A chambray shirt is a spring classic but I've never actually owned one. So I decided to make that right with my May project for the Minerva network.

The pattern is Vogue 1323. The envelope photos are pretty crazy, but if you look at the line drawings, you can see it's a really nice shirt with a henley-style placket and safari pockets.

The pattern is rated 'average', and it's definitely a project for people who've sewn a few shirts before.

Making a shirt means sewing a series of little fiddly segments – the cuffs, the plackets, the buttonholes - but it's fun if you're in the right mood. I enjoyed putting this together.

The instructions are good, and they tell you to make French seams for everything, even the armholes. I'd never normally bother to do this, but it does make the finished project look beautiful inside. It was a great idea with this fabric too, as it does fray.

I love this chambray fabric from Minerva, it's the perfect weight and colour. The buttons are beautiful too. I'm so happy with the finished project!

Now all I need is some sunshine to go with my spring shirt...