The Negroni shirt–version 1!

At last! Mr. Bug and I managed to get a few snapshots of the finished Negroni shirt! I had to darken most of the images significantly so that the details show a bit more. Also: the secret to getting Mr. Bug to pose… let him play with the hound during the photo shoot!


For this version, I just cut and sewed a size medium with no fitting, muslins or any such nonsense! I think for my next version (the sewalong version) I’ll shorten the arms and the general torso length a bit! Here’s an action shot that really shows off the extra length.

The shoulders seemed a pretty good fit for Dan.

In general, I thought the fit through the torso was pretty good straight out of the box. From the back, it looks a bit on the largish side. This pose is Dan’s I-just-got-arrested pose, apparently something with which he’s familiar.

The cuff placket, the most scary pattern piece, turned out amazingly easy. I actually pulled out my wax tracing paper and wheel to transfer all those crazy lines! Also, I messed up the cuffs (sewed them on backwards) and almost cut new ones (trimmed before I realized my mistake) but ended up using the trimmed ones – the arms got shortened a bit (less than a half inch) but we had plenty of length to spare!

I used the sew-the-button on function of my machine for the first time. I was a bit scared that I’d shatter the button and break my machine, but it worked GREAT and made that part go so much faster! My favorite part of the shirt (other than how handsome Mr. Bug looks in it, of course!) is that I took a cue from RTW and sewed the extra button into the side seam, so it’ll be easy to find a replacement button if necessary sometime in the future!


Here’s a closeup of the pocket (cut on the bias) and the fabric (slightly off-kilter checks.) Love them both!

Yay Negroni! For anyone who hasn’t read the instructions yet, they are really great, clear, helpful, all that. I love this shirt and Mr. Bug claims to like it as well! That being said, I was SO excited today to see that Peter will be going to go over how to do a button placket for the pattern for the sewalong. That and the collar stand will really make this shirt perfect! Who else is doing the sewalong? I’m going to try to keep up with it, although I’m not sure how well that will work!

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  • Jacqueline deRuyter
    February 9, 2011

    Wow, it looks great! I'm doing the sew-along and I'm just about to move onto the sleeves on the muslin. I hope my final shirt looks as good as yours!

  • Theresa
    February 3, 2011

    It looks wonderful! Should make for a very fun sewing class. You've given me hope. I just bought Colette's Crepe pattern with the idea of doing it as a tunic. Never hurts to give it go!
    The new men's shirt looks great BTW. I enjoyed your review on SPR. Thank you!

  • [patty the snug bug]
    February 3, 2011

    Jane – I like the Pellon Shape-flex (it also says Stacey on the label) – it's an actual cotton woven – you can see the weave, but it's not as loosely/open woven as the weft insertion stuff. It's fusible, it's got a nice crisp feel. Love it!

    Taran – it's really awesome! Promise! As long as you mark the lines, it's easy and the folding allows you to cover up a multitude of errors! Even the pulling through part, which filled me with terror and reminded me of welt pockets, isn't bad because the placket covers everything up (the corners.) It's really ingenious! I definitely suggest using wax paper and a tracing wheel, though. I usually use chalk to mark, but for that amount of detail, it's nice to have the crisp, then lines you get with the tracing wheel. Even a super sharp pencil would work. I'm SO bad with marking – pencils and sharpies are definitely favorites of mine!

  • Tanit-Isis
    February 3, 2011

    Love it! I am trying to psych myself up for the sleeve plackets on my muslin… ;)

  • glayla
    February 3, 2011

    That shirt is wonderful! Nice photos, too.

  • MJ
    February 2, 2011

    The shirt looks great! I'm doing the sewalong but using a mccalls pattern. i have never attempted anything so 'formal' so it should be interesting!

  • Nikol Gianopoulos
    February 2, 2011

    Look at the way Lucy-Loo is looking at Mr. Bug – pure love! you gotta love her.
    The shirt looks great on Mr. Bugg… I like the 'I'm arrested' pose – though if he looked over his shoulder and thrust out his hip, it could easily turn into a 'come hither' pose. lol
    Great job on the shirt.

  • Alexandra Mason
    February 2, 2011

    This looks wonderful! Love the fabric.

  • Jane
    February 2, 2011

    That looks fabulous! Love the fabric and the fit looks great. Agree it could lose a little length all over. Nice model too, and good of him to show us the shirt 'in action' :-) I am doing the sew-along. I'll definitely be adding a collar stand, not sure about button placket. I'm using a busy fabric that might be better without it. Those pockets look great and as for your sleeve plackets… I can only hope mine turn out half as good! What did you use for interfacing on the collar and cuffs, since this has been a point of debate in the sew-along preparations?

  • Heather
    February 2, 2011

    Great fabric choice for the shirt. Mr. Bug looks very nice in it! :) I think my favourite part is the pocket, but the whole thing looks really great.

    Also, smart move with the extra button! I'll have to remember to do that next time. I actually lost a self-covered button from my first button-up blouse, and I don't think I'll be able to replace it. :( Ah lessons hard learned.

  • Joy
    February 2, 2011

    Very handsome shirt! I like the double buttoned pockets and the fit's not too shabby straight out of the envelope. Making (specifically finishing) a men's shirt is very satisfying.

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