My next blouse was to test a new sleeve and finesse collar/collar band construction. This blouse provided more difficulties than I expected. The fabric I used is a white on white quilting cotton from my stash. I liked the print and thought I could get away with using for it a blouse.
First the good news. I originally estimated I would need a good 2 yards of 45" fabric for the blouse. I managed to cut the blouse out of less than 1.5 yards. I had enough fabric left over to recut the collar and still have a fair amount of left overs. I probably will still buy fabric in 2 yard increments for a short sleeve blouse, but I may be able to get away with less.
Another thing that I've had to learn to compromise on is trimming. There are only two areas that need trimming. The RTW shirts are even trimmed in those two areas - though I still want to see a shirt put together in a factory. Anyway, the collar band is trimmed at the ends where it curves and the collars at the points.