When the front and back are sewn to the yoke, one has a nice round neck hole.
When I first cut the front and back pieces, I stay stitched the top edge to keep it from unravelling. I stay stitch a second time the full length of the neck opening.
To straighten out the neck edge for measuring, one clips "V"s just inside the stay stitching line.
Then the shirt can be stretched out for measuring.
Measured the shirt as 18 1/4", divided my measurement in half, added the 5/8" seam allowance and marked my cardboard template (in pencil .. erase for future use)
I folded two pieces of my fabric, and placed the template with the pencil line on the fold. Then I cut.
At this point, I admit I already had made some mistakes. I probably should have given myself a touch more fabric on the collar stand. [sigh] Onward! Remember the template without the seam allowance? I lined up the front center line, and transferred my mark for the fold to the template.
Then I lined up my template on folded fusible interface, cut it and ironed it on one of my two collar stand pieces. This interfaced stand would become my outer stand. To mark the center of the stands, fold them, and nick off the edges.
Here's the cut stand pieces, interface fused and center knicks..
And that was the easy part.. next fold the shirt body neck line and mark the center. Line up the center knick of the fused stand to the mark on the back of the shirt, right-side to right-side. Pin the outer stand to the back.
And just to check, I measured the overlap of the stand from the shirt body. Uh, oh.. it's less than my seam allowance.. [sigh] Onward!
Next I sew the inner stand to the body. On his DVD, Coffin demonstrates a method for introducing some curve into the collar stand by pulling on the sewn body while leaving the inner stand loose. ISBN 978-1600850776. He makes it look so easy on the DVD. Kind of like how Devils Goalie Martin Brodeur makes stopping power play goals look easy. I have mixed success (putting it nicely). Pin the center, lay the inner stand down on the feed dog, put the presser foot down, and do a few stitches. With the needle down into the fabric, lift the presser foot, pull the completed body/outer collar to the end of the inner stand to match the tips. Put the presser foot down and sew through the stitch line of the outer stand while holding the out stand taunt and the inner stand (underneath) loose. When in doubt, ignore all of this and just try to stitch the two stands together so they match up. Sew from the center to the long thread tails I mentioned above.
Next were going to mark off the stitch line on the stand for closing up the stand.
Here's where it gets really crazy. The shirt body is folded up, encased inside the collar stand, and then one sews along the stitch line just drawn.
I'll leave you with one last picture. I went to a church rummage sale today. I found four nice pieces of fabric for 50 cents. In a sewing basket filled with crochet thread, I found this lovely Lady Bunny. She's a beautiful work of art.. only $1.
Another time, I'll take better pictures of her in the daylight. She's entirely hand stitched. Her nose and eyes are hand embroidered. She'll be my sewing muse going forward. Gnight!