I'm taking a break from some very futile shirt mending for my... what's the accepted abbreviation for "dear boyfriend"? DBF? After getting a $3 off coupon for Laughing Moon and not having any ladies patterns on their site I was interested in, I decided to buy their shirt pattern and make him some new shirts. I guess I watch too many period shows and movies, because I'm one of those people that (for some unknown reason) think that sewing a shirt for your SO is romantic and intimate.
I've read over the shirt-making threads that I thought were most relevant, including the thread about Pattern #107 and threads about what fabrics are appropriate for shirts. I'm starting out with regular everyday shirts, for a guy that cleans up nice but is definitely outfitted in general for working class impressions. I'm inclined to start out with two shirts, one plaid or stripe and one calico print. The stripes and plaids don't worry me, but I'm feeling paranoid about exactly what calico prints would be appropriate. The pattern seems to imply that calicos used for shirts should have a white ground, but from my (very light) research, I'm seeing some shirts in photographs that clearly have a colored ground. I'm still seeing mostly plaids, checks, or stripes, however.
I guess I'm not exactly asking a question, I'm just hoping for validation. How do these calicos look for a working class men's shirt?
Brown ground with white print: https://www.fabric.com/buy/0333999/judies-25th-anniversary-tiny-bouquets-brown
Green ground with geometric print: https://www.fabric.com/buy/0334017/geo-dotted-squares-green
Cream ground with brown dot print (looks most like "shirting" print to me): https://www.fabric.com/buy/0334050/tavern-collection-tiny-dots-cream-brown
Cream ground with green medallion print (also looks like "shirting" print to me): https://www.fabric.com/buy/0334046/tavern-collection-decorative-medallions-cream-green
Thanks so much for your patience with me. Under normal (read: womenswear) circumstances, I feel confident in my ability to pick out appropriate prints, but menswear seems like a whole other story to me and I get needy and have to have my hand held when I'm overwhelmed by something new.
Edited to Add: In making calico shirts, should I make the collars and cuffs out of the same fabric, or can I make them in white, too? The colored-ground prints would look really snazzy with white collars and cuffs, in my opinion, but I know "Not Mine Will But The OC's"