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.