Hi pinups, nice to meet you! I'm Abi and I've been blogging my retro makes for a few months now over at The Crafty Pinup and I'm super excited to share my first Minerva Crafts Blogger Network post with you! For my first post on the network, I've chosen a pattern that I've been eyeing up for quite some time and it's also a great Autumn Essential.

The Grainline Studio 'Archer' Shirt has been tempting me for quite some time. I thought it'd be a great pattern for my stash and I know I'll be making many more. I wanted my Archer shirt to have some vintage inspired land-girl vibes so for my fabric I chose a classic plaid with a bright colour pop of red (perfect to pair with red lipstick for a proper 1940s/50s look!), which I think works perfectly with this pattern. 

Here's a peek at the pattern:

For my version of the Archer shirt, I went for view A which is a classic shirt style. I found the shirt reasonably simple to make and the instructions easy to follow. I've been sewing lots of shirt dresses over Summer so I found the collar construction quite straight forward. I did spend some extra time on the cuffs, as this was a new technique for me. So next time I sew up one of these shirts it should come together a lot quicker.

I did aim for a bit of pattern matching, but the fabric slipped around more than I expected and frayed quite easily when sewing, so there are some sections of the plaid which don't match. But it doesn't bother me too much and it certainly won't keep me from wearing it! And over-locking all my edges helped with the fraying fabric.

To finish my shirt I chose to use poppers (or snaps) instead of buttons, and I'm so happy I did. I love the look of the silver metal poppers, I think it makes the shirt look more professional and I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the process of hammering them on... I'll definitely be using these poppers again in the near future and highly recommend them, they're so easy and quick to apply, you can't go wrong! I think they're going to be my new obsession.

I wanted my shirt to be a generous fit, more like a 'boyfriend' shirt as I like to sometimes wear shirts open over jersey tops and skinny jeans. However, I still think I could size down and still keep the over sized fit as the sleeves are far too big for me here. But rolled up, they're perfectly fine and I think I've hidden it quite well...

For all my makes I like to include a brief 'sewing summary' for a quick break down on what I look for when reviewing a pattern as well as letting you know what supplies I used so you can copy the look for yourself...

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Grainline Studio Ladies Sewing Pattern 11003 Archer Button Up Shirt

Fabric: Macmerry Plaid Check Polyester Tartan Suiting Dress Fabric Beige & Red

Notions: Prym Jersey Cap Press Fasteners 10mm Silver

Sewing time: I spent the best part of a day on this, with plenty of tea breaks and time to make sure my top-stitching was neat and pressing throughout for a crisp finish.

Modifications: None!

Fit: Okay. Too big on the sleeves for sure, but I could definitely size down at least one size and down two sizes for a fitted shirt.

Difficulty: Nice and simple. A great project for adventurous beginners to learn lots of new skills.

Watch out for: Tidy top-stitching, pattern matching if applicable and getting the collar nice and neat.

Make Again?: Yes! I'm sure this will become a wardrobe staple for me. Plus Minerva Crafts have so many gorgeous colours in this plaid fabric, it's hard to resist making another version!


Overall, I'm really happy with my Archer shirt and I've gotten a lot of wear out of it since I made it earlier this month, I'm currently styling it open over tops with my black biker jacket for an easy every day look. I love the feel of the fabric and the metal poppers, it feels like it came from a shop! It's a shame my pattern matching didn't quite work out but next time I'll watch out for it a little more and try a size down for a more fitted look or at least take some width out of the sleeves.

Thank for for reading my first Minerva post! I hope you've enjoyed it and I can't wait to show you what I've got planned for December. Until next time...


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