From Simple Modern Sewing:
You can learn -- and master -- almost all of the techniques you need for sewing just by making these shirts. You'll learn how to attach collars and cuffs and even how to finish the small slit at the buttoned cuff. Some of these techniques are challenging, but after you've learned them, you'll have gained a lot of confidence as a sewer. The stand-up collar creates a neat, finished appearance and makes it easy to wear layers over and underneath these garments. Sew these three shirts in your favorite fabrics, and they'll be essentials in your wardrobe for a long time.