My husband is really happy with how the shirt feels and I am really happy with how well it fits - and the good fit is what makes it feel so nice to wear! I love how smooth the fabric is across chest between his shoulders, so many men wear shirts that don't fit properly across there. Next time you see a man wearing a button up shirt (you'll really notice this if you work in an office) have a look at how his shirt fits. There are usually lots of 'drag lines' or the armhole seam doesn't sit on the end of their shoulder. I've really been noticing this a lot lately in meetings and then I get distracted and start thinking about what pattern adjustments need to be made to give the guys I work with a well fitted shirt - what a shame I work in an office instead of a tailors shop!
Pattern: less than an hour to make the new collar, shorten the sleeves and adjust the shoulders
Cost: fabric, thread and buttons = a bit under $20 (tall men need lots of fabric!!)
Sewing: about 3.5 hours (+ hand sewing on the buttons while watching TV). I used the buttonhole foot attachment on my sewing machine for the first time. It worked!