Monday, December 9, 2013

Grainline Archer in Chambray

My inner dialogue:
"Why is everyone going nuts over this Archer pattern? It's just a button-up shirt people. Get over it!"
months later...
"Hey, you know what might look really good with that one skirt you've never worn?"
"What's that?"
"A button-up shirt in chambray."
"That's a good idea. You could use that Burda pattern you used to make your flannel shirt again."
"True, true. Or I could try that Archer pattern from Grainline Studio and finally see what all the hub-bub is about."
"Do it!"

Yes, it's all true. I actually scoffed at the cult following that the Archer received. However, things changed recently when I did a major purge of my closet. I went through everything and got rid of things that were no longer my style, or things that don't fit and ain't gonna anytime soon. During the process, I found some gems that I had forgotten, including this skirt. I won this skirt on Ebay many moons ago- I'm talking 6-7 years. I fell in love with the shape, print, and sequin accents. But alas, I've never worn it because I could never pair it with the right shirt.
I got the idea of the chambray from Jessica Quirk of What I Wore. I've been following her for years and have always been green with envy admired her for the way she styles her outfits. The chambray shirt is one of her staples. She wears it alone, layers it with other pieces, and quite frequently pairs it with fancier skirts.
You guys don't need a full review of the Archer as it has been done a thousand times before me (hey, I'm slow to catch on sometimes). But I will sum it up. This is one of the most well drafted indie sewing patterns that I've worked with. Everything went together perfectly. The instructions are clear. Jen did a great sewalong. I'm not new to sewing button-up shirts but I still learned some new tricks after perusing the sewalong links.
The chambray fabric is from my stash- probably from Joann Fabrics. I'm totally in love with this shirt. I did not want to take it off- it is so comfortable! It has just the right amount of ease. It's quite versatile. I wore this out to lunch with my family with skinny jeans and flats after the photo shoot. My husband promises to take me somewhere nice to show off my skirt!
Like many before me, I will declare the Archer's praises and proclaim that I too want to fill my closet with many versions of this wardrobe staple!


  1. It looks great! And I love the skirt too. I have also been quietly wondering whether the archer is really that special, but perhaps it is! There are a lot of bad shirt patterns (and rtw sirts) out there!

  2. Beautiful I love your skirt. Happy holidays to you and your family.