August 18, 2013

It’s round four of the Super Online Sewing Match and this time we got to sew up Collette Pattern’s Negroni shirt.  With this challenge came a new dilema – consulting and agreeing with my husband’s tastes along with my own.  What was supposed to be a quick stop at the fabric store soon became a long drawn out excursion with each of us holding multiple bolts of fabric and trying to convince the other one the choose one of our picks.  In the end we agreed on this warm, plaid flannel.  I love the bold colors and modern squares which allowed me plenty of opportunity to play with the angles.  My husband also picked it for one additional purpose – Ohio State.  You see, my husband is from Ohio and loves college football.  He has never been much of a jersey wearing kind of guy so he thought that this fabric would create the perfect shirt to watch all of his buckeye games in their red and gray colors (more about that later).

One of the things that I loved about sewing up the Negroni is that it is a more casual take on a collared shirt so there was a lot of room for individual details.  I played a lot with the bias of the fabric to add interest.  I did this on both the back yoke and also by adding front yokes to both of the shoulders.

I also created two elbow pads as a small accent with the main fabric cut on the bias and attached them at both elbows with a simple edge stitch.

When looking at pictures of other Negroni’s my husband mentioned that he preferred his collars to be a bit less pointy so I angled them back (making them more boxy instead of triangular) by about 1/4 inch on both sides.

For the pocket I added a large box pleat for some added interest.  The fabric for the pocket was cut on the bias as well.

Like I said earlier my husband is a big Ohio State fan and we made this shirt in Ohio State colors.  To add a little personal touch I hand embroidered this little label on the inside neck of the shirt.  I like knowing that the note is there even though no one else can see it.  Hopefully it will make him smile and remind him that I made this shirt for him every time he puts it on.

Honestly, probably the hardest part of making this shirt was cutting it so that everything lined up properly once it was sewn.  I took a lot of time to make sure that the front would line up properly.  For those of you who have made a plaid shirt before you know that this is not for the faint of heart.  I must admit that I am pretty happy with the way that all turned out.

Sewing the sleeve placket was a good experience.  The instructions were clear, and since I went slowly it ended up being the most successful placket that I have sewn to date.  I made it in a red cotton – which is also on the inside of the cuffs, pocket flat, under collar and the inside yoke.

Another thing that I loved about the Negroni pattern was that the instructions made it very easy to not only have a great looking shirt from the outside, but it also teaches you how to make sure that the inside of your shirt is also finished to perfection.  All of the seams are finished with flat felled seams and french seams to make sure that there are no exposed seam allowances.

The Negroni is already a slim cut shirt, but I ended up taking both the side seams and sleeves in by another inch at some places to make it even more slim.  I also raised the arm circle by about an inch and shortened the sleeves and hem by about an inch as well.



In the end both my husband and I are excited about how this shirt turned out.  I think it’s going to get a lot of wear this fall during college football season.

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  • Reply Michelle August 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Kelli! Amazing! I really love how you added the front yokes. Great great work.

  • Reply Kate August 19, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Great shirt, love all the changes and little extra details.

  • Reply velosewer August 19, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Every aspect of this shirt looks really well done.

  • Reply Helen August 19, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    This is beautiful and looks technically perfect. I love the details and your pattern maching is perfect too. I have promised my husband a shirt, and having just shown him this, he loves it (all apart from the elbow patches – but that’s just him, I love them!). Great job!

  • Reply Teresa August 19, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    Kelli – you always do a great job, but this shirt is amazing! You nailed it! All of the details are perfec.

  • Reply girlguydogcat August 19, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Love this! I especially love it since I live in Columbus and am a Ohio State grad! I don’t dare show my husband (also a Buckeye) this shirt for fear he would want one too (and mine would never turn out so well!)

  • Reply Amy August 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Well done. That is a fabulously finished shirt and the plaid is an attractive one! Totally fits OSU – my mom would agree. I had a bit of a laugh when you mentioned the trip to the fabric store.

  • Reply Fabric Tragic August 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Fantastic! I’ve promised my husband one too! Green check! Hope it is half as good as yours!

  • Reply Kelly August 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    This is such a great shirt! You really balanced the competition and making something that will actually be worn and loved. I love all the special details!

  • Reply Nancy August 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I love that your husband went to the fabric store w you to pick out fabric and also took the time to look at various versions of the negroni online! The fit, the look, all the special details are all amazing!

  • Reply Donna Hensley August 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I love all the details – that really makes it special!

  • Reply gingermakes August 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Oh, Kelli, this is fabulous! I really, really love it! You’ve put so much thought into the details and it really paid off. What a great shirt! Your husband is super cute, too! 🙂

  • Reply Karyn August 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Wow. Great job. You are truly talented.

  • Reply Dk's Wife August 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    It is a wonderful shirt.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas August 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Hey Kelli, Happy, handsome, and very hip….your hubby is. I like the originality with the front yoke, and you’ve done a stellar job with matching the large plaid; even the sleeves line up with the main body, {do we say bodice for men?}. Week by week, you turn out beautiful garments. Well done!

  • Reply Gail August 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Really nice shirt – as we say in Australia it’s quite blokey but stylish.

  • Reply emily.marie August 19, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    This is amazing! I love that there are so many special details, yet the shirt doesn’t look overdone in the least. Not to mention the ADORABLE EMBROIDERY! Yeesh, so awesome.

  • Reply lisa g. August 19, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    great shirt! i love all the details you added.

  • Reply Rian Krommenhoek August 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I’m loving Tyson’s beard and the shirt.

  • Reply thequirkypeach August 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    O-H…..(yell that and see if your husband replies with “I-O” – hahaha) GO BUCKS!!! College football lovin’ aside, this is a really great shirt! So perfect for the fall! Love the elbow patches – great idea! The fit looks perfect, and the embroidery! I’ve said enough 😉

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee August 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Yes! Love sewing for the men! This shirt looks great Kelli! I love seeing all the fun little details you added. And added bonus that it matches your husband’s favorite team! Definitely a shirt made with love.

  • Reply jodie August 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Nicely done with such great details!

  • Reply poppykettle August 21, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Oh it’s fabulous! Love the colours and the details. Suits him perfectly 🙂

  • Reply Becky August 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    I just saw that you’re in the finals!! Congratulations, and good luck!

  • Reply kristin August 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Little late in my blog commenting, but I loooooove this shirt you made for your fella. It’s perfectly sewn and feels very Pacific Northwest-y to me, which is of course endearing…send him over to Stumptown coffee’s NYC location and he’ll fit right in I bet! 😀 CONGRATS ON MAKING IT TO THE FINALS, TOO! So well-deserved.

  • Reply dixie August 21, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    OMG, this is the coolest men’s shirt ever! Front yoke!? Elbow Patches!? Solid sleeve placket?! Pleated pocket!? Plus the fabric looks wonderful and cozy. And I love your embroidery, how sweet. 🙂

  • Reply Melissa August 22, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    You did an amazing job on your shirt, Kelli! I love the elbow patches and how you personalized the inside. I’m sure your husband loves it!

  • Reply Whitney Hardie August 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    All of your pieces have been so great! I really hope you win. And it’s easy to see how Tyson’s modeling skills really complement your work. Way to go!

  • Reply Joe Zuchowicz August 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Very Nice, you had some very cool little tweaks you did on this shirt. Love the front patch pocket and elbows. Nice Work!

  • Reply SewJillian September 4, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    This looks fantastic! I also tackled the Negroni in plaid and it is a bear! Pattern matching sent me near insane. But so worth it. I’m crazily about to do a summer plaid version: will I never learn?!

  • Reply jon sims September 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Great job. Terrific shirt. 🙂

  • Reply Jessica September 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    This looks wonderful! With how expensive dress shirts are, I have considered making my husband some since most store bought shirts don’t fit him anyway. This one looks great!

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  • Reply Monica Swift March 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    This is absolutely amazing. Well done with all that plaid, I love the bias details and the matching is phenomenal. I agree with your Ohio Boy on the pointy collars, that’s a great tip.

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