This shirt was made back over Christmas and following on from the Localism project, I decided to time the making process. I gave a little handmade touch by including an embroidered bow on the left hand pocket. Other less exciting changes were rounding out the collar tip and adding an extra 5cm of length to the body – otherwise, it’s pretty true to the original Grainline Archer pattern.
02:55:22 printing, assembling and cutting out paper pattern
01:14:42 cutting out pattern pieces in chosen fabric and interfacing
00:07:02 transferring markings from pattern to fabric
00:58:27 constructing button bands down centre front of shirt
01:08:20 preparing and attaching pockets
00:43:35 assembling back of shirt
00:48:24 sleeves plackets
02:24:22 sewing sleeves and side seams
02:13:35 constructing and attaching collar to neckline
00:40:57 machine sewn buttonholes and hand sewing on buttons
I enjoy the making process and this shirt happens to be frequently worn, which is not always the case. But timing each step of the process gives myself an idea of how long it takes to assemble one garment, It’s not a quick activity – from preparing the pattern, to making adjustments, to unpicking mistakes. I took my time to finish each part and as a result, I appreciate not only the final garment but my other material possessions more.
The hardest part is remembering to start and stop the timer. I made a short sleeved chambray version, which I’m sure took less time but the numbers would have been interesting to compare.