Clay Sundots

September 22, 2014

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?