I sewed my first Archer Button Up this summer and felt so impressed that I was able to sew such an advanced garment. At the beginning of the fall I sewed my first project with rayon and really struggled with it. But neither of those projects scared me off from tackling this Archer in rayon and I am so glad because I love it. Putting on this shirt feels so good - it is cool and smooth and soft. The project didn't go smoothly. It was my destressing sewing last week and I had to redo more than usual - cutting the back bodice, cutting the undercollar pieces, interfacing the undercollar pieces, sewing the entire right sleeve. But I didn't let any of that derail the project, I just assessed the problem and did the work required. I figure it's good practice for what lies ahead.
I made a couple modifications from my first version - I shortened the sleeves by 2" to get them closer to my actual arm length. I also added sleeve tabs, following this tutorial from Dixie DIY. I really like the detail they add to the shirt. Next time I would place them slightly differently. I think they'd be better about .5" lower on the sleeve based on how I like to roll mine, and also somehow I lined it up incorrectly on my right sleeve, so I'd be more careful there.
I made an effort to do better at pattern matching this time. It went okay, but I still need practice. When I was discussing this shirt with my friends Laura and Ysolda at Rhinebeck they gave me the best advice on pattern matching the pockets - leave them off! It made me laugh but also turned out to be a great styling choice for this version.
My biggest triumph in sewing this shirt is that I fixed how my machine sews buttonholes. I kept getting an error with my buttonhole foot when I sewed my last Archer and fiddled my way through grumpily. I ordered another buttonhole foot after that and was so sad when I realized it didn't solve the problem. After going down the rabbit hole of googling for sewing machine repair manuals I did that thing you're never supposed to do: get out a screwdriver and take apart the inside of my machine. Thankfully it worked and with my working buttonhole foot and new button foot finishing up the shirt was a breeze.
Have you ever done any ill-advised repairs on your sewing machine? How have they worked out? Let me know!