Here’s what I did next with my folk-block muslin.
First, here’s another view of the smock project that shows the neckline inserts pretty well.
Next, I tried out a few more collar positions and shapes:
The lower two images here show the first big blue mackinaw-esque collar trimmed down a bit:
I’m liking this pretty well…
…but still not decided; the plain rectangular collar looked good, too, plus it’s conceptually a better fit. But I love how adaptable the basic design is to all sorts of collars and neckines.
Next, I couldn’t resist trying out a custom-shaped shoulder with this simple set-up; figured it’d be interesting if nothing else, so I proceeded just as with a yoke drape, just leaving out the yoke, and then adding a dress-shirt-collar style necklineby tracing around a cylindrical strip of paper as I do on a dress or sport shirt drape. I just eye-balled a shoulder seam placement to be at the top of each shoulder, using pins, then chalk on both front and back:
Overall, I was going for a much closer fit with this test, just to make the experiment more interesting by scaling it towards my existing sport and dress-shirt patterns rather than towards an over-sized outer garment. Here’s how it looked on me right off the form; definitely an odd mix of fitted and not, exacerbated by the close-fitting neckline, which would be an unlikely feature on any garment I’d build from this drape, but is my usual default starting point:
I haven’t reached any definite conclusions from this little side trip, even though I pursued it a bit further, adding sleeves and even a gently-curved armhole and sleeve cap, but I think you can see how this could become a sort of “how-did-fitted-shirts-evolve-anyway?” investigation…
Next up: Regular-shirt #2’s pattern development.