The fabric came from Fabric Mart when they had a nice sale on Egyptian cottons earlier this year. I got two pieces and they are both very, very nice. They still have some of them. Farmhouse Fabrics has some of the same fabrics, too.
I used Pam Erny’s relatively new Shirt-Crisp interfacing for the collar, stand, and cuffs. Crisp is the word! Recommended if you’re making dress shirts or something like this one that is meant to evoke the idea of a dress shirt. For rumpled and casual, you might choose a little more easy-going interfacing. On this shirt I liked it very much.
I used the the church-and-steeple sleeve placket included in the pattern. When the fabric is lightweight, I like to use the “magic placket” technique because it is easier. But this fabric is a little beefy, and the magic placket would have been too bulky where all the layers overlap in the point. So I took some deep breaths to slow down, cut and marked carefully, and followed the very complete instructions in the pattern. They came out very nice, and I won’t be afraid to use the traditional method again if the easy way doesn’t seem like the way to go.
The only design change on this one was cutting the outside yoke in two pieces, so that the front of the yoke is exactly on a stripe, and then the center back automatically makes a chevron. This is supposed to be a mark of quality among the bespoke shirts crowd. When you do this, you can cut the inner yoke in a single piece if there isn’t any show-through. Otherwise, you’ll want to have 4 yoke pieces with the stripes aligned.
To make a pattern piece for a two-piece yoke like this, just trace your pattern’s yoke piece (just one half) and add a seam allowance at center back. Example of the pattern placement (it is helpful to mark your seamlines so that you can place the seamline, not the cutting line, along a prominent stripe):
Cutting single layer gives the greatest accuracy – be sure to flip the pattern piece for the other side. When you sew the two pieces together, this is what you get:
Of course, yours will look better because you will be sure to do a nice press job before you take pictures or wear your spiffy shirt.