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Clay Sundots

I finished this shirt about two weeks ago but hadn’t gotten the chance to take pictures of it until this past weekend. You saw a sneak peek of it already in my tutorial for how to add a western style yoke to the Archer sewing pattern, which is what this is. Yep, sorry, ANOTHER Archer. I can’t help it. A good button-up is a good button-up!


I guess this is going to be more of an outfit post since you’ve seen the Archer so many times from me already, and not a whole lot is different on this one. However, I will mention I used Art Gallery Fabrics for the first time and they are AMAZING! If you’re a garment sewer who’s in love with quilt industry fabrics (that’s me), I highly recommend checking out Art Gallery cottons. They feel more like a crisp cotton shirting or a cotton poplin compared to the standard heirloom weight quilting cottons that I’m used to. Fantastic stuff.


This particular print, Clay Sundot, is from April Rhodes’ debut collection with AGF called Arizona. I paired it with the 4.5 oz fineline denim by Robert Kaufman, both fabrics I bought from Hawthorne Threads. For the decorative stitching on the pocket I used a template and my fabric chalk to trace the curve, then I sewed over the chalk line three times to make the stitching appear thicker. My brother pointed out that the pocket is practically useless unless I planned to stash a trick-or-treat sized pack of Skittles in there. Which, duh, what else would I use it for?!


See how well the print matches at the side seams?! Total accident. Not even kidding. Once again, I was way too excited to cut into (and conserve) my fabric so I didn’t pay any attention to how I laid out the front and back pattern pieces. I ALWAYS forget and always just somehow get super lucky. The print across the front doesn’t line up as well but that’s an “oops” I have to live with. I swear I need to tape a sign to my cutting mat that says CHECK YOUR PRINT, FOOL! One of these days I’m not going to be so lucky and I’ll have a horrendous, misaligned print across the front of my most favorite shirt ever.


Nothing new to report on the sleeve cuffs either. I used size 16 pearl snaps from SnapSource (size 18 on the front button band) and added the fancier sleeve plackets. I used my tried and true bias tape method for the hem, which I’ll pretty much do for the rest of my life. I just really like bias tape on curved shirt hems. I also finally got my act together, after using the completely wrong interfacing from Jo-Ann’s several times in a row (because I was too lazy to just order the good stuff online), and bought the ProSHEER interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. I don’t need to embarrass myself by admitting what a difference it makes to use the right interfacing …but seriously. What. A. Difference.


 Outfit Details:
Shirt – made by me
Glasses – vintage via Etsy
Wig – Forever Young
Boots – Rampage
Headband – made by me
Jeans – American Eagle
Jacket – thredUP
Bag – Target

photos by William Waldon


I was joking that the inspiration for this outfit is the song Fist City by Loretta Lynn haha! (I seriously love that song so much) –  It’s my “hey I’m an easy going country girl but don’t mess with me” look lol. I think it’s working for me.


Can I please put a pointed yoke on everything? They just look so sharp! No pun intended 😉


Lucille was being outrageously snuggly (more than normal) the day we took these photos so we had to bring her along. The way she rolled upside down in my lap when I told her I had to get up and get dressed was so adorable and pathetic that leaving her home was just not an option. She didn’t object to a r.i.d.e. one little bit.


It was a beautiful Fall day and we found a little dirt road, way off the beaten path, that was the perfect place for a shy girl and her best friend to take pictures.


I promise I’ll try sewing a different shirt pattern one of these days! I just really, really love Archer. And Western shirts. And sewing clothes with quilting cottons. …and pretty much everything in these photos.

What sewing projects/things are you in love with lately?


  • I am seriously loving all these shirts you’re making, they look so fantastic and the colour/print/fabric combos are just perfect. And how cute is Lucille?! Bear hates being left behind too, I think I hate leaving him behind almost, isn’t it so much more fun when you can take your best friend with you?

  • D’awwww, Lucille… she’s so cute! I love this shirt and the whole look, and I love “Fist City” (and all things Loretta, really). You’re killin’ it!

  • You look FANTASTIC! Keep sewing Archers forever, they really suit you and you make them all look so different with your fabric choices – nothing beats clothing that makes you feel good, right? ^__^

  • You are starting to drive me insane with all these amazing shirts!! If you keep it up like this I’ll never be able to sew anything else!

  • My first thought, “Rock-N-Roll On Rochelle!!!” :o)

    Please don’t stop sewing Western shirts…ever! I adore them, and you keep me inspired with each and every one! Did I tell you how wonderful my last shirt hem came out using your bias tape method? I think I did.


  • misscrayolacreepy

    These photos are BEAUTIFUL! Go Rochelle (and Wil!) 🙂 I’m glad that we saw that Art Gallery fabric in person and I got to feel it. You’re right, it’s more shirting than quilting. And now I want to buy some.

    • Thanks, Erin! <3 We should by some matching Art Gallery fabric so we can have BFF hats AND clothes! haha! 🙂

  • Between the happy you and the happy puppy, everything just looks great 🙂

  • Rochelle! Great job on the Archer. Love the 3x topstitching.

  • You can keep making Archer’s for the rest of your days as far as I’m concerned! It’s my go-to shirt pattern too, and button down shirts are a girl’s best friend!

    And we need to talk about this outfit, because it. IS. KILLER!!! Such a cool look! I want to copy it immediately!

    • Thank you! I know right?! Archers for life!! You should definitely copy this look immediately so I can pretend you’re the cool sister I never had and we share clothes. …that might be weird. Oh well I’m going with it.

  • When its not broken why fix it?
    I have 7-9 pairs of pants made from the same pattern and starting the count on shirts and dresses from two other patterns… Why not do what works best for you?

    • You’re so right! It’s not broken so I’m shouldn’t fix it 🙂

  • I am so in love with that pic of you & Lucille! <3 Awesome shirt 🙂

    • Thank you. She’s pretty darn cute, isn’t she? 🙂

  • Lovely shirt!This look totally works for you. And Lucille just looks too cute.

    • Thanks so much! Yeah, she’s pretty much too cute for her own good 🙂

  • Love this whole outfit! You look so cute!

  • This shirt is amazing! Love the photos! Your fabric choices are always inspiring.

  • This is such a gorgeous shirt! Congrats Rochelle, this is a stunner. 🙂 I always love your details and how you make the pattern your own — here with the pearl snaps, western yoke, and perfect fabric pairing. I’ve been on an Archer kick this summer too, so I can relate to the need to make one after the other. 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I really loving shirt making lately because there’s so much opportunity to add little personal touches. Archer is awesome in that way!

  • Lesley Scott

    Rochelle, what a delight your shirts are. I too am shirt mad. Mine are self drafted and next time I’m refs going to try your yoke style. I live in Sydney, Aust, but still love me a good C and W vibe!!

    • Thank you 🙂 I wish I was better at drafting so I could do that! That’s so impressive. There’s just a few fitting tweaks I’d like to try on Archer and then maybe I’ll try to make up my own shirt pattern 🙂

  • You look so gorgeous. That coral colour really suits you. I love this whole outfit and great photos. 🙂

  • Please don’t try too hard to sew something else!!! I am loving these Archers WAAAAY to much! They’re just perfect!

    • Haha! Okay fine, you win. I wont sew anything else 😉 😉

  • You & Lucille both look great. Can’t wait to try Art Gallery Fabrics. Plus that pocket looks great regardless of its practicality!

    • Thanks! Yes you really must try Art Gallery Fabrics. They’re so nice! 🙂

  • Keep the Archers coming. I love them all. This one is particularly beautiful

  • Love it. Looks classic and comfy!

  • Gorgeous!!!! Seriously Rochelle, I think that is the nicest thing you’ve made. It looks perfect!! Now I want to get a move on and get me some plaid archers haha. But seriously, just truly lovely. Well done 🙂

    • Aww thanks so much!! Yeah I want to make a plaid Archer next. It’s kind of a Fall essential 🙂

  • It’s very apparent in your photos that this outfit makes you feel amazing! I love that! It looks amazing from an outsider perspective also. Gorgeous fabric choices and styling.