My very own chambray Archer — finally!

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!

Grainline's Archer Shirt sewn up in chambray by Katie @ Creative Counselor for Back 2 Basics week

My chambray Archer!

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.

Grainline's Archer Shirt sewn up in chambray by Katie @ Creative Counselor for Back 2 Basics week

No pockets. I never use them and I like the 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.

FFA III detailing.

FFA III detailing.

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.

Grainline's Archer Shirt sewn up in chambray by Katie @ Creative Counselor for Back 2 Basics week

I’d rather have proper sleeve plackets, but I still love this shirt.

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.

Grainline's Archer Shirt sewn up in chambray by Katie @ Creative Counselor for Back 2 Basics week

Archer — more on the way!

Pattern: Archer Shirt by Grainline Studios

Size: 6

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.


6 thoughts on “My very own chambray Archer — finally!

  1. Anonymous

    This looks fantastic! I’d love a good button-down (or up?), and will be filing your tips away — I’d definitely want a proper placket, too.

    1. Katie Post author

      It really is! I’ve never been much of a button-down (or up) gal, but this Archer is already getting regular wear.

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