Tuesday, February 1, 2011

MPB Negroni Sew-A-Long: Day 1

Today started the MBB Negroni Sew-A-Long. Peter instructed us to essentially prep our pattern - read the instructions, choose the size, trace the pattern pieces etc. 

Michael decided he wanted a short-sleeved shirt (I'm a little disappointed, as I wanted to do a sleeve placket), so I've traced for that version. I am however, going to adapt the collar to a traditional collar rather than the one-piece camp collar the pattern provides for. That will be a challenge. 

I measured Michael up and he is a medium at the neck and chest, but between a medium and large for the waist. We measured the waist on the shirt pieces, and decided to trace off the medium. I use a light-weight interfacing to trace patterns - it is great, as it generally sticks to the fabric really well which means I don't have to pin. 

About a fortnight ago Michael and I were in the city at a photographic exhibition and one about Australian fashion over 100 years (both finished now but excellent). Tessuti's fabric sale was about to finish, so I took Michael in to choose his fabric and buttons. He chose a green shirting and buttons that look like they are made of mother-of-pearl. So I really am prepped for sewing it up now!

So - here are the materials for Michael's b'day shirt!

So - day 1 down. 

I am sewing a little for myself at the moment. It has been extremely hot here the last few days and I have no energy. Zip. I feel massive from the heat too. I am also low in energy as my mum is really sick. She had a hole in her lung at the end of last year, and it has happened again. She was operated on today, but it isn't clear if she'll be better now. It is scary - my mum is only 54. She did smoke for 40 years, but it is hard to think of your parents as anything but invincible. 

Anyway, hope all your sewing is going well, and you'll hear more Negroni updates from me soon. 


  1. Nice fabric choice! It'll look great as a shirt.

    I hope your mum gets well soon.

  2. I'm sorry to hear about your mum. It's always dreadful to think of them struggling with their health. Can't you just go ahead and make the long-sleeved version of the shirt?! Saying that, I don't think my boyfriend would let me make him anything!

  3. I haven't got my pattern yet :(
    Yours will be beautiful.
    Pregnant and hot - I remember it well. February is the worst!
    Hope your mum gets well. I smoked too for a while, the things we do!

  4. Sorry to hear your mum's not well. It is rather frightening. Hopefully all will be well.
    Nice fabric/button choices. Don't worry about the sleeve placket. Sounds like you'll be having fun as the collar. Think of this shirt as a second muslin, and you can make a long sleeve version when you've ironed out the collar kinks ;p

  5. Sending my best wishes to you and your family for your mum's speedy recovery.

    Very nice fabric and button choices. :)

  6. looking forward to seeing the finished product! my husband wants me to make him this shirt but im a bit scared...never made one before.
    Keep strong for your mum.