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Sewcation Days 5 & 6: T-shirts

July 19, 2017

I’ve been making t-shirts–three t-shirts to be precise. It all started with my husband’s birthday. He’s been asking for a t-shirt with Blackbeard’s flag–you know the pirate who was killed of the coast of North Carolina. He’s been asking for this since I bought my Bernina software, which has been about three years. So this year I decided to surprise him. I began by digitizing an image of Blackbeard’s flag. Once I got that accomplished, I cut a short-sleeve version of Jalie 2918. I then embroidered the flag on the front of the unsewn t-shirt. The only problem was that the design looked so small on the shirt-front. I used the largest hoop, but the maximum size is 8×5. So I decided to add something else. I came up with a quote and the dates of his birth and death. I was worried that the design could become a little too cute which could be then magnified by the embroidery itself, so I looked for the reasonably savage quote, and here’s what I settled on:

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I gave him the shirt yesterday, and he loved it. That’s his pirate face.

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After my Blackbeard achievement, I wanted to make a t-shirt for myself. Specifically, I wanted to make a short-sleeve raglan with Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the front.  Justice Ginsburg is badass, and I have long wanted one of those t-shirts that says “Notorious RBG.” I decided to try my hand at making my own using Jalie 3667. The first step was digitizing an image of RBG. This was much trickier than digitizing Blackbeard’s flag. The image itself was more involved, and I am still learning to use the software. Once I had the image embroidered, I added the words. Unfortunately, the words unintentionally ended up a little left of center, but then again, maybe that’s appropriate.

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I finished the t-shirt by adding black short-sleeves and a black neckband. I wanted it to look like a short-sleeve baseball shirt.

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Then I decided I wanted another black and white raglan t-shirt with embroidery. This time I went with an Urban Threads’ mandala.

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I love Urban Threads. And I love Jalie 3667. Sometime soon I plan to make it with full-length sleeves and the hood. In the meantime, here’s my latest version:

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From → Stuff I Made

5 Comments
  1. MLGA730 permalink

    Love the t-shirts — great job on the embroidery!

  2. Cathryn Harjung permalink

    Notorious RBG shirt is superb!~

  3. bronwyndavid permalink

    Nice!

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