Calling Spring: Archer Button-Up

February 10, 2017
Archer Button Up

Archer Button Up 

I had purchased this fabric intending to wait for warmer temperatures to make it, but judging by the amount of snow we just received, Spring is still very far away indeed. I decided to cheer myself up by diving into this woven from Andover fabrics (part of the Dream Weaves collection). It was very easy to work with, but, the right side and the wrong side of the fabric are nearly identical, so there were a few steps where I tripped myself up.

I made the 2nd variation of the Archer Button Up Shirt from Grainline Studio (AKA the Bum-Ruffle Shirt). This was my first Archer and it was easy to see why this is a mainstay for garment-sewers. It’s roomy and relaxed without looking like I stole my husband’s shirt and lends itself to endless customization. I opted not to use the breast pockets (they are a little too oversized and boob-tastic for me).

I made a size 6 and didn’t need any kind of a full-breast-adjustment – no pulling here! I used the burrito-roll technique for the shoulder seams and flat-felled others where I could, with mixed results. I found it difficult to flatten out the gathered seam allowance enough to create even seams around the shoulders. I did however, finally, remember to label my sleeves, so I actually put the correct sleeve on the appropriate side the first time around. I also followed the ever useful, alternate-collar-technique-tutorial from Four Square Walls for a hassle-free finish.

Project: Grainline Studio Archer Button Up

Total Cost: $81

Fabric:$50

Pattern: $21

Notions: $10

Time: 12 hours, including cutting out the pattern

Techniques: Flat-felled seams, sleeve plackets, burrito roll yokes

Fit: Straight size 6. I could use a narrow-shoulder adjustment next time.

What to work on: Ugh. Flat-felled seams with gathers.

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Kelsey February 11, 2017 at 1:15 am

    I love how this turned out! It looks so comfortable and perfect for everyday wear 🙂

    • Reply Erica February 11, 2017 at 2:07 am

      Thank you, Kelsey! I’ve been wearing it non-stop.

  • Reply Anya February 21, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    It looks so spring-y!! I love how it turned out. Fingers crossed for warm weather coming soon.

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