Sunday, September 12, 2010

It suits me to a tee

Here's a little more craftiness that I've been doing in my "spare time" and I'm really pleased with the result.

I'm a real jeans and t-shirt girl and an idea had been bubbling away in my head for a while now to try a make a more vintagey-looking shirt with a bit of embroidery and "new-school" applique. (I call it new-school so you don't turn away shuddering with images of '90s country sunflowers or Raggedy-Andys.)

I found a really nice fitting black tee at my local factory outlet shop and I thought for $3, it doesn't matter if it goes wrong.

Okay, so the bird design is a bit popular at the moment but you've got to admit it's cute.

I sewed it all on my machine just using a straight stitch and went around all the applique about three times, purposely going out of the lines for a shabby feel.

Tried it on, wore it to work with jeans...I'm very happy. I think it would also go well with a skirt.

(I washed it today for a sturdiness test which it passed. Phew!)

So I think I'll be going back for more t-shirts. I've got another few designs running around in my head.


  1. Love it Esther :))) Really nice... and yup the bird look is popular at the mo... but its def coz its cute like u said... Grace and I are both partial to the 'birds'... tho she is also in love with the 'Owls' that are also everywhere... Love xo

  2. that's awesome! great t-shirt design!
    I've thought of stitching into t-shirts too, but was concerned with it being stretchy material.

  3. Yes, an owl was one of the other designs I was going to do, along with a Union Jack and some trees.

    When I sewed I used a longer stitch so it had some give, although the shirt I used wasn't really stretchy to start with. I was going to do the Union Jack on a black singlet I had but that is ribbed and a little more stretchy so I'm not sure.

    Also, usually when I used to do applique I would use iron-on paper to make it stick first, but I didn't have any so I left that step out. Consequently when I sewed the bird on, it was a little 'puffy' but I think that helped with the stretching.

  4. Oooh I really love it, I have such a thing for birds.


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Get to know me

  • I love the smell of cinnamon and vanilla.
  • My favourite flowers are daisies.
  • My favourite trees are pine trees.
  • I always like to have the bickie jar full and a cake on the cake stand. I know...not that healthy, but so good to look at.
  • Autumn is my favourite month, although I do wish we had more of a change of colours up here in Queensland.
  • I love Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ingalls Wilder. They started my love affair with "old-fashioned" stuff.
  • I'm a boots and jeans kind of girl, but also love vintage skirts and dresses.
  • I like sewing and am in love with quilts at the moment.
  • I love reading. (I have a weakness for archeological thrillers and historical romances, but not Mills and Boon-type ones.)
  • I love old houses with character. No new estate houses for me. (Sorry Rosie.)
  • I love vintage/cottage/farmhouse decorating and pretty pinks and blues, with a splash of red for colour.
  • Polka dots can make me sigh with delight.
  • I have 4 chooks. They are MY pets. Another tick on my dream-come-true chart.
  • I don't eat dessert much any more. I'm not dieting, I just don't want it. (Does that mean I'm growing up if I say no to an icecream cone?)
  • I'll still always say yes to chocolate though!
  • I like to sit on the front stairs in the sun, to drink my morning cup of tea, while I contemplate what to do in the garden.
  • I've got the gardening bug again recently. It comes and goes with the weather. I'm envisioning cottage flowers in pink, blue and white to go with my green picket fence.