You guys. I have a confession to make: I am a button down shirt obsessed girl whose NEVER made an Archer shirt. Sad but true. However, I am relieved to say that I’ve FINALLY made one and I’m officially part of the Archer shirt fan club. This was just a wearable muslin but I will most definitely be wearing it a LOT this fall.
If you haven’t figured out by now the pattern is Grainline Studio’s Archer shirt. If you haven’t made this shirt yet, seriously.. get on it. The fit is so perfect and comfortable. This is a great every day top for fall that is super versatile for your wardrobe.
The fabric is a simple cotton shirting that I swiped for free from a materials exchange back in our NYC days. This is actually my muslin that I intended to wear after I made any necessary fit adjustments. However, this pattern is so great I didn’t need to make any fit adjustments. I love the menswear look with the feminine fit. I can’t wait to make my true fabric version (just wait till you see this fabric I have in store!). For my second Archer I plan to make version “B” with the ruffle for a more “night out” kind of look.
I honestly did not make a single adjustment to this pattern. Wait, thats a lie. I inverted the pleat to give it a more feminine look as opposed to the traditional men’s box pleat. It’s so perfect. I want to make like 100 more in all different kinds of fabrics.
This is also the first time I used my button hole foot on my sewing machine. HELLO! If you have not dusted off this foot for buttons I strongly suggest diving in. I don’t know why I was afraid of this foot but it was such a time saver. Sewing buttons on is usually a dreaded final touch for me when finishing a garment, now I can just whip them out in no time.
The moral of this story is go get this pattern now if you haven’t already and fill your handmade closet with lovely perfect fitting button up shirts!
Pattern: Grainline Studio Archer
Fabric: Cotton shirting
Notions: Recycled buttons
Adjustments: Inverted the back pleat
Finishes: Serged seams, 1/4″ hem
Time: 3-4 hours
Sew it again? Yes! And this time when I say yes I really mean it! My second one is already cut out.
Get to making this pattern and bust out that button foot!