Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

Alright, it’s time to prepare our backs, you guys all ready? We’ll do View A first because there isn’t much to this one. Pleat the two notches in to CB and baste across the pleat to secure. That’s it! Unfortunately I lost the photo of the basted pleat in the Great Computer Fiasco of 2013 but hopefully you get the idea.

Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

View B is a bit more involved but it’s still really easy. Place two lines of basting stitches between the notches on the top edges of the bottom back piece.

Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

Match the notches with the upper back (right sides together) and pin the outer non-gathered edges together. Then pull your gathering threads to gather the center portion together. Arrange gathers evenly and pin in place.

Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

Stitch along the seam. I like to do this with the gathers facing up so you can be sure they’re laying straight while you go over them. No surprises.

Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

Remove your gathering threads.

Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

Finish your seam as desired, I serged mine. Press seam upwards.

Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

Topstitch the seam down at 1/4″ which both looks fancy and also keeps that seam from flipping this way and that keeping the gathers looking neat and firmly pointed downwards.

Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

That’s that! You can trim off those little pointy seam allowances at the edges if you like, or just serge them off when we finish the side seams. Up next – two ways to attach a yoke. Get pumped!

8 replies on “Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

    • jen | grainline

      Thanks! I’m going to be wearing this chambray till the day I die, I have SO MUCH left over from my hound x of a kind edition from last summer. There are worse problems to have though, hahah!

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  • Annie

    Do you have any reccommendations on alternative techniques for finishing the seam? I don’t have a serger. My first thought is the good ol’ zig-zag stitch, then thought perhaps using seam binding would do the trick (or would that be too bulky?)

    By the by, I’m loving the sew-a-long! I tend to try to power through these projects in one weekend and get frustrated, but am finding the pace you’ve set very refreshing!

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    • jen | grainline

      Thanks, I was nervous about the pace but I really wanted to have the sew along be easy to reference for each specific step after we’re done in case people need to check out something again or whatnot.

      As for alternative methods, if you’re doing a really thin fabric, you could do french seams, seam binding may be a bit bulky depending on what sort of fabric you’re using. Zig zag is a good option or you could just trim the edges with a pinking shear.

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      • Annie

        I’m using a purple chambray from Pendleton – only $3/yd at their spring fabric sale!!! I ended up doing a zig zag and it turned out just fine – thanks for the advice!

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  • Katie

    Alright! I’m all caught up! I’m making my shirt in an Anna Maria Horner moth voile and I’m very excited! I don’t think I’ve ever sewn so carefully!

    When do you anticipate the sew-along to be wrapped up? I want to wear my shirt as soon as possible but I also want to do the best job sewing it as possible so I want to follow along with your sew along.

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    • jen | grainline

      I really can’t wait to see your finished shirt, I’m staring at some Anna Maria Horner feather voile right now and I want to turn it into a shirt so bad!

      As for the sew along, we should be all done next Friday so one more week to go and we’re all set! I have a few variations planned to add after but all the steps for Views A and B will be done by then.

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      • Marie F.

        Cool ! Thanks a lot for these tutorials, they are really amazing. I have been really careful too with my sewing, I want my shirt to look the best I can 🙂 I am using a similar blue chambray for it.
        I have bought Anna Maria Horner feather voile in grenadine, it is so gorgeous and soft, it’s amazing!! I am planning to do the Lonsdale dress from sewaholic with it. But it would make a really Archer too.

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