Readers, I've spent a lot of time the last few days thinking about color blocked shirts. I've done extensive online research, even exploring the Saks Fifth Avenue menswear website, where there were a number of color blocked shirts available. And they were all on sale. (This look is not taking the world by storm.)
Here are what I consider the very best color blocked shirts out there. I don't really heart any of them.
Color blocking gives off a bit of a Logan's Run vibe -- 1976's idea of how we'd be dressing in the space age. Instead we're dressing like Nineteenth Century gold prospectors and knitting our own socks.
So after considerable self-reflection, I've decided to make two shirts. The first will be solid red, no contrast anything. My Elliott Berman fabric really doesn't need novelty. Plus, it's easier to make a dressy shirt casual (don't tuck it in), than it is to make a sporty shirt dressy. I want to keep my first version simple and elegant.
Here's where things stand as of this evening: Back, fronts, and one sleeve (and torso side) done. So far, I love it.
You know what this fabric reminds me of? (Am I right?)
The second shirt will be made with what remains of the red (which is a lot) and the half yard of black. It may be a short-sleeve shirt, which I think is more in tune with casual vibe of color blocked mens shirts. As you can see up top, I made a little mock up of a color blocked version.
Once I'm working from scraps, I'll feel more relaxed and open to
experimentation. As long as I don't end up with something like this,
I'll be happy.
Anyway, thanks for all your feedback and excellent ideas. I think the two shirt idea works best, don't you?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!