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