First up, P drew a vampire to turn into a painted t-shirt.
I had him draw the picture of his choice using a wax transfer pencil (I've no idea where the current vampire fascination comes from). I then ironed the image onto the t-shirt front and then painted over it with metallic black puff paint (Jones Tones brand). I totally took over and claimed that fun bit for myself!
P had wanted red eyes but I didn't have red 3D paint so we agreed on green. It's thankfully a bit less scary for not having red eyes! I signed it for him using a fabric marker.
The T-shirt is the Oliver + S School Bus. I made a size 5 with side 6 length. I was expecting it to be a more roomy t-shirt, but so far both of the kids tops have been a perfect fit, with relatively snug (or impossibly so in the case of the red peplum) neckholes.
Normally I'm a stickler for neat double needle hems of t-shirts, but I decided to play around with another technique. I used the double needle to sew a raw edged strip (about 3cm wide) onto the inside of the neckhole and the bottom hem. I was expecting the cotton lycra to curl a bit more for the finish. It curls like heck when I'm trying to cut it, I don't know why the hem bands have decided to remain so flat. It's not a time saver, but it adds a little bit of contrast. An interesting exercise that I may or may not repeat.
Then I went back to my NGV inspiration ideasand made a T-shirt inspired by the Robert Morris felt sculpture.
This time I used the trusty Flashback Skinny T in size 6. Possibly with an arbitrary sleeve length addition, or maybe not. I've forgotten. - which defeats the whole purpose of having this blog as I try to use it as a reference for sizing and alterations. Anyway, the fit is perfect, whatever size it was.
The black knit fabric is just the softest thing, dug out from the stash. I suspect it came from the $3 shop (aka Brunswick Fabrics) so I've no idea what the fibre content is, but I like it.
Continuing with my raw edge knit fabric theme I cut my "sculpture" and then sewed on the perimeter using a double needle. Hopefully it will stand up to being worn, and not just get ripped off in the first wrestling match (a daily occurrence round here).
I'm quite delighted with this t-shirt. It looks kind of Duran Duran 80's style, but I know it references a 1970's felt sculpture, which amuses me. I'd love for him to wear it to the gallery and see if anyone recognises it (before we get to the sculpture room of course!).
All that's left now is another couple of hundred small beads and then to back my beaded deer and attach him to A's new sweater. Then my gallery for the week will be complete. I'm loving playing with the theme this season. Did you get arty for Kid's Clothes Week?