The flannels I used are both from our website. The red/black check plaid is from Julie's Picks. The blue/green/red plaid is currently on our website HERE. If it's not available when you click on it, check out our flannel section HERE.
I had heard a lot of good things about Grainline Studio's Archer Button Up Shirt and had it on my list of patterns to sew up. It is a loose fitting buttondown shirt. I also really liked Sewaholic's new pattern, Granville Shirt. The Granville Shirt comes with princess seams, which I know are flattering on me and basically all body types. So I set out to try both patterns in search of a TNT (tried and true) buttondown shirt pattern.
First up: Archer Buttondown Shirt from Grainline Studio
I saw this pattern everywhere. Everyone was making it and for good reason. The loose fitting design is perfect for a slouchy, casual look. It was a quick and easy pattern to follow and the turn out was not too bad!
You know how on the center back of most men's buttondown shirts there is a double folded area? This pattern calls for that, but has you fold it the oppose direction. I actually thought I screwed up, but after looking at the original garment on their website, I did it correctly. I'm not sure if I like that or not, but we'll go with it!
I'm not crazy about the elongated pockets, but that is an easy fix. I also thought the collar was shorter than regular buttondown shirts. It reminded me of the first time I was drafting my own collar and it turned out too small. The pattern is also drafted to have the shoulders slouch. I don't like this because it makes it look like I didn't fit the pattern properly. I also took in some of the excess from the sleeves. I probably took in a good inch or so between the wrist and underarm areas.
Here I am practicing my "lumberjack" skills. (With a yard stick!) Such silliness!
Sewaholic's Granville Shirt:
I think I found my TNT buttondown shirt pattern...the Granville shirt. It has princess seams therefore showing off curves! I cut out a size 10 and it was almost perfect! I think I need to do a slight FBA because it gaps just slightly at the bust. The directions were easy to follow and I also followed some of the shirtmaking tutorials from Sewaholic's blog.
The first tutorial I followed was making a better collar. Tasia had a great way of making the collar, the professional shirtmaking way. The process makes the collar stand up better on it's own and not look slouchy. It also curves around your neck naturally.
There was one part of the pattern that was confusing to me and I almost did it the way I was used to. But I stopped the voice in my head from keeping me in my comfort zone and decided to follow the "new to me" directions. In most patterns, you sew the collar stand and collar together, then sew them to the shirt's neckline. In this pattern, they want you to attach the collar stand and facing first, then you sew the those right sides together, using this template to create a smooth curve. Then attach the collar to the stand. Diane, one of our Fabricista's, blogged about the process HERE. She has great photos of this process. Tasia also blogged about it too, HERE and HERE. While I can't say if it was better or worse, it was just another option and a good option at that!
I constructed this top before Tasia posted the rest of the tutorials for the shirt, but I plan on using them in future Granvilles!
Here are the other tutorials:
Button placement and buttonhole tips - I love the buttonhole placement tool! That saves a lot of guesswork when placing buttonholes correctly.
I have a silk Granville in the works at the moment. I just have to attach the sleeves and I'm finished! (I took a break from it because I had to make something that was on a deadline!) But I'm hoping to finish it over the weekend. You will definitely see pictures!
The fabric is still available, so get it while you can! Here I am with a shelf full of bolts! Get your piece of the bolt HERE. (It's on sale for 50% off!)
Diane, one of our other Fabricista's, made the Granville shirt from one of our flannels too! Check out her blog post HERE.
If I decide to make the Archer shirt, I would like to try the collar technique I learned from Tasia. I didn't care for the way it turned out on the Archer. It was messy looking. I really liked the tailored look of the Granville shirt. When comparing photos of the two shirts, you can tell the workmanship is MUCH better on the Granville than the Archer. Have you tried one or both of these patterns? What did you think? Did you like one over the other?