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 self-taught sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!