Yes, Friends, the Negroni is at long last, finished. I had to stay home today with my little one due to a cold he's been fighting and it gave me the opportune time to finish it up.
If you remember, I had to start from scratch on a second Negroni because the first one ended up being too small. This pattern runs very, very small and next time I make it, I'm considering going up to the large size.
This was also my first time for sewing with stripes but luckily, the stripes weren't so prominent that I had to match everything. In fact, I did no matching at all and it still turned out pretty good. I had been tempted to cut the yoke and pocket on the bias (or is it against the bias??) to give the shirt more interest but I just didn't. I left it as is. My husband likes it so much he wants another one in a solid color. Yes!
Pattern Description: Men's shirt
Pattern Sizing: s-xl
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, very much so.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but the sewalong on Male Pattern Boldness blog helped a great deal
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that it was so easy. It taught me skills I hadn't known for example, sewing cuffs. I was also able to use some features on my new sewing machine that I hadn't used yet.
Fabric Used: cotton shirting
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I sewed the shirt with one pocket instead of two.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I plan to sew more shirts with this pattern.
Conclusion: This is a great pattern to sew. My only problem with it is that it runs extremely small/slim. My husband is in no way a large guy and I still think I should have sewn the large size. In addition, I think some of the steps are a little too fiddly for me i.e., the flat felled seam around the armseye (but I hate doing flat felled seams so perhaps that's a user issue, heheh). Still, I can see myself making many more shirts for my husband and he has sure enjoyed me making custom shirts for him.
Here are some detail pictures...