Plaid Flannel Archer Shirts

 

archer shirt2

 

 

For  me a winter wardrobe staple is a plaid flannel shirt and I was in need of a new one.  I went with Mood Fabrics’ Maroon/Gray Tartan Plaid Cotton Flannel and it is such a nice weight for these twenty degree days.  My go-to shirt pattern is the Grainline Archer Shirt, which I have made many times including two on another Mood Sewing Network post.

archer shirt front

 

One thing I really like about using plaid is the fun you can have with the bias.  On my plaid flannels I use the yoke, front button band, cuffs and pockets are all cut on the bias.

 

Use of the bias on the Archer Shirt using a Mood Fabrics' plaid flannel

 

I do find the Archer to run on the large size, so keep that in mind when making your shirt.  In fact, the size on the cuffs are two sizes smaller than the rest of my shirt.  The pockets on the Archer, I like to add an inch to the width.  I want that bias pocket to make a statement!

Mood Fabrics' plaid flannel cut on the bias for front pockets on the Grainline Archer shirt

 

I like to prewash all my flannel shirting in hot water and a hot dryer to help  shrink the fabric, then no surprises after the garment is made, right?  Grainline Studio has a fantastic tutorial on plaid matching and I follow it every time I make a plaid garment.  You can see how the plaids match from sleeve to side and back

 

Archer shirt in Mood Fabrics' plaid flannel using Gralnline Studios plaid matching tutorial

 

Then a view of the back and the bias back yoke

archer back2

This flannel has some body and thickness to it, so it felt pretty good on the twenty degree day!Mood Fabrics' plaid flannel for a Grainline Archer shirt

 

Or I should say until the wind  started blowing and I was ready to head in the house.

Mood Fabrics' plaid flannel

 

Now if this color combination isn’t one for you, Mood Fabrics has a great selection of plaid flannels or could I interest you in another flannel Archer?  This one is for my second oldest daughter, who borrows my  plaid Archer quite frequently!  I decided it was time she had one of her own.  This one is made from Mood Fabrics’ Green/Blue/White Plaid Cotton Flannel,

Enjoy the pictures of this shirt and I feel like it is my best plaid matching so far.

Mood Fabrics' plaid flannel

 

Mood Fabrics' plaid flannel - cuff detail

 

 

Mood Fabrics' plaid flannel - back collar detail

 

Mood Fabrics' plaid flannel - pocket

 

 

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Comments


  • Goodbye Valentino
    January 9, 2017

    Your plaid matching is spectacular, Lori! Great winter shirts 🙂

    • Lori
      January 14, 2017

      Thank you so much, I wore the gray one yesterday and it sure helped with the frigid cold!

  • Hillary Tulley
    January 9, 2017

    Yay! Archers! I ‘m in the middle of a green velvet and a bird Archer. Your matching is fantastic!

    • Lori
      January 15, 2017

      Thank you so much and your two projects sound beautiful. Have fun making them.

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    January 9, 2017

    Beautiful Lori! I love both your shirts – gorgeous and so cozy (I live in Canada and can so appreciate “cozy” right now 🙂 I’m a huge fan of Grainline myself. I have almost all their patterns except this shirt pattern but seeing yours made up I think The Archer will have join group!

    • Lori
      January 15, 2017

      Thank you so much and yes you need to add the Archer to your collection.

  • AJW
    January 9, 2017

    These shirts are beautiful. Your attention to all the details–matching, pocket stitching, edge stitching, dramatic use of bias–really elevates these shirts to stunning garments. FAR better than RTW!

    • Lori
      January 15, 2017

      Oh, thank you so much, I appreciate your kind comment. I do love a plaid shirt and it is so fun to use the bias.

  • Mary
    January 10, 2017

    I have a question. I’ve made the Archer several times. I always have to adjust the sleeve cap as there seems to be too much ease. Do you have that problem?

    I love your plaid versions! Just ordered both plaids from Mood.

    • Lori
      January 15, 2017

      Thanks, Mary and the first time I seem to have had a problem with the cap on the sleeve is with the last Archer, the gray/marron one. Enjoy your fabric.

  • Margo
    January 10, 2017

    Wow Lori! what a gorgeous shirt, your sewing is impeccable as always!!

    • Lori
      January 15, 2017

      Thank you so much, Margo.

  • Lusty
    January 10, 2017

    Oh my, I am in love with that maroon and gray one! They both look fabulous!

    • Lori
      January 15, 2017

      Thanks, Lusty, my Archers are well[-worn and loved!

  • Heather Dawson
    January 12, 2017

    The green and purple sings! Thanks for the details on your alterations…. awesome plaid matching!

    • Lori
      January 15, 2017

      Thanks so much, the gray and maroon one is so warm.

  • Peter
    January 12, 2017

    Beautiful pair of shirts!

    • Lori
      January 15, 2017

      Thank you, Peter

  • Sharon
    January 13, 2017

    Love the shirts. Love the flannels. Great job.

    • Lori
      January 15, 2017

      Thanks, Sharon, the flannels are perfect for the cold temperatures.

  • Fiona
    January 14, 2017

    Great choice of fabric Lori, I love how bold the white check is against the grey and maroon. Its the perfect scale for a shirt. You’ve done such a beautiful next job of making it too!

    • Lori
      January 15, 2017

      Thanks so much, Fiona and you are right the scale is what makes that flannel so great.