Ok, so I feel like I need to tell you a little bit about this shirt. A lot of different little factors went into the creation of this shirt, so bear with me.
So not too long ago, Hideko bought a red T-rex shirt for Yuki at the store. She hadn’t necessarily shown too much interest in dinosaurs, but it was a cool shirt and maybe because we loved it so much or maybe because one of her classmates also had the same shirt, Yuki decided it was her FAAAVORITE shirt. She wanted to wear it every day. She would ask about it even when it was no where to be seen. I’ve never seen her so attached to a piece of clothing before and I decided that I wanted to make something for her that she loved and wanted to wear as much as that dinosaur shirt.
When I was planning for KCW I decided to make her a bunch of t-shirts since that’s what she wears 90% of the time. I asked her what kinds of things she likes or what she’d want me to put on a t-shirt. She said . . .
4. Boxes (we’re currently receiving all my sister’s wedding gifts while she’s on her honeymoon, so we’ve got a tower of boxes in our living room that Yuki is obsessed with)
But seriously – proud mama moment!! I love this kid. A dinosaur, robot and striped shirt!? I can do that!!!
So I cut out 4 Flashback Skinny Tees (3 solid colors and one striped) with plans for stenciling on a dinosaur, a robot and maybe stamping some triangles on the last solid one (and the striped one would just be plain ol striped). But when I was talking to Hideko about my plans for a dinosaur shirt, she told me about this book that one of her alumni had written, All My Friends Are Dead.
Let’s take a look at it shall we? No really, go and google image it and you’ll be able to see pretty much all the pages of the book. Is it not the funniest thing you’ve ever seen!? No? Then you should probably just stop reading and go somewhere else, cuz really? This ish had me cracking up!!!
So then I was pretty much obsessed with making it into a t-shirt. Totally inappropriate for a toddler? Perhaps? Totally awesome? I think so!! I love it.
I wasn’t sure how to make it into a shirt at first – stencil it and hand paint the details? Nahh . . . too much work. Luckily I had some iron on transfer paper for dark fabric, so I used an image I found online and added the speech bubble myself (so I wouldn’t have to cut out the individual letters) and ironed the design on. Looks waaay better than any stenciling/painting I would have done. We’ll see how the transfer holds up through wash and wear.
The pattern is Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee in size 3T (Rae has a post on how to make the FBST with short sleeves). Normally I’d make 2T for Yuki, but I wanted these shirts to last awhile and not be so “skinny” on her. After talking to Kristin and seeing the awesome Back to the Future/DeLorean shirt she recently made for her son in 3T (our kids are about the same age/size), I figured it was the right choice. And I’m so glad that I did! It fits Yuki perfectly (though I coulda made the neckband a little larger) and it will hopefully fit her for awhile. AND . . . she LOVES it!! Of course, she has no idea what it says, but it’s a dino shirt and it’s bright pink, so she’s happy. None of her classmates or friends can read, so I’m hoping this shirt doesn’t get me into too much trouble. Weird looks from other parents? Maybe . . . but it’s worth it.
I’ve still got three other shirts to assemble and paint, but those may not get done this week. I’ll definitely share them when they are done but let me tell you, it feels so good to make something that my kid is actually TOTALLY excited about. And maybe after making all these t-shirts I’ll finally feel more comfortable sewing knits??
Well the week is winding down for me, although there is technically two more days to KCW. I MIGHT have one more project in me for tomorrow, but I’m not sure. You still sewing or are you calling it a week?
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