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!