Thursday, September 20, 2012

Reproducing An Old Favourite



Original tee shirt

Master 8's favourite tee shirt was too small and has been passed on to a smaller person to cherish.  Before it left, however, I decided to replicate it using the second of these tee shirts.  At the time it didn't actually occur to me to unpick the decal off the front of my sons old tee shirt and just stitch it onto the new one...oh no, I decided to take the difficult road and reproduce it.


I started with the new men's shirt and laid one that fitted my son on top and re cut a new shirt.  I reused the neck and sleeve hems so this was actually quite a simple process.

It then used Meg's tutorial to stencil the wording on a left over piece of fabric.  I carefully cut out my desired wording using a craft knife and cover seal and then smoothed the sticky side down on the piece of fabric.  Make sure  you cut the wording around the right way....you do not want a mirror image of your words!  I purchased some fabric medium at Spotlight for $2 and added this in equal quantities to regular artists acrylic paint which fortunately I had on hand.  I then dabbed the paint and medium mixture onto my fabric and then placed it in the sun to dry.  Once touch dry, I carefully peeled the sticky clear seal from my fabric, taking care not to peel any paint off.  Once it was completely dry, I ironed the print using a piece of baking paper to protect my iron.

The final step with my print was to iron a small piece of interfacing to the back for stability and then decorative stitched around the lettering.


I then peeled the interfacing off the back and stitched the fabric containing the lettering to the shirt.  After washing this will "curl" nicely.


The final touch was to stitch on the monogram that I had rescued off the neck of the original shirt and decorate it in the manner of the original.


Hey presto, finished tee shirt just in time for a spot of baseball after school.

 
 
 

8 comments:

  1. Very cool! I'm impressed with the effort you went to - ah, the things that we do for our children! It's a great result.

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    1. I know, but it won't be a regular occurance I can assure you. I was quite keen to have a go at stenciling fabric paint. Now I will keep my fingers crossed it will stand up to washing!

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  2. That's genius! Very well-dressed young man you have there :-)

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    1. Thank you! He does like to think he is well dressed.

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  3. That t-shirt looks fantastic. Thank you so much for the link-back and for using my tutorial, so exciting! I love the way you stitched on the logo, it looks cool and allows for errors on your scrap of fabric rather than the t-shirt. It's a great way to use applique for boys rather than the too-neat satin stitch method. Brill :)

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    1. There was a method in my madness. I figured ifit was a disaster then I hadn't ruined a good shirt.

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  4. You did a great job with the t-shirt I like the grass angel....T-shirt looks good on him.

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    1. Thank you. Grass angel lol hadn't thought about it like that!

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