My first ever button-up shirt! A relatively pain-free experience with Grainline’s wonderful Archer Button Up Shirt.
Archer Button Up Shirt in cream viscose.
Bit stupid of me to photograph a white shirt against a white background. Sorry about that.
I wanted to sew something that would go with my grey Thurlow trousers, and I thought the Archer Button Up Shirt would be perfect. My plan is to sew a wardrobe of clothes which make mix and matching possible if not easy, so I knew I needed a dress shirt. Would you believe I don’t actually own one? At all? Obviously, this needed to be rectified.
I once tried to sew a button up shirt (which doesn’t count as being my first time since I never completed it) which was some kind of stiff cotton. Don’t-ask-me-to-bend-my-arms stiff. I decided to be extra cautious and make a drapey Archer, so I decided to try viscose. Viscose is also supposed to be less wrinkly, though I don’t think anyone has told my Archer shirt. Still wrinkly.
Archer w/ French Seams & Hand-Stitched Collar
There were a lot of firsts with this project, too, and I took my time with it. I decided to sew French seams, both to learn the technique and because I thought the visose might be a little transparent. It isn’t, and the seams aren’t visible through the shirt, but I’m glad I sewed the French seams. The places I shop don’t have clothes with French seams.
I cut a size 2, since my measurements are EXACTLY the size 2 measurements. Sadly, the shirt is too tight for me across my upper back. No archery for me in this top. It’s wearable, but I like to be able to move in the clothes I wear, which is why I like knits so much, and while I don’t expect to feel as free in woven fabrics, this shirt is definitely in the going-to-need-to-sew-another-one-to-replace-this-one camp. I already have the viscose purchased.
Andrea’s Archer shirt hangs off her shoulders a bit (I love dropped shoulders), so I thought mine would, but you can see they certainly don’t on me. Must be my manly shoulders. I actually spent a couple of hours SEARCHING for a dress shirt pattern with dropped shoulders, but I could only find some 80s monstrosity. And lots of websites telling me how hideous dropped shoulders are. And I thought they were sexy >sigh<. Kind of casual I’m-wearing-my-man’s-shirt-with-nothing-else-but-undies vibe. But style sites tell me I am wrong. I am sure these anti-dropped-shoulder posts were written by women with sloping shoulders.
definitely not a dropped shoulder
The length of the shirt is a bit short for my liking. When I raise my arms, I like my shirt to stay tucked in. Of course, I could remedy this by sewing high-waisted pants to wear with this Archer, but I fear this:
I’d rather just wear longer shirts. Too late, I notice that Andrea added 3 inches to the length. I will definitely be doing that on my next Archer.
I like my collars a bit larger than the one in this pattern, so next time, I will try to replace the collar piece with something from another pattern. Also, I used a very drapey interfacing on the collar, and it really needed more structure.
I wanted a crisp collar peeking out the top of my jumper. Someone give that collar some viagra, stat!
I used Jen’s Archer Sewalong Tutorial. I expected to just be able to go by the sewalong instructions, but I actually found that I needed BOTH the pattern instructions AND the tutorial at times.
I love this pattern. For my ABSOLUTE WARDROBE BASICS, I want a drapey white/cream top which FITS as well as a nice, crisp cotton shirting Archer. And then I will look at the ‘extras’. Gingham. Plaid, maybe. White collarless and sleeveless. And so on.
I do still want a fitted dress shirt, but this is definitely going to be my TNT dress shirt pattern. Yay, Archer!