Trends come and go but the versatility of a button up shirt is perpetual.
The Archer Button Up is a loosely fitted button up shirt with long sleeves. View A has angled cuffs and a back pleat at the yoke. View B has straight cuffs and a gathered lower back detail. For my last MCBN make of 2018 I made view B in a cotton stripe Fabric.
There are several things that Grainline Studio does very well; chief among them is the instructions for their sewing patterns. The Archer has a sewalong with loads of pictures and alternative methods available on the Grainline Studio website. I highly recommend reading through the posts before starting to get an idea of the recommended order of construction.
I sewed a size 4 based on my bust and waist measurements. There are no sizing or fit alterations with this shirt. The one style alteration I made was to cut both fronts with the button bands instead of having a separate button band for the left front. This meant that both fronts were just folded under twice to create the plackets for the buttonholes and buttons.
The cotton fabric is very fine and lightweight with a twill weave. At only £2.99/meter I love that this shirt looks the bee’s knees for such a bargain price PLUS the fabric is 100% cotton. I very rarely work with stripes and I tried to use them by aligning my centre front with a lighter stripe.
The one thing I would change (and this is nitpicking really) is to sew tower plackets on the sleeves next time. The pattern uses the simplest form of placket – a bias strip sewn along the slash line. It is just a personal preference. 
Suggested fabrics for this pattern include shirt weight fabrics ranging from silk chiffon, silk crepe de chine, cotton shirting, chambray, lightweight denim, and flannel. It is such a versatile pattern – just check out the variations found within the sewing blogosphere. 
The style has a laid back sophistication. I like the fact that button-up shirts can be dressed down and look so good with jeans. The bum ruffle on View B elevates a classical style to street style chic and makes it look special. Trends come and go but the versatility of a button up shirt is perpetual. As such this pattern is a great must have addition to the core of sewing pattern collections. I will be returning to this pattern again and again.
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