I've passed over many a great shirt pattern because I thought they were too intimidating. Perhaps it's because I think they're fairly susceptible to appearing "home sewn," as Michael Kors often sighs on Project Runway, and no one wants that!
Nonetheless I pulled together a mix of pieces from Simplicity 4077 and used some fabric I got from the remnant room over at Vogue. The ruffled front reminded me of a shirt I saw at JCrew in the fall but I was not willing to shell out seventy clams for it.
And now my version:
In making this I've learned that shirt construction is not all that hard; it's the finishing that makes or breaks a garment like this. I did not serge the raw edges because I still haven't sat down to figure out how to work the thing. Instead, I used french seams almost everywhere and some bias tape on the front darts and cuff seams.
I think the total cost on this project was about $6.50, which beats the sale rack any day.