Chambray + Dots + Archer Button Up = New Favorite Shirt Alert! I am so in love with my new Archer Button Up!
Pattern: Archer Button Up (View B) by Grainline Studio
Materials: 2-1/8 yards Chambray Dots by Robert Kaufman in Black & eleven 1/2" red buttons
Size Made: 4
Modifications: Used 2 buttons on each cuff instead of 1
I love the easy style of a classic button up shirt. I will often wear this wardrobe staple under handknit sweaters and wool vests, or on it's own with jeans. I was so thrilled when we got the Archer Button Up from Jen of Grainline Studio, and also a little intimidated by the sleeve plackets and collar, but I jumped right in. The pattern comes with two options: a simple shirt-tail hem, and a version with a gathered back shirt-tail hem. I really like the femininity the gathered hem adds to this menswear inspired top, so I went with View B.
I had no need to worry--the collar and cuffs came together great and Jen's pattern and instructions are fantastic. The Archer is a pretty epic sew, and I ended up making this in 4 sessions of sewing. It's not difficult, but there are quite a few steps and breaking it up made it seem easier.
It took me weeks to decide on the perfect buttons! These little red and white buttons are soul mates with this shirt. I tried, like, 15 other buttons before I found these and then magic happened. They were destined for each other.
I got two extras so I could add a second button on each sleeve. I think with the scale of the cuff and the buttons, it looks nice with two. All the buttons.
I ♥ this shirt and I can't wait to wear it with all my handknits!