Finally, the answer to your prayers: a fitted button-down shirt that doesn't gape over curves! The Harrison Shirt is designed with double princess seams for a uniquely curve-friendly fit and all the features of a classic shirt, including a two-piece collar, yoke, and placket, separate button bands, and buttoned cuffs. This pattern looks equally pretty in crisp Oxford cottons at the office or cozy flannels for playing in the snow!
Have fuller arms? Download the free Full Bicep Sleeve piece for your Harrison Shirt.
Want some help sewing your Harrison Shirt? Then check out the online class Shirt Making For Curves, which takes you through the whole process in 15 lessons you can watch from home. (Note, the class includes a free PDF or paper pattern too).
SEWING LEVEL: Intermediate.
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H).
RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Light to medium-weight woven fabric such as shirting, lawn, chambray or flannel. Also suitable for stretch woven fabrics.
NOTIONS: Universal needle, 12 buttons size ⅜" - ½"/1cm, fusible interfacing.
USE THE DROPDOWN MENU ABOVE TO ORDER EITHER A PRINTED PATTERN, WHICH WILL BE MAILED TO YOUR ADDRESS, OR A PDF PATTERN, WHICH CAN BE DOWNLOADED.
The PDF comes as files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
NOTE: There are separate files for each view and cup size so you only have to print what you need.
Instructions: 16 pages (4.7 MB)
Print at Home Pattern pieces: 43 pages (0.9 MB)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 2 pages (0.7 MB)
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS & MEASUREMENTS: Click on the photos on the left to view.
I made this pattern (size 20, cup E/F) for my daughter, who is tall, not just big around. The sleeves were about 3" too short, and the shirt could have been longer too. Otherwise a great design. I'll know better the next time around to adjust considerably!
I love this shirt and following the workshop has taught me so much. I enjoyed making something that turned out just right.
I purchased the class & pdf version of the pattern.
1. I absolutely HATE tissue patterns. HATE HATE HATE them. On a whim, I decided to try Cashmerette, so I purchased the pdf and class. WARNING: I haven't sewn a garment in probably 20 years...
Off I went to KINKO's (US) with my Pattern PDF, and had it printed on 36" wide paper. OHMYGOSH!
I was happier than an ant at a picnic. The heavier paper was dynamite! There are NO WORDS to describe how much I loathe tissue patterns - they were a large part of why I got tired of sewing, and the weird sizing of commercial patterns made the decision to STOP muuuuch easier.
2. I'm 6' tall, an apple-ish shape, and have a devil of a time finding shirts that fit through the shoulders & waist, and struggle getting the length I need in the body/arms. I'd like to raise my arms w/o revealing everything between my waist and chin to the world TYVM.
I also wanted sleeves that didn't look like bat wings they were so far oversized for MY arms, and darts that weren't at my waist b/c I have a smaller bust.
The class has been immensely helpful thus far - while I'm 50% through my "trial shirt" constructed of muslin.
I am already looking forward to my next project(s) - fitting and sewing have been pretty simple!
The instructions in the class are excellent. I am very impressed with the speed of the class (not too fast/slow), and the level of detail.
If I were to make a change, the only change would be to offer the option of purchasing the video on a DVD. I'd happily pay another 10-15.00 if i could have a disc!!! :)
Thank you for a wonderful product!
My issue with most patterns is balancing narrow shoulders and a full bust. I dislike having shoulder seams fall off the shoulder unless that is the designed style. I've tried every Full Bust Adjustment that was available on both Princess and Darted bodices. It took 3 years, but finally I feel I have a tried and true pattern with the Harrison Shirt PDF pattern. With the Harrison, I decided I would only do a forward thrust adjustment of 1/2 inch and see how the princess lines worked based on my bust measurement and noticed that the shoulder width was very close to what I wanted. My issue has always been getting enough fabric above the bust below the collarbone in the upper chest from armhole to Center Front. Not only did the Full Bust princess lines fit, but the upper chest fit, without pulling on the sleeve. Honestly, after 3 years of muslins on a variety of patterns, this shirt has been made twice and another is about to be cut out. I'm very happy with this pattern. I tried Jenny's Y shaped FBA on a darted shirt pattern, and this one has worked, as well. I'm convinced that the drafting skills and understanding of the curves and dips of a person's body is fully understood and translated into excellent patterns by Cashmerette.