I also wanted to regain lost skills. I can turn out a little girl's dress in a few hours with my eyes closed. An adult size blouse/shirt is something else entirely. And while I have done it in the past, it has been a long time.
I am not reinventing the wheel. But I am taking the time to compare traditional home sewist methods with what I know of industrial methods. LisaB comments:
I'm sorry your first attempt at attaching the collar and stand didn't work out well. As a home sewer, I can say that there are numerous methods promoted within the community, so I'm not sure that any one of them is "usual". In fact, lately I haven't come across any that wrap the button band around the collar stand. Rather, the two collar stands are attached "around" the button band.The method I described previously is found in the Reader's Digest Sewing Book, with the exception of wrapping the button band around the collar. That was my mistake and assumption. It clearly didn't work. The button band and collar stand don't match up precisely.
The collar stand of this blue blouse was attached to the neckline last. The inside collar stand was turned and topstitched down. The opposite of what I was thinking (stand attached to the collar last). Hmmm. I think either way would work.
I like the proportion of the collar on this white blouse.
This collar lines up perfectly with center front, but has a very different shape on the collar stand.
One thing I noticed about both blouses is that a much lighter weight interfacing was used in the collars. No interfacing was used in the button bands.
I've got some work ahead of me still.