Two Shirts for Fall

The calendar says fall is near but until yesterday no one told Mother Nature in mid-Missouri. I was sick of the hot temperatures and really getting very tired of wearing summer clothes. Do you get that way too? Feel like you are wearing the same thing over and over? Ready for a change, and ready for the next sewing adventure? New fabric weights and textures, new pattern looks? I decided to make some fall-like clothes in fabrics that would still be cool but transition to fall.

mood fabric plaid voile shirt Marc Jacobs

My first selection was Mood Fabrics’ Raspberry-Brown Plaid Cotton Voile by Marc Jacobs

Mood Fabrics Marc Jacobs plaid voile shirt

For these fall shirts, my go-to pattern is Grainline Studio’s Archer Shirt. I have made this once before and it appeared on a previous Mood Sewing Network post. Since this one, I have made a few alterations, went down two sizes in the shoulder and body. Now the cuffs went down four sizes and I eliminated the extra length I had originally added. Now I do have my perfect shirt.

I enjoy making shirts, but I can remember my first time making one. It seemed a bit overwhelming—many pieces and a long list of instructions. Fast forward to present time and occasionally it still feels a bit overwhelming. Especially when you have a long list of sewing you want to get accomplished. It is time to just take a deep breath and take it one step at a time.

First, I decided to use bias on several parts of my plaid shirt—pockets, cuffs, back yoke and button band. All these pieces needed interfacing, to stabilize the bias and help with the thinner fabric. I didn’t want the plaid to show through the pockets.

Mood Fabrics plaid voile shirtback yoke

The details on this shirt work beautifully with the fabric, a great combination.

mood fabrics plaid voile shirt with pearls

So while I sew a shirt, I have to remember it is one step at a time. Remember the little details that make it uniquely yours. Great fabric —check, thanks Mood Fabrics—details, like bias, matching plaids and adding a cute dog to the picture —check.

mood fabrics plaid voile shirt\

And then one last thing I check each time I make a shirt, in fact now I double- and triple-check the cuffs. Remember that very first shirt I made? Well, it was looking pretty good until I stitched the buttonhole on the wrong side of the cuff. Yes, I did and I didn’t notice until I put my shirt on and couldn’t button the cuff. Yep, so much for a great looking shirt.

So now I always try on my shirt, act like I am buttoning the cuff and mark the correct side for the buttonhole. There might be something else not quite right on my shirt but it sure won’t be the cuffs!

Mood Fabrics linen shirt

My plaid shirt will be worn so much this fall, layered with a t-shirt, sweater or jacket. It will be perfect for fall wearing.

My other Archer Shirt to work with Mother Nature features Mood Fabric’s Chambray-look Linen, which has been patiently waiting for me to sew into a garment.

Mood Fabrics linen shirt

I felt this linen has a bit of a purple tint, something that was a positive for me looking toward fall.

Mood Fabrics linen shirt

This picture shows the more true color of the fabric, a beautiful shade. The sun in Missouri was exceptionally bright on this picture-taking day. This resulted in a washed-out look to the color of the linen shirt and deemed my sunglasses a necessity to combat the squinting.

It has been a while since I have sewn linen, which is a crime, I know. Such a pleasure to sew, stitches perfectly, presses perfectly, oh how I love to press this linen. I had some buttons in my stash that had a purple hue to them.

mood fabric linen shirt

I couldn’t be happier with my second new shirt. I already feel much better about heading into my closet for something to wear, as I have two new shirts for my wardrobe. They each will give me several possibilities and will be perfect when fall does come.

mood fabric linen shirt3

And yes, I did double-check the cuffs on this one.!

Now, it is time to plan my next garment…

mood fabric linen shirt

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Comments


  • Sarah Gunn
    September 17, 2013

    Your photos make me want to live on a farm…….. and wear those cute shirts your made. Both the linen and cotton voile turned out beautifully!

    • Lori
      September 17, 2013

      Thanks, Sarah, I love both shirts, especially the plaid. Also, I love living on the farm.

  • Ginger
    September 17, 2013

    These are so wearable and awesome! Love both of them! It was quite chilly this morning on the way into work, so it’s smart of you to start thinking fall ahead of time!

    • Lori
      September 17, 2013

      Thank you, these will be some go-to shirts this fall and into winter.

  • Pam
    September 17, 2013

    I love your shirts — both of them. I am finishing up my first classic shirt – and I admire all of your detailing from the yoke to the collar details to the plackets and cuffs!

    • Lori
      September 17, 2013

      Thanks, Pam, I am enjoying making these shirts and thinking of ways to make them unique and fun. Good luck on your shirt.

  • Lauren
    September 17, 2013

    Both of these are great, Lori! I especially love that plaid with all the bias detailing… I actually bought some plaid too, to make an Archer, although mine is flannel so it likely won’t get worn anytime soon ;) ha!

    • Lori
      September 17, 2013

      Thanks, Lauren, the plaid is my favorite, too. I can’t wait to see your flannel shirt, it will be amazing.

  • Janine Whisler
    September 17, 2013

    Your posts are so inspiring! I recently received 2 boxes of fabric from friends who garage sale every weekend, containing loads of cottons & plaids! I will definitely try the Archer!

    • Lori
      September 17, 2013

      Thank you so much, Janine. Have fun with your box of fabrics and the Archer shirt.

  • Beth Conkwright
    September 17, 2013

    Both cute. Love the plaid although you will probably get more wear out of the chambray look.

    • Lori
      September 17, 2013

      Thanks, Beth, I do like them both, I wore the linen one the other day. I am hoping to wear the plaid quite oftern.

  • oonaballoona
    September 17, 2013

    i would rock that plaid n pearls three times a week and twice on sundays. these shirts are perfect!

    and totally with you on ironing. a fabric that irons nicely is HEAVEN.

    • Lori
      September 17, 2013

      Thank you, Marcy, they both will be great to wear, I imagine the plaid one will get more wear. Time will tell.

  • Inez
    September 17, 2013

    Now THAT’s your style. They”re just perfect and look great on you.

    • Lori
      September 17, 2013

      Thanks, Inez, you are right, this is my style.

  • Carolyn
    September 17, 2013

    Both of these are fantastic – makes me think about making a shirt! Notice I said makes me think! *LOL* Love your fabric choices and I’m sure you will make more of these in beautiful Mood fabrics!

    • Lori
      September 18, 2013

      Oh, you can do it, Carolyn but I did notice you said “think”! Thanks so much and I know for sure I will find more beautiful fabric at Mood.

  • Julie Starr
    September 18, 2013

    Gorgeous Archers, Lori – both of them. I can’t decide which I love more but I’m leaning toward the plaid because it looks amazing with those pearls! The bias details are wonderful and what a good idea to interface the pockets. You’ll wear the heck out of both of them, I’m sure.

    • Lori
      September 18, 2013

      Thanks, Julie, I think the plaid will be a favorite, and so fun to wear. The linen will be a nice addition to but plaid is just so fun.

  • Kay
    September 19, 2013

    They are both so pretty! I love them both equally.

    • Lori
      September 19, 2013

      Thank you, Kay.

  • anne jewell
    September 19, 2013

    both are marvellous!–anne

    • Lori
      September 19, 2013

      Thank you, Anne

  • Amy
    September 24, 2013

    Cute shirts! I think they’ll definitely make the transition into fall nice and smooth. I may have mentioned before, but I also have that chambray-look linen. I was going to make an Archer just like you did, but I think now I’m going to use it to make my husband another button down. He’s easier to fit now anyway!

    • Lori
      September 24, 2013

      Amy, that is a good plan for your husband. You need other type of clothes now! Thanks so much.