• The Archer, Shirt Stylings with Jennifer Beeman •

• The Archer, Shirt Stylings with Jennifer Beeman •



Spend a long weekend learning all you need to know to make the classic Archer shirt from Grainline Studio. Jen Beeman, designer of timeless classic silhouettes that a sewist can make over and over again, is coming to Maine to teach her popular Archer shirt pattern.  In this intimate setting, with a small group, participants will have access to a fully equipped studio with all the time you need to truly assimilate the shirt making process.

Over the course of this intensive you will learn the ins and outs of fabric choices, pattern layout, basic adjustments, and cutting out. Next you'll dive into button bands, yoke assembly, sleeve vents. Learn how to insert a collar with Jen's help. Don't be afraid! Hem that baby up, add some buttons and you're in business. Jen will also cover variations including the gathered back addition, short and sleeveless version, as well as the glory that is the Alder shirtdress.  Depending on how you absorb the shirt making process, you will also have the option to make a second shirt, and/or make (or at least start) an Alder. 

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~Wednesday evening June 8th through Sunday afternoon June 12th~

Teacher: Jennifer Beeman of Grainline Studio

Participants: Ten

Location: A Gathering of Stitches Studio at 54 Cove Street in Portland, ME

Skill Level: This is an Intermediate level retreat. You should be very comfortable with your machine, and have completed a couple of garments that you wear....

We will gather at the studio on Wednesday evening for a introductory pizza and libations reception. Each day we will have a catered lunch and on the last night (Saturday) we will have a special meal at one of Portland's famed restaurants.  Please alert me to any dietary restrictions when you register. Sunday AM will be a re-cap of the weekend, with a chance to show off all your lovely creations.

The fee for this workshop includes the use of our facilities, including sewing machines, sergers, irons, cutting tables and more. You can bring your own sewing machine, or use one of ours- just let us know if you need ours. You will need to secure your own lodgings but we have all sorts of suggestions. Go HERE to see a list of our favorites, contact us if you're looking for something else.  Our studio is a 15 minute walk from a number of hotels, and there are more a little further, including many AirBnB options. Portland is easy to get to, being serviced by most of the major airlines, a bus line, and Amtrak. Go to our Travel page for more details about getting here. Just as an aside, Portland, ME is only a short 50 minute flight from NYC and the Garment district, in case you wanted to swing through on your way in or out..... 

Materials:  You should arrive at the studio with a copy of the Archer pattern, sufficient fabric (pre-washed), interfacing, buttons and your sewing machine and tool kit. We have the full array of sewing tools (scissors, rotary cutters, pattern weights, pins, marking tools, rulers etc) in case you forget something. If you would like to use one of our machines, be sure to let me know when you register.

Please check your schedule before you register. Refunds will only be given up to April 29th, 2016, minus a $35 administration fee, and requests must be received in writing. After 5/18/16 there are no refunds without exception, transfers will considered on a case-by-case basis.

Jen Beeman

Grainline Studio originally began as the personal blog of Jennifer Beeman, the designer and patternmaker behind the patterns. It expanded in mid 2011 with our first pattern, the Tiny Pocket Tank, after receiving numerous requests for the patterns of the garments she was creating for herself. Jennifer studied fashion design at Columbia College where she focused on patternmaking and technical design and began working as a patternmaker just prior to graduating until recently when she stopped to focus on Grainline Studio full time.

Jennifer was interviewed for American Public Media’s Marketplace about her job as a patternmaker and how she’s trying to keep it relevant in today’s world of fast fashion. She also teaches at Columbia College Chicago in the Fashion Department.