Introducing the next pattern… the Granville Shirt!

I’m excited to announce our first new pattern of 2015 today… the Granville Shirt!

granville shirt from sewaholic patternsI just love this photo. Look at that crisp collar!

The Granville Shirt is a button-front collared shirt with a great fit. It’s got a two-piece collar and stand, self-lined yoke, tailored plackets and cuffs, and front button band. Basically, it’s that good, classic shirt pattern with all of the standard features that you can make over and over again!

When I designed this shirt, my goal was to create a fitted, flattering button-up shirt that looks good on curvy figures. It’s all about the fit and the shape of this shirt. I love the look of boxy shirts on others, but on me I prefer a shirt with shape. It nips it at the waist for a curvy effect, but isn’t overly snug. I wanted it to be slim-fitting but comfortable, with enough room over the hips to wear untucked over jeans and a belt buckle.


It’s designed to fit women, yet includes all of the great details you find on men’s dress shirts. A feminine take on a menswear staple.

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One of the best design features is the princess seams along the back. Having back seams creates a great fit in the curve of the lower back and gives you a place to adjust if needed. It’s the part I always show people on my own Granville shirt. Anyone that has a narrow waist and curvy hips instantly gets excited to see shaping in this area!

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The front features bust darts, and optional front pockets with flaps. I like the front pockets with flaps best of all, but on busy fabrics you may prefer to keep it simple. What’s nice about the pockets is that on smaller bustlines they draw attention to the bust. (Always a good thing in my books!)

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The self-lined yoke is nicely finished, and gives you a place to put a big label. It’s also a great way to use up smaller pieces of fabric, especially fun prints that make you smile when you see the inside of your shirt. I have some Liberty lawn scraps that I’ve been saving specifically for beautiful inner yokes, or plackets, or inner cuffs. There’s no end to the possibilities when sewing your own perfect shirt.

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We worked hard on the instructions for this shirt pattern, and I’m especially pleased with the collar construction technique.

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I hope you like it! Personally, I’m pumped about this one. Super excited! I’ve already sewn myself a few versions and know there will be more in the future! We have sewn a ton of shirts in developing this pattern and I’m still not tired of sewing it. I figure when I’m this excited about a pattern, there’s going to be others that will love it just as much.

It works equally well in crisp shirtings as it does in drapier fabrics, like this royal blue viscose print.

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The name Granville shows up a lot in the Vancouver area, so it was a good fit for a classic shirt. There’s a Granville Street, which runs north-south from the south end of Vancouver leading all the way downtown. There’s Granville Island, a popular attraction with a market and shops, art supplies and artist studios, a theatre and restaurants. We took art classes there as children, my sisters and I. In Richmond, a nearby city where I grew up, there’s also a Granville Avenue that leads to the mall. So it’s a popular name for a classic shirt pattern, I’d say!

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Pattern improvements
I mentioned them on Tuesday but thought I’d highlight them again quickly. Very excited that you’re excited about these updates!

  • We now haves size 0-20 included. (Previously we had sizes 0-16; we added 18 and 20.)
  • We now have metric AND imperial measurements on the envelope back.
  • We have a PDF and printed version available. Our PDF version includes a copy-shop version.
  • We have French translations, available for free! Download them here.

And we have another new pattern coming – look for the announcement tomorrow!

Pick up your copy of the Granville Shirt pattern today! Here are quick links to the shop:

Thanks for your support, and I hope you like the new pattern!

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170 Responses to Introducing the next pattern… the Granville Shirt!

  1. Leila January 8, 2015 at 6:10 am #

    I can’t wait to try this pattern Tasia. Fitted classic button down? Yes please! And I’m a big fan of copy shop versions of PDF’s. Thank you.

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

      Thank you! Also thanks for the feedback on the copy shop format. It’s good to know that people are using them!

  2. Nayla January 8, 2015 at 6:14 am #

    Oh yay! I absolutely love it! I love the fact that it’s a fitted shape and very feminine. And I love the pockets! Thank you so much!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      I’m so glad you like it!

  3. Rebekah January 8, 2015 at 6:15 am #

    Yay! I can never buy these tops in the store because they just look wrong and never fit over my hips!My husband loves seeing me in them, and he will be thrilled. What kind of fabric is the gray dotted fabric. It is so sexy and casual. I would love a shirt just like it.

  4. Janette January 8, 2015 at 6:26 am #

    Super excited about this pattern. This is great for so many reasons: I love button downs but often find my proportions don’t fit well in RTW. I know many love the boxy button downs that have been so popular but that look is unflattering on me and not good for professional dress (for me). I’ve been wanting to find a good fitted button down pattern but instructions from the big 4 are usually so sparse I was hesitant to try. Hoping you’ll have a sew-a-long! Ordering now!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

      Thanks! We’ll have plenty of posts on shirtmaking construction, focusing on anything that might be harder to sew. (Or areas where we were limited in the instruction sheet and think it would be useful to see many colour photos as well.) I agree, I’ve liked all of the boxy buttondowns for details, but want a more shapely silhouette on me. Figured I couldn’t be the only one!

  5. lisa g January 8, 2015 at 6:39 am #

    So excited about this pattern! I’m a huge fan of the Archer, but this will be a great alternative for something more fitted. Also, I’m happy that you’ve included all the “menswear” details (tower placket, two-piece collar) that most available women’s patterns skip. Can’t wait to try it out!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

      Thanks! Yes, I love those kind of details myself, I enjoyed sewing them on a shirt I made for Mr. Sewaholic years ago and of course on many of these samples! Plus I like that it gives you a place to add contrasting fabrics, prints on a solid shirt, etc. It’s definitely more fitted than the Archer with more of a curvy silhouette, but with many of the same great shirt features.

  6. Lauren M January 8, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    This is the pattern I’ve been trying to find for years- thank you for all your hard work in producing it! Can’t wait to use it.

    I’m shaped more like a column than a pear (small bust, average-ish waist, no hips) but I can see that it will be very simple to adjust the hip area to fit. Love the princess seams in the back! They really do make all the difference. :)

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

      I’m so glad to hear that! It’s easy to adjust the hips and waist to fit, by just removing the flare after the waistline. You could even do it mid-construction if you wanted since it’s easy to take in the seams as you sew.

  7. sonia January 8, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    Gorgeous pattern, and a lovely professional finished garment. I think even learning new skills, it would be worth it, because I’d make this shirt over and over. Love it!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

      That’s how I feel about this one too, there’s a lot of great techniques to learn! But they’re very satisfying ones. And it gets easier with each shirt you sew.. or if you really wanted to sew a lot of shirts, work on each step on each shirt in sequence to practice the techniques!

  8. Rochelle New January 8, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    I bought my copy last night when the email first came through! I LOVE button down shirts but can never seem to find one that fits just right. The shaping at the back is what instantly sold me! I have a mega sway back and everything seems to tent off me. I also love how the sleeves look a little longer than normal, right where I like mine! I can’t wait to sew this one up, Tasia! Thanks for reading my mind!! ;)

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

      Awesome! This would be great then because there is shaping at the lower back, and if you need even more then having the seams there gives you a place to adjust.
      The sleeves are long but will hit differently on different bodies, so if you are choosy about where you want your sleeves to end (I am so I can relate!) then measure them and compare to a shirt you like. (Don’t forget to account for the cuff too.)

  9. Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs January 8, 2015 at 7:18 am #

    I am SO EXCITED about this shirt. Not only because it’s sure to fit and the shape looks perfect, but because you put in real sleeve plackets! Every shirt pattern I own has these weird, folding plackets and I am not a fan.

    Can’t wait to order it tomorrow. (Have to wait and hear about pattern No. 2, natch. Wouldn’t want to have to order twice!) Yay!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

      You know, I find the traditional sleeve plackets easier to sew than the simple continuous placket. They’re harder to explain in instruction sheets and harder to draw the diagrams though, we spent a lot of time sewing plackets to get the instructions as clear as possible! But when you sew both types of placket and compare, this one is a bit magical when it all comes together, and looks impressive.

      • Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs January 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

        I can’t wait to see how it shakes out! I’ve read a tutorial for making that type of placket on your own, but, to be honest, I really just want it in the pattern. lol

  10. Krentu January 8, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    This looks great! I can’t wait to start this project!

  11. Sam January 8, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    I never wear button shirts because they’re either too boxy or to tight across my bust. This one looks as if it could be the answer. Great pattern!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

      This one’s not boxy, and it would be easy to adjust for a fuller bust if needed! There’s a bust dart on the front for subtle shaping as a starting point.

  12. Heather L January 8, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    Looks great!

  13. Sassy T January 8, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    Great pattern Tasia. Thought I would do a little verse for you, since am pretty bored at the moment hehe.

    “Sewaholic Patterns I would like to say
    This cool pattern will be mine one day
    Just like you, I like a fitted shirt
    And those back seams don’t seem to hurt
    The Granville shirt is the one for me
    Glad it’s pdf since delivery is free”

    • Caroline Amanda January 8, 2015 at 9:19 am #

      Oh my gosh you are amazing. Thank you for making my morning with your clever verse!

      • Sassy T January 8, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

        Thanks Carolina. Felt in a fun mood, so thought I would write a verse. It’s a great pattern.

    • Christina January 8, 2015 at 10:12 am #

      You’ve got skillz! This is the second time this week I’ve read one of your rhymes. If you’re not already you should be writing for a living.

      • Sassy T January 8, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

        Thanks Christina. Just a bit of fun. You must have read the diet one I did on IG. Thanks for the compliment.

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      I love it!! This is awesome. I believe this is the first comment with a poem I’ve ever seen! I’m incredibly flattered that you wrote a comment in the form of poetry. :)

      • Sassy T January 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

        Thanks Tasia.

  14. Evie January 8, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    Oh, yay! I love it! The other (great) button down patterns available (like the Archer shirt) are still just a tad masculine looking for my personal taste. This is such a perfect blouse! It looks just like my old favorite button downs. I really like the fabric choices for the sample garments as well. Nice to see how it looks in a variety of fabrics.

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

      I agree, I’ve loved seeing everyone’s Archers! This is my own interpretation of the perfect button-up shirt. It was so much fun to choose the fabrics for the samples too, glad you like them!

  15. Tasha January 8, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    I see that it says its for pear-shapes. but would it work for hourglass shapes?

    • Evie January 8, 2015 at 11:33 am #

      Her other patterns are pretty easy to adapt for other body shapes. I’m more of an hourglass than a pear and it’s been very easy to grade between sizes to get a good fit.

      • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 11:41 am #

        Thank you Evie for responding! Yes, on a blouse like this you could adjust for a fuller bust and/or grade between sizes, to suit an hourglass figure. You’ll likely want to choose the size that fits your shoulders best, and adjust for the bustline in the front only.

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

      Absolutely! All you’ll need to factor in is your bust measurement, and adjust for either wider shoulders and bust, or just a larger bust.

      • Tasha January 9, 2015 at 11:32 am #

        Thank you! I’m going to try it out!

  16. Claudia January 8, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    Tasia, this is a godsend! I love the look of tailored shirts, but hate wearing them so much, because if you’re curvy, have a serious swayback and are just 5′, it’s impossible to find anything rtw that doesn’t bunch up in the back, is too tight in the hips, to wide in the shoulders and just plain uncomfortable und unflattering. Love those princess seams, and that you included all those fabulous tailored details and didn’t “dumb down” the pattern! Can’t wait to make a few of these!

    • Sophie-Lee January 8, 2015 at 11:05 am #

      Claudia I’m exactly the same – I love the look of them but have NEVER worn them because nothing in the RTW fits my bit hips, sway back and relatively small shoulders/waist.

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

      Thanks! I agree on so many points you’ve made. I’m glad you like all of the details we included and the fact that it is a little more complex. Hope you like it! (edit: hope you like sewing it, since you already like the looks of it!)

  17. Sara January 8, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    Oh, wow–I think this might be exactly the shirt pattern I’ve been looking for! Excited to try it!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

      Awesome! I hope you like it!

  18. Emma January 8, 2015 at 8:14 am #

    I need this pattern! I’ve been looking for a denim/chambray button-down for ages, but if it fits in the chest, it’s too tight at the hips. Now I can just make my own!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

      Exactly my problem, which means I usually leave the bottom button or two undone, but then it looks less polished. This pattern won’t have that issue, there’s plenty of hip room!

  19. Kelly January 8, 2015 at 8:18 am #

    This shirt is exactly what I have been looking for! A lot of other button downs have no shape, and do not flatter me at all. So this one is PERFECT- I’ve never sewn a button down shirt but after seeing this shirt I’m feeling brave, I really want to try this one!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

      This one has shape, and with seaming through the back so you can alter if you want even more shaping. We’ll put together some sewing construction posts, to help if you’ve never made a shirt before!

  20. Tilly January 8, 2015 at 8:23 am #

    I love this pattern, Tasia! I want to make it NOW NOW NOW in a soft denim… x

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      Soft denim would be a great fabric choice! Love a good denim shirt. :)

  21. Stephani January 8, 2015 at 8:29 am #

    What a wonderfully designed button-front shirt! And I’m not really a fan of them, being full busted and having to deal with gaposis frequently. But this makes me want to make one!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      It’s nice when you sew your own, and can place the buttons exactly where you need them. Even if you’re small busted, the buttons still need to be in the right spot or they gap. It can be a problem on all bust sizes!

  22. Debbie B January 8, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Just the pattern I’ve been waiting for. I still like paper patterns so will be ordering mine locally (UK) once I’ve seen the next new pattern later in the week – I made need that too!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

      Perfect! Our UK stockists should have the pattern soon, as we announced the pattern sooner to retailers so they’d get a head start on ordering.

  23. Fiona M January 8, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    Very pretty!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you!

  24. nothy January 8, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    Love it!!! ANd I’m waiting for tomorrow’s pattern before I buy it and a few others. Happy January sewing!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      A good idea, in case you like both! Happy January sewing to you as well!

  25. Ami January 8, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    This is such a gorgeous pattern Tasia!!! I love the shaping as it will be so good tucked into skirts and high waisted jeans!! Yay!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you!

  26. Tasha January 8, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    That really looks fantastic, congrats! Your shaping is perfect. I don’t mind blousy shirts since I wear them tucked in a lot, but they can sometimes be frustrating when they start to get too poofy. I’m excited about the fit of this!

  27. Amanda January 8, 2015 at 9:11 am #

    I love that it’s shaped – I can’t do boxy at all, so this is definitely the kind of shirt I would want to wear :) Have a classic shirt in my queue for spring – maybe this will be the one! ;)

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm #

      Me too. I try boxy but I prefer something with at least a little waist shaping.

  28. Allynara January 8, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    Tasia, I really love your patterns, this one’s no different. I’m waiting ’till tomorrow to see the other one and then I’ll head over to your shop. Keep up the good work (and the posts, of course).

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      Thank you! Yes, if you like this one, then you might like tomorrow’s new pattern as well!

  29. Eleanor January 8, 2015 at 9:36 am #

    I absolutely love this pattern. I’ve been looking for a shaped classic shirt pattern but I was kind of hoping you would draft one so I’ve been waiting, just in case. So glad I did! This is going to the top of my sewing list.

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

      That’s awesome that it’s going to the top of your sewing list! I hope you enjoy it. :)

  30. zilredloh January 8, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Oh, YAY! My wardrobe is lacking this simple button down shirt, too. I need one for layering and also to wear just by itself Thanks Tasia! :D

    That owl print is just too cute!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      Thanks! It’s great for both purposes, layering and wearing alone. I love the owl fabric too!

  31. Katherine January 8, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    I love how this is a fitted and flattering shirt! I love the way it curves on the model’s low back, really nicely done. I hope there will be a sew a long somewhere soon for those of us who have never done made a shirt.
    Also – is that solid blue shirt made from Caroline’s tencel denim, or is it chambray?

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      The fabric is some sort of tencel blend but I’m unsure of the content, as I’ve had it for a while. It’s not a denim though. We’ll have plenty of shirtmaking posts over the coming weeks, but not an official sew-along with a timeline. Caroline’s putting together a post on fabric selection, and I’ve written a lot of construction posts. If there’s anything specific you’d like to see let me know!

  32. Icy January 8, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    No excuse to not tackle this wardrobe staple. Can’t wait to pick up a copy!

  33. me January 8, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    Your new pattern looks very lovely, the only thing that I find bothering with these photos is the model’s hair! You can’t really see a lot of the pattern’s details. :)

  34. Katy January 8, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    Tasia, this will be perfect for wearing under my hand knit jumpers. I love the shaping on it. Bookmarked!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

      It’s excellent for layering under handknit jumpers. The shaping helps to reduce bulk underneath other garments. I’ve worn mine under jackets and sweaters a lot!

  35. Annette January 8, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    As Nayla said, and I repeat, “Oh yay! I absolutely love it! I love the fact that it’s a fitted shape and very feminine. And I love the pockets! Thank you so much!” And I mean it too!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

      Thank you! I know the feeling, when you read your exact thoughts in someone else’s comment. So glad you like it!

  36. Mirela January 8, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    OMG!! This is so amazing and perfect! It’s such great timing too because I start an internship soon and will need business casual clothes. You have no idea how excited I am! Now I just hope there will be a pencil skirt coming too! :)

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

      A collared shirt is a great way to look pulled-together but not feel any less comfortable. I love them! Excellent choice for your upcoming internship. A pencil skirt has been on our wishlist for a while now, definitely in the works! (Perhaps not in time for your start date though. But yes we’re on it!)

  37. Michelle January 8, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    I love this, Tasia! This is the first pattern that I’ve seen combine a shoulder yoke with princess seams in back (and with my big butt/swayback, I need princess seams back there).

    Do you happen to know if/when your Seattle-area stockists will be getting this pattern? (I noticed that the FAQ only lists Made sewing studio in Seattle, but I’m positive that I saw your patterns at District Fabric and/or Drygood Design.) Thanks!

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

      Thank you! Yes, the princess seams are a really helpful design feature. And I love how a shoulder yoke finishes the inside of the shirt too.
      I’d call and ask the stores nearby to see if they have it in yet! Retailers started ordering a bit earlier, so anyone that ordered the Granville and tomorrow’s new pattern will have it soon, if not already. The Retailers list isn’t automated so you’re right, there may be new stores that have placed an order since it was last updated!

    • Seattlerain January 8, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      I would call District Fabric to ask and maybe she can reserve a copy for you. She’s super helpful and stocks indie patterns exclusively if I remember correctly.

  38. Aimee O January 8, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    This is gorgeous! I love that this is a fitted button down. What is the fabric used in the bottom shirt?

  39. Stephanie January 8, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    I’m new to this blog, if I buy the pattern do you give demonstrations on how to sew the blouse? I’m a beginner sewer but would love to make this blouse.

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      I’m glad you found us! The pattern includes complete instructions, and we often post tutorials on the blog to help with sewing the pattern. In this case we’ll be posting on different aspects of sewing the shirt, like the collar and plackets, throughout the coming weeks. It depends on how adventurous of a beginner you are as well!

  40. Jaclyn January 8, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    I really want this pattern now. I have made the Grainline Archer twice and I love it; however, I’d love to try a more fitted pattern, too! Guess I just have to wait a little while till I’m done being preggo and can actually wear fitted things again. A nicely fitting button-up shirt is a beautiful thing.

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 11:45 am #

      It’s definitely more curvy than the Archer, and if you liked sewing the Archer many of the construction steps are similar! I agree, a nicely-fitting button-up shirt is a great wardrobe builder.

  41. Sophie-Lee January 8, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    Congratulations you two – this is an AMAZING looking pattern, and one I’m really excited about. Like others have said, boxy shapes don’t look that great on my uber-pear shape (even tucked in, because they blouse too much), and I was never able to find a RTW shirt that fit my shoulders AND waist AND hips.

    And I love love love the blue owl version

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      Thank you so much!! I’m super excited about it too. I know that sounds awfully biased but it’s true! I am going to sew a MILLION of these. Or at least, five.
      I have the exact same problem. Boxy shapes look OK if I wear a fitted jacket over top, or tuck them sometimes, but even then there’s a lot of blousiness when tucked. This is gently fitted without being supertight.
      Isn’t the owl fabric fun? It’s not in-your-face owls but subtle, but fun when you look up close.

  42. Val January 8, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Love the look and fit of this.
    Just one question … why is more fabric required for version C (Sizes 12 – 20, 150cm) with no pockets than version A and B with pockets?

  43. Mandykatt January 8, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    Yay!!! I’ve been pumped for this pattern release! I even bought shirting from Caroline’s shop (the one with little blue bicycles) to make it up in. It looks fabulous, and Granville is a very fitting name. Congratulations on your latest pattern release!

  44. Alice January 8, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    Looks like a wonderful pattern, and I particularly love the last version (in the dotty print). Looking forward to trying it out!

    I’m really impressed with the improvements that you’ve made to your patterns – they don’t affect me, but it’s always great to see businesses being responsive to feedback and suggestions.

    Happy New Year!

  45. Judy Walker January 8, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    Awesome pattern (I ordered mine last night – I like the printed ones), I can’t wait to make it. Keep up the good work, love your patterns :)

  46. Sabine January 8, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    Princess seams in the back *and* a curved hem, to visually lengthen the legs? Alright, you can officially call me thrilled :-)

    • Sabine January 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

      Hmm, one question: I was just looking through the pictures, hoping to see the line drawings/technical drawings of the back, and then I realized that the pattern sleeve only shows the front views. Perhaps it would be an idea to add a (smaller?) line drawing of the back on the package as well? The front of the package I mean, as that is the one which is usually shown in online stores. Seeing the back certainly helps to visualize the whole finished garment. Thank you!

      • Seattlerain January 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

        I was thinking the same thing! I definitely want to see the back’s line drawings before I buy. Then again, the dollar is getting further nowadays so I might use this as an excuse to get this anyhow! I’m about to see the Named Wenona shirt/dress but a more fitted button down has a place in my dream queue too!

        • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

          That’s a good idea, to have the line drawings in a more obvious location. They’re on the envelope back PDF but it is small now that we’ve added metric on the back. Thanks for the suggestion!

      • Joanna January 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

        If you go to her pattern store, the line drawing for the shirt’s back is in the PDF of the envelope back:

        • Sabine January 8, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

          Thanks! :-)
          How did you get to that link? I did go to the pattern store last night (paper pattern) and scrolled through the pictures exactly for that purpose, but didn’t find it there?

          • Joanna January 9, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

            In the product description of the pattern, there’s text that says “Click here for the Envelope Back in PDF format.” It isn’t super obvious that it’s a link because the font color is black, just like all the other non-hyperlink text on the page.

            • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

              That’s a good point, on the preview screen where I set everything up, it has the underlines but they don’t appear on the final screen. Long story short, I’ll fix it so it’s more obvious!

        • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

          Thanks Joanna!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

      I’m so glad! Yes, I like the curved hem as well, it’s so flattering.

  47. Lucy January 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    Ohhh, awesome! I can’t really buy shirts because if they fit across my bust they bag somewhere else (usually in the underarms or back). I think I have a small back/shoulders compared with the bust.

    My husband makes his own shirts and drafted a pattern for himself, but I have been unable to convince him to do it for me (fair enough – I think his muslins were in double figures), so this may be on my future wish list.

    • Seattlerain January 8, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

      Thanks, Joanna! I couldn’t find that earlier. I’m sold. Just want to see what the second new pattern- can’t wait!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

      That would be wonderful if you could get your husband sewing shirts for you! How very cool.

  48. Joanna January 8, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    Another great pattern, Tasia! I can’t wait to give it a try! I have been hoarding some gauze muslin in a blue plaid print that I may use for this.

    I like the look of the button placements on the samples the model is wearing. I wear my ready-to-wear button-down shirts with the top two buttons undone, but most times I end up with quite a revealing neckline and am forced to wear a tank underneath. The photos in this post show the model wearing the shirts with the top two buttons undone without revealing too much. Looks like I may not have to spend time figuring out my perfect button placement!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      That’s the good thing about sewing your own shirts, something like button placement is hard to adjust on ready-to-wear shirts! It depends on your body but the button placement here should be a good starting point.

  49. Kate January 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

    Love the shape of this, definitely going to make one an thanks for including a copy shop version.

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

      Great! Good to know the copy shop version is helpful.

  50. Faith January 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Love this new pattern, it’ll be my weekend project! I bought the Grainline Archer and bemoaned its boxiness that made me look like I was wearing my dad’s shirt (albeit in royal purple) instead of a painstakingly me-made piece. I like that considerations you’ve included to make the Granville more customisable to us ladies with more substance in our booties :)

    Just a request though. With this and the Oakridge, I do like that you’ve gone with a model, but I thought the back view ought to get a little more attention in the photos. It would help if the model’s hair could be swept back so we can see the top half details of the back in future photoshoots. Please? :)

    • Faith January 8, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Eep, I meant, to have her hair swept to the side/front for back shots. It’s swept back and blocking the pretty tops, is my point… :)

      • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

        That’s a good point, thank you! I’ll make a note for future photo shoots, to consider hair placement, and to include more details and back views. I was already thinking next time to capture more detailed close-ups.

  51. jessica w January 8, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    beautiful! I can’t wait until after we move into our house, I will buy this pattern in a heart beat!

  52. Alix January 8, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    I’m so excited about this pattern! I think it is just what I’ve been looking for! I even have fabric in mind, but I noticed on the back of the envelope that version B and C take 2.25 yards in size 4 and version A takes 2. Version A has 2 pockets but C has none – what else is different causing version C to take more fabric?

    • Rebecca January 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      I had the exact same question!

      • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

        Ahh it’s totally an error, thanks for pointing it out! It should be the same for ALL views. There’s no special need for View C to need more fabric.
        We look at these files a hundred times, I can’t believe we missed it!

        I’ll get it corrected on the PDF and make a note for the print version. Good catch!

        • Amy G March 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

          This should really be put in the errata. I’m glad I found the answer, but it would be better if it were more clear for others who are making this shirt.

  53. Esiotrot January 9, 2015 at 12:21 am #

    Love the shirt – well done Tasia – this pattern looks great, will be buying the paper version once it hits UK :-)
    One thing – your model has lovely hair but I would rather see the details of your pattern – especially the back yoke. It’s the pattern we need to see so can you ask that she hold her hair forward or clip it up in future please?

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      Great suggestion, I’ve seen a couple people mention it and it’s an excellent point for our next photo shoot! I like the idea of including more detailed shots too.

  54. scuffsan January 9, 2015 at 12:55 am #

    Tasia, I’m loving this pattern! I always stay away from fitted shirts because I knew they never fit me properly, but I think now is the time to make my own :)

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

      That’s the beauty of sewing! It’s nearly always going to fit better when you make your own. Even the littlest adjustments, like button placement or sleeve length, fit so much better when you sew your own clothes.

  55. ellen January 9, 2015 at 1:34 am #

    Beautiful. This one is definitely on my list. Although my queue is long at the moment, I see this one jumping the line. Nice job.

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      Thanks so much!

  56. Esther January 9, 2015 at 3:54 am #

    The shirt looks great, I can’t wait to get started on it. I would like to also suggest that it would be nice to have the model’s hair tied up in future photos. Her long hair is covering up quite a lot of detail on the lovely shirts. Thanks!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

      That’s an excellent suggestion and something we’ll keep in mind for the next photo shoot! We’ll also have plenty of detailed shots when we post tutorials and construction steps.

  57. Londa January 9, 2015 at 5:46 am #

    Love this one! I am glad you are designing classic patterns and yours fit me well with only a few adjustments. I can’t wait to see what others you have.

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Thanks Londa! Glad you like this one. It’s a pattern I really love and even though there are plenty of shirt patterns out there, none were my perfect shirt, so I had to make my own!

  58. Amy January 9, 2015 at 7:50 am #

    I love all the thought and attention you put into each pattern and the notes on how it suits your personal style. There can never be enough shirt patterns, really. They’re so fun and bring out a lot of pride in your skills–shirtmaking is a real skill-builder, isn’t it?

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

      Thanks Amy! I’m kind of an overthinker, it shows doesn’t it? :) But yes, everything has a reason, that’s my design style. And I like saying what I like personally, because it might spark an idea in someone else.
      And yes, shirtmaking is rewarding! Like bra-making in a way. The construction is always the same but it’s very satisfying to complete each step.

  59. Becky January 9, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    This is lovely– I realized awhile back that I actually don’t have a simple, basic button-down pattern! So I love that this one is designed for curvier girls. I won’t be able to make this one right away, but this will be a great pattern for me this fall when I’m not pregnant anymore and I’ll need some buttoned tops anyway!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

      Great! Whenever you’re up for it, this pattern will be here for you. :)

  60. Rosie Sparkleneedles January 9, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    You’re awesome, and this pattern is awesome. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INCREASING YOUR SIZE RANGE! xxxx

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

      You’re so very welcome! I’m so happy that you’re excited about it – both the pattern, and the improved sizes!

  61. Renee January 9, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    I think I’m about to buy my first Sewaholic!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

      Oh that would be awesome! :)

  62. Lauren T January 9, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    I love this pattern!!! What is the name of the floral fabric?!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

      It’s a rayon voile, isn’t it lovely? Or do you mean the cream floral? Which one do you want to know more about? This is the cream floral one here:

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

      Oops, sorry! All the comments are mixed up on my screen so I mistook which one you were asking about. You mean the navy floral! It’s a stretch cotton shirting from Telio, I don’t think it has a specific name though. I’ll keep my eyes out for a source online that we can recommend! We’ll put together more fabric ideas next week..

  63. Sarah C January 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    Oh I have been looking for a great fitted button down shirt for some time, but always found something I didn’t like about them. This, however, looks divinely perfect! I cannot wait to try it!

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

      I’m happy there isn’t anything you dislike about this pattern! I know what you mean. You find something that would be ‘perfect if only..’ if only there was a two piece collar, or if only it had a yoke, etc.

  64. Paola January 9, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    It might seem minor, but I am so happy that you have included metric measurements. It is such a source of irritation to have to convert from inches.
    Love the pattern too.

    • Tasia January 9, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

      I’m glad you’re excited about this update! I’m so used to using both that I forget not everyone thinks in both.

  65. Violeta January 10, 2015 at 11:12 am #


    Before purchasing, I’d love to see his the back detail is like, though. I couldn’t find the drawing of the back yoke and the pricess seams…


    • Tasia January 12, 2015 at 10:57 am #

      You can see the line drawing here –
      It’s on the product listing where it says to Click Here for the envelope back, but you’re right, it’s a good idea to have it easier to find. I’ll add that to the list of to-dos!

      • Violeta January 16, 2015 at 10:36 am #

        Thank you so much, Tasia!
        I see I didn’t dig deep enough.

        • Tasia January 16, 2015 at 10:44 am #

          No problem! I added line drawings to the product images as well, after reading your comment I decided they were too hard to find. You can see them in the gallery, as the very last image! I’ll post an announcement too so everyone knows they are there now. :)

  66. Gina January 11, 2015 at 12:31 am #

    This looks like a fabulous pattern, and those samples are so beautiful! I hope you’ll cover what sorts of products/methods you used to get such gorgeous, crisp cuffs and collars when you do the more in-depth posts on this pattern.

    • Tasia January 12, 2015 at 10:55 am #

      You bet! I’ve sewed so many shirts now that I can share all kinds of tips on getting good results.

  67. Sara A. January 11, 2015 at 7:23 am #

    Since I measure 50-44-52, this makes me much more likely to purchase your patterns. This is a much easier base for me to grade up from.

  68. Colleen January 14, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

    This looks like such a beautiful pattern! Thank you for making classic styling with a youthful flare.

    How difficult would it be to alter this pattern for curves on top? I am hard to fit with shirt patterns because I am small-framed, busty, with a medium waist and then built like a boy on the bottom. I’m hoping the princess seams and bust darts would help with adjustments??…..

    • Tasia January 15, 2015 at 9:18 am #

      Classic styling with a youthful flare – that’s a wonderful description!
      The princess seams and darts would definitely help with making adjustments. I’d recommend:
      1. a full bust adjustment to fit the bust. Choose a size that fits your shoulders (using your high bust as a guide) and then adjust for the full bustline on the front only. There’s good explanations in the book Fit for Real People, as well as loads of FBA tutorials online.
      2. tapering the side seams to remove the extra hip room. You can probably go nearly straight down from the waistline, but I’d either make a muslin to check, or plan to try on the shirt at the side seam stage and take in the side seams then. You can also take in the back seams, but they’re finished earlier in the construction process so you’d want to know how much to alter those before starting the shirt (by sewing a test version first.)

  69. Nicola January 15, 2015 at 3:50 am #

    Thank-you so much! I’ve been looking for a fitted shirt pattern for a while now and this is perfect. So glad there is a shirt pattern that is curvy and in a size 0!

    • Tasia January 15, 2015 at 9:14 am #

      Great! So glad you like the design. Good to know people are sewing the 0 as well as the 18-20, it helps to know that the full range is being used!

  70. Ryann January 15, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    Question – when I look at the fabric requirements on the envelope, it appears that View C (no pockets) requires more fabric than view B (one pocket). Is this a typo? Maybe they wound up reversed?

    • Tasia January 15, 2015 at 11:07 am #

      Good question! It is in fact a misprint, the fabric requirements should be the same across all views for the 60″ (150cm) wide fabric. So there’s 1/4 yard too much on View C only.

  71. Anna January 15, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Just curious, what size was sewn for the model?

  72. Jennifer January 21, 2015 at 10:49 am #

    I love it!! Wow it has the style lines of one of my old favorite shirts that I bought over 15 years ago, when Saks Fifth Avenue still had a Petite section. Well, I may just have to break down and buy the pattern.

    Where did you find all of that fab fabric?


  73. Giulietta February 15, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    Hi there! I have slightly broader-than-average shoulders and was wondering if the Granville pattern would accommodate them, or whether I would need to make adjustments? Many thanks!

  74. Alison February 17, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    I found the perfect fabric for this pattern! Hoping that you will have a sew-a-long. I have never made anything with sleeve plackets.

  75. Amber Lamadrid March 8, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    I’m a huge fan of the Granville shirt and have already made two (including one in the same Blackbird navy floral print you have featured!) I’d like to make a cap-sleeved version – any suggestions on how to modify for that?


    • Tasia March 9, 2015 at 11:18 am #

      A cap sleeved version would be great! I’ll add it to our list of tutorial requests, in the meantime, if you have the Alma Blouse pattern it has a cap sleeve option that would probably work on the Granville shirt. It’s a cap that doesn’t cover the whole armhole, just the top part, which makes it easy to add in to the top part of the sleeve. Then use binding to finish the rest of the armhole. Hopefully this gives you a starting point!


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