I finished Tim's shirt a while back, but I had to wash it after all the handling, grubby children fingers, and muddy dogs rubbing up against it while I was sewing. :P (good thing they're cute). The pattern (Laughing Moon #107) worked up really nicely! The directions and illustrations were very clear and the pieces all fit together really well.
I made the changes that are suggested in this SA thread to make the shirt more appropriate than a square-cut shirt for 1860s. These changes include:
- Squaring off the bottom (rather than the round shape the pattern has)
- Omitting the sleeve placket piece and slit and simply hemming the edges of the slit in the seam
- Gathering the yoke all the way across instead of in two distinct spots
- Moving the cuff buttonholes up near the sleeve/cuff seam, per Mrs. Schmitt's suggestion
- Center the buttonholes in the front placket rather than keep it 1/2" from the fold.
- Be more careful when putting in the collar (I somehow got it flipped upside down so the interfaced side is on the bottom...>-/)
- Make the collar smaller for DH's small neck ;)
More Sewing Academy reading on Men's shirts:
My questions about this pattern and what collar views to use, etc.
Men's Dress Shirt
Style's of Men's Shirts
Adventure in Man's Shirt
And just a little sneak-peek into my current project, Elsa's Dress: