June Sewalong – The Henry Shirt

Stacey has done it again, and chosen a challenging project for this month’s sewalong.

Oh How I love The Henry Shirt! It’s a great opportunity to practice some detail sewing, and it’s also fun for using pops of color.

Some fitting notes on this one: The finished project is wide. It’s intended to be.  I wanted a shirt that could be worn for 3 seasons: over a long-sleeved shirt for winter, on its own for spring, or open over a tank top for a really 70’s summer look.

If you prefer a trimmer-fitting shirt, make the next size down and simply add length to the hem edge of the shirt.

Also: The pockets are close to the hem edge, but you can sew them at whatever height you like, so please – modify to your taste by simply placing the pockets higher before sewing the side seams.

Of course, I make mine as written, so that’s my favorite option!


About the Pattern:

  • The Henry shirt pattern comes in sizes from 2/3 to 6/7.
  • It requires 7/8 yard to 1 1/8 yard each of two fabrics to make the sizes specified.
  • Fabric recommendations: linen/cotton blends, shot cotton, soft old sheets, quilting cotton, baby wale corduroy, shirting
  • Notions needed: thread, 5 snaps or buttons, point ner, fusible lightweight interfacing, double-sided basting tape.
  • This is an advanced level pattern.


Let’s look at the adorable Henry shirts that have popped up in the Flickr pool:


Posted on June 5, 2012, in Announcements. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. what is the name of this gorgeous fabric that you have used for the Henry shirt?

    • Hi Pavritra! I used the now out-of-print Mendocino by Heather Ross for this shirt (I made it long before putting it into the book, when it wasn’t difficult to find.)

  2. I’m working on the Henry Shirt for the Sewalong and finding myself stuck at the collar. I’m sure I’m over-thinking, but is the bottom of the collar the part that will NOT be attached to the shirt? (I’m trying to figure out which side needs to be pressed 3/8″ to the wrong side.) I presume the longer edge is the one that will not be attached to the shirt.

  3. Love the pattern on this shirt, very original. Great work!

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