Sewing

Archer Button Up

Archer 1

I’ve been waiting for ages for the day I could write about my first Archer Button up. I feel like I’m one of the last people in the world to sew this pattern. I bought it quite a while ago and found it very easy to keep bumping it to the bottom of the queue since it’s not something that I could easily make in a day or two. Finally when I was pregnant I forced myself to get a muslin made.

Archer 2

I think I tried the muslin on a few days after I got home from the hospital after having Caroline. Of course it was quite laughable at that point. I tried it on here and there over the next two months or so and finally one day it mostly fit. I was super excited that the only real change I needed to make was to give myself a little bit more room at the hips. (I cut a size 10 graded out to a 14 at the hips.)

Archer 3

I cut out my fabric, which is this Olive dot chambray, and then let it sit for a while. I needed to cut the interfacing, but for some reason couldn’t bring myself to spend the five minutes required for that step. It wasn’t until Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow started handing out sewing dares that I realized a dare was just the kick in the pants that I needed to get this shirt made. (Have any of you read any of Gretchen Rubin’s writing on habits? I haven’t finished her newest book yet, but she has identified 4 tendencies that she says people fall into. According to her I am an obliger. I have trouble sticking to goals that I set for myself, but if I have someone counting on me I have no problem meeting the goal. Can someone please dare me to make a muslin of the Ginger jeans before September? That may be the only way it happens!)

Archer 4

Once I got my dare I started sewing and couldn’t stop. I decided to be fancy and flat fell my seams. I also switched to tower plackets at the cuffs. I ran into a little snag there because I didn’t realize that the tower plackets added width to the bottom of the sleeve. The cuffs were too small to fit so I went to Instagram for advice. Most people recommended making the pleats deeper so that the cuffs would still fit. I was going to do that, but then I got worried that the bottom of the sleeve would be too puffy, so I ended up unpicking my flat felling and taking in the arm seam enough that the cuff would fit.

Collar Close up

My only fit issue with this shirt is that the cuffs are too wide for my wrists. I feel like I need to take out about 1/2″-3/4″ and narrow the sleeve down accordingly. I prefer to wear my sleeves down but I feel like the looseness of the cuffs looks a little sloppy so I’ve been wearing them rolled up.

Cuff close up

All in all, I am so happy with my Archer! I like the idea of having one of these going on in the background while I work on other, quicker projects. I have some really cool jacquard chambray in my stash waiting to become my next one. I hope it won’t take another sewing dare to get me motivated to start on it!

~Teri

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18 thoughts on “Archer Button Up

  1. Your shirt came out great! So glad you finally got on the Archer bandwagon. 🙂 I hear ya about cutting the interfacing though… by the time I get to that part of the cutting I’m too spent to do it! It seems like such a chore–ha! I also find that shirts are great projects to have going when I’m really busy. Every step is a small chunk of time, but yields marked progress; perfect for when you only have 30 mins or an hour to sew.

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  2. I’ve been thinking about jumping on the bandwagon with this too but I’ve never really been a big fan of shirts! Yours looks great though and might have just pushed me one step closer 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Natalie! I used to wear shirts like this all the time when the giant boyfriend shirt look was popular. But I haven’t worn too many recently– mostly because I couldn’t ever find one that fit my proportions. It’s so nice to be able to make a button up that fits properly!

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  3. This looks awesome Teri! Great fabric choice! I kept bumping Archer to the bottom of my sewing list for a long time, but now that I’ve made a couple I’m addicted!! I find that the more you make them the quicker you get at sewing them up and even cutting them out. It’s kind of a soothing process for me now too. But I always have trouble getting started with the cutting out – if only I could find someone to do that part for me….
    And also…consider yourself officially dared!! I dare you to sew yourself a pair of Ginger Jeans! Do you need a deadline? You have until the end of August! You can do it!! #sewingdare

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    1. Ack! I’ve been dared– now I’ve really got to get on it with the Ginger jeans! I can definitely do it by end of August. I need to make some shorts and some summer tops first. The maritime shorts are on my list– hopefully getting another zip fly under my belt will help with jeans construction.

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  4. Your Archer looks great, I love the fabric! Yay for spotty chambray 🙂 cutting out is the worst part. I think I’ll try tower plackets next time, I can never get the Archer plackets to turn out neatly…

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    1. Thanks, Kirsten! I love the dotty chambray! I have some of the indigo color in my stash– maybe to eventually become a Bruyere. I liked making the tower packets. I used the post on Sewaholic.net from the Granville sewalong and it helped me a lot.

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  5. Congrats on this awesome shirt, Teri!! 🙂 It really came out beautifully. That dotted chambray is such a nice fabric and really pairs well with this pattern. I ran into some of the same issues that you did: (1) the cuffs were too narrow after adding the tower plackets, which I fixed the same way you did (taking in the sleeve seam), and (2) the sleeves and cuffs were too wide right out of the pattern. I wound up grading down the entire sleeve (below the sleeve cap) by about 4 sizes! I hope you enjoy wearing your new shirt, and I second Heather’s dare: sew up those Ginger Jeans!!

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    1. Carolyn, I stumbled upon your post where you had to re-do Archer cuffs after the fact and you said it took you 6 hours. That was when I decided that taking an extra hour to narrow the sleeves wasn’t such a bad idea! I think I will take one of the sleeves off my muslin and experiment with grading it down before I move on to my next Archer.

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  6. So great!!! I love your fabric choice here! Your Archer looks great on you and fits you just right. I know what you mean, I really want to make myself another Archer, I love mine, but it’s not exactly a two day project and since I do most of my sewing on the weekend, that’s kind of a commitment!

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    1. Thanks, Inder! It is a big commitment, that’s why I think I’ll try to take it slow for the next one and do it in between projects. I hope you get to your next one eventually!

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