Tuesday, 13 January 2015

First Men's Shirt! - Colette Negroni Pattern Review

Today I'm going to share with you something I'm very proud of. Its my first men's pattern, and my first proper shirt with a yoke and a placket and everything!

I've had several Colette patterns on my 'to make' list for a while, in particular the Negroni shirt. Mr Makes has been asking me to start making him shirts and suits and basically be his own personal tailor ever since I first took up sewing, so I agreed I'd make him a shirt for Christmas. I have made items for other people before, I gave both my mum and sister a pencil skirt last Christmas, but sewing for Mr Makes is a whole different ball game. He can be rather snobbish particular about clothes he wears, shirts in particular.

We agreed on a nice blue/grey tartan check I got from Fabrics Galore, but he insisted he wanted the pockets in line with the pattern rather than at right-angles to it, like most tartan check shirts have.
I left it a bit late to start the project, and after spending literally HOURS lining up and sewing the pockets, had to leave for my Christmas holidays in Somerset. I had intended to finish it there, but after somehow leaving half in London, it came as a blessing in disguise as I had no deadline and a much better machine to finish it on when I got back home.
So only 2 weeks and 5 days late, Mr Makes finally got to wear it. And the verdict?

He rather likes it!

The pockets line up perfectly, as does the yoke. The collar and sleeves also do, although I have to admit that was pretty much a complete fluke!


What did I think of the instructions?
I flat out loved them. Everything about them was clear, well explained, well laid out. I didn't even need any other help via blogs or google for the flat-felled seams or the plackets. It seems Colette patterns really are worth the money, and I can't wait to buy others (for myself this time!)

What did I like/dislike about the pattern?
I'm not sure about the loop exactly, it seems like it should have been at right angles to the buttonholes instead of perpendicular.

Any alterations?
The arms were too short, as he does have rather lanky ones, so I had to redo the cuff and add an inch to it. The idea of redoing the entire sleeves, placket and all made me break out in cold sweats so it had to do.

Would I sew it again?
Most definitely. I'm not sure I have a choice in the matter....
I would probably omit the loop detail and perhaps try a more formal standing collar, like the one demonstrated here. I think it would be much easier in a crisp cotton fabric. This flannel type soft cotton tartan does fray terribly so its difficult to unpick.

He does look like a lumberjack a bit..

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