The #1 request ever since I launched Cashmerette Patterns has been the holy grail for curvy ladies everywhere: a non-gaping, non-tenting button-down shirt. It took over a year of development and testing, but today I’m super proud to introduce you to the Harrison Shirt, the first shirt sewing pattern that doesn’t gape over curves!
And not only that, but in addition to the pattern and Harrison kits, I’m launching the first Cashmerette online workshop: Shirt Making For Curves, with 10% off (ends Sep 17th). It’s perfect for first-time shirt makers, or if you want to brush up on your techniques – read on for more details!
Cashmerette Harrison Shirt Pattern
The cover shirt is a 16 G/H, made from Pima cotton
This shirt is made from Robert Kaufman chambray, in an 18 G/H
This shirt is made from Robert Kaufman slub chambray
I wanted to design a classic shirt with traditional tailored features, that would also fit very well through the bust – until now, an almost impossible thing to find! The secret to the fit is the double princess seams in the front, which distribute the bust ease more gently than a traditional single princess seam, providing enough room for a full bust, and then pulling back in underneath, avoiding tenting. There’s a nice amount of ease through the waist to give a comfortable fit, but the double princess seams give you lots of potential for further fitting if you so desire!
The Harrison Shirt also has features including:
- A traditional two piece collar, with a great construction method that will give you neat results every time.
- Two piece sleeve tower plackets, which are easy to sew and give you the fun option of having a ‘secret’ contrast under-placket.
- A two piece yoke, constructed with the burrito method for a totally clean finish inside.
- Back princess seams with a built-in sway back adjustment.
- Classic buttoned cuffs.
- Separate button bands.
- A clean finish at the button band/hem.
And, like all Cashmerette Patterns, it comes in sizes 12 – 28 and cup sizes C – H, so no more Full Bust Adjustments!
The Harrison can be made out of a range of light- to mid-weight woven or stretch woven fabrics, including cotton lawn, voile, chambray, rayon, seersucker, linen or silk. Depending on how much drape your fabric has, you can have a crisp shirt for work, or a relaxed, flowy blouse.
This shirt is made with Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. rayon challis
It’s classified as “intermediate” because there are quite a lot of steps involved in constructing a shirt, and some of the techniques are a little more advanced, like making buttonholes and constructing sleeve plackets. However, adventurous beginners could totally give this a go, as the comprehensive instructions, and online video class (see below!) provide lots of guidance for the first-time shirt maker. In fact, one of my testers made the Harrison as her third ever sewn garment and it looked fab!
This shirt is made from Liberty of London Tana Lawn (similar here), in a 24 C/D
The Harrison Shirt is available in two formats. You can buy a beautifully printed paper pattern, which can be mailed to you anywhere in the world for under $8 (US postage is under $1.75), or you can pick one up at one of our worldwide stockists. Or, you can buy an instant-gratification downloadable PDF which will be delivered to your email inbox. You can print and assemble it at home, or you can take it to a print shop to be printed on large paper – there are versions included both for US copy shops (like Staples or Kinkos) which print on 36″ wide paper, and for international copy shops which print on A0.
Online Workshop: “Shirt Making For Curves”
Making a shirt can be a bit intimidating, so in addition to launching the pattern today, I’m thrilled to also be announcing the first ever Cashmerette online workshop, “Shirt Making For Curves“.
This 15 part, 3.5 hour online class takes you through every stage of the shirt-making process, and goes way beyond the instruction booklet, with tons of advice, tips and techniques for getting a professional-level shirt. It’s aimed at sewists who have a little bit of experience but haven’t tackled a shirt project yet, or those who want to take their skills up a notch!
As it’s online you can join me for a workshop wherever you live in the world, and learn from the comfort of your own home – there’s unlimited access so you can watch it at your own pace, and repeat to your heart’s desire. Plus, a free copy of the PDF or paper pattern is included in the price of the course (an additional shipping charge applies for the paper pattern).
Here’s the trailer so you can get a little taster:
And, if you register now (until Sep 17th), you can get 10% off! Just click on the link and the discount will be automatically applied.
Cashmerette Harrison Shirt Kits
Last, but by no means least, KITS! These Harrison Shirt kits contain everything you need to make your new favorite shirt: 3.25 yards of fabric, just the right amount of quality interfacing, and 12 matching buttons. They’re available bundled together with the printed pattern, PDF pattern, or just the fabric & notions (good if you’re buying the class, too!) – just choose from the drop-down box in the store.
Phew! So much excitement today. I really hope you enjoy the Harrison Shirt – I never thought of myself much as a shirt kind of gal, but once I started making them I realised that was just because I’d never worn one that fit me before! Now, I’m a total convert, and dreaming up lots of fabric and outfit ideas.
I cannot wait to see what you make – be sure to tag your shirts with #HarrisonShirt on social media, and stay tuned for exciting inspiration, hack ideas, and maybe even an expansion pack…
Tell me, are you excited to sew the Harrison? And what fabric are you going to use first?