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Negroni – Take One

Phew! I’m SO happy to be done with this project! Not because it was overly difficult, (it really wasn’t) but because I had an extreme case of the idiots at two different times while putting the Negroni together. The double sided yoke and collar were no problem at all. It took me a second to figure out the directions, but I got them in first try with no issues. The two parts that made me tweet some statements that I’m sure made some people question my sanity were the sleeves, and the button holes. The two easiest parts!!! That’s what happens when you stay up too late at night and try to rush to get the “easy” parts finished.

Instead of doing flat felled seams, I opted for normal ol’ seams with a serged edge and top stitching. No biggie. Until I did ALL of that and realized the seam was on the outside of the shirt. NNOOOOOOooooooo! Big sloppy mistake. Do you know how hard it is to rip out serging, two lines of top stitching, AND the original seam? I contemplated throwing the shirt into the fire place at this point. …I did this on both sleeves. BOTH of them! AH! Needless to say I had to cut two new sleeves and then do it all over again. Which is the point where I started losing my mind. I double and triple checked to make sure the right sides were together before sewing the new sleeve on, only to turn it right side out and realize I did it wrong AGAIN! I literally slapped myself in the face at that moment. I was so upset I started laughing. Because seriously, who does that?! At least it was only the one sleeve this time and I just had to rip out the one seam instead of like, 12. On the third and final attempt, I actually had Liam watch me pin it, and turn it to the right side so I KNEW it would be right before sewing.

Third time was in fact a charm, and I ended up with two great looking sleeves finished with decent, straight top stitching. Finally!

After that, the only thing left for me to do were the button holes. I have an auto button-holer setting on my machine so this should have been a piece of cake right? WRONG. I made the mistake of tracing my markings on the shirt piece AFTER it was stitched together. I didn’t take the seam allowance into account, and ended up with 5 button holes WAY too far off. I seriously almost cried. I was so close to being done and had a massive DUH moment on my hands that I couldn’t just rip out, or cut a new piece to fix. I was thinking I’d need to start all over again, which I had neither the time nor the money for. I don’t think I’ve ever been so crushed during a sewing project.

But! I refused to accept defeat. There was absolutely no way I was going to come this far and have to scrap the entire thing. No way. Especially since it was my own fault for rushing and letting my brain go into moron mode. So, I came up with a solution…
Liam says he really likes the stripe down the front, but I think he was just trying to make me feel better. But we stopped into work today to buy some fabric and my boss commented that she really loved the stripe too! Then I laughed and told her WHY it was there. Liam said if I didn’t tell people, no one would ever know it was a mistake.

So, yeah! I totally put that there on purpose! …not.
Seriously though, don’t let my idiot mistakes scare you away from making this shirt! This was my first ever attempt at any kind of menswear, and honestly if you take your time and read ahead in the pattern to make sure you’re on track, it’s not difficult. Sewing the yoke was a bit tricky, but I figured it out on the first attempt. I’ll be sewing another one of these for the shop, and will definitely take some step by step pics for those interested in giving this one a try. The pattern directions are good, but an actual photo would be way more helpful than the illustrations provided on some of the steps. If you do start this and get overwhelmed or confused, STEP AWAY FROM THE SHIRT and give it another go the next day. This will save you from making stupid mistakes like someone you know did 😉

So, with that said, Liam says this is his new favorite shirt and already has a color scheme in mind for his next one! This one is a little “loud” for his taste normally, but as I mentioned, we’ll be wearing bright green for my friend’s St. Patty’s day wedding!

He loves the fit, (this one is a medium) and says the construction and build of the shirt is very comfortable and easy to wear. I made no muslin or fit alterations with this shirt. It’s described as a slim fit, but I don’t find it to be too fitted. Just fitted enough to be flattering.

Highly recommended!

If you’re working on the Negroni and need help at any point, please let me know!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂



  • Oh, I’ve enjoyed a good laugh with this post – I’ve done similar stupid mistakes…multiple times. I’m just on an internet search for Negronis because I’m cutting the fabric for one which is a Valentine’s gift….which is…yup…today! As if that’s going to get finished! Anyway, I love your version – mistakes and all and great to know it’s achievable if I just *concentrate* ! x

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  • Melissa Kronlage

    I love the stripe and I think it is so funny that it is a cover-up. You did an awesome job!

    • Aww, thank you! Yeah I try to make my “oops” moments worth it lol. Sometimes I succeed 😉

  • I LOVE the stripe! First saw it on the wedding post, and thought it was such a clever detail. And it is clever… and a total save 🙂 Don’t feel bad, though… I’ve made a mistake, then immediately repeated it. All boils down to being too tired/rushed. 

    • Thank you! Yeah I totally admit it was me just not thinking it through. I guess I learn best the hard way haha! 

  • As a fan of GREEN i really like it!! And seriously, the striped band gives a little nice and personal details, so even if it was to hide a mistake shhhhh keep it secret! ; )

    • Haha yeah I should probably stop telling people 😉 

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  • poppykettle

    I love green. Any shade of green. And that green with the stripey green? Love it. Especially in the shirt form the green has taken! Sewing perfection 🙂

  • Izznit

    Before I read anything I was thinking the stripe down the center is a nice detail! As for unpicking overlock, if you can pull out the running stitch on the bottom between the loops, the rest of the threads will fall off. You’ll be able to undo a seam in a few seconds 🙂

    • Well thanks! And that’s a very good point about the overlock threads, I should have figured that one out, but I was too upset to care lol. At that point the ripping was kind of a stress release! Good to know for the future though for sure. 

  • Hi Rochelle! This shirt is pure awesome! Great idea with the stripe.

    On a side note, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You needn’t participate if it’s not your thing, but I just wanted to let you know. Details on my blog soon. 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m so very glad you think my mess up is a great idea 😉

      Also, please let me know more about this Versatile Blogger Award! I’m so very honored that you would nominate me, but I’m a little embarrassed to admit I don’t know what it is! 

  • Yaaaayyyyyyy Negroni!  This looks amazing!  I like the stripe, too– very retro!  You two will look cute as a couple of buttons in your matching outfits!

  • Miss Crayola Creepy

    1. I like the “cool add on!” Before I read anything I looked at it and thought it was awesome.
    2. The next shirt you make will be a breeze!
    3. You two will be the best dressed couple at the wedding.
    4. I will take you up on the offer for help 🙂

    • 1. Thank you! It’s growing on me for sure, and now on the next one I kind of want to add a bigger stripe behind the pocket to make it more vintage-bowling shirt like!
      2. YES! Next time I will know exactly when not to be an idiot lol
      3. I hope so, I worked awfully hard on our outfits! 😉
      4. I will absolutely be happy to help! Let me know.

  • I think the stripe on the front adds a kind of “bowling shirt” detail to it, and since the stripe fabric is on the yoke, it doesn’t look totally random.
    I actually started laughing that you said you actually slapped yourself and were so upset you were laughing. I wasn’t laughing at your misfortune – no. Too many times to count I have totally been there, when you were tweeting about throwing the sleeves in the fire, oh man. I get it!

    The end result looks great! I just met Sarai on Saturday at a little meet and greet here in Seattle, and she is absolutely lovely! Also, she said she has a shorts pattern coming out in 3-4 weeks. I don’t think she’s officially announced that, but I cannot wait! She described them as a bit on the sailor-style side, with option buttons. I love her patterns!

    • Oh you can totally laugh at me! Haha! Uhhgggg soooo stupid of me. I’m glad to know I’m not to only one who’s been there! Though, I wouldn’t wish that situation on anyone lol

      You’re a lucky duck to have met Sarai! I’m SO looking forward to the spring collection, whatever it may include. Shorts would be awesome though! Thanks for the insight 😉

  • Aw yay, it looks so good! I really like the stripe-buttonhole-cover-up detail – it totally looks intentional and really brings out the stripes in the yoke & under the pocket flaps.

    I actually bought this pattern+fabric for my boyfriend for Christmas, and got as far as making a muslin but we haven’t progressed past that – I can’t get him to stand still long enough to do the fitting. Bahhh I’m the worst girlfriend ever, hoarding his Christmas present like that lol. This inspires me to at least try to pin him down this week and get the fitting done so I can get crackin on those shirts!

    • Thank you! 
      You’re not the worst girlfriend! I’m sure the shirt will be amazing when it’s finished, and you’ll have one very happy mister who will be wishing he sat still sooner! I can’t wait to see when you’re done 🙂