While going through my fabric stash I noticed that I have quite a lot of check, plaid and gingham fabrics piling up. I love them so I buy them but then I'm afraid of sewing them because of the pattern matching! I couldn't stand it anymore, I had to overcome my fears^^ and sew my checks. I made a basic shirt from a Japanese magazine: easy, cute, blabla I've already spoken about my love for these patterns.
I was careful with matching checks and everything went well!
I've copied a diagram that explains how to make a quick and neat collar with stand:
As for the wrist slit, here's a link to a very efficient video.
I also made a cardigan from plaid wool that I had kept for 2 years, the pattern comes from the same magazine as the shirt. As I didn't use knit I had to sew hems (by hand!) along the collar, at the bottom of course and for the sleeves. I think this design has a little retro vibe, like the box jackets from the 50's.