Hey there! In honor of the fact that it’s been just about a year since I made my first Archer button up, I made another one and took pictures in the same place. You can even see my husband’s reflection in the window like the first time around. Ha, ha!
I was excited when Grainline released the popover add on pack for the Archer pattern. I’d been wanting to make a popover version and was happy to let the pros make a pattern piece for the front placket. The expansion pack also includes tower plackets for the cuffs so I don’t have to steal that piece from the Sewaholic Granville anymore.
This is my 4th Archer and I think I’ve mostly perfected the fit. As usual I made a size 10 graded to a 14 at the hips. I shortened the sleeves 1/2″ and narrowed them down to a size 6 at the cuffs. I think the only thing I need to change for my next one is to do a forward shoulder adjustment. I don’t know why it hasn’t occurred to me to do one before since it’s a standard adjustment for me. This one feels a little bit restrictive at the front of my shoulders but it’s not anything that will keep me from wearing this shirt. Once I move the shoulder seam and the peak of the sleeve cap forward a bit it should be perfect.
This is the first time that I’ve made the pockets the full size as included in the pattern. On my other versions I shortened them a little bit because I thought they seemed so big. Turns out I like the big pockets!
I think the best part about sewing the popover version of this shirt is that there are less buttonholes to sew! My machine can sometimes be a little erratic with buttonholes and I never quite know what I’m going to get when I plug in my buttonhole foot. Speaking of buttonholes, I always struggle with the top button on the collar stand. I only ever button it when it’s on the hanger in my closet but I feel like it would look weird if I skipped it. That is the one that I usually end up having to rip out at least once before I get it in the right spot and looking relatively normal.
I bought this chambray fabric from Indiesew and it is sold out in the pink, but they do have two other colors in stock currently. It’s a great light weight that was easy to work with and is very nice to wear. I am glad I ordered a little bit more fabric than I needed because I had a few mishaps when making this shirt. The best was that I managed to fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the front placket TWICE IN A ROW and had to recut it each time. I was hoping to have enough fabric left over to make some pants for Caroline but I’m just glad I had enough to fix my silly mistakes as I went along!
That picture is totally cracking me up. It looks like I’m auditioning for a Pantene commercial.
So, I think I’ve sewn enough of these shirts that I feel comfortable cutting into my Liberty lawn for my next one. I really want to wear it so I hope I can get the time to cut it out soon! What are you sewing these days?