The Penguin Strikes Again?

The Joker shirt from Oki Style has such interesting seams that I thought I’d color-block it a bit to showcase the design. Crisp white shirting with black accents seemed like a great idea, for looks and wearability. But as I sewed up the unusual yoke-sleeve pieces together, I worry that I have gone wrong

Will I look like a penguin?

As you can see, the front is all white, with the black starting at the shoulder. The back has this color-blocked detail in the yoke, training into the sleeves. The final look is not unlike penguin wings.

I haven’t sewn on the collar yet – it’s a standard pointed collar with collar stand. I was thinking I would make it black to draw the color into the front of the shirt and create one line in the back, but maybe now I will make it white. The shirt will end up with a “business in the front, party in the back” look, though.

Also, the sleeves have no cuffs, and I was thinking of making black cuffs just to complete the look. What do you think?

Author: shoes15

I live in Connecticut, USA with my husband and my dog, in an old house outfitted with a sewing room, a garden, an orchard, and a big liquor cabinet.

3 thoughts on “The Penguin Strikes Again?”

  1. Hmmm. The shirt is very interesting and looks fabulous, but I find the black pretty severe. If you were able to retrofit the pleats at the back with a little slash of black (ie on the underside of the pleat) that might ‘anchor’ the shoulders if you know what I mean. My other thought would be something like a silvery grey—also kind of formal looking, but with a twist. Whatever you do , you won’t want to be mistaken for a server at a party! That all said, I don’t know that I could tackle that pattern, so bravo!


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