Both January and February's makes were dresses and although I've got a bit of wear out of January's, the reality is that I'm more likely to wear jeans to work. After making my boyfriend a shirt for Christmas that we both love, I thought I would give Grainline Studio's Archer shirt a go! Archer is a relaxed, collared shirt and what drew me to it was actually the 'popover' variation. I decided to try making the standard version fist, and opted for View B, with the 'panel' at the back.
The fabric came from Fabworks (again!) and is a lovely soft, sheer chiffon with gold spots. I managed to find the perfect button match at Fabricland in Bristol which I'm still really chuffed with!
Photos taken in the stairwell of my gorgeous Victorian schoolhouse studio - how great are these bricks?!
I've long admired Grainline's patterns - particularly this shirt and the Morris blazer. I bought the PDF of this pattern although as always, I wish I'd just bought the physical pattern!
I found the instructions a little tricky, but I tend to ignore instructions generally - cooking, driving, sewing...! The only thing that I stumbled on really was the button placket - I hadn't done one of these before. I followed their amazing sewalong, which takes you through step by step and makes it really easy.
The details in this shirt are great - the collar has a stand which is always nice, the back yoke is lined and the cuffs are straight, giving it a clean finish. The sleeves are super long (or maybe my arms are short...) but I usually wear them rolled anyway, so may add a tab to keep them up.
Sheer fabric obviously begs for beautiful princess ceams - you can just about see the right hand side seam in the photo below. I'm really pleased with them, they're the kind of thing that makes you smile when you look at them!
I don't often wear button-up shirts - the lack of shaping tends to make me look about 4 dress sizes bigger than I am (if I could find a garment that works in the opposite direction that would be GREAT!) so I decided to give FBA (full bust adjustment) a go for the first time.
I didn't take any photos of this process but followed a few blog posts by various people about them. Overall I think the shirt has a much better fit for it, although next time I will lower them a bit.
The ruffled piece at the back is great for adding femininity to this shirt, and it covers my bum (yay!). Next time I think I will lift the piece by around two inches so it hits the small of my back. I think this would be more flattering - currently it is just below it so just tends to fall straight down.
All in all, I really like this pattern and plan to make a few more in the different variations. I will probably go down a pattern size and give the pop-over a go next!
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