Completed: The Negroni Shirt

7 Jun

Alternately titled: I Am The Worst Girlfriend Ever When It Involves Gift-Giving

I bought this pattern – Colette pattern’s Negroni – as part of Landon’s Christmas present. I also bought him a nice fat gift certificate to the fabric store, and we picked out two suitable fabrics – a stripey cotton shirting, and a soft checkered flannel. I dutifully made a muslin, and when we checked the fit, I realized a lot of changes were going to need to be made to get this Landon-appropriate (not that the pattern is a bad one, fit-wise – he’s just really particular about how his stuff fits. Kind of like me!).

Then the pattern & the muslin sat in my sewing room for, oh, about 6 months. LAWL.

Most of the issue here is that Landon wouldn’t freakin’ stand still long enough for me to put the shirt on him, pin it closed, and really asses the fitting changes needed. Or, rather, that’s what I’m blaming it on. Either way, I felt bad! So I finally bit the bullet and came to terms with the fact that he wasn’t going to let me stick a bunch of pins in him, and pulled one of his favorite button-ups out of the closet (which is quite conveniently located inside my sewing room, hee!) and used that to measure against the flat pattern. Made a quickie muslin, forced it on the dude once he got home, and lo & behold – the fit was perfect! And once that was out of the way, the actual making of the shirt came together quite quickly.


Here’s a rundown of all the fitting changes – hopefully this will help you understand why I dragged my feet for so long!
– Landon has a pretty big neck for his size, so the shoulders & neck are a size M, tapered down to smaller than a S (don’t remember the exact amount I took out, sorry!) below his chest. The sleeves were also tapered down to less than a S.
– Shortened the torso about 2″ (I think)
– Shortened the sleeves 2″
– Raised the armscye 1/2″
– Lengthened the sleeve cuff about ~1 3/4″ (it fit perfectly out-of-envelope, but Landon doesn’t like wearing his cuffs that tight – he likes them to slide over his watch)
– Widened the bottom of the sleeve to accommodate the new cuff length
– Added a single button to the middle of the placket
– Rearranged the placement of the buttons & added a few more to the front placket, omitted the collar loop
– Cut the yoke, collar & cuffs on the lengthwise grain for visual interest

Also, please ignore all the stray threads and the fact that I did not properly press the collar – I was rushing to sew on all those buttons and get some pictures before the sun set!

I think that’s it!

The actual sewing of this shirt, like I said, was surprisingly fast & simple. Even with the sleeve placket & all those flat-felled seams, it came together in a couple of days – and would have been finished even sooner, but we had an issue with the buttons (they were listed as 1/2″ but they looked reeeally small, so I measured them and they came out at under 3/8″! WTF!). At any rate, the instructions on this shirt pattern are gold. Seriously. Even if you don’t care for this relaxed style of button-up, the instructions alone are absolutely worth the cost of the pattern. I feel like I can tackle anything now! Anythingggg!!

Let’s have some pictures, yes?



This is Landon demonstrating his range of arm movement

Negroni - back yoke
I love the contrast of the horizontal stripes on the yoke.



Negroni - Buttons

Negroni - collar

Negroni - sleeves

What was that? You wanted to see more of that beautiful placket & topstitching? WELL, HERE YA GO-

Negroni - placket

“Landon, tilt your chin down a bit.”

Tried to climb a tree, realized all the branches are beyond dead.


HAAAA, ok, that’ll be enough of that!

Overall, I think he’s pretty happy with the finished shirt! I do want to make more of these… and try out some ~real~ button-ups with a proper collar stand & front button placket – does anyone have a TNT pattern they’d like to suggest?? I will definitely be making this again at least once, in the blue flannel shirting, but I am going to have him wear this one around for a couple of weeks so we can sort out any fitting issues that may not be apparent when he’s just standing under a tree πŸ™‚

Oh, and one more thing – today is Landon’s birthday!

You heartthrob, you.

For real! He’s 25 today πŸ™‚ Happy birthday, you gorgeous man!


53 Responses to “Completed: The Negroni Shirt”

  1. Kerry June 7, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    What a great shirt and looks like a perfect fit. Nice work! πŸ™‚

  2. Louella-Heathersphere June 7, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Fab looking shirt on Landon! He wears it SEW well!

  3. Andrea June 7, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Nice. I just sewed McCalls 6044 for my boyfriend after seeing it on other blogs. It has a collar stand and traditional collar, and yet is way easier to put together than the Negroni. Something to think of next time you sew for him. You can see my version on my most recent post. Happy birthday Landon!

  4. Alycia June 7, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Aww he’s looking all GQ lol

    Happy Birthday, Landy!!!

  5. Ali M June 7, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Well Happy Birthday to Landon! Hmm did you cut all new pattern pieces from paper or something with all those changes already in it? No reason why you shouldn’t just have your own TNT pattern, as I’m guessing you’d have to alter any other patterns too. Not to mention that then you’d have something to compare all future patterns to.
    He looks great! I got McCalls 6044 mens shirt pattern uh…8 months ago, hasn’t come out of the envelope. Maybe I should try the Negroni if the instructions are that great (and it sounds like a good stall tactic!)

    • LLADYBIRD June 7, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      Haha, naw, I don’t have enough patience for tracing or anything like that. I just measured my pattern pieces against the existing shirt, redrew the seams in pencil & checked that everything matched up, and then cut away the excess on the actual pattern pieces πŸ™‚ I can use it to compare against any other men’s shirt pattern I end up using, so it works out!

  6. Claire (aka Seemane) June 7, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Looks so good! Great job (notes to self must make Hubby his Negroni promised to him for Christmas 2010 opps!).

    P.S. Happy Birthday wishes t Landon πŸ™‚

  7. Molly June 7, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    That looks really nice! Happy bday Landon!

  8. Jen June 7, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Aww, what a lucky guy. Happy birthday, Landon! The shirt looks fantastic, broad in the shoulders and tapered in the torso, just like it should be. I just hope my boyfriend doesn’t see this and get any ideas…

  9. Rochelle New June 7, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    UH-MAZING job on the shirt, Lady! Looks fabulous. …totes fab even.
    And happy birthday to Landon!

  10. zilredloh June 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Your Negroni looks great! I love that fabric you (aka he) choose. You’re dating such a cutie, only made cuter with your mad sewing skills. heh

    I wish my Felix would allow me to make clothes for him… I think he also wouldn’t allow me to stick pin in him for fitting purposes.

    • LLADYBIRD June 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

      Felix is MISSING OUT! And dude, making men’s clothing just opened up a whole new world of sewing possibilities for me, no lie.

  11. Sandy June 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    We are having another weird coincidence: My husband’s birthday was Tuesday, and I made him a muslin for his present, because I too have been promising to make a custom-made shirt for him for ages. I haven’t been able to get him to put it on yet, that’s another story. I love your Negroni! Nice work & Happy Birthday to Landon.

    • LLADYBIRD June 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

      Haha, that’s awesome! Happy birthday to your husband πŸ˜€

  12. gingermakes June 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Love this! It’s so pro! Happy birthday, Landon! I got the Negroni pattern recently and have promised the man a shirt, but haven’t gotten around to it. You’re inspiring me!

  13. Anonymous June 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    So cute! Shirt and the guy! But what are you working on for you Miss Lauren???

    • LLADYBIRD June 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      Oh, I’ve got some projects in the works πŸ™‚ A circle skirt, a LBD, and something else I’m not allowed to talk about just yet πŸ™‚

  14. leahfranqui June 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    What an awesome fit, Lauren! Happy Birthday, Landon! Well modeled, though of course he has nothing on you…

  15. Jaclyn Parks June 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Looks great and really comfy! Love all the little details you did that make it “his”. Bet it becomes his favorite shirt… At least till the plaid one comes along! Well done chickie! πŸ™‚

  16. Tasha @ By gum, by golly! June 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Awww, happy birthday to him! I wondered what sleeves were going to be revealed when you were tweeting pics. lol That looks killer! It’s amazingly perfect, wowza! I am terrible and refuse to show Mel that this pattern exists or I will never hear the end of “when you are going to make that for me?” πŸ˜‰

  17. Debi June 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Landon!! The shirt looks fab….I love the photos!

  18. misscrayolacreepy June 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    You should just play it off that it was a birthday present and not a Christmas present! πŸ™‚ The shirt looks perfect!

  19. Seraphinalina June 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Merry birthday Christmas! You’re just the girlfriend who gives the gifts that keep on giving. πŸ˜‰

    It looks lovely. I toy with the idea of making a shirt for my husband, I have linen I bought with him in mind but I never quite get around to it. Fortunately, I haven’t mentioned it to him.

  20. Kitty Cat Stevens June 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    i am SO impressed! i don’t know any sewing terminology but i do know that you got a pretty good looker there and we CLEARLY need to get some kind of bike ride/cupcake/sewing circle happenings going on around here ;-]

  21. Meg @ Mood June 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Love that Landon was such a good sport about modeling for us all. Nice work you!

  22. Karen Jacqueline Kayes June 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Burda 7767 is a more formal shirt with stand, ignore the picture of the dress shirt featured, but sadly doesn’t have the front placket> However I can recommend it as it’s much more fitted than lots of other men’s shirt patterns out there. I think Peter on Male Pattern Boldness did a placket tutorial on his sew along too. Good luck with the next shirt, you have a very cute partner who looks very well in his new shirt πŸ˜‰

  23. Anonymous June 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    he DOES have a big neck

    • LLADYBIRD June 8, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      A big beautiful neck, you mean!

  24. tinygoldenpins June 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    He may have a big neck but the face on top of it is completely adorable. That last picture made me swoon!

  25. Trice June 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    Well done.
    I am supposed to make a tailor jacket for my close friend. Maybe I’ll make him a fancy shirt to go with the jacket.

    • LLADYBIRD June 8, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      Ohh, I want to see the progress on this! Sounds like it’s going to be awesome πŸ˜€

  26. poppykettle June 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    I am duly impressed by your plackets – the shirt looks great!

  27. StephC June 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    It looks really good, nice top-stitching! I keep thinking I’ll get Negroni for Stephen, then don’t… I’ve used Simplicity 2741 in the past, though if memory serves me it doesn’t have the neato sleeve plackets Negroni has. Maybe it does…

  28. Rachel June 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    It looks great!

    and Happy Birthday Landon!

  29. Nadia Lewis June 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm #


    And the shirt is nice too. ;P

    Happy Birthday, Landon!

  30. Nyssa Jayne June 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    the shirt looks great! i just forwarded it onto my fiance, i quite like sewing men’s clothes because there’s more straight lines, but just as many nice details.

  31. Chloe June 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    This is great – a lovely colour and looks very nicely sewed πŸ™‚ (Sewn? Sewed? Why dont I know which one…?) I love the horizontal stripes on the yoke too – I have a short sleeved shirt pattern I am meant to be making for my hub soon, I may have to go stripey! Great work πŸ™‚

  32. Helen Made June 8, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    Shirt looks great – Landon has good taste in fabric! lol

    And happy birthday to him too!!

  33. didyoumakethat June 8, 2012 at 3:11 am #

    A shirt and a man to be proud of! Aw, 25 – I remember that!

  34. scruffybadger June 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Wow, that is a fab fitting negroni … you have done such a great job. He’s a bit of a star too, isnt he ?! I enjoy making mens shirts too, love the yokes, the plackets etc & even though I’m into making floral shirts for my menfolk, the florals & polka dots somehow get into my personal sewing dreams… & the guys miss out!

  35. Handmade Jane June 9, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Fab, beautifully fitting shirt. I’m way too lazy and my husband is way too fussy with his clothes for a men’s shirt ever to make an appearance on my blog. I’m making my son one soon though, does that count?!
    I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, Landon is indeed rather handsome! Happy Birthday. X

  36. sallie June 9, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    This looks great! I love all your stripe matching. I made the Negroni for my husband last year for his birthday (short sleeve) but I redrafted the collar so it has a stand and added a button placket. Its a really easy change – and actually Peter from Male Pattern Boldness has a couple posts on doing exactly that! I wanted to use the Negroni for Colette’s hand holding instructions, but I knew he wouldn’t like the relaxed collar. Nick (my husband) has a birthday coming up in a few weeks and I was thinking of making him the long sleeve version this year. I think I’ll take a tip from you and fit it based on one of his existing shirts! Great idea!

  37. Calico Stretch June 10, 2012 at 4:42 am #

    Of course you realise that the reason you delayed making it for Christmas was to deliver in time for the big 25th. Hey, fantasTIC planning you.

    Great shirt too and it looks great on.

  38. StefanVerrill June 11, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    Hey nice shirt. I liked the color of it. Looks cool on you…

  39. symondezyn June 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Awww so cute! Great job on the shirt, and Happy Birthday to your adorable man!

  40. Roxy June 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Hooray!! I’m not the only terrible girlfriend. I started sewing this shirt for my BF agesss ago as part of the MPB sew-along. My fabric was horrible with crooked checks so I just gave up. But just last week I bought new (staight!) fabric to have another attempt and hopefully finish it in time for his b’day at the end of August. Both the shirt and Landon look absolutely handsome. Well done and Happy Birthday to him!!

  41. Elizabeth June 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Great fit! Regarding your request for suggestions on men’s shirt patterns, my go-to is kwik sew 2777, classic dress shirt. I have made over 30 shirts for my husband with this pattern. Instructions and fit on kwik sew are always excellent.

  42. Alaskapsych June 29, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Happy birthday to Landon and the shirt looks fantastic!


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