Beginning as Usual
Begin the same as you did the dress and skirt. Use the chart on the back of the pattern envelope to determine your size and the amount of fabric you need. Don't forget to check for interfacing. Also, check the notions list for the number of buttons and what other binding or fasteners you might need.
Preshrink and straighten your fabric. Cut your pattern pieces apart and collect together the pieces you need for your chosen style.
Alter the pattern if necessary using the same steps described in Chapter 15. Lay out your pattern, noting which pattern pieces must be cut on the fold and which need to be cut more than once. Remember to measure from the ends of the straight-with-the-grain arrows to the fold or selvage. Mark things like darts, pocket hems and locations, cuff openings and so on. Collect the pieces that will need interfacing and either cut them out all at once as directed in your guide or cut them from the fabric pieces as described in Chapter 15.
You will probably begin with stay-stitching. The rest of the order will depend on the particular style of the shirt you are making. Finishing the front edge is often the next step. Pockets may come either before or after that. If your pattern has front yokes, they will be sewn onto the front pieces before the front edge is finished and either before or after the pockets. Follow the order of steps as they are presented in the guide.