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Negronis are rolling in

I had to share some of the first Negroni versions to be posted to the Flickr group!

This one is from Melissa. I really like the diagonal cuffs and pockets with the small check. It looks so crisp.

This next one is from Shelly of Figgy’s, who mentioned that “he said this was the best fitting shirt he’s ever worn.”

I had to save funniest for last. This one is by Jaime, and I am just going to post her description verbatim:

“It was my husband who purchased my first Colette pattern as a birthday gift. So I was thrilled to test sew the new men’s shirt pattern, Negroni, for him. When I told him I wanted some photos, he said sure. I had no idea it was going to include a knife fight hunt and our ninja dog, Mo. Strange? Yes. Fun? Totally. He has yet to wear the shirt, where he doesn’t get a comment or asked where he got it.”

Sarai Mitnick


Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.


Mary Beth @ Yarn U iPhone app

December 23, 2010 #

Nice shirts…but I’m still looking for that elusive back shot, which I have to see for this pattern. For me,this part is important. What kind of shaping, piecing goes on in the back? It’s a mystery. There’s often talk about swayback adjustments for women…what about men? But without seeing the back it’s hard to know what construction and modifications might be needed…..


December 23, 2010 #

Mary Beth, if you look at the pattern cover, there is a technical drawing that shows the back and the shaping that goes on there… it’s shaped with a back yoke and two pleats. Men’s shirts typically don’t have any shaping at the lower back, except for perhaps the side seams.

Here is a direct link to the cover with drawings:


December 23, 2010 #

I love these! I can’t wait to share a photo of the one I’m making…it’s my favorite thing I’ve ever sewn. The directions are spot on and I love love love that all the seam allowances are either encased by felled seams or within the yoke. Pretty perfect! <3


December 23, 2010 #

Oh this is so lovely to see some more examples of the finished shirt. I hadn’t considered floral, but the last photo is making me think that could be a jolly good direction to head in. This pattern will be the first thing that I buy in the new year when the post has returned to normal. I’m wondering whether Anna Maria Horner’s voiles be too thin for a Man Shirt… I’m unsure whether nipple shadows would be appreciated by my husband or his colleagues…but she has a blue and mustardy stripe voile that I think this shirt would look wonderful in.


December 23, 2010 #

I’m itching to make one in a Liberty print, but I don’t know who I’d make it for!

I’m not sure about the Anna Maria Horner voiles, but I think they aren’t too terribly sheer? With an undershirt, I’m sure it would be fine!