A Negroni Shirt for My Husband

I have finally ventured into the realm of menswear. I finished this shirt at the beginning of the month, but I didn’t managed to coerce my husband into standing still for pictures until the end of last week.

He insisted on looking as awkward as possible. Haha!

I’ve said that I would make him a shirt for years now, and I finally decided that it was about time I made one. I finished this shirt for his birthday at the beginning of August, but I had to make a few adjustments. So, he didn’t actually end up wearing it out until my birthday last week.

ResizedImage951377220606056I used the Colette Patterns’ Negroni (which I’m ashamed to admit I’ve had for more than a year and a half now and just got around to sewing up). He doesn’t care for slim cut shirts. So, I thought it would be better if I made a size up, but it turned out way too big. Next time I’ll just make the size his measurements are closest to and adjust the shoulders, armholes and sleeves, and length a bit.

He was being goofy while I took all of the photos. When I asked him to turn so I could take a picture from the side he said he felt like he was in a line up. šŸ˜›

I had to remove the sleeves and take the side seams in quite a bit. I also, re-cut the armholes and sleeves before re-attaching the sleeves. The fit isn’t any worse than RTW shirts he’s had, but the pulling in the back armholes really bugs me. Oh well, this was basically a fit test garment anyway.

IMG_8730He really didn’t care for the hemline of the shirt when he first tried it on, so I shortened it and made the curve a lot less exaggerated. He also likes his clothes to be really simple, so I went with just one pocket.

IMG_8729I cut the pocket, pocket flap, and back yoke on the bias to make the shirt a little more interesting.


IMG_8731I really like the flat-felled seams at the side seams and armholes and the top-stitching on the collar.

IMG_8652IMG_8732I want to make him a plaid version with long sleeves and sleeve plackets next. Hopefully, it won’t take me another couple of years to do so. ;-P


  1. redeyedtreefr0g

    August 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    It looks great!! I REALLY need to make my husband’s clothes. He is a very awkward size, being a full foot taller than me, but with the same inseam. Plus he wears out pants super fast because I suspect they are too long in the crotch- maybe if I make them for him, he’ll actually be comfortable enough to be happy showing off his assets. šŸ˜€

    1. Becca

      August 27, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Thanks! I bet your husband would love it if you did that. šŸ™‚ My hubby has trouble sometimes with long sleeves being too short or hemlines being too short on shirts. You can probably tell from the pictures that he has very long arms. I plan to make a shorts pattern for him for next summer because he’s really particular about pockets and such, and we have difficulty finding shorts he likes in stores. Anyway, I think you should definitely start sewing your husband some clothes. šŸ™‚

  2. GA

    August 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Love you Alex!!!! Thanks for being so co-operative and I also love the fact that you do own a pair of shoes!!!! I love the shirt, you could not find a better made one anywhere and I like the pocket and back yoke cut on the bias. Good job Reb.

    1. Becca

      August 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Haha! He actually does wear shoes a lot more than flip flops. Thanks! It was more fun than I thought it would be.

  3. Mags

    August 27, 2013 at 1:48 am

    What a great job , so professional

  4. Clipped Curves

    August 27, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Is it me or does he have a hint of Jim Levenstein from American Pie in the first picture! Great shirt… blue check is my fave for men’s shirts.

    1. Becca

      August 27, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Thanks! I love checks for men’s shirts, too. šŸ™‚

  5. dandeliondrift

    August 27, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I love all of those goofy pics. The first one reminds me of Saturday Night Live…I think he’s about to smell his armpits next!
    The shirt is amazing…this is on my list of items I want to purchase and make for my hubby!

    1. Becca

      August 27, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Haha! Yeah, he’s a turkey. Oh well, never a dull moment, right? It was actually a lot of fun to make, even with the adjustments. Hopefully, you’ll get the chance to make a shirt for your hubby soon.

  6. Laura

    August 27, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Oh gosh, I love you both. Great job Becca!

    1. Becca

      August 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Love you, too. Thanks!

  7. gingermakes

    August 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

    This looks great! It’s so clean and professional-looking! I’m guilty, too, of buying this pattern ages ago, but I still haven’t made it yet! Every time I see another version I get another wave of guilt! OK, you’ve made me resolve to bump this closer to the top of my list!

    1. Becca

      August 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Thanks! That’s how I was feeling every time I saw another version pop up. Haha! Can’t wait to see you make it up. šŸ™‚

  8. CGCouture

    August 27, 2013 at 10:56 am

    My hubby is all about the goofy poses, so I can kind of relate. šŸ˜‰ Honestly, if he doesn’t like the slim fit, I’d suggest just trying a different pattern rather than making all those changes to this one. Jalie has a pattern for men’s shirts that has a more relaxed fit, and you could probably just go down a size to make it work for his style/shape. You can see it here: http://www.jalie.com/men-s-shirt-pattern.html

    Anyway, the shirt looks great, your technique was flawless as usual! šŸ™‚

    1. Becca

      August 27, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Well, he’s weird about fit. He doesn’t like things really slim fit, but he also doesn’t like them to be super relaxed, so I just have to try to figure something out between the two styles. He’s especially picky about sleeves that are too loose or too tight. Anyway, all that to say, I think my best bet will probably be to draft my own pattern eventually. Thanks for the suggestion. šŸ™‚

  9. Rachel

    August 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Wow! That’s great. Amazed by you all the time!

    1. Becca

      September 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks, sis’! You’re very sweet. šŸ™‚

  10. Caroline

    April 25, 2014 at 8:51 am

    HI Becca,
    I realise that you made this a while ago, but it is great! I have included a link to this on my sewing blog as I have just done a post about the shirts that I make for my husband. It’s at:
    All the best!
    Caroline šŸ™‚

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