When I bought the Archer Button Up Shirt pattern over a year ago, it seemed daunting to figure out my size AND sew a pattern with all those steps and new techniques. In the time since I've gotten a few collared, buttondown shirts under my belt (Theo 1, Theo 2, Alder). The perfect build up to my ultimate goal: Archer View B.
from @kristi_sweetkmPATTERN: Archer Button Up Shirt pattern from Grainline Studio. This pattern is all over the inter web, you hardly need me to tell you what I think of it. It's a great pattern. When I'm sewing with Grainline Studio I usually use the instructions from the sewalong. Jen has a few tips and options for how to finish the collar stand and the collar points. I found them much more helpful than the bare bones pattern instructions.
FABRIC: This is the very same chambray from my last chambray shirt. I don't think I have enough fabric left to make anything else with it. At the very least my next project will be sewn with a different chambray!
ALTERATIONS: I made this shirt with an Anthro tunic in mind. To achieve a similar look I added 1"of length to the front to make sure I had adequate coverage to wear it with leggings. I also wanted to move the line where the tail meets the back of the bodice up to my natural waist. I thought it would be a little more flattering to my shape if it didn't accentuate my bum. To do this I shortened the upper back piece by 4", then lengthened the lower back piece by 5" to accommodate the 4" I took out of the top and the 1" I added to the overall length.
SIZE/FIT: I graded between a 6 at the bust, an 8 at the waist, and a 10 at the hip. Initially it seemed a little big over all, but now that I've worn it a bit I kind of like that. I have already cut out a View A that is just a 4 bust to a 6 everything else, I hope I don't regret the smaller sizing. The sleeve is also about 1/2" too long. I normally roll sleeves so it's no big deal, but I'll fix it next time.
Now on to that Archer View A...
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