When I first started sewing, I always wondered what would be that pattern that I would use over and over again. It’s interesting because when I first started I thought a gorgeous dress (maybe Colette’s Hawthorn?) would be that pattern, but I was totally wrong. It was a time when I wasn’t very clear on my style.
Turns out I love button down shirts, and I’ve made 4 Grainline Archers to date. My two most recent ones is a green cotton flannel one and a polka dot chambray one. I love them so much. I haven’t got any photos of the flannel because it needs a good ironing, and I can’t be bothered to iron.
I have made extensive modifications on the Archer because the original boyfriend-y cut of the shirt really drowned my petite figure. I generally prefer a more slim cut button down shirt. So I cut one size smaller than the recommended, shortened the shirt by about 2.5 cm, shortened the sleeve by about 3cm, and drafted more of a waist (took in about 1.5cm on each side at the waist). I think for my next shirts I’m going to take the pleats out of the sleeve because I like the look of a slimmer sleeve.
I’ve also stuck with my resolution to try to sew more basics. These are probably a bit too colourful for basics, but the silhouette is a staple in my wardrobe, and plus I’m finally using up a lot of fabric in my stash.
A tip if you plan on sewing a ton of shirts: get a stitch in the ditch foot (also called edgestitch/joining stitch foot) for your machine. I got one and that is how I get the ridiculously neat narrow topstitching on the plackets. Best foot purchase ever.