Mr. SDSC was so pleased with his last shirt, that I thought I would make a couple more to practice techniques before I start playing around with the pattern and making it a better fit. I used the same pattern, Kwik Sew 3422, and other than being more accurate with edge stitching a using a new foot for my Pfaff for the topstitching (boy that foot is spot on!), not much else changed.
The first shirt is made from a gorgeous cotton with width-ways stripes, so I cut the pattern pieces out accordingly - I did not want horizontal stripes. The thicker blue/grey stripe is woven like satin ribbon and has a different finish - it looks rather classy.
The second shirt is a plain 100% cotton - slightly thicker fabric (I have a feeling it may actually be quilting cotton) and will make a greater cooler weather shirt.
Both shirts have 'grandad' collars which I think really suit him. I will probably put some proper collars on the next shirts (although I have a black stretch poplin version already cut out). I can cut one of these shirts out from 2m of 45" fabric and each one uses 12 buttons. I must try and find somewhere where I can buy a 'bag' of buttons, as I am using rather a lot, so it is quite an inexpensive make. You may have noted some blue marker around the buttonholes - the shirts have had to be washed to get this out - what do you use for marking buttons and buttonholes? I do have a pen that fades within a day or two, so that may be better.
I made myself two more Singer Shapely Blouses, but the blue marker shows up so much on those that they cannot be photographed just yet! They use 8 buttons each - I placed them 2" apart, and will probably go for 3" on the next versions, so all-in-all, four shirts = 40 buttons and buttonholes. Phew!
So, alterations, the yoke on these shirts is somewhat flat in comparison to the roundness of Mr. SDSC adn I have read that you shouldn't alter them - but alter the backs and front pieces instead. I will have to do some more research on this as the yoke appears to be (to me) where the fitting issues are. In any case, they are not significant enough to cause a problem, and I know that these shirts will be worn to death!
A quick word before I go about
A little less attitude next time methinks . . . . .
More pics on Flickr should you be interested!