The birthday boy at Palm Cove.
Anyhow, one of my most recent creations was to sew a Colette Negroni shirt for my husband for his birthday. I've never made a collared shirt before. I'm not really into the whole collared-buttoned-up look for myself and I've never ventured further than fishermen's pants for Paul. Somehow though I felt it was time. Time to add this style of garment to my sewing repertoire and time to sew Paul a lovely garment. He does, after all, most definitely deserve a handmade garment sewn with love.
I began by sewing a toile. I originally sewed up a large. The fit was perfect across the shoulders and yoke, however the body of the shirt was too baggy. No slim-fit to be seen anywhere, so I graded the width down to a medium. I did however leave a little extra room across his 40+ year old podge. That, I discovered, is the fabulous thing about sewing your man a shirt. The point where a slim-fit shirt may appear a little too snug, can be accommodated for - you end up with a slim-fit shirt, that appears slim-fit right the way through. No tight spots and no having to go up a size resulting in a garment too over-sized everywhere else. Fabulous, don't you think?
It was blowing a gale at Palm Cove today, so everything appears a little skewed. Trust me, it does all sit flat.
My sleeve piece sitting on top of the Negroni sleeve piece.
I thoroughly enjoyed sewing this shirt for Paul. I haven't been enjoying sewing much lately and I think it may have reignited my enthusiasm. I enjoyed the process and the ease of sewing with this type of fabric. As many of you would know, cotton lawn is a dream to sew with and provided welcome respite from some of the poorly behaved silks that have been haunting me lately.
Happy birthday Paul!