Appreciating Archer!

Well I don’t think it’s a secret around here that I think Jen’s Grainline patterns are the bees knees…I have made the Scout Tee several times, a couple of Moss Skirts, a couple Hemlock Tees- and now my second Archer button up!  (You can read about my first one here.)DSC_0062 (1)December was Archer Appreciation Month, and I almost got this done in time but we were traveling the last part of the month.  SO it had to wait until January.  Oh well, I love it all the same and I’m glad I didn’t rush through it.  I don’t think anything about these shirts is particularly hard, but you definitely need to take some time with it.  I used Andrea’s method for attaching the collar stand and it worked fabulously- thanks girl! For the rest I did like last time and relied heavily on Jen’s awesome sew along posts- lots of hand holding there and some videos, definitely a huge help!DSC_0105For the topstitching, I am constantly poking around in my husband’s closet to see how they do it on his ready-to-wear shirts (he has approximately one mazillion plaid button ups).   And I like to scrutinize their plaid matching skills too 😉

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I added plackets from the Threads website to the sleeves and I am a little “meh” about them…I think next time I’ll just stick with the ones in the pattern.  For some reason they ended up adding about an inch to the circumference of the sleeve, and I had to recut the cuff bigger.  I most likely bungled something up but can’t really figure it out.  The end result is OK though. The only other change I have made to the pattern is to add 1/2″ to the sleeve length, because I have long arms and I like my sleeves long too.DSC_0066 (1)I cut the pockets, button placket, and yoke on the bias because duh, didn’t want to do more plaid matching than necessary 😉  And I think it looks cool too!  Speaking of plaid matching, I used Jen’s super easy method and let me say I am sooooo happy with it.  I don’t think it even added much time to cutting, the only difficulty I had was that my fabric was a little off grain straight out of the dryer so I had to fight with it a bit to get the lines straight.  DSC_0137 (1)This fabric came from Fashion Fabrics Club and was like $5 a yard, yay!  I don’t normally go for pink but I am trying to branch out and I really liked the look of this plaid.  Their website said 100% cotton, but when it arrived I was surprised to find it had a bit of stretch to it.  I worried it might cause an issue, but it didn’t really affect anything and makes it super comfy to wear!DSC_0073So I have definite plans for 6 more Archers, I know it’s crazy but cute button ups are just such an easy thing to reach for when getting dressed.  I love layering these over my lace Scout tees and maxi dresses.  I am considering sewing in groups of 3, assembly line style.  We’ll see 🙂  If you haven’t made an Archer yet, I highly recommend this pattern- it’s the cat’s pajamas (haha, had to throw another one in there).

  • Love it! Can’t believe I haven’t jumped on the Archer bandwagon yet…seeing so many beautiful shirts, I am starting to feel as though I’m missing out. Lovely job on the plaid matching too.

    • Kelly

      Do it, you won’t regret it! Such a great pattern 🙂

  • i really like this plaid fabric! i don’t usually go for the light pinks, but this one is really nice! about the tower placket–it adds more width than a continuous placket, which is why the cuff didn’t fit. i don’t know the dimensions of the threads placket (i’ve been using the one from DCP’s shirtmaking book) but the continuous has a 1/4″ underlap, whereas the tower has a 1/2″ underlap, and 3/4-1″ overlap. i just narrow the sleeve and/or ease the excess when i do a tower. this threw me for a loop the first time i made a shirt as well! anyways, your shirt turned out great!

    • Kelly

      Thanks for the explanation Lisa! I was thinking it must be something like that but wondered why they didn’t mention it in the article about adding the placket to a shirt pattern. Oh wellz. I had plenty of fabric left to cut new cuffs, although I suppose I could have just made the pleats in the sleeve a little bigger too.

  • Ooh, this is so cute! I love that pink plaid on you! This really looks great!

    • Kelly

      Thank you so much! I liked that the fabric was pink without being too super girly 🙂

  • Oh my, what an utterly awesome Archer! Great fabric and gorgeous sewmanship! I’m also tremendously smitten with this pattern :D. I’ve made several and have numerous pieces of fabric sitting in the queue to becoming more Archers.

    • Kelly

      They are addictive, aren’t they? I have an Archer fabric pile 🙂

  • Suzanne Williams

    Very cute! Excellent plaid matching and I think the color is great!

    • Kelly

      Thank you 🙂

  • Julie

    Another fabulous Archer, indeed! I am a couple of months behind on my goal of one per month for a year but hopefully can get caught up soon. I agree – they are a real staple in my wardrobe.

    • Kelly

      What a great goal! I am itching to start more already…

  • It’s perfect!! I was just sitting here at work daydreaming of my next Archers. I really need some work appropriate Archers!

    • Kelly

      You know, that’s one thing I love about this pattern- they can be anything! Silk, flannel, fancy, casual, preppy…so many possibilities 🙂

  • I love your fabric! I also just made an archer, just a little too late for archer appreciation month. Better late than never, though 🙂

    • Kelly

      Your Archer looks great! I really like how it looks in linen.

  • This is gorgeous, it looks so professional! The fit looks great & thanks tutorial links.

    • Kelly

      Thanks Kathryn!

  • Oh it looks amazing, Kelly!!! Wow. Super profesh. You’re a master of the topstitching and of the plaid. Can’t wait to be able to fit into one of these and join the Archer club!

    • Kelly

      You will love it, and of course living here it seems you can never have too many plaid flannel shirts 😉 You could make one now and just not button it, they are great for layering!

  • jeepers creepers, your topstitching! i would never have guessed this shirt was hand made, it’s perfect! and i love the colors in that plaid. beautiful!!

    • Kelly

      Haha, thanks Gail! Took a couple attempts at topstitching that collar stand 😉

  • What a gorgeous Archer! I absolutely adore the pink plaid. If I ever find pink plaid, prepare to see a copycat version!

  • R

    Oh, it looks so crisp! What fantastic plaid matching and sewing and ironing skills you have. And the colour is lovely on you too. I can see why you want to make more.