Grainline Studio Groupie

Well, it’s the last weekly challenge and this is my only entry for the month. I recently bought Jen’s Archer Shirt PDF pattern and was quick to put it together and get started on it. I decided it would look great paired with a Red Moss Mini. I’m a total Indie Fan-Girl for Jen’s, of Grainline Studio, modern designs.

For my first version of the Archer shirt I made version A: a simple button down shirt. I cut a size 6 out of lovely cotton I’ve had in the stash for an age. It’s lightweight, but not sheer, with a white and dark navy polkadot and flower pattern. I decided to omit the pockets as the shirt was busy enough with the fabric choice.

The shirt itself is beautifully drafted and came together very well. I began sewing the shirt by following the pattern instructions only. The instructions are lengthy but I found a few minor details missing. I’ve never sewn a button down shirt before so I wanted to take it slow and get all the details right. I went to the sewalong for more details. Again, some minor details were missing but in most cases the photos helped me figure out the necessary steps.

Other than the tedious button holes I found the shirt came together muck quicker than expected (around 1 days sewing). I think the final product looks pretty professional, except for where the pattern mismatches. I didn’t make any effort to pattern match this first version, but it looks no worse than many store bought shirts. The shirt is quite boxy, and perhaps slightly too roomy in the back. But I’ll mostly wear the shirt tucked in so I’m not too bothered by it. For future versions I might play with narrowing the shoulder a bit and lengthening the arm. The shirt looks fab tucked into my newest Moss Skirt. I’ve made the Moss Skirt 5 times before and my denim moss remains one of the most worn items in my wardrobe (handmade or store bought). I can now sew up a Moss in an easy afternoon.

For this version, I was very inspired my Andrea’s moss and archer outfit. I was deperate to find a fire engine red twill, heavy drill or wool. I searched and searched and found very little red anything at any of my usual fabirc haunts. In the end I settled for this striking orange red tweed wool at Rathdown Remnants.

I cut a size 10 (my usual) and made no adjustment to the pattern other than to increase the length of the skirt by two”. Even with the added length this is a mini skirt for me. For the facings and pockets I used left over linen rayon blend from my Butchered Orange Iris Shorts. Talk about a perfect match!

Interestingly the fit of this Moss is a little off. I find it ever so slightly too tight and hate that you can see the pockets outlined in the front. In hindsight, I wish I had of sewn the side seams 1/4″ rather than 1/2″and also lined skirt.

Without a doubt I will sew more Archer Shirts and Moss Skirts. I see many more Archers in my life and can’t wait to try some of the variations, especially the sleevless. I might also be planning a matching Archer Negroni Shirt for Tim and I…I look forward to trying more Grainline Studio patterns too (especially the soon to be released shirt dress!). I’m a total Fan-girl of Grainline Studio!

12 thoughts on “Grainline Studio Groupie

  1. Lovely combination of pattern and colour. I’ve not made any grainline patterns yet – they’re so popular, for good reason obviously.


  2. I just made my first Archer, and am now a Grainline-fan-girl too! Those plackets are actually a very standard way of doing plackets for women’s blouses – but the diagram is not clear enough. It didn’t bother me because I knew what to do – but if youhad never used this technique I can see where it would be tough. Great looking shirt!!


    • Yes, it wasn’t to tricky once I got my head around it but I found the instructions a little vague. Thanks! 🙂


  3. Love both pieces! Hope to try the Archer pattern before long – were the instructions for the collar easy enough to follow? Your collar looks great but it’s where I’ve had trouble in the past…


    • Thanks! I didn’t find the collar to bad. I have more trouble with the cuff packets. Goodluck with your version.


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