Sunday, December 26, 2010

Alex in Negroni

Alex in Negroni
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! 
Alex in Negroni
 I chose a very forgiving flannel fabric from Mill End, and I spent seven hours at Modern Domestic finishing up the body of the, 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)!
Embroidered inside cuff :)
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! 
Sleeve Placket
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. 
Back yoke and pleats
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 in Negroni
Alex has been wearing the shirt everyday since I gave it to him on Christmas Eve. How'd I get so lucky?
Alex in Negroni
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!


Veronica Darling... said...

Looks so great! And your hunny is very cute too!

I've made several 'Man Shirts' for my Husbie, and a couple for other friends... and the hardest part for me is often the cuffs... and the most annoying bits are the button holes. YUK (even with an auto setting on my Brother) ... they're just tedius.

Great work! And happy holidays!


jenniferyumyums said...

WOW. Lovely work. Also, I love going to Mill End!

rachel / Red Lips Vintage said...

veronica - haha! I wonder if the anticipation to finish makes us mess up? I was pretty stressed while working on the cuff at home without the help from MD and so close to the deadline, too! It became much harder for me to interpret directions. I remembered to take notes in my pattern (CP has a page just for little notes) so next time I won't get confused. ;)

Thanks, btw! It was fun to take these photos of him lookin' for dashing :)

Jennifer - Mill End is the best!!

Amber Blue Bird said...

this shirt came out crazy good. I wish I was a better sewer and by better, I mean I wish I could sew at all. Your boy looks great in his present, lucky gal and guy

Adelaide's Homesewn said...

good job! he looks so happy in it.

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Vintage Seen said...

wowsie, this is impressive lady! fab shirt, looks great on your man and also very much love the lingerie set below, so darn cute! my you are clever!

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

gorgeous job! i love the fit, finding slim fitting shirts for men is incredibly difficult. my husband and alex have a very similar shape.

Heather said...

I'm a new reader, just wanted to say hi :)

B r i said...

yay for super cute boyfriends. yay for your amazing sewing skills! yay for love! i am so impressed by you. i wish i could sew something lovely like that for the boys i adore.

good work rachel! happy new year!

Tera said...

I am uber impressed! That is AWESOME! Okay I am actually beyond uber-mega impressed with your sewing skills.

katecreate said...

You have pretty amazing sewing skills.