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.
this is a great pattern and came together really well! Had a small issue with the sleeve plackets but that was most likely my error! Will be making several of this beautiful pattern!
This is a great style for fitting a large bust. Very pleased with the fit.
I haven’t been able to wear a button down shirt for ages, unless it was oversized. I could never find one that fit in the bust and the hips. The Harrison is different. I made a muslin which needed slightly more room across the shoulders, but my second try was great. Thank you for the easy directions and great fit.
Made 2 Harrison shirts so far with the full sleeve adjustment. So happy to have the free full bicep addition to the Harrison shirt pattern. Both my daughters and I have always had a problem with sleeves in ready wear because of our thick upper arms. Had the same problem with the Harrison shirt Muslim and when I started to investigate how to adjust I was so happy to see an option was already available to fix that. Made the shirt fit perfectly!
What a relief to find a button-down shirt with clean lines for which no FBA is necessary! I made this shirt for the first time in March, and knew straight away I was in for a good build thanks to the straightforward and well-written directions. I will definitely be making this shirt again in different colors & prints!