Color Block Your Archer!

Colorblock Archer | Grainline Studio

So many of you guys requested a tutorial for the color blocked Archer that showed up on the blog last week as part of our announcement that the Archer pattern was back in stock, so we hopped on it and have one for you today!

For this variation you’ll need the Archer pattern and 2 coordinating fabrics. I don’t have an exact yardage amount for this tutorial since the Archer here was made back in 2013 and the amount you need will depend on where you split your pattern. I’d estimate you’ll need approximately 1 yard of your contrasting color though.


Colorblock Archer | Grainline Studio

To begin, grab pattern pieces 1, 2 & 3 and align them so that the underarms are at the same level, this will ensure that you split at the same place on the side seam. Piece 6 should be aligned with the center front edges of pieces 1 and 2. Once you’ve done this, draw a line across the pattern at the point where you’d like your color blocks to fall. On the Archer pictured here we split the pattern 9″ up from the hem line.


Colorblock Archer | Grainline Studio

After you’ve split your pieces you’ll need to add seam allowances to the edges. We added the standard Archer seam allowance of 1/2″ to each side of the split. Cut your new pattern pieces out and use them to cut your fabric.


Colorblock Archer | Grainline Studio

Your next step is to sew the top and bottom of each pattern piece together to reform the full pattern pieces. You can see here that I just stitched them together then serged the seam. Typically you would press the seam allowance down towards the hem but in the case of this fabric the coral was just sheer enough that I didn’t want the seam allowance showing through on the right side of the shirt so I pressed it up to hide behind the more opaque grey.

Colorblock Archer | Grainline Studio

Once you’ve attached the tops and bottoms of each piece together, continue sewing the shirt using the Archer instructions. It’s a super easy variation that packs a ton of punch!

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5 Responses to Color Block Your Archer!

  1. Kara says:

    Thanks for this tutorial, a color blocked version is definitely going on my to-do list!

  2. Nina says:

    Looks so good! That seam allowance is pressed upwards, not towards the hem, though, right? Is there a reason to press it in a particular direction, or does it not matter with way it goes?

    • Jen says:

      You’re correct…I made this shirt quite a few years ago and apparently forgot why I pressed it up when writing this and just wrote the instructions on how you would normally press your seam allowances. Typically yes, there’s a specific way you should be pressing your seams and darts. Towards the hem for all horizontal seams & darts, towards the center front and back for front & back darts, and side and shoulder seams towards the back. It has to do with how your body moves in the clothes as well as other factors. Occasionally, as in the case of this shirt, you’ll go against this. The coral is more sheer than the grey so I pressed up to not have the seam allowance showing through to the right side of the shirt.

  3. PsychicKathleen says:

    Thank you for this post! It’s helpful to just know how to creatively DO colour blocking and your technique would work on many patterns.

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