Better late than never - I didn't even get started on this until after dinner on the 14th, but this shirt apparently wanted to be made, and made quickly. The fabric was purchased back at PR Weekend 2006, in the hopes that someday he'd be willing to wear it. At that point, I had made him a pastel-striped shirt and was working on a plain black one. How far we've come.
I brought this out of the workroom last night and he got his first look at it, and he LOVED it.
My original thought on the buttons was black with hot pink buttonholes, but then I remembered I had some square white buttons from Pacific Trims, so those became my first choice (with black buttonholes; no need at that point for the extra shot of color). I offered him the option of black buttons or white, and he chose the white. Good man. Then I offered the choice of standard button placement or two-by-two as in the shirt pictured here that my clotheshorse friend Adam brought back from Paris. He went for two-by-two, so he's getting the shirt I wanted to make, without my having to say "this is how I want it to look."
Okay, so I said that. I just didn't have to say it out loud because he made the right choices.
You can't change a man, but you can (slowly, and with determination) change his taste.