Progress! I got the collar stand and the collar on this weekend. Since I drafted these pattern pieces, it was a relief to see that they worked. I don't do a lot of pattern drafting, but when I took lessons from Sarah Veblen, we worked on shirts and she showed me how to measure and create the pattern pieces needed.
Also, I decided that wool against the neck might not feel so great, so I lined with a heavy weight rayon (I love the stuff I get from Atlanta Thread)
All right! The plackets and sleeves will happen next weekend, then bring on Christmas!