I hadn't realised until I was knitting the first front, the bands and collar are integrated. It means, when the fronts are done, so are the bands. There is no sewing up, and then having to knit the collar. It just makes the whole process feel so much quicker.
This is the first front is finished with the button placements marked. You can see how the collar will fit when finished.
The second front is in process. I've almost got to the fifth button hole so the front shaping will soon begin.