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  • Archer + Alder Version 02

    Today I’ll be walking you through another version of combining the Alder and Archer patterns to create a dress. If you remember, we posted the first Alder + Archer variation shortly after the Alder was released. That version used the complete Alder pattern and required you to re-draft the yoke to combine with the Archer […]

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  • Archer + Alder Variation

    Today I have for you the long awaited Archer + Alder variation! I was hoping to get some photos of it on but the weather here in Chicago has not been cooperating at all so here we have it on a form in the studio. Modeled photos to come but for now, click below to […]

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  • Archer Button Up Sew-Along

    Pattern: Archer Button Up View the PDF Download or Paper Pattern Difficulty: Intermediate Sew along with us as we walk you through making the Archer Button Up! In this sew-along you'll learn basic pattern alterations for your Archer, construct and attach a shirt collar, set sleeves, insert buttons & buttonholes, and much more! Need inspiration? Browse our Archer Pinterest [...] Continue Reading
  • Alder Shirtdress Sew-Along

    Pattern: Alder Shirtdress View the PDF Download or Paper Pattern Difficulty: Intermediate Sew along with us as we walk you through making the Alder Shirtdress! In this sew-along you'll learn basic pattern alterations for your Alder, how to sew bust darts, apply bias facings, construct and attach a shirt collar, insert buttons & buttonholes, and much more! Bonus [...] Continue Reading
  • The Alder as a Tunic or Shirt

    Around this time of year we get a lot of emails enquiring how to convert the Archer into a sleeveless shirt. We have a tutorial here but one thing to note is that since the Archer is both slightly oversized and drafted for sleeves, it will never be fitted in the armholes the same way […]

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  • Archer Back in Stock

    Hey there everyone. We are really excited because the Archer Button Up Shirt is BACK in stock! We know you have been waiting anxiously. It’s the new year and an awesome time to try some new things and challenge ourselves. We all have those projects that we want to tackle, but never get around to […]

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  • Join me for an Archer Retreat in Maine!

    I’m really excited to announce one of my retreats for 2016, the Archer & Shirt Styling intensive at A Gathering of Stitches in Portland, Maine from Wednesday June 8th – Sunday June 12th! Shirt making can be overwhelming to many but during this multi-day class we’ll tackle all aspects, starting with View A of the Archer pattern, […]

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  • Kendra’s Plaid Flannel Archer

    So, spring is taking a little longer than I’d like to get here or should I say get here and STAY here. Although we have had some wonderful sunny, 60-70 degree days here in Chicago, we have also had some cold, grey, and rainy ones. To combat this bizarre in-between weather, I decided to make […]

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  • Sewn: Black + White Sleeved Alder

    Pattern: Alder Shirtdress View A with sleeves from the Archer Button Up Pattern Tutorial: Archer + Alder Variation Fabric: Carolina Gingham 1″ from Robert Kaufman Shoes: Rachel Comey Penpals (cause someone always asks about the shoes) I posted the tutorial on this dress last Friday but since the weather has been a bit rainy here […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 13: Buttons and Buttonholes

    Today is the last step in the Alder Sew Along, aside from variations. Start by laying the right button band out flat. You’ll be inserting the buttonholes into this side. The measurements I’m using here are the same as on the pattern but feel free to use your own placement. Begin by marking the top of […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 10: Attaching the Collar

    Today we’ll be assembling and attaching the collar. This post is extremely photo heavy, about 32 photos, so if you’re here for the sew along, click below. If not browse on! Begin by interfacing the upper collar and one of the collar stand pieces. If you’re using fusible interfacing follow the instructions included with your fusible, […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Part 2: Selecting Your Size

    Today we’re going to talk about selecting your size. The first thing you’re going to want to do is get some measurements. The three measurements needed to select your size are bust, waist, and hip, and with the Alder, the most important measurement is going to be your bust due to the fact that it’s […]

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  • Alder Sewalong: Schedule & Badge

    Well! As of Tuesday night I’m still operating out of boxes and am still coughing like crazy so I’m going to have to start the official sew along on Monday. I hope you guys aren’t too upset but I really want to make it good and only knowing where 25% of my supplies are isn’t […]

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  • Alder Sew Along Announcement

    Are you guys ready for the Alder Shirtdress Sew Along? Well get ready because it’ll be starting up next week! We’ll be starting on Wednesday and I have plenty of tips and variations planned. I’ll also be covering how to choose your size, a lot of people seem to be sewing based on the size they […]

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  • Our Top 5 Tips, Patterns, and Tutorials for Beginning Sewers

    As part of the Summer of Basics Make-Along we thought it would be fun to share 5 of our top tips, patterns and tutorials since I know there are a lot of knitters joining in who are new to sewing. We have so many tips, patterns, and tutorials it was hard to choose so you […]

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