using Burda 7767 (surprise!!) and some lovely deeply sludgy, purply-chocolate linen bought from the Fabric Store in Melbourne during our September visit there, and I found the perfect turquoise buttons and matching thread in KnitWit.
Tim is quite a snappy dresser and cares about his wardrobe, he likes clothes that have that distinctive modern-hipster look; classic lines but with odd details and a slightly grungy edge. This pattern does have very classic lines, and I thought the unexpected neon jolt of the turquoise buttons and matching thread I used for topstitching throughout adds the edge that the shirt needs to steer it firmly away from boring (from a young man's point of view) "classic" territory and shimmy it into the "hipster" sphere.
To really bring the vivid turquoise visually into the spotlight; I added buttons galore and OD'd on the topstitching, going for double top-stitching throughout, wherever a button or topstitching could be put, there it went!
I added two bellows breast pockets. The pockets have angled lower corners and the pocket flaps have contrasting curved lower edges, for a bit of visual non-matchingness... something quirky, therefore hipster.
The armscye seams are flat felled on the inside using my tutorial for flat-felling a curved seam here to achieve this neatly, and the side seams are French seams. The lower edge is curved and finished with a narrow hem.
By the way; this shirt is a true button-down shirt.
This other shirt that I made for Dad is NOT an button-down shirt... see the difference?
A button-down shirt is of course one in which the collar buttons down onto the body of the shirt.... NOT a shirt which simply buttons to put on and take off the shirt, for heaven's sake. A coupla months ago Club BMV sent around an email advertising a course for sewing a tailored shirt, which is all well and good and probably an excellent course... however the blurb waxing lyrical about the "classic button-down shirt" was accompanied by a photo of a shirt that was clearly not a button-down shirt. I'm sure I'm not the only one who was pained to the core at the sight of it. I'm very glad to see they've rectified their error now though.
Shirt; Burda 7767 modified, my review of this pattern here, made of purply-chocolate linen