I’ve got a backlog of garments to blog, and honestly I don’t know if I’ll get to it. So, I thought I’d just start off with the last thing I made: an Archer Button Up from Grainline Studio.
The fabric I chose is a mid-weight linen/cotton blend. (I ordered it online, but don’t remember where.) I don’t know if it was an ideal choice for this shirt, it’s a little stiff. But I think it will soften over time since it’s got a high percentage of linen, or at least that’s the hope.
Fit wise, it’s big through the mid back. I wasn’t sure how to get rid of the excess without losing the ease I need through the hip. Looking at it now, I’m thinking maybe a sway back adjustment. Any thoughts/ideas are definitely welcome. 🙂
I wanted to make this as a loose “topper” kind of shirt, something that I might throw on when it’s cool in lieu of a hoodie. So, even though the fit could be improved, I think it hits the mark for the purpose I had in mind.
Here are some flat shots:
As you can see, I used some polka dots on the inside – I can’t help myself. 🙂 I hemmed the shirt by using a strip of bias tape. I think it worked pretty well, and it reduced bulk.
I always have a tough time sewing collars, and this shirt was no different. I know I just need more practice. After ripping it out a few times, I think it turned out pretty good.
One change I made to the pattern was to add tower plackets to the sleeves. This was my first time sewing these. Unfortunately, I think they turned out a little too long. But that will be an easy fix for next time.
So, there you go, that’s my Archer. I liked this pattern, it went together easily (except for my mental block with sewing the collar). The sleeves eased in really beautifully, which is a big thumbs up in my book. I hate wrangling with too much sleeve cap ease. I think its repeat-worthy, but I want to wear this one for a while before cutting another.