I’m thrilled to see Colette Patterns’ first menswear pattern has been released, and true to form, it looks like a real labour of love.
The shirt pattern, named Negroni, has all the usual Colette Patterns signature touches – vintage styling brought up to date; gorgeous, well-thought-out detailing; and wonderfully clear instructions. The collar is convertible, meaning that it can be worn open or closed and still lays flat. There’s no tricky collar band, since it’s a more casual shirt, not meant to be worn with a tie. It has the classic collar loop found on midcentury shirts, flat felled seams throughout, a back yoke, and either long or short sleeves.
Colette Patterns promise that these instructions are the most comprehensive yet, described by Sarai as “a little sewing lesson in pattern form“. The instructions “set out in perfect detail every step to creating a professional-looking, well-crafted men’s shirt, from the flat-felled seams to the sleeve placket and cuff”. And Colette Patterns have even provided some free downloadable pocket variations to try.
Some of the Liberty poplins in the shop are just perfect for menswear, and poplin is a great shirting weight fabric. You can get 25% off any of the Liberty poplins if you buy the Negroni pattern – the discount will be applied in the shopping cart.
I have, of course, already placed my wholesale order for Negroni, and you can pre-order this pattern in the shop now! It will be despatched as soon as it comes in.
Thanks, Sarai, for such a wonderful introduction to menswear.