like it – the Archie Shirt

Sometimes no matter how much you want something to work out for you, it just doesn’t. I had the highest hopes for this Archie Shirt by Sew Tina Givens. Tina Givens designs flowing, Lagenlook fashions, and while I’m not really a Lagenlook wearer myself, I do appreciate the style and I’m not afraid to incorporate the styles into my own personal style.

I chose the Archie Shirt because it is shown in what looks like heavier fabric vs the mostly linen or lightweight cotton styles of the other patterns. It’s almost a jacket look and similar to something you may see from the Tilton sisters.

Archie Shirt

The first thing I did with the pattern was grade it down a bit. The finished measurements I took of the original were…huge. This wasn’t surprising, as the overall silhouette of these styles is quite big. But I need a good shoulder fit or I get lost in the fabric and look like I’m wearing my Dad’s clothes. So, grading done, I cut it out and sewed it up in a soft flannel. And here I am…

TG Archie


It just does nothing for me. It would be better in a lighter weight/color, but that wouldn’t solve the problems of a very weird armscye shape (major fabric bunching there) and that collar…. oh my that collar is huge and just not right. I went over the pattern a few times making sure I cut it correctly and sewed it on properly. It’s just awkward. The darts could have been sewn lower, that is my fault for not adjusting that, and the pattern calls for mostly raw edges (including the collar), but flannel raw edges just don’t appeal to me so I used regular, boring finished edges for the most part. Would the raw edge finish help the collar? Perhaps, a little, but the shape would still be, well, awkward.

There are some things I like about the pattern – like the zig-zag sewn darts.

TG Archie-3

And pockets…

TG Archie-5

My contribution to the design was to use the fabric selvedge as trim on the back yoke seam (and here you can see how huge the back of the collar is):

TG Archie-4

The pattern also calls for patches of trim fabric sewn in a few places. I skipped most but added this one at the back collar. I used the same fabric for the pockets.

I could go back and try to re-work the pattern by re-drawing the shoulder/sleeve and the collar. But I doubt I will. It’s just not for me. I do think this pattern could work for someone with different proportions – larger upper body with more substantial shoulders perhaps?

Feb 14

A Flannel Tunic: Simplicity 2255

I ran across this flannel one day…it was thick and lovely. It felt like a blanket to wear. Perfect for a tunic over leggings. Perfect for Simplicity 2255, because this pattern has an option with little ruffles along side the upper button placket. I love plaid flannel, but I want it to be just a little feminine.

This was my first time working with plaid anything, so I was a plaid matching virgin. I did just fine except for the button placket. I had just run out of plaid matching fabric and had to go with the only available strip left. I would have loved a bias cut placket.

I love this shirt. My family must be sick of seeing me in it. It really feels like I’m wearing a favorite blankey…a blankey that fits.

Simplicity 2255


It’s hard to see, but instead of turning a narrow hem on the ruffles I just serged the edges. The look is great on the flannel (gray thread), and the ruffles are much softer than they would have been with a hem.



The tunic has vertical darts on the back for great shaping.



Yay! Matchy, matchy!