You guys, I made a popover, wooo! The lazy girl’s answer to a collared shirt!
Jacket: Michael Kors
Oh man, there are so many more of these in my sewing future. When Jen posted her popover version of the Archer Shirt last December on Instagram, I literally squealed out loud – it was the perfect solution to the J Crew shirts that I love so much but are outrageously priced (plus, I’m trying to make all of my clothes now…so there).
I whipped this up pretty fast the night before Chris’ annual family gathering, which is always so much fun (actually, I was planning on making this for the blogger meetup in NYC but I changed my mind and wore something else last minute!). Not sewing buttons made it go together even faster, and because I’m super lazy, I decided to not make cuffs and instead made the sleeves shorter. The only problem I ran into was, yet again, the collar – but I’m getting better. Honestly, it was so stupid on my part. I forgot to staystitch the neck and was so excited to try on the popover after I made the placket, and I must have stretched out the neck when I tried it on. Sigh. There was some creative problem solving when I attached the collar stand, but it all worked out ok. Next time I will have a perfect collar, I know it!
This was a pretty easy pattern hack – I’m thinking about doing a tutorial (it’s been a while since I wrote one!) on how I added the placket to my Archer shirt. I don’t think it’s the “proper” way to add a placket, but once I figured out what to do with the fiddly bottom part, it went together smoothly, almost like fabric origami. And honestly, you can make your placket any length you want! Maybe make it a bit longer and wear it over a cami, or be a saucy vixen and don’t wear a cami, ooooo.
I’m thinking my next Archer Popover will be out of a green voile I bought from Mood on Black Friday. I was going to save it for a button-down Archer, but I’m envisioning: slightly longer placket, cropped sleeves, waist ties that tie in the back for a more fitted look, and no collar.
Do you like popovers? They’re so easy to wear, and look great with skinny jeans or pants!