Done and Done: The Sleeveless Chambray Archer

Is there such a thing as an “impulse make?” That’s the only way I can think to describe this top. When I started getting ready to speed-sew my cream and gold Archer Button up ,  I mused that a sleeveless version in the polka dot chambray I had been hoarding would be perfect for spring. As I got ready to start cutting, I realized that the long-sleeved top would be way to hot for the concert I was planning on wearing it to, so I bumped up my sewing plans and cut out the sleeveless shirt, too. From just being an idea to becoming a fully-formed blouse, this top took less than a week to make – which is really weird for me as I have become a super sewing planner. But I couldn’t be happier with it. 

How to: Copy your fave undies

I have a massive drawer full of underwear and wear maybe 10 per cent of them. I buy panties so infrequently (don’t judge) that companies change their patterns before I can bulk buy the undies I have figured out I like. 
In my last batch of underwear, I discovered the most comfortable pair of briefs I’ve ever owned. They have no elastic, which is a huge plus for me as I find that waistbands and legbands (?) squeeze and are never comfortable. This one magical pair was a basic boy-cut style with unfinished edges – they stayed in place, caused no visible lines and looked ridiculously simple to copy. If you’ve got your own pair of favourite, unicorn underwear read on to learn how to replicate them. 

I tried it: Batching

I’ve been a big fan of making multiples of any pattern for a long time, so it seemed a natural next step to sew multiple iterations of a garment in one big batch. I made my Bicycle and Kitty Cat Lindens simultaneously and also the Cream and Gold Check and Sleeveless Chambray Archers at the same time. While I am definitely a fan of batching, I feel it only works in specific situations. Keep reading for my newly acquired wisdom on sewing multiple copies of a garment at once.