I finished this shirt almost immediately after the last one, but didn't need any chocolate to do it. This fabric is not nearly such good quality as the Michael's, but I just like it better.
I would like to point out that Carol is a sewing-for-blokes genius. She said the trick was to just make the shirt, and it would be worn, and she was right. Despite scorning this fabric in the selection phase, my husband was asking when the shirt would be finished once he saw it hanging around without its buttons.
He even modeled it without a bribe. I must still have brownie points from the kayak trip. He still wants to be headless though. Maybe he is worried after I told him Mary Nanna said this fabric would make him a chick magnet. He said he has enough chicks. (Would anyone like to borrow an almost teenage girl for a week or so? Only good homes need apply. She is good with small children so long as they are not her brother.)
Now back to the other shirt. There were questions, well, one question.
"Will it be worn with a tie, or is 'business' more casual in the north."
I am not sure that I am qualified to comment on the casualness or otherwise of business dress in country Queensland. The lawyers up here wear ties to court, but not in their rooms, the bank manager doesn't wear a tie, the mayor wears a tie sometimes, the funeral director wears a tie, but I can't think of anyone else who does on a daily basis. Some of the older farmers always wear a tie when they come to town, but they are much better dressed than the general population.
My husband does not wear a tie to work, maybe his shirt is better described as a "work shirt" than a business shirt.
He could wear it with a tie though.
I shaped the collars during construction...
and I tried it out with a tie for you.
It doesn't match, but there are only two ties in this house. This makes me realize how clever the Country Road peeping contrast placket is. If you were a tie wearing sort, you would look all official and plain at work, but if you took your tie off for Friday afternoon drinks, your shirt would look much more casual and interesting with the contrast fabric.
Here is the shirt with the other tie owned by my husband.
I don't think this tie is a good idea, but it gives me a chance to show you that the plaid actually does match at the front.