Yet another top that I started during Back 2 Basics and planned to finish that week. But then … yeah, well life happened and I just finished it last week!
But I’m so glad I did — I love this shirt!
Sewing bloggers have been singing Archer‘s praises for months, and they are all right on. This is a great pattern! It’s well-drafted, well-written and yields a great finished product.
I cut a straight size 6 and made no size adjustments at all. In fact, the only adjustment I made was to eliminate the pockets because I wasn’t loving the way they looked, and I preferred the slightly more dressy sans-pocket look.
I also used up some of my long-hoarded Far Far Away III for some contrast detail on the innards. I used this lovely yellow flower cotton/linen blend on the interior sleeve cuffs, interior collar stand and interior back yoke. I love how this let me spice up this otherwise rather plain shirt, but still maintain its versatility.
Like everyone else, I followed Andrea’s tutorial for assembling the collar and collar stand. And like everyone else, I got a flawless collar. Her order of construction makes so much more sense to me than the order in pretty much every pattern’s instructions, including this one.
I had only one gripe with this pattern — the sleeve plackets. Archer does not contain proper sleeve plackets. Instead, you just cut a slit in the sleeve and then enclose it with bias binding. It works, but the finish would be so much nicer with proper plackets. For my next Archer (oh yes, I have at least 2 more planned), I’ll make a 2-piece sleeve placket, like the one here or here.
I have fabric either set aside or on order for at least 2 more Archers — one in a heavenly blue polka dot double gauze, and then a more casual one (with pockets this time) in red chambray.
Fabric: Union chambray in indigo by Robert Kauffman.
Modifications: None for fit. Eliminated the pockets.
Fit: Perfect. I’ve never been a big fan of button-down shirts because they never fit me very well, but this one fits great! It might just convert me 🙂
Pattern Format: PDF pattern. This file is a beast! I actually bought it months ago but only now got around to making my Archer because I just couldn’t face piecing together the PDF.
- Well-drafted pattern. The finished result is very professional.
- Great sew along on the Grainline blog.
- Great price for a well-drafted, involved pattern.
- Fit was right on. Perfect in all areas for me. Sleeve length and hem length were perfect. I am 5’3″ with a relatively short torso and average arm length, though, so others may need to add length.
- Sleeve placket does not look very professional. In future Archers I will do a proper two-piece sleeve placket.
- Collar construction is finicky. But if you use Andrea’s tutorial, you’ll be golden!
Overall Grade: A-. This gets marked down for the included collar construction and lack of a two-piece sleeve placket. But otherwise it’s an awesome pattern! Well worth the money.