Floral Harrison

The end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 shaped up to be quite the shirtmaking period for me! First I had my Harrison tuxedo shirt, then my Strawberry Thief shirt, Morgan’s Negroni, my Queer Fairy Tale shirt, and now this gorgeous floral poplin sewn up into a Cashmerette Harrison.

The Harrison fit me nicely almost straight from the package; the first one I made a year ago still feels great on me even with only a few adjustments. This time, I grabbed the pattern as I had used it for my tuxedo shirt hack and didn’t make any further adjustments and…I should have. The adjustments I made for that version were specific to how I wanted it to wear/look and don’t apply here, plus because of my rushed timeline on the last one I ended up with some errors. It’s still very wearable, but because I sewed the last one up really quickly I didn’t document some of the issues to fix and then forgot about them. Basically, there’s some futzing with the sleeve cap/armscyth still to do, some corrections to the neckline, which is now a smidge too small for the collar stand, and truing up of the side seams, which fell out of alignment with some of the adjustments I made.

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I do like that it fits more closely over my waist now, because it tucks in really cleanly. I’ll probably add back 1″ of length at the hem after making the side seam adjustments, because looking at it untucked here the length isn’t quite right.

But: the good! I LOVE the print on this fabric. It’s a cotton poplin made for Mood, and the print is crisp and vibrant. The fabric is quite firm and closely woven, which isn’t my favorite to work with but does mean it tends to look crisp even after hours of wear (when these outdoor photos were taken!) The fit on the Harrison is always good, even with my nitpicky eye, and I love that it doesn’t gape and fits close to my body.

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The busy, all-over print is really good for the Harrison, which uses two front and one back princess seam on either side to shape, which make matching any directional fabric really tricky.

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I think I’m getting pretty decent at making collars! I do still want to dive into better interfacing (there’s a bit of wrinkling here, with such a firm fabric), but so many collars and collar stands later mean I have a system I mostly like in place.

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The other thing I love are the angled cuffs I made this time! It’s a very small detail but gives me pleasure each time I see them.

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I’ve already worn it a couple times, including to the first class I taught this semester, and I feel really good in it. The dark base of the floral means it works across seasons!

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  1. I love the fabric and the angled sleeves–good for you.

    It seems like people make so many hacks to patterns these days that I partway want to say, “I just want a pattern that fitsand works well-enough when bought, period”. I can see making hacks for creativity purposes, but to have to do a ton of stuff including just so the collar fits into its own socket seems tough. I guess if it’s optional for personal fit and taste that’s one thing, but if there are pattern errors or inadequacies that would bug me, yanno?

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    1. Oh, I absolutely did not mean to imply that the Harrison is a poorly drafted pattern! It’s very well drafted and, with the exception of needing a full bicep adjustment, fit me well straight out of the package. (Take a look at the first one I made, the navy blue one, which has almost no adjustments except the sleeves). But, in wearing it, I found it needed a few more fit adjustments to feel really good on my body, and then I made a whole bunch of changes in making my tuxedo shirt that I forgot to change back before making this one. (I think my forward shoulder adjustment is the culprit for the collar fit issue, though it might also be that the Harrison is drafted to have those pattern pieces fit together using more ease than other shirt patterns I’ve used).

      With my build, I don’t expect any patterns to fit straight from the envelope, but Cashmerette ones come the closest. I just like to futz and hack and change style lines; it’s part of the fun of sewing for me, because the learning process is part of the joy of the hobby!

      Thank you for your comment!

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      1. I think if you love to get it to fit right, that’s great. I just worry sometimes since it seems everyone these days does so much hacking that I, out of practice, would have to do much more work than I used to do when I just bought patterns from the big companies and made do with whatever was closest in fit.

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        1. Well, yeah, it definitely does take longer! Ideally patterns should be able to suit both styles of sewists — me that wants to hack and fit over multiple garments, and you that wants to reliably make garments that work for you straight from the package. You definitely could do that with this pattern line and walk away with gorgeous items using either method, though I’ll admit there are some pattern companies with less reliable drafting.

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          1. There have been times when i was into the creative part of it and did costuming for shows etc., but my life has been more ‘please make something easy’ for a while since I got electrocuted ten years back and have enough to deal with sometimes.

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  2. I love this version ❤️ I always enjoy seeing all your different versions of the Harrison! Did you make the blazer as well? It is on point! I have had a really hard time finding women’s blazer patterns that don’t have just one button. One-button blazers tend to gape weirdly on me.

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