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This is my first Archer from Grainline Studio and was made quite a while ago. I figured I would post it now in time for Archer Appreciation, since this is a very appreciated shirt in my wardrobe! This was my first proper shirt with a real collar stand and I’m really proud of it. I made a size 8 and graded out to a 10 at the hips.
I really love this shirt. At first, I was a bit skeptical about the ruffle butt, but I figured I’d include it to make my chambray shirt look a bit more unique (although there’s nothing unique about chambray shirts these days!). I think it’s a very flattering feature, especially for pear shapes like myself. Of course, this shirt is riddled with errors. I didn’t realize how ambitious I was being when I decided to use contrasting thread – there is a lot of topstitching! I had to redo many parts, and even attempted flat-felling the sleeves. The flat-felling looks alright but there are many mistakes if you look closely. (I later skimmed some of David Coffin’s Shirtmaking, in which he remarks that flat-felling should never be attempted without a flat-felling foot because of the unprofessional look that results, ha!) I don’t mind the mistakes, though! This shirt is super wearable. I followed the sewalong and didn’t use the instructions at all. I don’t think I could’ve made this without the sewalong, but I’m so happy I was able to! I learned a lot and look forward to many Archers in the future.