Click to embiggen and see the final button selection. In the light of morning, I realized that the top two button types have color variations. I went with the darkest 4 of the second color and am quite pleased with how it looks.
Simplicity 2339, but with the center front opening placket from page 74 of David Page Coffin's Shirtmaking book. I made View A, in size 14A, with a few tweaks like shortening the sleeves and changing the straight hem to a gentle elliptical shape.
I sewed with a 1" SA down the sleeves and sides, tapering to 5/8" at the hips. In a stretch shirting, that would have been fine. For this non-stretch fabric, I wish I had used 5/8" seams for a bit more mobility.
I eked out this shirt from a 3/4 yard piece left over after making a robe (Butterick 5452). When I purchased this fabric at Fabrix during SF PR Weekend 2013, I thought it was cotton. After making the robe, I thought it might be cotton/poly due to the lack of wrinkling and difficulty getting it to take a press. A subsequent burn test and the itchiness factor suggests that this is pure cotton with a non-iron resin finish.
That resin drives my skin crazy. How do people stand it? And that resin sure makes the cotton more flammable. This is one shirt you don't want to wear near bunsen burners.
Anyway, I exercised my shirt-making muscles after a long hiatus. I have a gorgeous piece of cotton shirting from Britex (also purchased in SF at PR Weekend) and some coordinating poplin for trim from The Fabric Store. I'm hoping that the resin will wash out and become tolerable.
The beach photograph shows a peek of Jalie 3243, a very sleek pull-on elastic pants/shorts pattern. If you lack the time or skill to put in a fly zip, this is a great alternative.
Follow-up:I did some research on non-iron fabric finishes and why they make my skin itch. The fabric is impregnated with a resin that releases formaldehyde. For most people, that is not a huge problem. But, for sensitized people, it can cause itching and contact dermatitis.
I recall becoming sensitized to formaldehyde in high school biology class. It was so bad, we had to find somewhere else for me to perform my lab work.
Thanks to Little Hunting Creek's suggestion, I searched for ways to remove the resin. Synthrapol, aka Dyer's detergent, removes fabric coatings. It doesn't do a complete job, but it helped.