A classic, structured men's shirt pattern can be hard to find. Luckily, the Walden line from Colette Patterns features some great clothing and gear for the rugged outdoorsmen of the Pacific Northwest. They are also stylish looks for the less rugged among us! Bonnie made a sample of the Negroni, a classic button-up shirt that features flap pockets and some snazzy pearl snaps. Here are her thoughts on the pattern:
"For men that like a classic, slightly retro shirt with a more modern cut, this shirt pattern is just the thing. The instructions will guide you gently through every step of creating a well-crafted casual shirt: felled seams, a lined back yoke, and sleeve plackets on the long sleeve version. Subtle details include a convertible collar (also known as a "camp collar") and midcentury style collar loop detail.
This shirt can be made in a variety of fabrics, such as crisp shirting, warm flannel for winter, or cool rayon for summer. Check out the pattern info for more details and suggested fabrics.
Version 1 has long sleeves finished with a placket and cuff. Version 2 has short sleeves."
XS - 2XL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were good, although Bonnie used a different technique than suggested for the flat-felled seams. (This is the benefit of 30+ years of sewing experience!)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Bonnie liked that it was a more slender cut than most men's shirt patterns, which gives it a modern feel.
Bonnie used this beautiful (and manly) 100% cotton Buffalo Plaid from Robert Kaufman. It has a nice hand and is easy to work with. It does wrinkle some.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
For some fun detailing, Bonnie cut the yoke, pockets, flaps, and cuffs on the bias. Instead of using buttons, she used black pearl snaps to give it a good Western look.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes definitely, to both!
The Negroni is a great update on a classic shirt. Bonnie liked the use of the flat-felled seams to create a more polished finish on the inside and allow for top-stitched detailing. The sleeve plackets were easy to place given the instructions provided and the pattern piece design worked well.
We'll be sewing up a lot more of these for the fellas in our lives!