March 18, 2013


Pattern: Grainline Studio’s Archer Button-up shirt

Textiles Used:  Polyester blend that I bought in the garment district.

Sizing: The style is a bit oversized and I think that the measurements were right on for the fit that I wanted.  If you are in between sizes I would lean down instead of up.

The Good: Love this pattern.  Silky blouses are everywhere right now so I was super excited when this pattern was released.  The blouse came together really well.  I will certainly be making more.

The Bad: The instructions are definitely written for an intermediate plus sewer.  It just assumes that you know a lot.  I have made a few button ups, but still needed to look up videos on youtube for the placket and button band.  That being said, Jen is doing a sew along for this shirt.  Her tutorials are always the best so I bet she will make the shirt sewable for all levels.

Changes Made:  None.  Well, none intentionally.  I accidentally sewed my collar on upside down and didn’t realize it until it was much too late to change.  Luckily my fabric is busy enough that no one will ever notice.

Changes For Next Time:  If I made the same version again I would probably move the back ruffle up about an inch.  I am short waisted and it falls a bit low for me in the back.  I would also make the cuffs smaller as I had to overlap them a few inches to make them fit.

Conclusion: Highly recommend this pattern!  So versatile and I plan on making a bunch.  I am especially excited to sew along with her on her blog.

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  • Reply Peter Lappin March 18, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Stunning blouse, Kelli!

  • Reply Sarah March 18, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    This is beautiful!

  • Reply Kristi March 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Really nice, LOVE the fabric! I didn’t realize the back panel covered the tush, I am moving this pattern up on my to-sew list.

  • Reply CC Cesarik March 18, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    I love this!! I want to buy it from you!!

  • Reply Sarah March 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    this is as great as i imagined it when you showed us this fabric. as far as you being not so happy about what size you had to cut out…you look stunning kelli! promise i’m not just saying that 🙂 totally understand post baby woe about how you feel in your own skin. with all that NYC walking i’m sure you’ll be back to your old self in no time.
    gorgeous shirt i’m looking forward to this archer sew along …i need to get that pattern cut out pronto!

  • Reply toferet March 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Beautiful blouse, the colors look great on you!

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee March 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Oh this is beautiful!! I literally gasped when I saw it! And you look so stunning in it! I love your red red lipstick! What color??

  • Reply Heather Lou March 18, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Great make lady! Love the fabric and has any woman ever looked more beautiful post baby?!

  • Reply Amy March 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Such a beautiful shirt. That print is a great match for you.

  • Reply Clio March 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Beautiful! And very on trend.

  • Reply blacklabelblog March 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    oh wow, this fabric is STUNNING! lovely job.

  • Reply Kelly March 18, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Beautiful fabric, amazing shirt! Thanks for the sizing tips, too, I’m cutting this out today.

  • Reply Stitch Parade March 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Your Archer is beautiful. I love the bright floral print – well done!

  • Reply anto March 18, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    What a beautiful version of Archer! I love that gorgeous fabric.

  • Reply Ashley P March 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I love it!!!! It looks great on you, especially with the red lipstick 🙂

    -Ash P

  • Reply liza jane March 18, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Lovely! That is a great print!

  • Reply Reana Louise March 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I am so happy you ended up making this! My morning would have been so much less brighter and inspired without it! xx

  • Reply Andrea B March 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Beautiful fabric. It looks great. I, too, sewed my collar on upside down the first time — and ALSO didn’t notice until it was too late. I’m a bad blogger, though, and didn’t mention it in my blog post because I thought I had made a foolish mistake that didn’t deserve attention. But maybe there’s something in the pattern instructions that made us both do it… Anyway, I never wear my hair up so I’m not concerned, ha. I love your blouse!

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  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe March 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Gorgeous! You and the blouse look beautiful. Great fabric choice to, looks very store bought, in the best possible way!

  • Reply crystalpleats March 19, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    All of blogland is jealous, I am sure, of your quick make and post of the Archer. It turned out beautiful and so are you! Great job.

  • Reply Nettie March 19, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    GORGEOUS!!! You look wonderful!! Way to go, Mama!

  • Reply BusyLizzie March 19, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    You and your shirt look wonderful! What a great print, it really suits you!

  • Reply HeathersSphere March 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Exuberantly stunning!

  • Reply Cennetta March 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Lovely blouse.

  • Reply ruth March 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    your blouse is beautiful!
    here is a lovely article on body-image after having kids:

  • Reply Andrea Pannell March 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    This is so beautiful! Great work! If you ever link up to link parties I’d love to have you link up to Make It Wear It Thursdays at

  • Reply Amanda Evans March 21, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Holy hair Kelli – you look fantastic! Fun print choice – I made some really bad post-partum fashion choices a few years ago, glad I can count on you for good inspiration this time!

  • Reply gingermakes March 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Wow, this is beautiful and you look absolutely stunning! What a perfect print! Love your lipstick, as always!

  • Reply didyoumakethat March 22, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Fabulous! I would never, ever have noticed anything amiss with the collar.

  • Reply Stephanie March 22, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Gorgeous! I love the ruffle, fabric and your styling!

  • Reply March 24, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Me tooooo! I sewed the collar on upside down not once but twice, it will have to be hair down for me. The ruffle sits a little low on me as well and I had to take heaps out of length out of the sleeves. Great choice of fabric a great success

  • Reply House of Pinheiro March 24, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Totally gorgeous

  • Reply Krista March 26, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    love, love, love this.

  • Reply Amy April 28, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    GORGEOUS! I am SO TEMPTED to try this! It’s hard to tell from the picture – but it sounds like you used view B with the “gathered lower back detail”. I have a shirt I made of similar print probably 20 years ago – HAVE to find something like it again!
    Any thoughts about adjusting the front for additional bust allowance? Flat doesn’t usually work out so well.

  • Reply Amy April 30, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Where is the tutorial by Jen?
    Thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply PsychicSewerKathleen February 25, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    I’ve just been on such a shirt making binge over the past few weeks but I haven’t tried the Archer yet. I don’t know why since I am such a Grainline fan! I’ll have to remedy that seeing yours! It’s beautiful in that flowered fabric and I love that back puff and keep that in mind for where exactly it will fall on me too 🙂

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