I was thrilled when Cashmerette came out with the Harrison pattern, a plus-sized button-front shirt fitted to curves, with multiple cup size options. I almost immediately bought one of their kits, in a beautiful navy stretch cotton sateen, to make the semi-formal shirt of my dreams.
I went with a size 18 G/H with no size adjustments other than the sleeves, which I added both width and length to. The body fits really well for a first try, and the adjustments I plan to make for shirt number two will just perfect the fit!
The pattern instructions were really straightforward, and any difficulties I encountered have more to do with my own impatience than the pattern itself. I need to remind myself to slow down and make sure to press, baste, and topstitch with care!
Cashmerette includes a swayback adjustment in the drafting of the pattern, but I think I’ll take a little more out at my lower back and taper the waist in a little more on the back pieces. This especially will help with fabric bunching when tucked in. I also plan to bring the shoulder seams forward a little to help with the collar tipping back when worn. The sleeves still aren’t quite right, but I’m not sure what adjustments to make — if you have thoughts I’m happy to hear them!
I altered the standard cuffs to French cuffs, to make use of these amazing Izola Fine & Dandy cufflinks. Because I’d only done sleeve plackets once before, I wasn’t sure how to alter them to account for the way French cuffs overlap, and it ended up with a bit of a gape. I’ll work on that next time, too! I have a lovely dark grey cotton begging to be a shirt, and after that I think a good floral will be on the docket!