Thursday, 22 September 2011

Appliqué T-shirt

The other day I was watching Wee Man crawl around. As he lay there sprawled out on the floor, I noticed that his top ended somewhere round his ribcage and there was then a huge expanse of onesie above his trousers. I realised that I couldn't ignore it any longer, the boy needed some new clothes!

I went to the closest shop and found that all of the boys tops had statements about how handsome, hunky, cheeky or naughty the wearers were. 
What is it with that? 
I want people to make their own decision about my boy rather than me telling them what to think of him!

Anyway, I was glad to find some plain navy blue tops on sale. I snaffled up a pair of them and got to work when I got home. A little bit of simple appliqué work and they are much much better... Don't you think!



Oops, should've got the iron out before taking this photo...
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23 comments :

  1. Much better! Those shirts with characteristics on them are just awful and I think your explanation of why you hate them is spot on. The worst thing is that they don't celebrate qualities that are positive, they're all about naughty or attitude or other completely undesireable things. And for girls it's all "princess" or "sexy" or "I'm too good for you" - WTF?? Why is it appropriate to put sexy on a shirt destined for a 10 year old? And yet there are parents who think it's great. I can tell you I think some fairly inappropriate things about them when I see those shirts on actual kids. I remember World putting out one that said "future porn star" and they thought it was all ironic and referential or something. Ahhhh...NO. Ooops, sorry I seem to have ranted on your blog :P

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  2. They look great! I particularly like the one with the star : )

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  3. Cute and much better than the printed ones! I too avoid those.. infact in my rush the other day to replace spewed up clothes, I turned up my nose at the other shirts and opted for a plain sweatshirt that I plan to applique :)

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  4. Gorgeous! Love them both.

    I get so frustrated with the slogan tees available too...my little man wears lots of stripes and original-but-cute things I find online. He can be cheeky and naughty, and sure as heck is handsome, but to have it emblazoned across his chest? No thanks!

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  5. totally agree on the slogan tee rubbish out there. off to find some plain tees today! thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. They looks great. Hearing you on the sloggans. It goes from that to sculls so unfortunatly it doesnt get any better:(

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  7. oh man, TOTALLY agree with you on the t-shirt thing. ..."i'm a boob man" for a baby onesie??! woah~~
    yours are much much cooler

    D

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  8. Agree 100% slogan t-shirts YUCK!
    LOVING what you've done with these . . . snazzed them up for wee man . . .

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  9. I loathe slogan Ts too - worst for teen girls, it's all about Vampire slashers & black, who dresses their children like that??
    Even 'princess' in glitter makes my stomach churn, my 3 daughters are not princesses!! They're normal.
    Well done on the applique, looks so cute. My son does have a revolting "lock up your daughters" T from his auntie, i just use it for his jammies, it's so revolting, never to see public, also it was a size 4 (he's 7, small build) but who would put a 4 year old preschooler in that??
    Oh you've started quite the topic now!! Love Posie

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  10. They look great, original too! I'm not a fan of slogan clothes either, I've seen some terrible stuff printed not only on tops but on the backside of girls pants!

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  11. I can't stand those slogan t-shirts either.... argghhh they do my head in! And also what is it about boys clothes in general.. they are all so boring, lack of bright colours and fun designs!! Luckily we can make some cool things for our own little ones, hey!! your little tops look fab :)

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  12. I love those decorations, way cooler than anything you'd get in a shop x

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  13. It can be really hard to find plain t-shirts these days. Especially for girls. I find it all rather frustrating as the slogans are just awful. I ♥ your tees. They're great.

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  14. Great job, much better than those statement tops!

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  15. Love them - such a good idea. Did you machine applique them or do it by hand?

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  16. It's strange what some people will buy, isn't it?!! So much nicer to have something that is unique. I have to admit, appliqué would probably never have occurred to me ... I'd have just stuck with the plain tops, but you really have made them so much more interesting. Do you do the appliqué by machine?

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog.

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  17. Yes, it was machine appliquéd. I took the opportunity to try out a couple of the fancier stitches that my machine does (it doesn't do many!)

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  18. No no ironing the iron is a power tool remember!!! Love those tops and I agree sometimes sayings are cute and sometimes they are just a bit tacky. Looks great

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  19. Thanks so much for the link re sorting 'no-reply' email thing. Fixed now I hope! x

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  20. How superb, what a great idea. I feel I may try this out x

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  21. One of a kind are so much better than mass produced.
    Love the star applique especially! The stitches around both appliques look interesting.

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  22. Definitely better! I love individualising plain tshirts myself too.

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  23. Great!! I LOVE the star! And I love that you didn't iron the shirt - I always see things in my photographs that I 'should have fixed' before I took the photo, but seriously, I never do!! lol so I'm glad it happens to other people too :D
    cheers,t

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