classic shirt sewing pattern
A wardrobe staple, this shirt is both versatile and polished. The pattern features separate pieces for A/B, C, and D cup sizes and includes many professional details to help you sew beautiful looking (and fitting!) shirts.
A wardrobe staple, this shirt is both versatile and polished. The pattern features separate pieces for A/B, C, and D cup sizes and includes many professional details like separate collar and collar band, tower sleeve placket, and collar and cuff facings to help you sew beautiful looking (and fitting!) shirts. View A includes a separate (set-in) placket and workshirt-style pockets. View B features a continuous (cut-on) placket and pleated pockets with concealed button flaps.
This pattern works best with a variety of light- to medium-weight woven fabrics including quilting cotton, voile, lawn, shirting, poplin, broadcloth, denim, linen, and flannel.
Coordinating thread, featherweight interfacing (fusible or sew-in), 7/16" buttons (15 for View A, 17 for View B).
size 0 2 4 6 8 10 View A, 44" Fabric 2 3/4 yards 2 3/4 yards 2 3/4 yards 2 3/4 yards 2 3/4 yards 2 3/4 yards View A, 58" Fabric 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards View B, 44" Fabric 3 yards 3 yards 3 yards 3 yards 3 yards 3 yards View B, 58" Fabric 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards 1 3/4 yards
size 12 14 16 18 20 View A, 44" Fabric 3 yards 3 yards 3 yards 3 yards 3 yards View A, 58" Fabric 2 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/2 yards 2 1/2 yards View B, 44" Fabric 3 yards 3 yards 3 1/4 yards 3 1/4 yards 3 1/4 yards View B, 58" Fabric 2 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/4 yards 2 1/2 yards 2 1/2 yards
size 0 2 4 6 8 10 Bust, A/B Cup* 38 1/2" 39 1/2" 40 1/2" 41 1/2" 42 1/2" 43 1/2" Bust, C Cup* 39 1/2" 40 1/2" 41 1/2" 42 1/2" 43 1/2" 44 1/2" Bust, D Cup* 40 1/2" 41 1/2" 42 1/2" 43 1/2" 44 1/2" 45 1/2" Hip, A/B Cup 39 1/2" 40 1/2" 41 1/2" 42 1/2" 43 1/2" 44 1/2" Hip, C Cup 40 1/2" 41 1/2" 42 1/2" 43 1/2" 44 1/2" 45 1/2" Hip, D Cup 41 1/2" 42 1/2" 43 1/2" 44 1/2" 45 1/2" 46 1/2" Length** 27 3/4" 28" 28 1/4" 28 1/2" 28 3/4" 29"
size 12 14 16 18 20 Bust, A/B Cup* 45" 46 1/2" 48 1/2" 50 1/2" 52 1/2" Bust, C Cup* 46" 47 1/2" 49 1/2" 51 1/2" 53 1/2" Bust, D Cup* 47" 48 1/2" 50 1/2" 52 1/2" 54 1/2" Hip, A/B Cup 46" 47 1/2" 49 1/2" 51 1/2" 53 1/2" Hip, C Cup 47" 48 1/2" 50 1/2" 52 1/2" 54 1/2" Hip, D Cup 48" 49 1/2" 51 1/2" 53 1/2" 55 1/2" Length** 29 1/4" 29 1/2" 29 3/4" 30" 30 1/4"
* To determine cup size, subtract upper bust measurement from full bust measurement. Up to 2" difference = A/B cup, 3" = C cup, 4" = D cup.
** Back length measured from shoulder at neck.
English System Pattern
0 32 1/2" 25" 35" 2 33 1/2" 26" 36" 4 34 1/2" 27" 37" 6 35 1/2" 28" 38" 8 36 1/2" 29" 39" 10 37 1/2" 30" 40" 12 39" 31 1/2" 41 1/2" 14 40 1/2" 33" 43" 16 42" 34 1/2" 44 1/2" 18 44" 36 1/2" 46 1/2" 20 46" 38 1/2" 48 1/2" Metric System Pattern
0 83 64 89 2 85 66 92 4 88 69 94 6 90 71 97 8 93 74 99 10 95 76 102 12 99 80 106 14 103 84 109 16 107 88 113 18 112 93 118 20 117 98 123
Average rating: (4.9 of 5) based on 28 reviewsGreat first classic shirt project!Reviewed by Mary von Tobel (Verified Buyer) on 09/05/2021Usually I just make simple things but in this case chose to do something more detailed. Yes, it took more time, but there was such a feeling of accomplishment at the end. Normally I wear a 6 or 8, but wanted a big, long shirt that could double as a swimsuit coverup, so I upsized to a 12, extended the length to mid-calf, and used cotton lawn in a solid color. The directions are detailed and clear. There were templates for the buttonholes though there was really no info on marking and making them. The additional info on faux flat felling was very useful. I liked that no serger was used…not all of us have or want one. The fit was not critical because I upsized and did not require a FBA to begin with. This project increased my skill and confidence and I love the end result, so much so that I now have the men’s version of this pattern and am making it in flannel for my spouse!Was this helpful?Classic shirtReviewed by cristina emslie on 06/12/2021I made this shirt recently with liberty Tana lawn. It is gorgeous and fresh to wear. I’m delighted with it, the instructions were mostly clear (collar and button placket I struggled a bit- but that’s down to my inexperience). I didn’t rush it. I would have liked it just a little bit less baggy on the back, maybe a tiny bit more tapered but I’m not confident altering patterns. Will definitely make another classic shirt again maybe I will feel braver and add some darts. Overall I love it and I’m very happy with it.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Great relaxed fitReviewed by Krista Ellingson on 04/14/2021I made this shirt in a soft striped cotton with pearl snap closures and a few minor changes and I absolutely love it. My measurements are 37-29-38. I made a size 10C. I work outdoors in an agriculture setting with lots of hiking, horseback riding, etc. and wanted something loose-ish without being huge. I usually wear modified men's shirts, but I wanted to make something that would fit better in the shoulders and arms but still have room for my chest. The only modifications I made were to shorten the body by 3/4 of the inch, make the yoke deeper by 1 inch, and move the pleats to the centre back. I slightly changed the shape of the pockets. I would say I am an intermediate level sewist, and the instructions were easy to understand.3 of 3 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Great pattern, love how it turned out.Reviewed by Rachel M on 04/11/2021I am fairly new to clothes sewing so this was a big project for me. I used the sew along which helped with additional pictures. All in all I am so please with the result and I already have two more cut out to sew! The only spot where I was really stuck was with the separate piece for the button placket. Ended up finding help here as others had the same issue. Thanks for the great pattern, I’m hooked on clothes sewing now :)2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?A real classicReviewed by Priscilla (Verified Buyer) on 03/16/2021I looked for some time to find the perfect pattern for a timeless shirt. This pattern fits that bill. There are some tricky bits but the instructions together with the sew along on the blog made it very do-able. I did deviate from the instructions and used the burrito method for the yoke. Overall the fit is good but a little on the large size. I am short so did shorten both the body and sleeves by 2 inches. I did take in the side seams a little to give a bit more shaping. Will definitely use the pattern many times again. A very enjoyable sew3 of 3 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Classic shirtReviewed by Cath (Verified Buyer) on 02/19/2021This was a very high quality pattern with quite complex but easy to follow instructions. I learnt a few new techniques which is always welcome. I was looking for a pattern with a good fit and this was amazing. So nice to have a pattern accommodating varying cup sizes. I’d definitely make this pattern again. The only thing I would change for me next time is to add a touch more width to the sleeve. Overall when I reflect back I would say this shirt was a challenging but really fun make. Thanks for the great quality! I will buy your patterns again.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Classic ShirtReviewed by Joanna (Verified Buyer) on 02/16/2021I had been looking for and trying out patterns to recreate the fit and look of a favorite ready-to-wear. None of them did it for me until Liesl came through. I needed to do some length adjustment, being quite petite, but that was it. I sewed the first shirt in a brightly flowered quilting cotton, the next in a hefty flannel, cut out another in white pinwale corduroy, another in a silky tencel chambray and plans for at least four more in time. My only complaints are the lack of a center front marking and the utterly ridiculous ½ inch seam allowance, both of which are easy to remedy. It's an easy pattern to modify as well. I like it so well I purchased both a digital and paper copy.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Classic Shirt PatternReviewed by Julie Stilwell (Verified Buyer) on 09/26/2020I purchased the Classic Shirt pattern after reading many of the reviews. I hoped that I would be able to get a good fit without too much pattern alteration and was very happy that my wearable muslin is actually quite a good fit. I used the largest size (20) and the B cup. The directions were excellent and brought back memories of when I used to sew more for myself and use tailoring techniques. After making my muslin version, I did decide to raise the sleeve seam to be closer to my shoulder and I did have to make an adjustment to the bicep fit by increasing it about an inch for comfort. I did not add the pocket to my version. I felt on a patterned fabric it gets lost and I didn't want to make it out of the contrast fabric I used. The sleeve length was perfect (which as I have long arms is a surprise). I love the fact that I can vary the look by using contrast fabrics. I have plans to make this shirt many times. I have received many compliments on my final version!2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Terrific pattern!Reviewed by Jenny (Verified Buyer) on 08/18/2020I’m already on my second shirt. This is very nicely designed and easy to customize. The cup sizes make for a great fit.Was this helpful?Great shirt patternReviewed by Karen (Verified Buyer) on 06/19/2020I really enjoyed making this shirt. Instructions were well written. Fit was perfect with the cup sizes. One suggestion to include an option with instructions to do felled seams. I like the look of felled seams and did them on this shirt. I doing so so, I hit a snag and had to improvise when it came to sewing the area where the side seams and the hem meet. This was my fault for deviating from the pattern instructions. I also would not follow the instructions which state to cut the shirt sleeve placket. I would do it in one piece, which I think is easier. I love the shirt and have received many compliments when wearing it!!! I will definitely be making more.1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Great shirt patternReviewed by Menna Rondel (Verified Buyer) on 05/22/2020I’m so pleased I purchased this pattern and I know I’m going to use it again and again. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow and the sew along blog was especially helpful. The addition of cup sizes in the pattern drafting meant the shirt fits particularly well and I loved the attention to detail, it gives the shirt such a professional finish.Was this helpful?Classic shirt patternReviewed by Lynn Pitet (Verified Buyer) on 10/27/2019I'm returning to sewing after taking a break for many years and I decided to try this basic shirt pattern because nice shirts are so hard to find. The fabric is a cotton/linen blend. I used the classic shirt blog as well as the written instructions. The instructions were very clear, and the shirt turned out beautifully. The collar is perfect, and the fit is great after shortening the body and sleeves a bit. I used the digital pattern and was impressed that I could choose only the size I needed. I will be using this pattern many times. P.S. I believe there is a mistake in the instructions on the blog. In #1, it says to trim 1 1/4" from the front edge of the right front, following the line on the pattern. That line is actually only 1" from the edge. It is correct on the written instructions.Thanks for pointing out the typo in the sew along on the blog! We have fixed that now.4 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Will be making it again!Reviewed by Corina G. (Verified Buyer) on 08/13/2019A great pattern and a even greater sew along. Being the first shirt I've made in over 20 years, it came out perfectly, with adjustments to length and sleeves. Anyone with a bit of patience would be able to follow the pattern and create an amazing shirt. Looking forward to the next pattern.2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Wendy ThomsonReviewed by Wendy Thomson (Verified Buyer) on 07/14/2019I have thoroughly enjoyed making a few dresses for my granddaughter from the building block dress book - both the precision and sizing of the patterns - and thought I’d try a more challenging make for myself. I bought the classic shirt pattern and absolutely love it! I had never made a long sleeve with a fitted cuff beforehand and managed it perfectly with a little help from Liesl’s sew along. I made a cotton muslin to test the fit and aside from shortening the body and sleeves (a normal adjustment for me) it was perfect. I now have a stunning custom made shirt for my wardrobe. I’m going to make a white linen version next.Was this helpful?Classic shirt patternReviewed by Paula Dougherty (Verified Buyer) on 03/14/2019My sewing goal this year is to work on details, the precision of fit and top stitching are key areas. This pattern helped a great deal and I really appreciate all of the reviews, photos and comments....I'm eager to sew a few more!1 of 1 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?classic shirtReviewed by Suzan on 01/01/2019The pattern's instructions were clear and easy to follow. Having the option of choicing a cup size was a great help. The quality of the pattern was a leap above the other mass marketed patterns.2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Perfect FitReviewed by Michelle (Verified Buyer) on 06/09/2018I was looking for a classic shirt dress up or down. This was perfect. I came together well. I've made it three times already and will definitely make it again.Was this helpful?Classic ShirtReviewed by Dale (Verified Buyer) on 04/30/2018This pattern was a pleasure to sew. It is flawlessly drafted and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. Some of the sewing techniques were new to me, so I learned some new skills in addition to creating a beautiful shirt. I am looking forward to sewing the Recital Shirt next.2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Excellent pattern - great results!Reviewed by Barb on 01/30/2018I am so pleased with this pattern. I am returning to sewing and wanted to make some basics. I made the Everyday Skirt and had good success with that so I decided to up the ante with a collared shirt. I was a bit fearful as I tried to make some shirts about 30 years ago and did not have good success. But I really liked the fact that there was a sew-along on the blog to refer to. Also, I could see that people had made the shirt and it looked good on almost everyone. I am amazed at how well the collar turned out since this was always a problem for me before. Also, having the C-cup pattern pieces is a big plus. The instructions are really well written and clear. I'm now making another classic shirt and the only change I am making to the pattern is to lower the bust darts a bit. I'm approaching 60 and apparently gravity is having its way with me!8 of 8 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?the best!Reviewed by Katherine (Verified Buyer) on 12/19/2017I don't sew very often, and when I do, I find that I get frustrated with patterns and then end up with an oddly-shaped version of what I had intended to make. Not the case here! The pattern was easy to download, piece, and cut and the directions were clear enough even for me! I now have two new collared shirts (one of which I modified to be a short sleeve with a lace collar) that fit *perfectly* I can't stress enough how much I loved this pattern and will definitely be ordering more in the future!4 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Love this patternReviewed by Jukay (Verified Buyer) on 12/11/2017Very happy with this pattern and also the Recital Shirt pattern. Your size 2 is almost spot on with my measurements so no need to alter although I think I might add just 1/2” to the sleeve length next time. Instructions very clear and precise. I particularly like the fit of the sleeve cap, not too much ease, I find the ‘big four’ pattern companies overdo the ease so you end up with a puffed sleeve look, not so here. I am thinking I will use this pattern to help me adapt other patterns in this area.3 of 3 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Classic shirt patternReviewed by Polly Patton (Verified Buyer) on 11/21/2017I liked the instructions. They reminded me of instructions from David Coffing's book which I refer to often. I made this shirt for my daughter who does not live close enough for fittings. She is a D cup. The dart was too high. It looked high even before I cut it out but I thought I'd give the pattern a try before messing with it. I made a second shirt using a French dart that worked well. I find that a French dart is more flattering and fits better with for afull bust.4 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Wonderful patternReviewed by Diane doherty (Verified Buyer) on 11/20/2017I’ve spent the last 9 yrs studying fit from independent designers. I found Liesl % Co, and I am impressed. The drafting and fit are wonderful. I am. D-cup, so I am always greatful when I don’t have to take the time to adjust. The only adjustments I made were for sloping shoulders and sway back (I automatically do this on every pattern). I was pleased with the fit, and will make this again. I learned shirt making details on Craftsy, and Liesl’s info was similar. I also love the packaging, the paper tissue seems to be of a better quality, and best of all, Liesl sends out regular emails of which I love to read. A high class company indeed.8 of 9 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?What a Classic!Reviewed by Linda Minehan on 09/15/2017I have just finished sewing this shirt for the first time and the fit is fabulous. I loved the instructions that were clear and concise and particularly liked the way the collar was put together. I also followed a couple of the tutorials and found these most helpful. I will certainly be making this pattern again. Thank you for sharing your talents.4 of 4 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Classic Shirt: Wonderful PatternReviewed by Lisa Hawkes (Verified Buyer) on 06/16/2017This pattern,its instructions and the corresponding tutorial are wonderful. I made a size 4, B cup based on the pattern sizing directions and the fit is perfect. I found the method for attaching the collar into the collar band especially helpful and was able to achieve a professional finish - something I hadn't achieved with other shirt patterns. As other reviewers have mentioned, the different cup sizes make such a difference. I have a second one planned and have purchased additional Liesl and Co. patterns because of how well this went!5 of 5 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Classic shirtReviewed by Pat Beadle (Verified Buyer) on 06/09/2017As a long time sewer(hate hat word) I have sewn many shirts,but this pattern and the tutorial that goes with it is the best. I am now on my third version of this. That fact that it has the full angle of bust sizing(a cup to d cup) is the thing that puts it above others . Well done Liesl!!2 of 2 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Classic ShirtReviewed by Made Marion (Verified Buyer) on 05/23/2017This is an well drafted pattern which sews up beautifully. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. I also consulted the sew along when I was unsure of any of the instructions and found this an excellent accompaniment to the pattern. I used the finished garment measurements to decide on my size instead of my actual measurements as there was quite a bit of ease in the pattern. I used the A cup front piece even though I usually do a full bust adjustment in other patterns. This shirt pattern will become my go-to and I will certainly make it in many different colours and fabrics.7 of 7 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?Excellent PatternReviewed by Morko (Verified Buyer) on 05/10/2017This turned out very well and I was pleased with the fit. I made view A in size 4 bust size C without the pockets. I measure 34 1/2inches in the upper bust. This was the right size. I lowered the bust dart, shortened the length at the waist and did a smallish forward shoulder adjustment . Used an inexpensive cotton shirting material that I had bought on sale last year. I found the instructions detailed and good. It is helpful to read them in advance as there are a few times I found an instruction made more sense if you read through the entire section first. It is also important to be very careful in all the top stitching to get a professional look. Having the front pattern in different cup sizes saves a lot of time on not having to do a FBA. My only criticism is that I would really like to have the centre front line marked on the plackets for the front.14 of 14 customers found this helpful.Was this helpful?
- In the first printing of the pattern, the finished measurements chart on the envelope contained a minor error. The length for size 6 should read 28 1/2". All other measurements are correct.
- In the first printing of the pattern, the note about determining cup size beneath the finished measurements chart contained an error. It should read, "To determine cup size, subtract upper bust measurement from full bust measurement. Up to 2" difference = A/B cup, 3" = C cup, 4" = D cup."
Determining Which Printing You Have
As errata are discovered, they are marked for correction in subsequent printings of the pattern. To determine which printing of an instruction sheet or pattern sheet you have, look at the copyright box which appears on each. Toward the bottom of the box, there is a series of numbers.
The lowest number you see there indicates which printing you have. For example, if the lowest number in the box on the instruction sheet is "2," you have an instruction sheet from the second printing. Any errors in the instructions mentioned for the first printing have been corrected in your version. If the lowest number in the box on the pattern sheet is "1," you have a copy of the pattern sheet from the first printing.
Pattern sheets and instructions sheets can be printed separately, so be sure to check the errata notices for pattern pieces against the printing number on the pattern sheet and errata notices for instructions against the printing number on the instruction sheet.
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