|Well hello handsome!|
Confession: I have never sewn an item of men's clothing in my life. P has been asking for something for himself for quite some time. Soooooo, I got on the Colette Negroni bandwagon. Late to the party, yes I know, but glad I made it eventually.
And what better reason than for my gorgeous hubby's birthday yesterday? Can I just say, there is an awful lot of blood, sweat, tears, and of course, love that went into this shirt. And a fair amount of quite colourful language. I own a few Colette patterns, but this is the first I've made, and the instructions are awesome. There were a few steps that had me
Like any sensible sewer working with a pattern for the first time, I felt it was probably a good idea to make a muslin first - a wearable one, but a muslin none-the-less. Try explaining that to a very impatient husband... suffice to say my pleas of "no stripes or checks or repeating patterns" fell on completely deaf ears. Gingham, I tell you, GINGHAM. Self-flagellation is my middle name.
This sucker took me 5 hours to prepare, lay out and cut. Yep, you read right, 5 freakin' hours. P called me from work in the middle of it all and I started to
I decided to use Colette's suggested method of matching plaids and stripes and have to say, it was the only/most exacting way I was going to get any matchy, matchy happening. But, listen folks, it essentially requires you to double your layout and cutting, and also to create pattern pieces that take away the need to place anything on the fold. Well f*&k me, it works but 5 hours people, 5 HOURS!!!
But check out this back view....
|Bias cut yoke, exactly centred. Swoon...|
I cut a size medium as P's measurements matched pretty exactly. The only alteration I made was to take a half inch of the sleeve length, and we could have perhaps made it an inch. I've read a few reviews that suggest this shirt is designed for an
|Check out those button plackets!|
They almost exactly line up with the
plaid of the sleeve body
We decided to create just a little contrast by making the inside cuff from a solid navy blue. It's fine, but I think to show it off with a single turn back of the cuff might require a much stiffer interfacing than the lightweight suggested in the pattern. You can just see in this image that the blue lining looks quite wrinkly and too soft to make the look really work.
|Almost matched the flap to the pocket.|
And I bias cut the pockets and yoke for a bit of interest.
In the end we were pretty damn happy with the fit and finish. I would consider grading to a small through the waist and hip area next time for a slightly more fitted finish.
Happy birthday P!!!