I've never made a man's button up/down shirt before -- or hadn't until now.
Even though this isn't on my sewing challenge, it is in keeping with my desire to learn new skills.
In addition to being the first try at this, I also practiced some other new skills.
1. French seams -- not as hard and as mysterious as the name implies, but the extra edge stitching and seaming adds a lot of extra time to the garment. However, the finished result is nice.
2. I also had to add length to the shirt because of my husband's height.
I am thinking about naming my seam ripper, because she and I are now on friendly terms. I've apologized for what I said when I had to take the collar off. It took me two tries with it, and I think it still isn't perfect. I really didn't want to ruin the fabric by taking it on and off repeatedly. It is more than fine to wear...just a flaw I see.
It is in need of a good pressing, but all in all I am pleased with the results.
(The lighting isn't great, but it is actually a peach color more so than a pink.)
Oh, this one was pretty frugal, too. The fabric, thread, and buttons were all from my stash. (Well, frugal if we don't try to figure up a cost per hour kind of thing. It took me a long time, but since it was my learning experience I'm okay with that.)