Dates and Times

Dates – 12th, 19th, 26th May and 2nd, 9th 16th June ( Plus one other date to be finalised with group)

Day – Wednesday Evenings – 7 weeks

Time – 7-9pm

Make A Classic Women’s Shirt

Have you ever considered making a shirt but are daunted by the thought?  We would love you to join this Sew- Along and let us hold your hand through a range of classic shirt construction techniques. The beauty of doing a live Sew-Along is you get to ask questions as we go, plus we are here for you if things don’t go quite to plan. We will be using The Archer Shirt by Grainline Studio as our base pattern. This is a well drafted thought through pattern with lots of details and techniques to get our teeth into.

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.

We have selected fabrics from our collection so that we are all sewing with fabrics that we are familiar with and are therefore able to troubleshoot any problems that any students encounter.

The Sew-Along  runs over a series of 7 weeks with one 2hr class every week allowing you enough time to digest each stage in between classes and maybe make another one alongside.

Size: US 0-18

Sewing level: Intermediate

What People Say About This Pattern

It’s a wardrobe staple… I’ve worn these shirts almost daily this winter


I love the pattern and will be making it again

I’m not a shirt person, but this is an absolute classic I’ll be wearing for years

Skill Level

Confident Beginners



What skills will I learn?

  • How to take the correct measurements in order to choose the right size
  • Reading and understanding commercial sewing patterns and their notations
  • How to layout the pattern pieces to make the most of your fabric
  • Tips and tricks for cutting out
  • Selecting and applying interfacing
  • The anatomy of a classic shirt
  • Constructing and sewing button plackets
  • Construction, pattern matching and attaching pockets
  • Attaching a shirt yoke using the enclosed seam burrito method
  • Sewing sleeve plackets
  • Setting in sleeves
  • Assembling and attaching a collar and collar stand
  • How to get a perfectly pointed collar
  • Tips and tricks to sew precise gathers
  • Construction of a shirt cuff
  • How to sew buttonholes
  • How to place and attach buttons using your sewing machine
  • Hemming techniques including bound hems

What’s included in the price of the course?

  • The price of the sew along includes everything you need including the pattern, fabric, haberdashery and classes. Unlike pre recorded classes you can ask questions as you go along and you have links to a Sew- Along support group in between sessions.
  • 7 x 2 hour tutorials guiding you through each step of your blouse
  • Inclusion in a WhatsApp group for the duration of the course
  • Membership of our Sewcial Society

How will it work?

The class will take place in a ‘virtual classroom’ using the video meeting software Zoom. You will need to have Zoom installed on the device you intend to use for the class, it’s free and easy to use. If you haven’t used Zoom before we suggest you have a practice before the class. Please download the free version via this link

  • We also suggest choosing a quiet area to set up your machine next to your device. To achieve the best internet connection please reduce as many items as you can that are connected to your router.
  • You will receive an email link prior to the start of the course that will take you directly to the class. All you need to do is click on the link just before we are due to start. We suggest signing in 10 mins before the start time, you will be held in a virtual waiting room.
  • We will set the video settings to allow you to record. This means you can playback any bits again in between sessions.

What do I need to prepare in advance of the course?

  • Purchase your workshop and select your fabric choice. We will package your complete course kit ready for you to start the course on week one.
  • Please note if you join the sew along  less than 7 days before the start there may be added postage costs associated with getting your kit to you on time for week 1 or you can catch up before week 2.

Course Kit

We have selected a range of fabrics and haberdashery which we would recommend for this workshop. For inspiration and to see other makers versions of this shirt please check out #grainlinearcher #archerbuttonup on instagram. Please find below a list of all the items that are included in your workshop price.


We will all work with a similar weight of fabric in order to make sure we are all working under the same conditions to help with troubleshooting. We have selected a range of beautiful poplin fabrics from our collection with perfect structure and drape. Available in various colours/designs for you to select from. All kits will include 2.2m of fabric which is enough to make any size and allows enough for any shrinkage in the prewash.

Essential Haberdashery

  • 1x 100m  Gutermann rPET sew all thread in a matching colour (we will select the matching thread for your fabric)
  • 1 x pack Prym needles (suitable for your chosen fabric)
  • 10 x 15mm Buttons
  • Fusible interfacing

Optional items which can be ordered separately via the links below. We strongly recommend that you have a Tailors Ham, Seam roll, Tailors clapper, Buttonhole Cutter, Fray Check and Point Turner to get the best results during construction. Links to these products and others you may find useful are below.


What will I need to prepare for each week of the course?

  • Sewing machine fitted with a 70s needle and threaded with your matching Gutermann Sew–All thread colour.
  • Access to an iron and ironing board for pressing your fabric.
  • Your usual sewing haberdashery including all the basics (see Dressmaking Kit)

All of these items in italics including sewing machine needles can be purchased from our website in advance of the workshop.


We have handpicked a collection of premium Germany haberdashery equipment from the Prym range, which complements this course. If you would like to purchase this kit, please click here for more details and to buy.

Skill level – Confident Beginner

This course is suitable for those who have used a sewing machine before, can confidently thread the machine and bobbin and who have made at least one garment before.

Our sewing classes are relaxed and friendly. Class sizes are kept small (this also applies to online courses) to ensure everyone gets the time and attention they need. This does mean that booking is essential. The course will only run if there are sufficient numbers. Please note online course are open to all levels of beginners and confident beginners and it is hard to estimate timings need to complete.

Select Fabric

Berry Chambray, Aubergine Chambray, Petrol Chambray, Poplin Ola Flower, Poplin Hearts Light Rose, Poplin Hearts Petrol, Poplin Stripes Blush, Poplin Stripes Navy, Poplin GOTS White, Italian Holiday, Old Rose Poplin Flowers, Marine Poplin Flowers, Poplin Kisses For You, Climbing Flower, Poplin Animal Skin Black, Poplin Flower Field Blush, Poplin Flower Field Pickle


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