The shirt I made is excellent (though I had to make a few adjustments). It fits me perfectly and the lines are great. My only suggestion is that the instructions are a little unclear in some places. I had to read things allowed multiple times to figure out what they were trying to say, but that's usually the problem with written instructions. Maybe more visuals would help. But overall, a very good experience!
I made my Harrison Shirt from linen in size 18 G/H and OH My Goodness this is a great fitting shirt for my shape! The double princess seam lines on the front really fit my bust well. I can see a print fabric version in my future and I think will try the Harrison shirtdress as well.
I moved the bust apex down 1" using the Ahead of the Curve book tutorial for princess seams. The cuffs are quite wide but this means you can add two buttons for a feature, I also added a button on the placket. I sewed a line of Cluny lace either side on the button stand for something different.
I have spent the past year trying to learn how to fit patterns. I have made muslin after muslin, with nothing to show for it. I was feeling so discouraged, but then I found Cashmerette Patterns. I am *so glad* I found you. It fits!! Making this pattern has been a huge confidence boost - both in how I feel about my sewing and how I feel about myself. I used the size calculator and determined that I am a size 10. Since this pattern starts at a size 12, I graded it down to a size 10 on my own. I also purchased the online shirt-making class and the fitting class. The directions are easy to follow but I recommend taking the online course(s) for great tips and tricks not included in the pattern booklet. Unlike some of my fitting books, the online fitting course covers the fitting problems that I *actually* have. Since this pattern is built for curves, I didn't even need to do a sway back! I made 2 or 3 minor adjustments in the muslin, and the fit of my first completed shirt is incredible. I will be making one in every color. I just ordered the Upton dress pattern and can't wait to try that too. I feel that my dream of a hand-made wardrobe is becoming attainable. I have had a great experience in every aspect of my interactions with the Cashmerette company - the website, the patterns, customer support, everything. I also appreciate that there are other options besides Facebook and Instagram to interact with the Cashmerette community. Thank you!
I am a big and tall woman, so some alterations always needed when I sew. Easier to start with a bust that fits. My high bust 39, full bust 43. I made a 14EF top graded to 16 at the waist and 18 at the hip. I am 6ft tall. I made two test muslins using just the three front pieces to get the bust apex in the correct location. Dropped the bust apex 2 3/4 inches, added 1.5 inches at the ‘add length here’ waistline, and another 1.5 inches to the bottom. Added a snap or two to the front placket due to added length. Made sure one snap was at the bust apex, no gapping here! Also added 2 inches to the sleeve length. The final garment came out well.
Next time round I would: Maybe size up to 16 on the top, shirt looks great on, but feels tight across the shoulders to me. Or maybe I have a bit of a rounded shoulder area; I’ll have to do some reading up on this in ‘Ahead of the Curve’. Use the full bicep adjustment for the sleeves. Again, they look good on, but feel close to me. A big shout out to Cashmerette for emailing me the pattern pieces for the full bicep adjustment. I have the ‘old’ Harrison pattern and the link to the pattern pieces on the website was no longer working. I am ready for the next time round.
Pattern instructions were great, the princess seams are great for my curves.