After looking at what seems like hundreds of fabric samples (and buttons!), I finally decided on a Hugo Boss shirting that is a really surprising mix of charcoal grey and dark purple. It is a great weight and drapes well. It looks kind of plain but when you get up close, look
This photo of the cuff on my 3/4 sleeve really showcases the beauty of this fabric close up and the button. They are actually clear but pick up the colors of the pattern and I think dress it up and make it more feminine.
I did a “patch” method bound buttonhole,,,wow, a lot of work but I learned a lot from this process. I had a copy of Threads magazine that really clearly stepped me through this special buttonhole process, this probably took me two days off and on! My thumb looks really weird–sorry for that!
Here is my muslin…did not see any fitting issues but I also can not gain even one pound in July. More to come on putting this together…there are some interesting challenges with this pattern as I am doing the sleeve/placket/cuff version.