A Classic Shirt in Italian Cotton

Mood Fabrics Italian Cotton Check shirting

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.

Mood Fabrics Italian Cotton Check shirting

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!

Mood Fabrics Italian Cotton Check shirting

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!

Mood Fabrics Italian Cotton Check shirting

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.

Mood Fabrics Italian Cotton Check shirtingMood Fabrics Italian Cotton Check shirting

 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.

Mood Fabrics Italian Cotton Check shirting

Not too shabby, eh? The side seams and arm holes were both sewn with a flat felled seam to make them extra strong.

Mood Fabrics Italian Cotton Check shirting

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!

Mood Fabrics Italian cotton check shirting

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?

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  • Debbie Iles
    June 30, 2014

    Well done! Fantastic collars and cuffs! And I love the buttons he matched with it. I can see it’s a beautifully made shirt (and those jeans look familiar too ;-) ) I am exceptionally impressed because I just finished my Nick’s latest business shirt last night (great minds!)….shirts wear me out because I have to force myself to go slow and take my time or I end up putting a collar or cuff on back to front…. I’m more slapdash by nature! But it is so satisfying to get to the end of a shirt and see it work out. Your Nick looks pleased and it looks great on him!’ I’m lucky with my Nick’s interest in fabric- I sent him to Mood in NY when he was there on business a few weeks ago and told him to buy himself and me some fabric….he did pretty well, and found the experience surprisingly enjoyable – I think everyone at mood was very nice to the lost Aussie male, fabric shopping for his wife!

  • Angela
    June 30, 2014

    Beautiful work! Truly a shirt to be proud of, and hubby looks pleased also. (insert hand-clapping emoticon here)

  • Cennetta
    June 30, 2014

    Ms. Sallie,

    Impeccable craftsmanship. Is is appropriate to say a men’s shirt is beautiful? Because it is. You have inspired me to try my hand at making a “beautiful” shirt.

  • Peter
    June 30, 2014

    The shirt looks terrific! Very professional-looking job and he wears it well. Love the fabric choice!

  • Kimberly
    June 30, 2014

    WHAT AN EXCELLENT JOB ON THIS!!!!

  • Lori
    June 30, 2014

    Nick’s shirt looks amazing, so polished and professional. Great choice of fabric, buttons and patterns.

  • Amanda S.
    June 30, 2014

    This looks awesome! The fabric and buttons were perfect for a man’s shirt. What an excellent wifey you are!

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 30, 2014

    Beautiful shirt for Nick! I absolutely adore the Italian cotton shirting at Mood :)

  • DebB
    June 30, 2014

    What a beautifully executed shirt! I am going to have to try my hand at one of those someday. Your handsome hubby makes quite the model too! He must feel well-loved.

  • Fiona
    June 30, 2014

    Great job Sallie! I love the button down collar, your husband has a great taste in buttons! I’m also working on an adapted Negroni in a Mood Italian shirting at the minute, great minds must think alike!

  • Fabric Tragic
    June 30, 2014

    You’ve done such a beautiful job – what a great collaboration between you both! Strange my beloved doesn’t like to linger for hours in fabric shops either……weird!

  • Mary Danielson
    June 30, 2014

    What a wonderful birthday present, Sallie! I really love the buttons Nick chose–a perfect collaboration. You did such beautiful work with this piece!

  • Rose Britton
    June 30, 2014

    Nick models his beautiful shirt very well!

  • Ginger
    July 1, 2014

    This is absolutely lovely! It looks great on Nick!

  • oonaballoona
    July 1, 2014

    that last shot. the best. nick, you handsome devil.

  • devra
    July 1, 2014

    sallie, you did great work as always – but really, we couldn’t get one more “detail” shot of the jeans? :-)

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 2, 2014

    Oh dear I hope my Patrick doesn’t see this – I really should make him shirts as he’s extremely tall & it is hard to get shirts to fit his lanky body & long long arms. RTW shirts seem to think the bigger the guy, the bigger the neck… which isn’t always true. Lovely lovely shirt, he will no doubt wear it until it falls apart!

  • Heather Lou
    July 2, 2014

    Great shirt dude. And are those his new jeans I spy?!?!?

    I really have to make G something… poor guy has gotten NOTHING from Bernie yet!

  • Amy
    July 3, 2014

    Brilliant! I know what you mean about practice making perfect on shirt topstitching. And collars I think. The more I make the better the point I get. I have two shirts to make my not so little brother. And I said I’d make a dress shirt for my fella. Oh my

  • jack
    July 3, 2014

    My what a superior shirt. the stitching is orgasmic!!!! (I’ll have what he’s wreaking.)