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classic shirt sewing pattern

classic shirt sewing pattern
Price: $16.95
Brand: Liesl + Co.
Item: OLV-LC018CL
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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.

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classic shirt sewing pattern
  • Description

    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.

    Suggested Fabrics

    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.

    Notions

    Coordinating thread, featherweight interfacing (fusible or sew-in), 7/16" buttons (15 for View A, 17 for View B).

    classic shirt sewing pattern

    Fabric Guide

    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

    Finished Measurements

    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
    Size
    Bust
    (in.)
    Waist
    (in.)
    Hips
    (in.)
    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
    Size
    Bust
    (cm)
    Waist
    (cm)
    Hips
    (cm)
    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 17 reviews

    Classic shirt pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 10/27/2019
    I'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.
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    Will be making it again!
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 08/13/2019
    A 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.
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    Wendy Thomson
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 07/14/2019
    I 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.
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    Classic shirt pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 03/14/2019
    My 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!
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    classic shirt
    Reviewed by on 01/01/2019
    The 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.
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    Perfect Fit
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 06/09/2018
    I 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.
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    Classic Shirt
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 04/30/2018
    This 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.
    1 of 1 customers found this helpful.
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    Excellent pattern - great results!
    Reviewed by on 01/30/2018
    I 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!
    6 of 6 customers found this helpful.
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    the best!
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 12/19/2017
    I 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!
    2 of 2 customers found this helpful.
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    Love this pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 12/11/2017
    Very 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.
    1 of 1 customers found this helpful.
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    Classic shirt pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 11/21/2017
    I 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.
    1 of 1 customers found this helpful.
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    Wonderful pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 11/20/2017
    I’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.
    6 of 7 customers found this helpful.
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    What a Classic!
    Reviewed by on 09/15/2017
    I 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.
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    Classic Shirt: Wonderful Pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 06/16/2017
    This 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.
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    Classic shirt
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 06/09/2017
    As 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.
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    Classic Shirt
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 05/23/2017
    This 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.
    6 of 6 customers found this helpful.
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    Excellent Pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 05/10/2017
    This 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.
    10 of 10 customers found this helpful.
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  • Errata

    1. 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.
    2. 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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