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Homestead Fabric Blog Hop

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the Homestead Fabric Blog Tour to promote a new collection for Birch Fabrics by Emily Isabella. The entire collection is available on both organic cotton poplin and organic cotton interlock knit, and features many adorable farm animal motifs, as well as a pretty floral and a dotty cloud print.

Also, Birch is kindly giving away one yard of each print (that’s 12 yards!) to one lucky winner so stick around for those details!


Obviously I like ridiculously cute animal prints, AND the color mint, so when Birch approached me with the opportunity to join the blog tour I didn’t hesitate to say yes. The two prints I ended up picking for my project are: Little Lamb poplin in mint, and the coordinating Clouds print.


You’ve seen versions of this sewing pattern from me several times in the past, but it’s been a while since I last made one, so I figured the blog hop was a great opportunity to sew another Grainline Studio Archer Button Up. I tried something new this time around by modifying the sleeves and adding 2.5″ of length at the hips for more of a tunic-y look.


The Archer pattern is an excellent excuse to use coordinating mixed prints for some contrast and visual interest, and the Homestead organic cotton poplin is also very well suited for a shirt like Archer. I really miss making shirts, and you know cotton fabrics are my favorite, so putting this project together was a really enjoyable experience all around.




Cotton poplin has a lighter feel than your traditional heirloom weight quilting cottons, but the crisper hand and tight weave makes it super stable to work with, excellent to press, and a dream to wear (and wash!). I love it! Though this fabric was provided courtesy of Birch for the blog tour, I’d honestly buy more poplin from them in the future. Good stuff.



For the construction of my Archer, I was lazy and didn’t want to take the bright red thread out of my serger so I decided to finish everything with seam binding, handmade bias tape, and French seams. In the photo below you can see Peanut The Cat inspecting my work. She’s 19 years old, which is practically 100 in cat years, so I like to pretend she’s the quintessential grandma from some antique fable with a vast knowledge of all things relating to domestic hobby crafts 😉 …I can’t tell if she was impressed or not.





Uh, can you tell what my favorite color is? You might say it’s my spirit color 😉


-Homestead Fabric Giveaway-
Birch is kindly giving away one yard of each print in the Homestead collection (12 yards total!) to one randomly selected winner! You can enter the giveaway by commenting on this blog post and telling me how you would use Homestead in your life! You can also unlock bonus entries by visiting Lucky Lucille on Facebook, or following rochelle_new on Instagram!

Use the Gleam widget below to record your giveaway entry, unlock more bonus entries, and see more details…

Win 1 yard of each print from Homestead by Emily Isabella!


Be sure to check out the other awesome stops on the Homestead Fabric Blog Tour for a closer look at each fabric and more project inspiration!


  • Oh wow, I love that fabric so much!

  • Jean Blythe

    I’d love to use Homestead for a quilt or an outfit foe my granddaughter Fiona. Such pretty fabric!

  • Michele Ward

    Love your shirt and the fabric!!

  • DeeKay

    the fabrics are supercute. I want to use them for pockets and insides of bags and maybe a quilt!

  • Carolina Montgomery

    i love this shirt. my favorite color as well.

  • Jennie

    Love the look of the shirt you made. I could see doing a babies room in it, or making a spring quilt.

  • Heather

    I would love to try an Archer covered in chickens! So cute!

  • Robinson Cecil

    The chickens!! Maybe for a wee skirt for my 2 year old? Really excited to try the poplin!


    I have been so busy making new grandbabies evvvverything that, actually, I think i would make myself something. A cute top perhaps. I never make anything for myself. I don’t even have one of my own quilts. Lol

  • Debora McFearin

    Love the Archer pattern, and your choice of fabric is so calming, love cotton poplin!

  • Your Archer is awesome! I need to sew a similar one soon 🙂

  • The fact that you had a phone case to match the soft, confectionery-esque hue of that fabric is such a perfectly pretty touch.

    ♥ Jessica

  • jannapyj

    Eeek! The sheep! The pigs! The chickens! I want to sew them all up! I’m thinking something for me, something for my sister, something for me, something for my other sister, something else for me… :o) My fingers and toes and eyes are staying crossed!


  • Kathryn Laposata

    I, too, have some ideas for clothes for myself, a daughter and granddaughter. This fabric would be terrific. You look terrific in aqua.

  • I like the poplin in the irregular stripes. I’d like to make a top that played with stripe direction. Then I’d make coordinating bags for all my knitting projects. 🙂 I love your blog!

  • Nancy Bird

    I love your top and would attempt one!

  • Oh my gosh the fabric is sooooo cute! I adore your archer, so I’d copy that sucker right off and then stitch up a pair of sleep shorts for my daughter in that cute little piggy fabric. Chicken fabric? I love the chickens!!!! I need some new tea towels for my chicken themed kitchen. 😀

  • Azure Messmaker

    I’d make dresses for my daughter, and maybe some for me!

  • Jenny Askew

    Oooo these are lovely. I like the idea of using contrasting fabrics in similar tones, so maybe a shirt dress would be my choice.

  • Angie

    Oh my goodness! Those little lambs are adorable. I’d pick the knits. I’ve been wanting to go on a t-shirt making run… These would all be adorable for the casual days. 😀

  • Kat Douglas

    I would be all over this in the knit fabrics, tee shirts for my son and used for the bodices of dresses (paired with tulle for the skirt) for my highly “particular” about what she wears (read fussy) of my daughter!

  • Kathy

    I would like to make a shirt or two too.

  • Carolyn V

    I love your top, but I am afraid of button holes. I think I would make my daughter dresses.

  • Michele T

    Your top is adorable and that colour and print is lovely!!! I wish I could sew clothing but I do love quilting and that’s my passion (besides my love of fabric!)

  • Laura Manning

    What great prints this fabric line has. !2 yards is alot of fabric, but I’d start with a quilt, then move on to other items (likely bags, pouches etc). Love your shirt.

  • Abigail

    What a fun shirt (and the color is so dreamy). I just finished my first Archer and this makes me want to start sewing a second! And I love the Homestead fabric line — I’d totally make a quilt with that.

  • What a great job matching those fabrics! Those goats are just about the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen.

    Let me float this out here before I commit – would you consider imitation the highest form of flattery?…

    Which is to say that I’d like to make this same match in a men’s shirt (all credit due to you for the inspiration and Homestead for the lovely fabrics!).

    • I could never deny anyone the right to make their very own lamb-y Archer! In fact, I’d love to see your version when you finish it 🙂

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  • Janie

    Great job on your top. It looks so soft. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • rrjane011749

    Love the tunic you made! I’d make it too!

  • Tina Roneklint

    Ohhh that lamb Fabric <3

  • Deona Jeruzal Paine

    This fabric line is adorable, fun and tres chic!! I love the Archer shirt made in the white goats on teal. That color is my fave too! I would love to make a few of these shirts using the Homestead line. Loving those little piggies too!

  • darlene macdonald

    How adorable!!! Placemats, napkins, potholders etc I would make for my son’s wedding next month. Or use it for totes I make for local hospital’s cancer center. Women get handmade tote for clothes instead of boring plastic generic ones. Love your shirt!

  • lee

    I would love to make an apron for my sister and I with this fabric! thanks!

  • This is so, so gorgeous! I would love a sweet 40’s blouse with little pink piggies on it!

  • this is lovely. i love the colour too.

  • Juliet

    I think I’d use some of that sheep stuff for a nightgown. It would be great. 😀

  • Donna Lee

    This would have to be tunics for my granddaughters and shirts for my grandsons! What gorgeous fabric and beautiful shirt you made. Great top-stitching :).

  • Victoria Anderson

    What a great looking fabric! That shirt is wonderful too- I really like the cuffs on the sleeves. It would be a hard choice of what to make with the fabric. I’d be tempted to copy your shirt, but a quilt could be nice. Or bags. The knit sounds intriguing, maybe a dress with some of that .

  • I absolutely love those fabrics! I would make a shirt of my own! Or two….or three…!

  • Nuala

    I love this, especially the colour! I’d have to make some clothes for my kids x

  • threeoutside

    That is, I think, my very favorite of your many projects! It’s probably the color – and the sheep. Bahh-youtiful! LOL

  • Rhonda Reed

    So adorable. Okay, I am dusting off my sewing machine right now!

  • I would probably use the fabric to make some super cute bodices for some dresses 🙂 Loving the Lambs in Fog and Oink 🙂

  • subee

    I see some cute dresses for my granddaughter

  • Genevieve Caswell

    This design is better than fantastic, it’s the best thing since raspberry scones. The color will go with just about everything I own & I’m going to add it to my next quilt for my new granddaughter. Thanks for putting it out there. Triple thumbs up, lol 🙂

  • Cassandra

    I love the mint and I’ve been eyeing that fabricline. I’m torn with a simple patchwork quilt or try to make something for my 2nd cousins who are small enough for 1 yard to make into a nice dress. Maybe I’ll do both.

  • Tamara Jenner

    OK – that shirt is just too cute for words! And I’m loving the mint hair too (says the girl who currently has magenta in her hair)!

    I would make a dress or a skirt – the prints are so cute 🙂

  • This shirt rules!!! Obviously the fabric is super cute, but I love the length you added. I love seeing all your Archer modifications come to life!

  • roadhounds

    Love the shirt. I would make a quilt.

  • While your windmill Archer is always my favourite, this one just scored the second spot. I adore the sheep and the colour and you look smashing wearing it! Well done, Rochelle! Pat yourself on the back!

  • OhioLori

    Love your Tunic/Shirt!! Would love to make one too!! With “Homestead” win..would make a great Throw for our Family Room!! Thanks for chance to win! 🙂

  • Pamela Neal

    I would make quilts and home decor items with this adorable fabric

  • This shirt is fabulous! I love that fabric and the cuffs! It’s totally you!

  • Hilde

    Lovely prints! I’d sew a dungaree and blouse for my boys and skirt and blouse for my daughter and myself

  • Janet Tyner

    It would make a nice quilt. Love the colors together.

  • Tori Holter

    Love the colors and darling prints. I think cute little retro skirts and aprons

  • AmandaStock

    Oh, I love the colour and print combination you chose! I adore the sleeve cuff details with the buttons — too cute. If I won, I’d definitely try my hand at some ’40s blouses, with contrasting yokes like you’ve done here.

  • Oh my gosh, sheep fabric!! Perfect for the sewist who knits!

  • Alicia Martin

    Such a cute shirt. I’d totally do an archer.. Or several if I won. I love the sleeve detail with the button on yours! So cute!

  • That shirt is lovely! I need to do some fit alterations on my archer (tried to get away with not doing a FBA) but this is inspiring me to get back at it. I’m wondering how you did the cuffs on your version? They don’t look like the cuffs I recall on the original pattern, but I really like them!

  • I love the details of the sleeves and the binding around the hem! I’d probably use the sheep fabric first because I’m a knitter too.

  • hepkitty84

    I just bought the Archer pattern, in part because of seeing all your great versions. I’d probably make myself one out of Homestead. I’d also use some of it for a dress for my youngest who loves all things animals.

  • jill

    Absolutely childrens clothes out of the knits and then id knit some cute coordinating grandpa cardis to go with.

  • Erin Proud

    Wow! I’m in love with this shirt. Especially the colors and matching shoes. Amazing work!

  • Emily

    Children’s clothes, a patchwork skirt, or maybe a quilt. There are too many options to pick just one! 🙂

  • Emily’s Vintage Visions

    Love your shirt! Those fabrics are so cute! I think I would use them for home decor or for blouses like you did. I like how you used two different fabrics.

  • Chloe Shearon

    I’ve been on a quilt kick lately – these would make a darling one! I also love the idea of making a shirt from a print or two.

  • Love your shirt! The mix of prints are adorable and I love the color! Fab giveaway 🙂

  • Jada Nicks Edwards

    I think these prints would make adorable PJs, and maybe a tee or two! 🙂

  • accacia mullen

    Baby quilts!

  • Julie

    Oh, I live on a homestead! I would make ALL THE THINGS!

  • Mary

    Jammies/t-shirts for all!!!Thanks for the gargantuan giveaway

  • Gia

    I love this shirt! Love the colour and the print is so very cute!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!

  • Gia

    I’d use all the cutesy animal prints for my little one but I’d definately be making those pretty daisies into pillows for the couch and I’d love to make a couple of drawstring bags with the cloud prints!

  • Kten Perkins

    I think I might try my hand at a button down as well. Yours turned out beautifully!

  • Okay this is seriously the cutest shirt. I love how you worked the contrasting print on to the sleeves! (alexandra529)

  • Lindsey

    Oh my, I would make one of those shirts! I have a rtw shirt in a similar style and it fits me sooo well. I think I’d use the leftover fabrics to make my cousin a quilt for her new baby!

  • Alice Brown

    I’d love to make some fabric storage boxes for (at least some of) my stash

  • Laura Noles Brown

    Oh My! How adorable! I have 3 beautiful children who would get such a kick out of this line! We love animals and homesteading, so it would be great to make them some items, and make something for myself to match!