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Bonnie has made a Grainline Archer Popover Top in Robert Kaufman Flannel for my daughter, Mairin. We purchased the Archer Popover Variation Pack from the Grainline website, and Bonnie followed along with Jen’s sew-a-long for the popover. Bonnie found the popover variation straight forward, especially with help from the sew-a-long.
Grainline Archer Popover Top in Robert Kaufman Flannel Pattern Review:
Pattern Description: The Archer Button Up is a loosely fitted 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. The popover add-on allows you to easily convert the button up into a popover and add tower pockets to your sleeves to match.
Pattern Sizing: 0 to 18. Bonnie made a size 6 for Mairin. Grainline patterns work well for women with smaller busts (Mairin included). If you love the look of Grainline patterns, and you are larger in the chest, you will need to do a full-bust adjustment.
Did it look like the photo or drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Yes, but it is more generously cut on the side seams than it looks in the picture.
What do you particularly like about this pattern? Bonnie likes the many variations.
Fabric Used: Robert Kaufman Shetland Flannel in Ocean. It was easy to work with. We made sure to wash and dry it before cutting out the pattern to avoid shrinkage later.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Bonnie lengthened the sleeves by 1 inch because Mairin is tall. She took in the sides because Mairin didn’t want the top to be too full, and she shortened the top by 1 inch, because Mairin likes her shirts boxy. She stuck with the original sleeve plackets, instead of using the tower plackets included in the Popover variation.
Our super-fine French fabric in a mod green, brown and white print, was great for the simple lines of a McCall's M6750 blouse in Mod Cotton Voile.
McCall's M6750 Blouse in Mod Cotton Voile Pattern Review
Pattern: Palmer/Pletsch for McCall’s M6750 Blouse (view C)
Pattern Description: "Semi-fitted shirts have raised neckline, fold-back facings, darts, shaped hemline and narrow hem. A: Sleeveless. B, C: Two-piece sleeves with seam opening and button cuffs. B: Three-quarter length sleeves. C: Long sleeves."
Pattern Sizing: B5 (8-16) or F5 (16-24). Bonnie made a size 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very. Plus, because it's a Palmer/Pletsch pattern, it includes alteration lines for a perfect fit.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Bonnie liked that the collar was part of the front and back bodice pieces, creating an elegant raised collar. The three sleeve options are also nice to add variety.
Fabric used: This fun designer cotton voile from France.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Bonnie thought the sizing seemed to run small. Normally a size 14 would be quite large on her, but for this top she only needed to take in the shoulders about ¾”, shorten the sleeves slightly, and lengthen the bottom hem by 1”.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! It’s a very versatile pattern with lots of customization options. The instructions for alterations ensure a great fit.
Conclusion: This is a flattering (and easy) blouse pattern that can be made up in a variety of ways.