Indie4Less: Granville Shirt by Sewaholic

Sewaholic’s Granville shirt has just been released to massive fan acclaim after months of teaser IG posts. And, true to Sewaholic’s form, it looks spectacular: princess seams in the back, darts in the front, tower plackets, a nice two-piece collar, and some beautifully-made-up pattern samples. (Hey, just because we like to snark doesn’t mean we can’t give compliments where they’re due.) It’s a lovely, fitted button-up shirt that would work in light woven fabrics.

Sewaholic Granville, $15.98 paper, $11.98 PDF

But Sewaholic’s target market is the pear-shaped woman. If you are busty of chest or slender of hip, the alterations required on the Sewaholic patterns might be off-putting; or, you may just want a similar pattern for a smaller price.

Well, you’re in luck! The Big 4 and Burda have been putting out button-up shirt patterns for decades, and there are plenty to choose from. Here’s a small selection:

  1. Vogue 8747
  2. Vogue 8689
  3. Vogue 9029
  4. McCall’s 6076
  5. Burda 09/2012 #111 / #112

Vogue 8747

$27.50 full price, online price $17.25, as low as $5.99 on sale, paper

Fitted (3-4″ of bust ease) shirt with princess seams on front and back, collar, sleeve length and cuff options, and front gathers, to be made out of light wovens. Built-in adjustments for cup sizes A-D (whoo, no FBA here!).

Vogue 8689

$25 full price, online price $15.05, as low as $5.99 on sale, paper

Easy-rated fitted shirt with princess seams and yokes front and back, collar, sleeve length and cuff options, to be made out of light wovens. Built-in adjustments for cup sizes A-D (ding dong, the FBA is gone!).

Vogue 9029

$25 full price, online price $15.05, as low as $5.99 on sale, paper

Easy-rated fitted shirt with princess seams front and back, and optional ruffles and bows on cuffs, collars and plackets. Princess seams = FBA friendly.

McCalls 6076

$18.95 full price, $11.95 online, as low as $3.99 on sale, paper

Shirt with front and back princess seams, dart variations, and optional sleeve lengths and cuffs.

Burda 09/2012 #111 Silk Blouse /#112 Printed Blouse

#111, $5.99, PDF

#112, $5.99, PDF

This fitted blouse has front and back yokes, front princess seams, back darts, a gathered front, and cuff and collar options (both #111 and #112 are the same PDF pattern, with each showing different views).

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11 thoughts on “Indie4Less: Granville Shirt by Sewaholic

  1. Thanks for this post. I’m quite new to sewing and discovering new blogs all the time, I’d love to sew myself a shirt but being a larger lady with a big bust, I covet all these indie patterns but the reality is they’d need so much adjusting and I’m not skilled enough to do that yet (plus I kind of don’t see the point buying a pattern that would never work for me), so I appreciate the info on the other patterns! 🙂

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  3. Lekala 5505, with front & back yokes, collar stand, c/b seam & bust darts, or Lekala
    5081
    , with back darts, bust darts & no collar stand would be very cheap options. Their free pattern, Lekala
    5446
    , is also worth a look – back darts, bust darts and collar stand. I made it over a year ago and although it’s less fitted than it looks on Lekala’s site, it went together like a dream and the collar is one of the nicest I’ve ever made. Of course, you need to be happy to use a reference book when necessary for techniques, as their instructions cannot – to put it mildly – be described as comprehensive.

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  4. I’ll throw in a vote for McCall’s 6035, which I’ve made 2x now — it has princess lines, which I find MUCH easier to fit than darts. Also, multiple cup size options, woo (A-D)! The collar is 2-piece and well-drafted too. The sleeve options are on the wacky side but I found a tutorial on how to draft both tower plackets and a cuff so I’m off to the races with my Granville dupe! 🙂

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