Phewee! Five days before the end of 2013, I still hadn’t started on my Sewlution. To remind you, on 31 December last year I’d vowed that:
I shall conquer the blouse! Cuffs, plackets and collar.
12 months later, I had barely begun. I had at least bought my fabric – a black and ivory cotton from MacCulloch & Wallis. The fabric was of a very high quality but as construction began, I worried that I was creating a 1980s David Brent monstrosity.
Then, another public figure floated towards the front of my mind, a person who this year had a stunning novel published, is one of the most well-dressed women around and likes monochrome as much as me. (Is now the time to mention I had the good luck to meet this lady in 2013? Well, when I say ‘meet’ I mean she signed my copy of her book.)
Could I recreate Ms Tartt’s sang froid, wearing my new Archer shirt? Hmmm, difficult with a little dog in shot. Plus, Donna’s much more diminutive than me and about three stone lighter! Still…
I can hardly overstate the care I took over the sewing of my second Archer shirt, making view A. I was very, very careful and did unpick a collar stand when it wasn’t making me happy. It helped a lot that I’d already had a practice go at this shirt and my flannel version proved to be an essential reference tool. It helped me understand how to adapt the second iteration to my needs. I took a good couple of inches out of the sleeve length and added three inches to the length of the shirt. I always felt slightly uncomfortable with the way my first shirt ended right at my groin!
There’s nothing I can say about this shirt that A Stitching Odyssey hasn’t already eloquently opined about her recent make. This pattern is an exercise in serenity. It’s beautifully drafted, Jen’s sewalong is comprehensive and this pattern is a class act you desperately want to rise to. I am particularly proud of the carefully placed bias cutting of the back yoke and pockets. Such a small detail, so special.
At the end of a demanding year, I’m glad I found the time and head space to complete my Sewlution. The Mistress Of The Jar would have been very disappointed otherwise.
Now, her attention is turned on you. Did you complete your Sewlution? If so, add a comment below, ideally with a link to your completed project. The Mistress shall read, judge, sneer and ponder all comments left before midnight GMT on New Year’s Eve. She’ll choose at her own whim, a winner of the Sewlution prize, worth over £70. Have you done enough to make the Mistress happy?
Tell me, readers. Did you enjoy having a harsh mistress oversee your sewing in 2013? Did she help motivate you, or paralyse you with fear? She will judge you on your answer. 2013 may be over, but the Mistress continues to watch us all. Don’t be scared. Just be terrified.