And, for good reason, I've dragged my heels. A well made shirt is not something that you can pull off quickly and the shirt I'm working on for him now is making me feel like a beginner sewer again. I've had David Page Coffin's book on Shirtmaking for a while now and have read through it. Carolyn has also made some beautiful shirts for her boys.
So, with trepidation I have begun. I'm using an older Vogue pattern because I had trouble finding a more classic shirt with the back pleat and fuller cut. And, my fabric combinations are below. The brown paisley will be for the inside of the collar band, the placket and the inside of the cuff.
I've just done one of the sleeve plackets and I used the Vogue pattern piece and instructions. I will definitely defer to Coffin for my next shirt. When you look at the two pattern pieces you will see why. On Coffin's placket piece you will see that the tall narrow piece has a square shape so that when you form the triangle, you have a little 'roof' over it that keeps everything neat and professional looking. On the Vogue piece you folded over a 1/4 hem on both sides of the triangle -- a little messy and more room for error. I am thinking I don't like my placket very well, but since I'm treating this first shirt as a test, I will leave it.
That's all for now -- more will follow.