Course Information


2 days - 7 hours each day, with a 1/2hour lunch break


Setting in sleeves; sewing a collar stand; cuffs & cuff plackets; back yokes; flat felled seams; buttons & buttonholes; basic pattern alterations and methods for achieving a great fit; colour blocking (very exciting!); bust adjustments; drafting a rounded collar; and converting the pattern into a pop-over shirt with tower placket sleeves.


Students will make their very own Archer Shirt pattern in a fabric of their choice. There is also an option to add variations using the Archer Popover Pack. 


What Do I Need to Bring?

For this course you will need:

  • Your basic sewing kit, plus a French Curve (available to buy at The Stitchery).
  • Fabric & Haberdashery - You won't need to purchase your fabrics or haberdashery until after the Prep Session. We'll be using this session to talk about fabric requirements. 

Do I Need To Bring a Sewing Machine?

At the studio we have a Janome CXL301 sewing machine available for each student to use. But you are welcome to bring your own if you like.

The Janome CXL301 - We have 10 of these in our studio for student use. 

The Janome CXL301 - We have 10 of these in our studio for student use. 

How Do I Pay My Balance?

If you booked your place with a deposit, you're balance is due no less than 14 days before your course begins. For instructions on how to pay please visit our balance payments page.

If you're thinking of cancelling your booking, for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible, so that we can offer your place to someone on the waiting list. And also please have a look at our Cancellations & Refunds Policy on the FAQs page before doing this. Thanks.


Fabrics & Haberdashery 

We'll be covering fabric & haberdashery requirements during your Prep Session, so we recommend not purchasing your fabric or haberdashery until after this. But if you're keen and feel confident, you can find a full sizing chart and fabric recommendations on the Archer page on Grainline's website. 


The Archer Popover Variation Pack is a set of style variations that can be purchased as an add-on to the main pattern. It comes as a PDF download and includes a 'pullover' variation of the front bodice and tower plackets. The PDF can be printed at your local print shop, in full size, or on your home computer, then pieced together.

If you wish to use any of these variations, please purchase the PDF ahead of the weekend workshop. There will be an opportunity to discuss this further at the Prep Session, for those interested. 


Students are free to purchase their fabric from wherever they like. And there are a small handful of local fabric shops in Glasgow, such as MandorsRemnant Kings and John Lewis Fabric Department

But if you're looking for a little help choosing the correct fabric type for your shirt, we happily recommend The Splendid Stitch;  a fabulous online store based here in Glasgow. The Stitchery has our own dedicated section on their website, with a handy course-by-course guide on what fabrics are suitable for each pattern. You can find that by clicking here. Use the code THESTITCHERY at the checkout for 10% off your first order.

If you're unsure about your fabric choice, then you can always purchase a sample and arrange to bring it in to the studio for us to look at before your course begins. 

Some fabrics from the Splendid Stitch.



It's always a good idea to pre-wash your fabric, either by hand or machine, before coming to use it. This means you will be able to wash your finished project without fear of it shrinking or the colours running!