Grainline Archer

Guys, I’m pretty proud of this one.


I’ve (finally) made myself an Archer from Grainline Studio.  I bought this pattern back in February of 2014, after seeing amazing button-up shirts pop up all over the internet.  I immediately traced out the pattern, cut out my fabric, and got to work.  Then, I got pregnant and this pattern got put on hold until I could actually wear it again (for some reason, button ups don’t go well with growing bellies…).  About a week ago, I decided it was about time I finish up my shirt.


When I left off last year, I had only had the collar, cuffs, hemming and buttons/buttonholes left to do, so this was a pretty quick project when I picked it up again.

And now I have a new button-up shirt!  The fabric is an Italian shirting from Pacific Fabrics.  I made a straight size 10.  I think I’ll make a few adjustments to my next Archer (and oh yes, there will be a next one – I’m already trying to decide what type of fabric I should use.  I was thinking plaid, but now I kind of want a lace one after seeing this one).


For the next one, I plan to take in the sides a little bit for a more fitted fit and shorten the sleeves. I could probably go down at least one size, but I have fairly broad shoulders and I don’t want the shirt to be too tight when I move my arms.

Just a tad too long...

I’ll have to wear this one with the sleeves rolled up since the sleeves are so long, but it’s not too bad for a pattern with no alterations.  I learned tons of things making this shirt (flat felling seems, buttonholes, plackets…). I just hope I can remember how to do those things when I make my next one.  My husband is now requesting I make him some shirts, so I have a feeling I will be making a lot of button-up shirts in the future.  Now I just need to find a good guys’ shirt pattern…


2 thoughts on “Grainline Archer

  1. sewmaris says:

    GREAT job Jacque! I also tightened up the cuff on the Archer – for my style it is a little loose – so I think I made it about 3/4 inch shorter than than the pattern (but not sure). If you forget how to do any of the techniques, remember all the info is on the Grainline Archer Sew-Along on my blog.

    Maybe try a Kwik-Sew pattern for your husband? I started with the Islander classic shirt pattern for my husband, but HEAVILY modified the stand + collar shape. And of course sizing – customized to my DH. Since all shirts are basically the same in the body, you could knock off the collar +stand he likes from a RTW shirt.

    Have fun shirtmaking!!


    • jaxbear says:

      Thanks, Maris! I will definitely check out your sew-along for all those techniques that I’ve completely forgotten by now. And I’ll look into a Kwik-Sew pattern for Isaac’s shirts. I haven’t tried any of those patterns yet.


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