Well hello there! Today I am sharing my tester version of the Cashmerette Harrison shirt. This pattern has been on my radar for quite some time. I purchased it very early in my sewing journey, but never got around to making it. Part of that was because button up shirts intimidated me, but another part was because I changed sizes. I didn’t have enough fabric for my new size, so I set it on a shelf for a while. When the opportunity came to test this pattern, I took it as a sign to finally jump in. My sewing skills have drastically improved since I first picked up this pattern, and I felt confident that I could make this garment
This pattern comes in sizes 12 – 32, cup size options (C/D, E/F, G/H), and full bicep sleeve pieces. Cashmerette has a size calculator where you can put your measurements in and it tells you what size to make. I’ve also popped a link in to their size chart. I made the size 26 with the G/H cup and standard bicep sleeve. I used a bright pink cotton fabric, semi-opaque buttons, and crisp interfacing. I used a Pellon interfacing that is made for shirt collars and cuffs. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this interfacing, but I had it on hand. I am planning on trying some other types of interfacing that are a tad bit less stiff.
The instructions were well written and I understood most of the steps intuitively. Collars are always perplexing to me, but I’m getting the hang of it. The tower sleeve placket was a new-to-me method. I am much more used to the continuous lapped sleeve placket method used on a couple of Muna & Broad patterns (Huon, Waikerie, Tarawi). I think I did a pretty good job for my first tower placket. I still prefer the continuous placket, but I could get used to this too.
I am very pleased with the end result. The double princess seams offer nice shaping and I think I might be a princess seams person now. I like the overall fit and length of the shirt. I tried to style it a couple of ways just to see how it could fit in my wardrobe. I had to pair it with my neon green Glebe pants for full on bright moment. I absolutely see more Harrison shirts in my future, possibly in a chambray or linen. This fabric has less drape than I’d prefer, so I am looking forward to trying some other fabrics that might be a bit better suited for the pattern. I’m wondering if this was a quilting cotton? I’m honestly not sure. I have some cotton shirting that is crisp but a bit less wrinkle-prone. Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely worn this shirt and will continue to wear it. I’m just thinking ahead to future versions.