I am making Vogue 8096, a shirt for my husband. He has been very keen for me to do this for some time, but I have been rather scared of attempting one, as (he is not looking) my husband is very particular about his shirts. In an attempt to encourage myself I bought David Coffin's book "Shirtmaking" and have finally started working through it this weekend. The book is fabulous.
I started with a toile made from calico. My fitting adjustments were very slight. I have widened the yoke by 5mm overall, and trimmed 1cm from the front neck. I am unable to show fitting photographs, as the subject declined. He has agreed to one photograph of the finished object, so I do not want to push my luck!
I practiced the placket. I have messed up the topstitching, but did not really find it too tricky following the book. I attached the cuff purely to check the length of the finished sleeve, so do not look at the rough stitching.
I thought I was all ready to construct the real shirt yesterday, but instead have ordered a flat felling foot for my machine. Then I thought today that I would make the shirt with welted seams instead, and do not have matching thread. I will use ordinary thread rather than the fine cotton thread David Coffin calls for, as I do not want to make another overseas order this month, but the shops are closed until tomorrow, when I will be at work. This may be a lengthy project.
I will start a new knitting project instead. A cable jumper is calling me.