This shirt makes me both proud and ashamed.
I’m ashamed that it took me so long to get to. Kenn bought this gorgeous Liberty lawn last summer at Britex. It’s Liberty, so you know it was not cheap. We both knew I wouldn’t get to it right away, but I didn’t expect it would take me quite this long.
But what I lacked in speed I made up for in attention to detail.
With such a busy pattern, I knew that the only way I’d be happy with the front pockets would be to have them perfectly pattern matched. So I meticulously matched up the print on both the pockets and the flaps. The pockets just melt right into the shirt. And of course I matched the pattern down the front as well (which is much much easier to do, but seemed to impress Kenn just as much as the pockets).
This is a size small since, as you can see, Kenn is a very skinny guy.
And here is a photo demonstrating how quickly he gets annoyed with modeling.
But what’s important is that he’s already declared it his new favorite shirt.
- I should think about what I can and can’t live with. I spent quite a while matching up the pattern on both pockets. I sewed the first one on and… argh! I’d cut it slightly off grain! I’d spent so much time focusing on the print matching, I hadn’t paid enough attention to grainline. I’d already attached it and knew that Kenn (or anyone else) probably would never notice that it was a tiny bit askew, especially since it blended in so well. But I knew it was there, and I really wanted this shirt to be my best effort. So I took it off, recut, and made the darn thing perfect. And I am so glad that I did.
- Details take time. Once I started on this shirt, I knew it would take a while because I like to sew in short bursts rather than marathon sessions. I gave myself over a week and I’m glad, because there are lots of little details on this shirt that make it perfect for spacing out over a week or two.
I think this pattern is best given lots of breathing room so you can focus on one thing at a time. In fact, I think it would be perfect for assembly lining if you wanted to make a few at once, because there are so many little things to do. But the little details also make it really satisfying.
- I don’t like my felling foot. There, I said it. I kind of hate the felling foot and prefer sewing felled seams without it. I guess some people love theirs and I’ve tried to love mine, but mine (the Bernina #71) seems pretty useless on thin shirting fabric. It seems better suited to heavy fabrics like denim or bottomweight fabrics. I ended up sewing my seams without it and probably won’t use it on shirts anymore.
I really love the Negroni, both sewing it and the way it looks. I’m even considering making one for myself over the summer, maybe in a nice chambray. I think it could be really chic on a woman, don’t you?