This was some of the oldest un-sewn garment fabric I owned, but cotton Oxford Cloth shirting never goes out of style so now my old fabric is a new shirt and one more piece of yard goods is out of the fabric closet and into the clothes closet.
Also a pattern that had been around for a while has been used. I’d been wanting to try New Look 6598 for some time. I like it, but my Coldwater Creek wing collar shirts are made without that facing piece at the back neck you see here edged with with serge stitching. I suspect they have a single purpose machine for attaching the collar/front band all in one pass. There is no other way I can see to get as clean a finish as they do. Anyway, I always prefer a collar on a stand over this style of construction with a facing because every piece is contained and controlled with machine stitching. When you are wearing the shirt, no one sees the difference, but when you put the garment on, there is always a little fussing with that facing, which is just tacked down, to make sure it behaves and doesn’t flip up where you can’t tack it.
Happily, I got a reprieve from a recent moment of weakness that allowed me to think I needed to purchase more fabric from Fabric.com. I am not putting a link in for that site, not wanting to enable anyone else’s fabric buying problem. They were having a lovely sale on knit fabrics and I somehow convinced my self for a few minutes that my collection of knits was getting thin and I ordered 4 pieces of new fabric (to get up to the free shipping amount!) when I had only removed 3 from my stash at that point. Then I frantically sewed up another piece while I awaited delivery so at least there would be no INCREASE during my stated time of stash-busting. The delivery never arrived. I think I mercifully never actually finished the order after all.
So this project makes 5 down and X-5 pieces of fabric left. X being the mystery number of fabric pieces in my stash when I began and no, I do not want to do an inventory to determine what the original value of X was, thank you very much.