A timeless wardrobe staple, the Classic Shirt features traditional shirt making techniques with a chic, modern cut. It's our second best selling pattern (after the Worker Trousers) for its understated elegance and easy-to-wear feel.
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Sizing: UK Sizes 4 - 28 (with PDF Layers)
Skill level: Intermediate sewers
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The Classic Shirt is fitted on the shoulders and flows into an A-line shape with a deep scooped V-shape hem. It should feel neatly fitted but not tight or restricting.
Measurements in cms
UK 4 | US 0 | EU 32
Bust - 98, Shoulder to shoulder - 36.4, Length (side neck to hem) - 67, Sleeve length - 58.5
UK 6 | US 2 | EU 34
Bust - 103, Shoulder to shoulder - 37.6, Length (side neck to hem) - 67.6, Sleeve length - 59
UK 8 | US 4 | EU 36
Bust - 108, Shoulder to shoulder - 38.8, Length (side neck to hem) - 68.2, Sleeve length - 59.5
UK 10 | US 6 | EU 38
Bust - 113, Shoulder to shoulder - 40, Length (side neck to hem) - 68.8, Sleeve length - 60
UK 12 | US 8 | EU 40
Bust - 118, Shoulder to shoulder - 41.2, Length (side neck to hem) - 69.4, Sleeve length - 60.5
UK 14 | US 10 | EU 42
Bust - 123, Shoulder to shoulder - 42.4, Length (side neck to hem) - 70, Sleeve length - 61
UK 16 | US 12 | EU 44
Bust - 128, Shoulder to shoulder - 43.6, Length (side neck to hem) - 70.6, Sleeve length - 61.5
UK 18 | US 14 | EU 46
Bust - 133, Shoulder to shoulder - 44.8, Length (side neck to hem) - 71.3, Sleeve length - 62
UK 20 | US 16 | EU 48
Bust - 139, Shoulder to shoulder - 46, Length (side neck to hem) - 72, Sleeve length - 62.5
UK 22 | US 18 | EU 50
Bust - 145, Shoulder to shoulder - 47.2, Length (side neck to hem) - 72.7, Sleeve length - 63
UK 24 | US 20 | EU 52
Bust - 151, Shoulder to shoulder - 48.4, Length (side neck to hem) - 73.4, Sleeve length - 63.5
UK 26 | US 22 | EU 54
Bust - 157, Shoulder to shoulder - 49.6, Length (side neck to hem) - 74.1, Sleeve length - 64
UK 28 | US 24 | EU 56
Bust - 163, Shoulder to shoulder - 50.8, Length (side neck to hem) - 74.8, Sleeve length - 64.5
Construction techniques: Classic collar & collar stand, placket & cuffs, french seam, eased sleeve head and double shoulder yoke. You will have the option of finishing the hem with a flat binding or a standard double fold hem.
Suitable fabrics:The Classic Shirt works best in a lightweight, breathable fabrics that have a bit of flexibility. You can choose fabrics suitable for warm or cold weather but it’s a good idea to choose something that will be soft next to the skin. Fabrics such as cotton poplin/lawn, linen, very lightweight denim, needlecord, lightweight twill and flannel are all suitable.
If you’re choosing a stripey fabric you can play with the direction of the stripe on the collar, back yoke, cuffs and plackets.
Fabric requirements: Our lay-plans are always done on a single layer of fabric to reduce wastage.
Materials list:Fabric, 9 x small buttons (about 1cm wide), thread, about 40cm of high quality fusing
Pages to print:Instructions - 18, A4/US Letter - 42, A0 - 2
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How to print your pattern:
You have two options for printing out your pattern.
1. You can get it printed in A0 at a printing shop or sewing pattern company. Search for "sewing pattern printing company" to find a company that does this in your region.
2. Or you can print it yourself on a home printer in A4 or US Letter format and then tile the pages together using tape.
Using PDF layers:
All of our patterns come with PDF layers so you can select the sizes you want to view and print. To do this you’ll need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader (this is free to download).
More details on printing, using PDF layers and general preparation tips can be found on the ‘Using Our Patterns’ document (download for free here). This document comes with all of our patterns.
Women's Body Measurements
Bust / Waist / Hip (based on standard UK measurements) - Measurements in cms