Friends, I am having difficulty making up my mind about how my color block shirt should look. I've made a few more sketches and found more color-block inspiration online.
Below are my three favorite images; my favorite sketch is up top. I know I want the top of the shirt to be black, but I'm concerned that the red around my middle will make me look short and, ahem, wide. That's why I was drawn to the red and black woman's shirt (far right) in my desktop screen shot: slimming.
I also like this crew neck sweater. Do you notice how, with the exception of the preppy gingham, all these color block shirts are done in solids? Maybe there's a reason.
I'm pretty sure I want to make a camp collar (think Hawaiian or bowling shirt) which I'll wear closed, rather than a collar with collar stand -- been there, done that. I've noticed that the best looking of the color block shirts are styled with the collar closed; perhaps a peek of undershirt spoils the design.
I've traced and adapted a narrow 1930's shirt pattern of all things, adding facings instead of front button plackets. One of the best things about this old pattern (which I made a few years back) is that it has high armholes and relatively narrow sleeves -- I need to conserve fabric as I only have half a yard of the black. I can do the facings in a different cotton shirting if I have to.
I'm also using pieces of this early Sixties Butterick camp shirt pattern. I like the details but not the boxi-ness.
So that's where things stand as of this morning, patient readers. I will make up my mind shortly; I mean, I must.
I hope, whatever you're sewing, you're not caught up in a quandary like me. Happy Sunday, everybody!