The Archer Button Up is a loosely fitting button up shirt with long sleeves. View A has angled cuffs and a back pleat at yoke. View B has straight cuffs and a gathered lower back detail. PDF pattern only.
I made View A.
0 through 18. My measurements are 34-26.5-39. I made a straight size 4 without alterations and I think it fits as intended (a little slouchy). The hips could use more room so the shirt hangs straighter over my backside.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I also compared the look of the fit to the designer's photos of herself wearing the pattern on her Instagram. I added 3 inches of length to mine.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the most part. I've never sewn a Grainline pattern before so I didn't know what to expect. The written instructions are clear, but I think it could have used more illustrations. It helped that I have some experience with shirtmaking (I've made collared shirts for my boyfriend), but I wouldn't recommend it to a true beginner. The patternmaker is hosting an Archer sewalong on her blog soon, which would help. She makes great tutorials and has excellent photography.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I don't own many button-up shirts that aren't plaid, so I wanted to add this staple to my wardrobe. I like the slouchy look, the box pleat at the back yoke, and the angled cuff detail. I disliked nothing!
Mystery! Some black drapey med-weight something.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Just added three inches to the length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes yes yes. It would be fun in a print, and look classic in a more fitted size.
I'm quite pleased with my new shirt. See more on my blog. Thanks for reading!