Chambray Union Archer Popover

Thursday, December 15, 2016

I'm excited to share my finished Archer Popover today! I am so proud of the way this garment turned out.

When Grainline Studio's released the popover variation pack to go with their popular Archer Button Up Shirt pattern, I knew I had to make it. I was never super interested in the original Archer, only because I never wear button up shirts. I always liked seeing the finished garments, but didn't think I'd wear one. The popover version though, was right up my alley!

Instead of buttons going all the way down the front of the shirt, the popover variation features a placket and buttons that only go halfway down. I feel like this makes the shirt feel a bit more casual.

October 2016 Report - In Color Order
I dove in headfirst with my first one and cut it out of some hoarded Robert Kaufman Chambray Union fabric. It's really soft and the dots are just too sweet.

This shirt took me 8 months to make, start to finish. Almost all of that time was spent procrastinating. There were a lot of steps in making this shirt that I had never done before (inserting a placket, make a collar, etc), so I would work on it a little and then set it aside. I don't know what I was worried about! The instructions were easy to follow, and when I needed extra help, the Archer Sew-Along on the Grainline Studio blog helped fill in the gaps.

It was definitely a labor of love, with all the little pretty details. I'm happy to say that it was all worth it. I've already worn this shirt a ton. It's so comfortable and it looks a little nicer than my usual weekday top. I've been wearing it with the sleeves rolled up.

I already have fabric picked out for another one. Hopefully it won't take me 8 months to make!

Happy Sewing!


  1. Excellent choice of fabric for this style. Looks very professional and fits you well. Good Job!

  2. You look great in it! I too am so fearful of garment sewing. I procrastinated on one project for 2 years before cutting that fabric for quilting instead. I love that shirt though and the loose casual fit.

  3. Looks great on you! Awesome job!

  4. Awesome job for your first-time shirt! That's a steep learning curve. I love your fabric choice, it's perfect for that pattern.

  5. What a great make! I love the look of this so much more than a shirt--you're tempting me to make one of my own. When we finally get to spring here in Maine, I'd love to pack up my turtlenecks and wear one :)

  6. I love it too, Jeni!
    It looks beautiful on you
    Merry Christmas

  7. Oh, and to add. I also have three blouses unfinished.
    I hope to finish them next year. This past 6 months left a huge hole in my heart and I am still feeling my way around that ❤️️

  8. Beautiful job! Perfect fabric!

  9. You are quite an accomplished garment sewist, Jeni. This shirt is beyond beautiful!


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