It's a fun project. The fabric, an Italian cotton shirting described here, is delightful to sew. It is hard to find anything more cooperative that a great cotton shirting. This one has a twill weave though it shows up slightly striped in the pictures. It is a yarn dyed fabric composed of black threads and off-white threads.
One of the first steps in Vogue 1414 is to complete the flounce. The flounce is a single layer so, two edges must be clean-finished. I used a method taught by Pam Howard for shirt-tail hems. I like her method better than the one in the pattern instructions. For me, it leads to an even hem (or clean finish).
I think. Pam describes this in her excellent shirt class on Craftsy. It's a felling technique that works great for a number of spots where a clean finish is needed.
This has potential to become a tried-and-true. It will be easy to omit the more distinctive features of this pattern to create a nice basic shirt. This is tunic length, so I will probably shorten it for a basic shirt too.
*A blogger - gosh, I cannot remember who - referred to the features of this pattern as boob flaps. I think they look feminine. I hope it doesn't look like a nursing top.