¡Ay yai yai!
It was by sheer determination that I put the Negroni shirt together. If this project wasn’t for my honey I would have been so be okay with putting it aside and trying again in the future. But I was determined for him to wear it on our anniversary so I kept my eye on the prize and soldiered on.
Attaching the facing/yoke piece was a force to be reckoned with. I attached it and unpicked it three times. I looked online for help but couldn’t find any visual aid. Instead I read how easily the shirt came together for others. I so disagreed. But I had to remind myself that I can’t compare myself to other sewists. Our skills set vary. And I am such a visual learner. Not being able to see how the facing/yoke was meant to attach drove me batty! When I FINALLY sewn it on correctly I couldn’t remember how! Oy. Here’s hoping I have muscle memory for the final version.
The sleeves? I’ve never attached sleeves before this project. I attached and unpicked one sleeve six times! Yes. Six! The second sleeve? Only once. What was the problem? My fabric didn’t have a wrong side and I never indicated a side as one. Duh, Mela. DUH.
An addition to my frustrations came from the cheap, craptastic fabric I used for the test garment. It kept fraying and it would not hold a press for long. Folds seemed to disappear in a matter of minutes. Hopefully the shirting fabric will make the sewing process go a lot easier next time.
The pocket placement is off. Initially I wasn’t sure and asked a few people and everyone agreed that it has to be lowered and moved to the (my) right.
All in all I think the shirt fits pretty well but I am still unsure. I cut G a size medium and it fits him like a glove. Maybe too much so? Although there’s no strain anywhere (or is there strain and my beginner’s eyes fail me?) I can’t help but compare how the Negroni fits on G versus the Negroni fits on other men. I found that the shirt appeared to have a bit more ease on the other men. I am tempted to add a smidgen more, maybe an inch overall. I haven’t decided yet. But what I do know is that I can’t wait to see how the shirt looks in fashion fabric.
*no photos of the bottom half since I didn’t bother to hem it.