I know as a plus sized person most of my options in button down shirts are going to have issues. If the sleeves fit my biceps then the buttons gape in the front, or if both those problem areas are ok the sleeves, shoulder seams and hem are too long. For the longest time I just gave up and didn’t button a shirt past my bust and wore tank tops under them. Not any more!! The Harrison Shirt designed by Cashmerette was created with curvy women in mind, the amount of subtle seam line curves that hug the body and use give just the right amount of ease.
I always wondered how sewing patterns with straight seam lines would work on our bodies, now I know in many cases they don’t.
I purchased the PDF version of the Harrison Shirt by Cashmerette when it launched because I had a wardrobe hole, button downs (chambray, lace and linen had all just been swapped or thrown out after a brief KonMari episode) and I had heard so many wonderful things about the Appleton wrap dress by Cashmerette that I felt she knew my struggle.
I am no novice to PDF patterns but due to technical difficulties at home I chose the print at a copy shop route. The pattern is sold with multiple sizes and cup sizes within those size ranges, I took my measurements calculated that I was probably a C cup and a 22. So I sent my file to our local copy shop and a few hours later (again technical difficulties) and $14, I had a big pattern to trace out onto Pellon tracing fabric (or Swedish tracing paper but I was out).
I will say that a button down shirt takes a bit of time, don’t rush it. When you make a mistake try and correct it. This one took me about a month to complete because I fit my sewing time in by 5-10 minute blocks and on really splendid days a few hours. I have ideas a brewing for the next version, contrasting pieces or prints and solids?!
Notions to have on hand:
- fusible tape
- fusible interfacing
- a cloth you can dampen to fuse the interfacing on (I used one of our cotton napkins)
- seam ripper (It happens to us all)
- marking device (I used a white charcoal pencil and some chalk tracing paper)
- seam guide/measure (there are some folding and trimming where this tool is useful)
- iron (pressing makes it easier to sew and makes it look professional)
- clips or pins
- buttons for your shirt.
Once I made it to the collar and cuffs I felt like I was in the home stretch. I have an auto button hole foot that makes button hole stitching a breeze and a stash of buttons like your grandma. Then all you have to do is wear it! I am serious there is no button gap, check it out below!
I love how the shirt turned out it’s easy to wear buttoned up or open. I have washed, dried and pressed it now, and will not let it sit in the pile of laundry for a few days or I will get better starch. Wearing it with the Colette Iris shorts in linen fully lined with cotton voile (and didn’t add ease for the lining DOH) so they are not hanging as well as the red indigo pair.