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Best Patterns of 2013
Posted on:6/26/14 1:44 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular 
Project Photo:Grainline Studio: 31004 by lumiukko

Grainline Studio: 31004 by lumiukko  Grainline Studio: 31004 by lumiukko  
Pattern Photo:Grainline Studio 31004
Grainline Studio Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 2 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $10.80 $12.00 Pattern Details
Filed Under: Digital Patterns  
Fabric:Chambray  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
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.

Techniques involved include sewing a straight seam, setting sleeves, continuous button plackets, adding a shirt collar and buttons & buttonholes. Pattern is nested to facilitate cutting between sizes if needed.

Pattern Sizing:
0-18. I made a size 8.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I can't comment on the instructions, as I haven't really used them, opting to follow the excellent sewalong instead.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the relaxed fit, as well as the nice shirt-making details, like the collar with collar stand, cuffs, button placket and yoke. I also like the 'butt-ruffle' option of View B, which is actually very flattering and is a unique twist on a more classic style. I have no dislikes - I love these shirts! I also like the relaxed fit which means there's little need for fitting.

Fabric Used:
So far, I've made this shirt in chambray, swiss dot, and rayon challis. All these fabrics work for the pattern, although the challis was quite a bit trickier to handle.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
For my rayon challis version, I added piping to the button placket, cuffs, and collar. For the swiss dot version, I made the sleeveless variation, which involves shaving a bit off the shoulders and armscye from the yoke, back and front pieces. I also converted the collar to a mandarin collar by trimming down the collar stand.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
After making three versions, I'm not sure that I'll sew it again, but I would highly recommend it to others.

As evidenced by this pattern being one of the top patterns of 2013, this is an excellent pattern that is very versatile. This is a really great basic pattern that can be adapted in so many different ways. I like the relaxed fit of it and have worn my shirts often.

More photos:
challis front view
challis detail
swiss dot front
swiss dot back
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Someday2005 said...
You did a nice job. Thank you for the review.
6/28/14 5:32 PM
RoseE said...
Shut the front door, they are fabulous!
6/27/14 0:27 AM
Pj3g said...
They look fantastic!
6/26/14 11:58 PM
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