Reclaim the button-up with the Vernon Shirt! This boob-friendly take on the essential button-up shirt features two views: View A is a classic shirt with a traditional collar and collar stand, and full sleeves with narrow cuffs. View B is a fashion-forward version with a dramatic collar, covered button placket, and lantern sleeves with wide cuffs.
From flannel work shirts to posh statement tops, the Vernon can do it all—and with cup sizes from C–H, thoughtfully placed bust darts, and side seam shaping, you’ll get a fabulous fit from collar to hem.
0-16, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H) . See Sizing Guide.
Light- to mid-weight woven fabrics such as shirting, lawn, or flannel. The lantern sleeves of View B work best with a medium weight fabric for a more structured look.
Interfacing: Light- to mid-weight fusible interfacing.
Universal needle, thread, 11 (View A) or 13 (View B) buttons size 3⁄8 – 1⁄2” (10 –12 mm).
Buttonhole foot, point turner, tailor’s chalk or washable marker, tailor’s ham or rolled up towel, buttonhole chisel or X-Acto knife.
I have been exclusively sewing knits for a few years because of so many woven project failures- bad fit, uncomfortable to wear, or just plain ugly! But my very first attempt at a Vernon shirt is a miraculous success! I made the lantern sleeve- which I lengthened by 2 inches- but otherwise was a 16 C-D. I am now shopping for woven shirting fabrics and looking forward to many more Vernon’s in my wardrobe!
Really love the Vernon Shirt! Making size 20, E/F cup. Finished a dark blue in a light weight quilting cotton. Working now on a striped cotton shirting. Love that the drape of the pattern is a little more loose than that of the princess-seamed Harrison shirt, a little more forgiving. The Vernon shirt comes together quickly, and the pattern instructions are great! One caveat for others: if you are doing the hidden buttonhole placket (View B), you MUST put in at least the top buttonhole (at the neckline) BEFORE you add the collar/collar stand assembly, or your machine will not be able to reach the area after construction (I usually put my buttonholes in last, but could not do so this time). And please, please, please use good quality interfacing (cheap in/cheap out looks awful).
For the first time, I have a shirt that actually fits me. No more gaping, fits the shoulders, mine are narrower. I could not be happier.
This is the best pattern for a buttoned down shirt I have ever made. Love those lantern sleeves.
This really is an excellent pattern! Using the sizing calculator put me spot on for fit. I now have a shirt that fits the huge bicep without making the back too big. The only change I made for my second use was to make the collar just a bit narrower. I lengthened the sleeves (I’m 5’10”) and narrowed the cuff circumference but made no other changes. This is now my go to pattern for a classic shirt.
I made a trial shirt with this pattern which I’m very pleased with. It looks so professional which it’s possible to achieve, as a result of very clear instructions.
I’m embarking on three shirts to take on holiday. It’s a delight to sew: also finding instructions for the burrito collar system with Tomkat Stitchery takes the make to an even higher level.
If you’re looking for a classic shirt pattern, look no further!