I bought this pattern a while back. I thought it was a nice, simple Kwik Sew take on the BWOF pattern that had similar ties (though BWOF's top also had interesting gathers down the front). When I decided to make a white shirt as the first piece to my gray wardrobe, I thought that this pattern was a good combination of basic and interesting.
It still is, it just doesn't look much like the pattern drawing anymore. One thing you DO have to say for Kwik Sew that makes up for all their bland envelope drawings and photos is that their patterns are always beautifully drafted, and their instructions are very clear. Everything always lines up on a KS pattern, which I greatly appreciate.
On the other hand, sometimes they eliminate things that would improve the pattern for no reason but to make it quicker and easier to sew. Like the ties. Which are supposed to have a 3/8" hem. Would you want to see a hem on those ties? I wouldn't; it seems like cheap RTW to me, one of those shirts you can buy in the $7 store. Would it kill anyone to cut 4 ties instead of 2, sew them together and turn them right side out? It wouldn't make the side seam appreciably thicker, it would actually add a nice bit of weight to the ties so they wouldn't stick out in the front, and it would give a nice clean finish. So why don't they do that? It's a mystery.
And why am I talking about the ties when my shirt doesn't have any? Because my white stretch shirting fabric, clearly marked on my list as being 2 yards, wasn't - by a long shot. And there wasn't enough fabric to cut 4 ties, and I tried cutting 2 and hemming them and they looked cheesy and awful. And then I decided I didn't want them on the shirt anyway.
Back to the shirt as drafted: I love the collar. It's not actually a collar, per se. There's a 2-part under-collar, which gets sewn to the back of the shirt. The visible collar is actually cut in-one with the facing, which makes for a nice smooth look. Interfaced, it has an almost starched feel which for some bizarre reason reminds me of those curved white nun's wimples from old movies. Flying nun, anybody?
The 3/4 length sleeve has the nice touch of an elbow dart to make it fit more smoothly, and while the notched sleeve is kind of a cheat from making a proper cuff and placket, I didn't necessarily want buttoned sleeves on this shirt so it was an interesting enough alternative. There are bust darts and back darts for fitting, but I think (especially without the ties to adjust the fit) that I'm going to add vertical front darts as well, just for a bit of shaping. We'll see.
One complication with making this shirt was that my sewing room seems to have eaten my edge-stitch foot, just after I found it again. And I wanted this to be top-stitched, so after an hour of fruitless searching, I taped a piece of cardboard to the machine for a guide and I edge-stitched it that way. Now that will guarantee I find the foot, right? And now I'm really torn. I have a ton of white/pearl buttons for this shirt, including some vintage mother-of-pearl ones that I really like, but I'm tempted to use these really cool gray and white vintage ones with rhinestone centers instead. It would limit the shirt to being worn mostly with black and gray, but then it would also force me to make another white shirt, perhaps a bit more classic, where I could use the mother-of-pearl buttons. Tell me that those gray buttons wouldn't be fantabulous?