I’m very pleased with this shirt. I tried to really take my time on it, because it’s always when I start rushing to finish a section, or when I know I’m tired but don’t feel like stopping, that I end up making mistakes.
So I was incredibly restrained on this, took a bit more care, and the extra effort shows because while it's not perfect (is it ever) I think this is the best overall finish I've managed on anything yet.
I’m especially pleased with the collar & collar stand. I ended up making them twice as I didn’t think the shape looked quite right on my first attempt - normally I would just shrug and use it anyway but this time I made myself go back and get it right.
Also rather proud of the flat-felled seams and topstitching, which for possibly the first time have no major wobbles. There are possibly some very minor wobbles in there, but nothing you’d see unless you were going over it with a ruler.
The pattern is Bootstrap’s free button-down shirt. I added a back yoke and didn’t bother with the back darts as I quite like a more loose look. The fabric was marked as chambray but it feels a little less soft than I would expect for that. It’s cotton, anyway. I love the colour and it really brings out what little tan I got in the 2 hours of sunshine we’ve had this year.
The only irritating this about this was that even though I made a test version which fitted perfectly, on the final garment the bust is a little too tight. I think it’s because I drafted a wider button placket, but I thought I had compensated for that. Obviously not enough! It still fits well enough to wear, but I'm annoyed I managed to de-fit it.
It's a basic pattern, and it is quite a square, boxy shape but I’m sort of into that at the moment? It's not what I would call figure flattering, but sometimes I don't really care about that. It's perhaps not a very sophisticated shape, though - I think I could keep the boxy look but in a more elegant way. Perhaps for the next one I will use the intended back darts and draft a more interesting hem shape.
Here are the back and side views. I have yet to find a good pose for side views.