Flowery Archer

I made another Grainline Archer shirt and I love it! (Have you noticed I love basically everything I make – sorry not sorry).

Flowery-Archer-1The fabric is some thin flowery stuff I had in my stash – it’s almost certainly synthetic. I have absolutely no idea where it came from, but it’s been in my stash for a while. It’s a little see-through, but I think it looks okay.


I’m not usually a super-flowery person. Possibly controversially I don’t really like Liberty prints for instance. But I quite like this fabric – I like pink, and I picked out the tiny blue flowers by using blue top-stitching thread. If I’d made a more feminine silhouette of shirt – like the Colette Violet – then I think this would have been pushed over the edge into too girly and chintzy for me, but since it’s a kind of masculine silhouette, I think it works.


I made the size 4, like last time, and the only change I made was to take 1 1/2 inch off the lengths of the pockets. Looking at the pictures, I should maybe have lowered the placement as they are a bit booby maybe.


I definitely found making the Archer easier the second time – it helps to be familiar with how the pieces come together. I still have to use the sewalong to help me with the collar, though.

It does occur to me, however, that both times I’ve made this, I’ve done the pleat at the back the wrong way around – what do you think?


Looking at mens’ shirts, the pleat is on the outside, if that makes sense? Should this shirt be like that too? But look at that beautiful top-stitching!


The buttons were also from my stash, so this was a super thrifty make – I already had the pattern, fabric, buttons and thread! I decided to sew the buttons on with the thread in a cross – I normally sew them in a square and I’m not really sure why. I like the cross style šŸ™‚ I’ve seen this photo on Pinterest and I’d like to experiment with other stitching styles.


Sorry I don’t have much else to say about this shirt – it came together well and is basically the same as the other one I made. I really like this pattern and I think I’ll be making more in the future – maybe in a classic plaid? Do you have patterns you return to over and over?


Blue Spotty Archer Button Up thumbnail Parrot Shirt Gingham-Violet-Thumb 2


12 thoughts on “Flowery Archer

  1. kalimak

    Hello, Amelia! I think you have good reasons to love your makes šŸ™‚ Well, I think we all should love our makes simply because making matters. But, not having that personal attachment, I have to say I admire a lot of your makes: they’re both lovely and practical for their intended occasions. There’s nothing better than sewing that works for your life, in my opinion šŸ™‚

    The Archer was a great choice for this delicate floral. For me, too, a feminine pattern with this fabric would be overkill. You’ve struck a balance here.

    I think I’ve seen both kinds of pleats on men’s shirts, though the inside-out one definitely more often. And I’m not crazy about it, to be honest, especially when they put that weird hanger thingy on it. As you can tell, I don’t really know what the design idea is behind those elements. I’d love to know, though.


    1. Amelia Wray Post author

      Thanks for the comment! And thanks for your lovely words about liking my makes – it’s a funny thing to put things on the internet. I’m not super into fashion so sometimes I’m not sure if what I’ve made looks any good!

      You’re right that we love our makes because making things is so awesome. I’m also trying to enjoy the process of making as much as the end product, otherwise
      I get focussed on productivity and the end result and am then disappointed if I don’t make things as quickly as I hope.

      Maybe the pleat is a men’s/ women’s difference? I tried to google the history of pleats on shirts, but I couldn’t find anything in the 5 minutes I looked! I saw Lucky Lucille made an archer and did the pleat the same way I did šŸ™‚

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  2. Lynsey

    Lovely shirt, this looks like such a great pattern. I prefer the pleat that way round and would always do it that way. I think it’s great you love your make, it’s feeling a sense of pride and satisfaction.


    1. Amelia Wray Post author

      Thanks! I like the pleat this way around, but I might experiment with it the other way next time, though maybe it would then look just like I was wearing one of my boyfriend’s shirts!


  3. gingerella

    You definitely shouldn’t be sorry about liking all your makes! Yay another person who doesn’t particularly Liberty prints (we are few and far between!). The shirt looks great, excellent topstitching.


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