I've been eagerly awaiting the day when I could post about Colette's first men's pattern, but sneaky little me had to wait until after Christmas! Negroni is a classic men's button up shirt with a slim fit and retro details. Sarai's directions are extensive and spot on making sewing a breeze, but for good measure I studied them while riding the bus around town!
I chose a very forgiving flannel fabric from Mill End, and I spent seven hours at Modern Domestic finishing up the body of the shirt...man, I love that place and the gals who work there! The ease of sewing with their Bernina machines just makes me weak in the knees. One of these days I'm gonna drop a few grand on one of those babies, but until then I'll make due with my Brother and my bitchin' new Rowenta iron. Yes, I got an iron for Christmas, and it was exactly what I wanted (that sucker is worth every steam burn)!
I used the Bernina b330 to embroider a little love note on the inside cuff. The machine made the embroidery easy as pie, but trying to wrap my mind around installing the cuff gave me the most trouble out of the entire project. The directions were clear, but I had a difficult time figuring out how to ensure the "i love you" would be on the inside. I ripped out so many stitches and tore off the interfacing twice before I got it!
I nearly cried upon realizing that the last button was missing! I kinda think the cat ate it, considering she was chomping on my sewing pins...reckless kitty! So, one cuff still needs a button, but I'll fix it up soon.
Besides excellent directions and fit, my biggest praise for this pattern is that each and every seam allowance is encased with flat felled seams or hidden in the yoke. I love that I didn't have to worry about finishing seams with a zig zag or overlock. It's a men's shirt built to last!
Alex has been wearing the shirt everyday since I gave it to him on Christmas Eve. How'd I get so lucky?
So, if you're a lady with a guy to sew for or a gent who likes to stitch a thing or two, I whole heartedly recommend giving Negroni a try!