When Cotton + Steel announced that their first guest designer was going to be Rifle Paper Co. last year, it seemed like the day would never come for the fabric to finally be released. The time is now and I’m so excited! Like many people, I’ve loved Rifle Paper Co products forever. The idea that I’m going to be able to sew with these gorgeous designs is pretty inspiring.
Our delivery will be arriving very soon and we’ve just posted our pre-order sale at the workroom. Who else is obsessing over what they are going to do with this collection? There are 13 quilting cotton prints – so definitely there is a Rifle Paper quilt in my future. There are 5 cotton/linen canvas prints – perfect for bags, pillows, curtains, structured garments and accessories. Personally, I’d love to cover a chair with one of them. There are also 4 Cotton Lawn Prints (flamingos!) and 3 Rayon prints. So, definitely a fun floral dress, some cute t-shirts and tops. Maybe some cute dark floral pants?!
I’m sharing my photos of the actual fabric samples I ordered from. In person these fabrics are really special and the colours are perfect. I just keep scrolling through and trying to narrow down my choices, but who am I kidding? I kinda need it all. I can’t wait to splash out on this collection and surround myself in this floral dream.
Making a Liberty of London Archer Shirt has been on my wish list for a while now. Seems like the most classic combo, pairing a button-front shirt with Liberty tana lawn cotton. Now that I’ve made one, I want to line up a few more into the sewing queue.
I’m so happy to have this project as one of our newest classes at the workroom. First off, I learned that a button-down shirt refers to shirts where the collar buttons down. I always assumed it meant any shirt with buttons down the front. Nope. Thus, we named the class Button-Front Shirt! This class is a wonderful way to refine your garment making skills. I learned a lot of great tricks from Emma. I was especially excited to use french seams throughout the whole garment, even the armholes. I’ve never tried it before and it is so satisfying to see such a beautiful finish on the inside. I love to serge, but this is next level.
I also made my best collar ever. Something always goes slightly awry for me when attaching the collar stand to the shirt, but the method in the pattern worked perfectly and we nicknamed it ‘banana split’. The other thing that I finally got was the sleeve placket. Those things have always confused the heck out of me. But again, walking through it with Emma and following the pattern it came together like a dream.
The class ended with Emma’s button trick, which is a game changer for perfectly sewn buttons.
I’ve had such great experiences with Grainline Studio patterns. The fit usually works great and everything is so well designed with easy to understand instructions. I’m so happy I’ve cracked the Archer Shirt and I’m ready to make a dozen more. Also – totally going to try the Pop-over Variation. I’ve got some brushed cotton set aside for that one.
Time to turn this peachy Lizzy House Constellations cotton lawn into a dress (for Lizzy’s wedding)! Wearing my bamboo jersey Moneta Dress and hanging out with a room full of crafty ladies at the workroom Sewing Date.