Cool as a cucumber, my friends... Coooool. As. A. Cucumber. ;)
For the white collar, collar stand, button bands, cuffs and plackets and the arrow-shaped cap on the single pocket; I used a very nice white cotton that I bought for my own use from Fabulous Fabrics. It hurt like mad to have to cut into "my" cotton. It really did. Honestly, I searched and searched for white fabric that was a reasonable textural match for the striped fabric but couldn't find anything by the time I wanted to start on Craig's shirt. Can you believe white shirting cotton would be such a rare beast??? well, it is. Trust me. I've scoured high and low, and it is currently non-existent...
Thus explaining and self-justifying why I pounce upon, buy up big, and hoard high quality white cotton whenever and wherever I see it.... and this is one of my treasures (hoarsely croaking) " .... My precious...."
I think the shirt really needed the white contrast bits; in fact I think they make it. I really wanted this shirt to be a super high quality business shirt, like the sort he could wear in important professional situations, and look mighty spiffy at the same time. NOT one that would provoke any "oh, and did your wife make your shirt for you then, hmmm?" comments... :)
And I have to admit I am pretty chuffed with it. Actually I am quite thrilled with how this looks; the fabric, the quality and the finish. I think this is the best quality shirt I have made so far.
The armscye seams are flat felled inside, and I used my own tutorial for flat felling a curved seam to achieve this neatly. The side and sleeve seams are French seams. I bought the little black matte buttons from Fabulous Fabrics also.
for those like me who like checking out the insides...
Shirt; Burda 7767, striped shirting cotton, with white cotton detailing