I’ve never sewn menswear before. It was time to put this omission right. I ordered a copy of the Colette Patterns Negroni shirt, three metres of indigo Carolina gingham from The Village Haberdashery, and perfectly matching buttons from here.
It’s years since I’ve sewn with Colette Patterns. This Walden menswear pattern is really excellent. Five pages are dedicated to the single step of sewing a placket. The fabric was lovely and warm to the touch, and really easy to work with. More suited to a winter make than a summer shirt.
If you want to make a shirt as a gift for someone else, forget the surprise element. You’ll want to check pattern measurements against the actual body you’re sewing for. Anything else is setting yourself up for a fall. Even with these precautions, I fell badly. At the eleventh hour I sewed button holes on the wrong end of the cuffs. Now, the wearer has cuffs that are a tiny bit too narrow. And a smidge too short.
Does that make me a failure? Hardly. This shirt was sewn with love and care, and it’s being worn in the same spirit. The make enjoyed its launch this weekend in Brighton on my birthday (today). As I am repeatedly informed, other people also like to feel special on 14 February. I think this shirt did the job.
We had a wonderful time on the south coast. We stopped in at Ditto Fabrics and the pier – naturally.
What did my fortune card tell me? You will be very happy with the one you have chosen for your life’s companion.
It also told me to curb my temper. Whatever.
Happy February, everyone! Have you sewn the Negroni shirt? I think it’s worth saving for those special times in life. Wouldn’t you agree, my little scruffy darling and ever loved Ella?