I was inspired by this image from the August 2010 Madison magazine. You can barely see it but this shirt is by Boss Black and it retails for $329 Australian. I reckon my version came in under $25 so you have to be happy with that!
What I didn't get away with was working all the buttonholes on the wrong side - dammit! I checked twice and STILL did it wrong! Now I can't wear this shirt with pants (I like everything to overlap the same way - call me crazy). I can however wear it with skirts, and jeans if I was the type to wear a shirt like this with jeans!
I morphed the sleeve into an oop vogue sleeve with a traditional placket and french cuff. I cut down the cuff so it doesn't fold back though. I made the cuff links from a pair of shank buttons. The purple dot is my disappearing marker that hasn't quite disappeared yet (it will).
I did a pretty good job on the cuffs if I do say so. I used the David Coffin DVD for the first time and they came out great.
I also think the collar looks pretty good - collars with a stand are always a challenge for me. Again I used the David Coffin DVD and am much happier than normal.
Just to round things out, here's the back.
You know I am thinking I am going to have to re-visit some of my fitting alterations. I am just not getting the nice smooth finish I used to. Any suggestions (other than 'get to the gym')?
So I have one more version of this shirt planned but I am going put it on hold to work on a coat and a jacket before the cold weather is gone for the year. I am also starting a corset making class this week (I have done some corset making before but this is apparently a 'master class' so I will let you know how it goes) and I will be working on a toille for my friend Jess's wedding dress - which you will be pleased to know she is happy for me to blog about. Not likely I'll be bored any time soon!