A Classic Shirt in Italian Cotton
Hi there everyone! Let me introduce you to my handsome husband, Nick (Nick, meet the Mood Sewing Network – Mood Sewing Network, meet Nick!) This month I have been practicing some selfless sewing. I don’t often sew for my fellow, but he had a birthday this past month, and I’ve also discovered that sewing for someone else is a great way to work through those creative blocks which have been plaguing my sewing room the past few weeks.
I generally have a hard time picking out fabrics for Nick, and he’s not the biggest fan of accompanying me to fabric stores, or spending hours trolling through pages and pages of fabric pictures online (I mean… I can’t imagine why not…) Which is why I jumped on this lovely Italian cotton shirting from Mood Fabrics’ online store after it caught both of our eyes!
The check size is nice – not too big, not too small, it feels slightly dressier, without making him look like a banker (not that there’s anything wrong with dressing like a banker, that’s just not Nick’s style!) and the 100% cotton content is a draw for him since he often has to go from the office to an outdoor job site. To be honest, once I got it in my hot little hands, I couldn’t wait to start working with it! I was so impressed with the feel of this stuff! It has such a smooth, softly crisp, gorgeous hand, and was an absolute delight to work with. Those Italians sure know what they’re doing with their shirting fabrics! If I could have thought of something to make with this fabric for myself, I probably would have stolen it from him!
The pattern is an altered version of Colette’s Negroni pattern, which I drafted a collar, collar stand, and button placket for, to give it more of a traditional men’s shirt style (rather than the Negroni’s original, groovy, camp shirt style). I’ve used this pattern to make a couple of shirts for Nick in the past, and he seems pretty pleased with the fit of it.
Nick picked out the tortoise shell buttons, and I think he made an excellent choice! I placed the front pocket, button placket, and back yoke on the bias to give a visual break in the checks, and also to avoid all that plaid matching! Although I must say, I’m pretty pleased with the way the side seams line up.
Not too shabby, eh? The side seams and arm holes were both sewn with a flat felled seam to make them extra strong.
I’m pretty proud of all the little details on this shirt, like this sleeve placket. After sewing several shirts like this for both Nick and myself over the last couple of years, I’m finally starting to feel confident in my topstitching and some of the more precise sewing that they involve. One of the reasons I love sewing the same pattern multiple times is because you can really see how your skills improve with each iteration. It’s like a nice little pat on the back!
And even though I’ll always be a selfish seamstress in my heart, I gotta admit that it’s nice to make someone else happy every once in a loooong while! How about you guys, are you planning any selfless sewing this summer?