How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

If anyone has been following along with my Instagram (@morningstardesigns) you will know I have made a number of Archer Shirts. You can check out some I blogged here and here. I have been looking for a sleeveless shirtless dress to wear over leggings or jeans in Autumn/Winter for a while and could not find any in the shops… I would also like something I can sell in my shop that is actually good. Now for the photos (follow to the end for the how).         Now for the part that all the sewing people out there might find interesting… Here is the short of it: I have altered the bodice part of the Grainline Studios Archer in the past to fit me well and now I have a pretty well fitting set up. So what I did with this one: Add 6″ in length and made the skirt more A-line. Omitted the sleeves. Angled the top of the arm hole in. Added bodice darts to wherever they worked the best. Finished the arm holes with bias tape. Extended the button placket all the way to the bottom (the buttons are fake after the top 5).   *** What I will do different next time, make it an extra inch longer. Use a bit less interfacing. Hopefully work it so I don’t need a bust dart at all.   Happy Sewing! Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

What I have been sewing lately : Changing up the Archer Button Up

Personally, I do not find the Grainline Archer shirt to have the ideal fit. I am slowly working out the best way to alter the pattern. First of all – it needs to be an inch longer through the bodies and in the arms. Secondly I do not like the look of the back with the pleat so I have gotten rid of it entirely.   In this version (and all subsequent versions) instead of the two big rectangle pockets I opted for a single pocket with a triangular bottom. In this case the pocket has a batman comic on it.  Here is how the back looks without the back pleat – much nicer!! I do need to remember add a bit of width through the hips though as my shirts always seem to be too tight in the hips DESPITE the fact that I am sewing sizes bigger then my hip measurement would point to.  I have completely disregarded the button placement in the pattern and come up with my own – so far my placement has resulted in far less boob gape… For other ladies with this problem you know what I mean! Ultimately it means I have to use 10 buttons every time instead of 8.   I started sewing these shirts because I wanted to be able to make my girlfriend (who has a small bust and big hips) shirts that she would like and that would fit. The Archer is too loose and a bit boxy so I think my changes are helping.  I think I am figuring out the details of the pattern and...

My First Grainline Archer top

I have been meaning to sew up an Archer button up for months and months! I honestly was looking for an alternative pattern for a while because I didn’t like how baggy and unfitted it looked on some bloggers. Turns out I did not have to worry  as the size I sewed up (6 for bust down to a 2 in hips) was not baggy at all. My first attempt was not at all perfect and there are plenty of changes I will be making for my second and third (already cut out ready to sew). Even though to my hip measurements I am a 0 in my next copy I will grade the hips as a 6 as these really hugged tight in my hips in an unflattering way. I think the 6 for the bust was right BUT I get major boob gape so the button placement really needs to be reshuffled. I also don’t really like how the last button ends up being so close to the bottom – There needs to be the same length beneath the button as there is between each button I think. I read lot of bloggers wanted their arms to be shorter as they were too long – I had the opposite problem! These are a 1-2cm too short through the arms so I have added extra length for 2 and 3. I do like lots of the details though like the view A sleeve cuffs, the pleat in the back, the back yoke. I found sewing it up really easy following the sew along. Is it a quick sew?...

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