I finally finished Adam's new shirt (started way back here), and it's still chilly enough outside for him to wear it. Victory!
The shirt is Colette Patterns' Negroni (No. 1014). This was my first project with a pattern from Colette, and I just cannot say enough good things about this experience. I am so impressed.
For starters, the pattern packaging and instruction booklet. Yeah, that's right, the instructions are in a booklet. Not some huge, annoying fold-out sheet that fits in the envelope with the pattern. The packaging is basically a booklet full of instructions with a pocket in the back for the pattern pieces. I think it is such an improvement over the fold-out sheet.
Then there are the instructions themselves. They are exceptionally clear and detailed, with good diagrams/drawings. There were a few times where I couldn't make sense in my head of the geometry or whatever of how something would work, so I followed the instructions blindly and was amazed to see how things came together perfectly. Seriously.
And then there's the level of attention to detail and finishing work. The pattern uses primarily flat-felled seams, and that is built in to the instructions step-by-step. The entire interior of the shirt is nicely finished, with no homemade-looking raw edges hanging around to spoil the show. Also, hallelujah, the sleeve plackets are not continuous lap plackets, which really annoy me.
My only dislikes from this project are not the pattern's fault at all. First, I did not measure Adam's arm length properly and so had to shorten the sleeves from the wrist end after the placket sewing had been done rather than properly shortening the sleeve length on the pattern piece before cutting any fabric. But I don't think the shirt looks much worse for it, really. Second, the fabric does not seem to be of a very high quality and I don't think it's going to hold up as well as I'd like to regular use. But other than that, I'm very happy about this project, so yay!