Saturday, November 2, 2013

Finished Project: Plaidtastic Blue Archer

Hey would you look at that, I finally took pictures of my Archer!  I've only been wearing it near-constantly for the last 3 weeks.

Yeah, I'm pretty happy with it.  There's a couple things I'd change on the next one (and there will be at least one more, possibly a half-dozen because these are fantastic work shirts!  And every day shirts.

I forgot how easy button-ups are to wear.

Pattern: Grainline Studio's Archer Button-Up Shirt
Fabric: 100% cotton plaid flannel
Size: Size 12 from armhole upward, graded to size 14 at waist and size 16 at hips
Alterations: Other than size grading above, I did the following:
  • Narrowed the shoulders by 3/4 inch
  • Shortened bodice by 2.5 inches
  • Take in side seams by 1/2 inch
  • Reduced length of butt bustle by cutting along size 0 hem

I didn't do an FBA, just because this is a loose top and the toile I did (and didn't take a pic of, sorry) showed that I didn't need it.  I might do a small FBA next time though, just for a bit of extra room.

This fabric, while lovely, was skewed to an annoying degree.  I couldn't straighten it no matter what I did.  So I mostly gave up on matching the plaid, except for across the front.  I think I did a pretty good job, considering, but the bias button band helps a lot!

There are two major alterations that I'll make next time.

I shortened the bodice by 2.5 inches.  This was about 1 inch too much.  The butt bustle should've been a bit lower.

This one is probably the biggest one.  View A has a pleat below the yoke to give some extra fabric across the shoulders.  View B doesn't.  Definitely should've added that one in, because holy man is it ever annoying not having it.  REACHING FORWARD IS HARD.

Although I'm probably going to make more view A's in the future, because there's only so many butt bustles a person needs in the 21st century.  In this part of it, anyways.

So overall, I'm in love with this shirt.  Don't be fooled by the 'meh' face in some of these photos, it was entirely due to my horrible camera and not the top.  The top is easy to wear, both at home and at work, and with a few tweaks, will be even better next time.

But I will warn you, there's not a lot of shaping to this shirt.  The only shaping is at the sides, and it's a bit poofy at the tummy.  I'm happy with this right now, because I've been enjoying the camp desserts a bit too much and the camp gym facilities a bit too little.  Plus I do like to de-emphasize my body when at camp.

Wouldn't be too hard to add a couple darts in the front though...

ETA: I forgot to mention something that's come up in the comments.  I found the instructions for the Archer a little sparce, especially for a button-up top with a full collar.  I eventually gave up on them and followed the Archer Sew Along instead.  Maybe if you have experiences with this type of garment, the instructions would be fine, but for anyone new or newish to them, use the sew along.


  1. Adorable -- I downloaded an archer and am now ready to get the party started. Great top and great job!

  2. Very cute! I've been coveting a plaid shirt for the longest time. It's time I should make one too!!

  3. Great shirt - and I love the bustle feature on it You have done a great job with the plaid - was it printed rather than woven?. Looks like I need to get this pattern downloaded!!

    1. It's a woven plaid, which is why this was so frustrating. I think I could understand a bit more with a print. Or maybe not, it'd be annoying any way. :P

      I think it's a pretty good pattern, but be sure to check out the sew-along, because the instructions are pretty sparse. (Unless you have more-experience-than-me with collared and button-up shirts)

  4. Looks great! Reminds me so much of the plaid shirts I wore everywhere in the 1990's!

  5. Awesome shirt! This pattern is on my to do list whenever I find the fabric.

  6. I love it. I have been eyeing the Archer for weeks now. I have never made a buttoned up shirt with proper collars and such. Do you think I could successfully make it? I know there as a see along I can refer to. Be honest! I need some wins dangit!

    1. Follow the sew along, or have it open when you're working on it. The instructions are pretty sparce, and there were a few times I was all 'wtf are they talking about' while sewing. I've only made a couple before and struggled with them (plus that was years ago), but the sew along has lots of pictures that helps sooo much!

  7. Very nice work. Looks great with nice finishes. Great job.


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