Plaid shirt and denim skirt

Plaid shirt and denim skirt Plaid shirt and denim skirt

Archer button up shirt
Archer button up shirt

Sometimes there’s a project that remain unblogged although it was finished for quite sometime, and the reason is not that I don’t like it. It is because I like it so much that it is either being worn or still in the wash. This shirt is such a project! You might recognize the pattern, The Archer button-up shirt by Grainline studio that every sewing blogger seemed to have made.

From the description on the Grainline studio website: “The Archer Button Up is a loosely fitting button up shirt with long sleeves. View A has angled cuffs and a back pleat at yoke. View B has straight cuffs and a gathered lower back detail.” I made view A in size 0 with no alteration.

After making it, I now understand the rave about this pattern. This shirt is not a simple project with stand-up collar, button plackets, sleeve plackets, pockets, and so on, but the instructions are quite clear that I didn’t encounter any difficulty. The patterns are marked correctly and everything matched. It is very frustrating when a pattern is not marked correctly especially when sewing stand-up collar!
Plaid shirt and denim skirt Plaid shirt and denim skirt
Plaid shirt and denim skirt Plaid shirt and denim skirt

Vogue 8697
Vogue 8697

The skirt is actually just finished today. The pattern is Vogue 8697; from the pattern envelope: “MISSES’/MISSES’ PETITE SKIRT: Semi-fitted, tapered, lined skirts A, B, C, D, E, F with shaped waistband, princess seams, back slit, topstitched trim and back zipper. A: contrast waistband. D: contrast sides. E: button trim. A, B, C, D: mid-knee length. E, F: lower calf length.” I made view A in size 10.

Plaid shirt and denim skirt Plaid shirt and denim skirt

The stretch denim was actually leftover from a pair of pants that I cut yesterday (not sewn yet). I didn’t have enough fabric left for the waistband facing so I used different denim fabric that has no stretch. It is actually better because the waistband is supposed to have no stretch. Both the waistband and facing pieces are interfaced. I also inserted rigilene boning to the seamlines of the facing to stabilize the high waistband.
Plaid shirt and denim skirt Plaid shirt and denim skirt

I cut size 10 but then shaved the sideseams considerably so it is probably size 8 now. Other alterations are just the usual shortening on the hip and hem. I didn’t line the skirt per the instructions and only finished the facing edge with grey hem tape.

As I have mentioned, I wear the shirt a lot! It is so simple and versatile. It doesn’t look too table cloth-y anymore as a shirt. I wear it as it is or over t-shirt, with jeans or this skirt. I think these two are quite a perfect match!

Plaid shirt and denim skirt Plaid shirt and denim skirt

Shirt pattern is Archer button-up shirt by Grainline Studio, size 0.
Skirt pattern is Vogue 8697, size 10.

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  • Heather

    Such cuteness! I must make both of them now.

  • Both of these look great! I love the topstitching on the skirt. I haven’t tried either of these patterns but now I’ll have to add them to my list.

  • Oh man, that plaid is PERFECT! And the skirt fits you so well, too! Lovely work!

  • I have only made one Archer but it is one if my favourites. I must make more. The plaid is a great choice and goes very well with the denim skirt.

  • Stine

    I enjoy reading your blog very much. I am the same height, size and bodytype as you, and my style is quite similar to yours.
    So I get inspired a lot by your posts (and get a need for every pattern you use 😉
    Thank you for blogging.
    Stine from

  • These look wonderful together and apart. Also I’m quite in love with Shake she seems so happy and just wanting to be around people.

  • juliana calado

    I love the skirt and I love the blouse, the choice of patterns, fabric, and the fitting.

  • Marie

    Great outfit. The plaid looks great with the denim.

    • Plaid and denim are always great with each other, aren’t they? 🙂

  • Really nice outfit! I love the plaid you used!

  • Both pieces look wonderful! I totally overlooked that skirt pattern, but now I kind of want one… The Archer is great too, that pattern never gets old!

    • I guess the drawing of the skirt on the enevelope is not too inviting, but it makes a great classic denim skirt 🙂

  • sallieforrer

    This is so great! Archer is such a great pattern, and I love this plaid you made it in! The skirt is a great wardrobe addition too – love the structured waistband.

    • Thank you! I want to have a classic plaid shirt and this fits rightaway. I love structured waistbands, they keep my tummy in place 😛

  • Great outfit. I love the Archer pattern too. I’ve made three versions and I think I could easily make two more.

    • It’s a great pattern! I plan to make more of it 🙂

  • lovely! i love seeing everyones archers! i made two, but somehow, i am not convinced with the look on me. the pattern is wonderfully drafted though!

    • Too bad you’re not convinced with the look on you, I guess everyone has their own preferences. But I agree that it is so wonderfully drafted!