Over a YEAR ago I printed and taped a PDF pattern (Archer Button Up), pre washed fabric, cut out said fabric, and then it sat. For an entire year it sadly sat in my fabric closet in a box waiting to be sewn. The Archer was a super intimidating project for me when looking at it: button holes, a collar, etc., etc., so I never felt I had enough brain power to conquer it.
The same night I sewed up my Prefontaine Shorts, I decided to tackle the Archer Button Up. I made it out of some random shirting fabric from who knows where, but it is cute and IMHO looks like a RTW garment I would grab off the rack.
Construction for this pattern was easy, but I had issues with the instructions (as I usually do with Grainline). I feel as if their patterns skip over little, important steps in the assumption that if you’re sewing this you should already know how to XYZ… That’s just me, though. A lot of people love their patterns.
Instead of sewing in the sleeves, I opted to make the top sleeveless. In hindsight I should have graded the shoulders in a bit, but when I cut the pattern out (over a year ago) I probably didn’t know better. I opted for View B, that offered a ruffled bottom portion on the back, which is subtle and perfect. It is actually my favorite thing about this top!
So, all in all, if you know what you’re doing and would consider yourself an intermediate sewist, I’d say go for it; the Archer Button Up would be a great top for you to sew!