Sleeveless Popover Archer

Sleeveless Grainline Archer

Taking a little break today from costume sewing (both historical and some cosplay) to share a quick shirt I made. Yet another variation on the Grainline Archer.

The Goal: I bought a yard of this fabric with the idea that I would use it for a different project but I never ended up making that other project. Instead I was left with only a small amount of fabric. What could I make…?

The Pattern: Ah, the ever popular Grainline Archer. It’s a well drafted pattern and I love it because no darts. Seriously, not having darts is the greatest thing.

Sleeveless Grainline Archer

The Fabric: Some metallic on white Kokka Japanese fabric from The Cloth Pocket. I think it’s a linen/cotton blend.

I didn’t have enough fabric for every piece so I cut the under collar, inside yok,e and arm hole bias binding from some plain white linen.

Buttons came from my stash.

Sleeveless Grainline Archer

The Changes: With limited fabric I couldn’t do a full length placket so I scraped together some leftover bits to make the half-placket.

Sleeveless Grainline Archer

I made one other popover Archer before so I thought I remembered how to do the placket technique. I was wrong. And messed up a couple times. Finally I reviewed the same tutorial I used last time which worked but the tip of the placket is a little wonky. It’s times like these that I have to ask myself: “do I care?” And usually the answer is “not enough.”

I also took Grainline’s advice and sliced off a bit from the shoulder area in order to make the pattern work better as a sleeveless design.

Sleeveless Grainline Archer

The Results: I’ve been doing so much costume related sewing lately which I enjoy, but with so much more detail and handwork, it seems like those projects are ever never finished. I rely so much on the motivation boost I get when I complete a garment, so  I it’s good sometimes to take a break and sew up something quickly.

  • Very cool fabric! And I’m impressed that you can make a top with only one yard.

    • Thanks! I always seem to underestimate the amount of fabric I’ll actually use when I buy it.

  • Super cute top, and it will look awesome with a cardigan or sweater if it ever gets cold here!

    And I’m totally with you on the not caring enough to fix the slightly-wonky things. Since I’ve started sewing, I’ve noticed so many slightly-wonky things on RTW clothes that I literally never noticed before I started sewing, so that’s made me care a little bit less if everything is 100% perfect.

    • Thanks nicole. Yes, I’ve seen sloppy sewing in major RTW stores. The worst was a dress i got as a gift that had three decorative buttons under a peterpan collar that were completely, obviously off center. I returned it to the store and the lady tried to blow it off like the manufacturer expected the customer to re-sew the buttons after they buy it. Wtf? Ain’t no body got time for that!

      • Yeah, right, what manufacturer would actually expect that!?!? If anything, manufacturers seem to know that most RTW consumers are like, “Oh no, a button fell off my cardigan. I guess I’ll just throw this thing away and buy a new one!”

  • sallieforrer

    Lovely! I adore the fabric – very cool. I’m glad it got made into something so wearable so you can enjoy it! I’ve been wanting to hack the Archer into a popover so this was a very timely post! Thank you!

    • Thanks Sallie, you should totally do that. A sleeveless archer would look great on you!

  • This looks fantastic! The perfect fabric for it too!

    • Thank you, Heather!

  • Gorgeous ring!

  • That’s such a cool fabric! I really like the pattern you chose. Nice work!

  • Such a pretty fabric! That shirt looks great on you!