Loyal Sew-Alongers, Sew-Alongettes, and others, it's nearly time to say good-bye to our first-ever MPB Men's Shirt Sew-Along.
The parting will be painful of course but you will discover there is life after sleeve plackets and camp collars; there must be. Rest assured that the sewing, posting, critiquing, and cheering can continue in our Flickr group, which will live on long after the formal Sew-Along packs up and moves on.
I finished Negroni 3 yesterday and am quite happy with it, though my mother judged my fabric choice "silly." She was impressed with Michael's muslin, however (you'd think he'd made it). I believe it is quite normal for a mother to show a slight preference for all things son-in-law-related over the son. There's just less baggage.
And speaking of baggage -- look who'll soon be joining the
Ken's friend Allan and Allan's extensive wardrobe should arrive in the mail this week and what fun we'll have digging through it. Maybe I'll invite Sassy Lassy over for a play date!
But back to Negroni.
Yesterday I added the cuffs, which came out nicely. I had no trouble with the fold-down-outer-edge-at-3/8", stitch-other-side-to-sleeve-at-1/4" instructions but I know many people did. Either way we're talking the difference of 1/8", which is meant (I think) to compensate for the turning right side out and folding over, do you know what I mean? I think the hardest part is positioning the cuff on the inside of the sleeve and stitching without catching the other side. It is for me at least.
You'll notice that instead of a single deep sleeve pleat I created two smaller ones, a look I prefer. I also hemmed the shirt, rolling up at roughly 1/4" and stitching and then rolling and stitching again.
And here it is!
As I mentioned yesterday, I decided to leave off the pockets, which I think look better on a heavier fabric with a less busy pattern. It does lose of a bit of it's Negroni-ness, but that's OK. On this shirt I prefer it. More Negroni 3 pics here.
Friends, I think I am ready to put away my Negroni pattern for the time being; I have a crinoline to make.
You guys have created made some wonderful shirts and truly challenged yourselves with fit and finish. Tomorrow we'll recap our journey, share a few canapes and some Diet Pepsi, and call it a Sew-Along.
Have a great day, everybody, and happy stitching!