Saturday, 23 January 2016

Grainline Archer Take Two

I may have had this fabric for over a year. It was bought to make this shirt, but it took me so long to cut it out! 

After the success of my first Archer shirt, I knew another one or two were required. It is a truly fabulous pattern. Collared shirts never used to be my thing, they irritated me. Over the last few years however that feeling has changed and now I really like wearing them. I feel a bit more pulled together.

I bought this fabric from Croft Mill. The colours were very me and I liked how there are tiny flecks of colour throughout the cloth. They are a bit hard to see in photos but scattered across the checks are tiny spots of yellow, red, green, and blue.

I did as much pattern matching as I could across the shirt. I was irked to find I didn't match the back yoke and lower back a bit better but it isn't going to ruin things for me. I seriously love this shirt and it is fitting into my wardrobe perfectly. I didn't realise it but I have a lot of greys, whites and blues in my drawer. Even my pinky purple long sleeved top makes a good matching layer underneath.

There are a multitude of different thread colours I could have used on this too.

I didn't alter anything on the pattern and the fit is spot on. I didn't want it to be too fitted as I often add a vest plus tee under shirts. I get cold easily!

Last time I made View B with the gathered back. This one is View A. I thought I had done something wrong when sewing the cuffs on this one. I had forgotten that the cuffs are slanted on this view and straight on the other one. I really like the slanted cuffs, they add a subtle detail which makes it unique. I love sewing my own clothes for that reason!

Hubby has a button down shirt from M&S which has a strip of twill tape sewn into the collar. I liked the look of it, so stole the idea. The contrast fabric is Kaufman Herringbone left over from another project. I used it on the inside of the yoke too.


  1. I love love LOVE shirts, I wear them everyday, I even love ironing them so you have won me.
    I have been eyeing off the Archer as a more relaxed, over shirt, I think I may have to give it a whirl.

    Your sewing is so professional Katy, this is a well made, elegant look.
    xx N

    1. Thank you so much!
      My collars get better with practice! I highly recommend the Archer and would love to see how you got on with it.

  2. Lovely shirt... Totally love the look of twill tape. It is difficult to pattern match back yoke and body, I think that's why they are cut on bias for checks and cross-wise for stripes. Love the fabric choice by the way

    1. Thank you! I didn't want to cut on the bias for this one but I will do it at some point I am sure!

  3. Katy, this shirt is fabulous! The back inside collar detail is just wonderful - very chic and tailored. And I love the fabric you chose - plaids are my favorite and I gravitate towards grays and purples when I sew for myself. If you ever find yourself tiring of this shirt I will gladly take it off your hands :) Button-down shirts are such a great wardrobe item - I love knit tops but a button-down that fits well in the shoulders is such an easy thing to pull on (and camouflage the tummy when I am feeling a little puffy). You look very pretty in the photos too.

    1. I will let you know!
      Thank you Masha, that is a lovely compliment.

  4. Wow, this looks amazing! You definitely need more of these, the look really suits you.


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