March 25, 2022

How Should the Vernon Shirt Fit?


The Vernon Shirt is here! Sew your dream button-up with a gape-free fit for curves in sizes 0-32 and cup sizes C-H. Today, we’re sharing a fit guide for the Vernon Shirt to help you achieve your ideal fit in a button-up shirt.

The Vernon is a darted button-up with multiple sleeve, collar and placket options. Whether you want to go classic or trendy, the Vernon can do it all! It’s available as an instant download PDF pattern or as a beautifully printed pattern that ships anywhere in the world.

When working with a new pattern, we always recommend making a muslin to check the fit. The Vernon has multiple cup sizes and is specifically designed for curves which means that you’ll have a solid foundation right out of the envelope, but if you’re finding that your Vernon needs some adjustments, this fit guide will help.

Not sure what size to make? Try our size calculator!

How should the Vernon Shirt fit?

The Vernon has two views. View A is a classic button-up while View B is a trendy shirt with a dramatic collar and lantern sleeves. The fit is the same in the two views, with the exception of the lantern sleeves of View B, which are designed to have more ease and volume.

Vernon Shirt fitting notes

  • Shoulders
    • Shoulder seam sits balanced on top of shoulder.
    • If the shoulder seam is too far back, try a forward shoulder adjustment.
    • If the shoulder seam hangs past the shoulder, try a narrow shoulder adjustment.
  • Bust
    • Bust darts point to bust apex.
    • Button placket lays flat without gaping.
  • Sleeves
    • Slightly full sleeve (with full bicep option available for View A in sizes 12-32).
    • Sleeve cuff ends at wrist.
    • If additional room or range of motion is needed, try a full bicep adjustment.
    • If sleeves are too long or too short, remove or add length at the shorten/lengthen lines on the sleeve piece.
  • Waist
    • Relaxed fit in the waist.
  • Hem
    • Hem is slightly curved and hits at high hip.
    • If hem is too high or low, add or remove length at the lengthen/shorten lines.
    • For additional room in the front, try a full tummy adjustment.
    • For additional room in the back, try a full bum adjustment.

Ready to sew your own Vernon Shirt?

Then let’s get started! Get your copy of the Vernon Shirt and get ready for a wardrobe of beautifully fitting, gape-free button-ups. You deserve it!

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4 thoughts on “How Should the Vernon Shirt Fit?

  1. Hafida says:

    Thank you very much for the Vernon Shirt fitting notes. These are very helpful ! In case the collar is too wide (skinny neck) what would you advise? Is it possible to sew a size 16 for a collar on a body of size 20? Thank you

    1. Ayelet says:

      Hi Hafida, you could try tracing the 16 neckline onto the size 20 body and then using the size 16 collar pieces. But I would make a muslin first to see if the size 20 would be fine as is.

      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

  2. leslie says:

    Hi – Does the full bicep OPTION come with separate pattern pieces which includes a new armscye, or is it just a modification of the original sleeve (like a full bicep adjustment)? Thank you.

    1. Ayelet says:

      Hi Leslie, the full bicep option is just the sleeve. It uses the same armscye as the other sleeve.
      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

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