This is the kind of garment that I just luuurve. My office is pretty casual, I work at a computer most of the day, so I wear it just like this both to work and on my days off.
I used a cotton chambray that I bought from the Britex remnant table during their 2009 Black Friday sale when I was with my sewing BFFs Cindy and Leslie. It's heavenly, like something you'd expect too see in a nice men's shirt.
Notes on construction/alterations
It's your standard woven shirt construction, nothing that'll surprise you.
The front bodice has both a pleat and gathers where it meets the front yoke. The design is very similar to the Anthropologie Puckered Pocket Blouse, which has a pleat at the front yoke and also has pleated sleeves (and, interestingly, no pocket mentioned in the online description).
You are supposed to cut 2 back pieces, stitch them together at the CB line and topstitch along that seam. This is a straight seam and I accidentally cut it on the fold. I thought the back might look too plain, so I cut a 1" strip of my fashion fabric, tucked the raw edges under and topstitched it along what would have been the CB seam. It's kinda straight. Kinda.
Baby's in bed and mama's off to Trader Joe's
I guess I should also mention that the top 2 buttons are on the v-neck and not intended to be buttoned, I just included one of those.
Like I said, I love this shirt. Before I made this, I was all set to make the dress version too (style 105). Now I'm not so sure that'd I'd love it as a dress. We'll see.
I have several other new pieces to share with you. Swimwear(!) for me, and clothes for the kiddo. Stay tuned.