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A Sleeveless Archer Button-Up for All Seasons

It’s been about a year since I made a button-up shirt, which is far too long when I think about how often I wear one. Archer has always been one of my favorite patterns, probably the one I’ve sewn the most, so it was high time to add a new one into rotation. I’ve been considering a sleeveless Archer for quite some time now, not just for summer wear but for all-season wear as well. I love the look of a button-up but I hate when the sleeves get bunched up under my sweaters. I knew there had to be a better way and when I stumbled upon Elizabeth’s genius solution my suspicions were confirmed. A sleeveless Archer is in fact the ultimate all-season staple!

Not pictured here: Fall, Winter, and the other 40 weeks of non-summer seasons we get in upstate New York.


Sewing a sleeveless shirt isn’t as simple as just leaving the sleeves off. To get a flattering fit at the shoulder I followed one of Jen’s tutorials on the Grainline blog. It’s not a difficult series of adjustments to make, but to set myself up for success I used the shape of my Tiny Pocket Tank as a guide. Next time I might try taking a small wedge out of the yoke for more shaping at the armhole like Jen suggests, but I’m pretty happy with the shape as it is. Pretty darn perfect for a first try!


I bought this beautiful border print fabric (from the Petite Odile collection by French General) ages ago when visiting the West Coast. If you’re ever in Oakland, CA I highly recommend stopping by a A Verb For Keeping Warm! It’s such a beautiful shop and I’d love to go back. (Erin I want a BFF shopping spree sequel!)

I didn’t know it then, but olive green is now my favorite color to wear! Hey Rochelle, great job masking an impulse buy as planning for the future. You should do more of that whole future planning thing.

But I digress!


I love using bias tape to hem shirts. I get a much cleaner result in half the time, so it’s pretty much my go-to technique for button-ups. I wrote a tutorial for Craftsy a while back if anyone is thinking of converting 😉



I’ve experimented with the fit on Archer a lot over the years. Though my full bust measurement puts me closer to the size 4, I like the way the size 0 fits on me the most, especially when I’m not worrying about sleeves. I know Archer is meant to be a slouchy boyfriend fit, but going back to the issue with fabric bunching up under sweaters, I wanted less wearing ease. Ease is definitely important and I know I left just enough because I’m lounging in bed wearing this very same Archer right now and I’m feeling quite comfy.


I lost the original pocket piece so these are not your standard issue Archer pockets. I wasn’t expecting to like the shape and size of them as much as I do, and now I’m kicking myself for not making my own pattern piece for what I ended up with. Oh well, it won’t be too difficult to reverse engineer the same pockets for next time.


Outfit Details:
Shirt Pattern – Archer Button Up
Shirt Fabric – Petite Odile by French General
Hat – Target
Jeans – J. Crew Outlet
Shoes – Crocs (insert smug face)
Belt – Target
Glasses – c/o Victory Optical
(20% off all frames with code LUCKY20)


I was practicing my Darkwing Duck impression ^^



I almost forgot how much I love making button-up shirts! Especially when I’m skipping all the more tedious steps like setting in sleeves and ironing origami fabric aka tower plackets. After sewing a bunch of speedy knits it definitely took me a few minutes (er, hours) to get in the right mindset and sllllooowwww downnnn. Shirts have so many steps compared to tees …and so many buttons. But I like switching it up.

The process of sewing, whether it’s super basic or more complicated, is something I continue to enjoy and thus I continue to sew and share what I sew.

It’s an added bonus when I figure out how to sew things that I can actually wear and love every single day of the year 😉


  • nice tattoos

  • We should do a BFF shopping trip reunion and buy fabric for Archers since we are both obsessed!!!! Your sleeveless version is my favorite one I’ve seen! xo

  • DIY Wardrobe

    This looks so stylish – love it.

  • Darkwing Duck, oh my word, I haven’t thought about that show in decades. What a cool reference and blast from the past. 🙂

    And speaking of cool, that’s exactly what this lovely archer shirt is, too.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  • Rochelle this looks amazing!! That fabric is gorgeous and I know it will take you year round in style! I love your bias tape hem technique for shirts, I use it a lot!! I love this whole outfit! #archeraddictsunite !

    • Thanks so much Heather! You’ve made some AMAZING Archers recently. I swoon over them whenever they pop up in my Instagram feed 🙂

      • Thanks Rochelle! I have a bunch more planned too, but can a girl have too many Archers? Can a girl blog about too many Archers? Hmmmmm… 😉

        • That was a rhetorical question, right? Cuz I’m pretty sure the answer is Nahhhhh 😉

  • Wow, you’ve upped your photo shoot game Rochelle! And the shirt is lovely. Beautiful + practical = best wardrobe ever! 🙂

    • Hahaha thanks for noticing! 😉 I’m laughing because I actually went out three separate times to take photos before I was happy. It was way too bright earlier in the day and nothing was turning out. It’s true what they say about the golden hour of the evening! 🙂

  • kalimak

    Fantastic fabric choice for this one! Beautiful summer shirt 🙂

    I really like your bias tape hemming method. I’ve used it several times now — it makes the shirt tail hem so much easier.

    • Thank you! I’m so happy to hear you like the bias tape method, too! 🙂

  • jannapyj

    Darkwing Duck…Let’s get Dangerous!

    I love your bias tape hem method, I use it for all my curved hem tops! I’m also loving how nicely the print of your new Archer plays with your tattoos (left arm), ever thought about making a Spoonflower print of them? The ultimate matchy-matchy-ness. :o)

    • Heheh I can’t stop singing the theme song!! I’m happy you know it too 😉

      I’m also happy you find the bias hem method easier! I haven’t thought about making any of my tattoos into prints (probably because they’re mostly unfinished or very old and need to be touched up!) but that is my favorite tattoo and I think the design is awfully pretty 🙂

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  • jennifer miller

    Such a pretty shirt! Love your fabric choice, and your finish work is beautiful! And you are holding my favorite flower, in my favorite shade – lovely peony.

    • Thank you!

      I love Peonies, too! I always stop to smell them, even when that means risking a few ants very near my face 😉

  • amazing shirt! The border print details are soooo pretty!

  • Love how you incorporated the border print, looks fantastic on you! Going to have to check out AVGKW since I love in Oakland!

    • Thanks! And yes, definitely check out Verb!! It’s such a gorgeous shop full of pretty fabrics and yarns. Also, there’s a really unique cafe/coffee shop next door that serves awesome things like Bacon Parmesan Waffles and Lavender Hot Chocolate. Check that out, too 🙂

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  • What a beautiful shirt. It looks so timeless. Youll be wearing it all seasons for years. The way you used the border print on the yoke and the pockets is beautiful.

    • Thank you so much! I’m enjoying the idea of more timeless, ageless pieces in my wardrobe. I took the time to make it so I should be able to wear it forever and ever right? 🙂

  • Shayna Zelko

    Bias tape hems 4LYFE.