Hi! I’m Christy, and I blog over at Pintuck. I’ve got two shorties I sew for all the time – Anika, who is 5, and Sam who is 2. I’m just starting to hit my stride and develop a style when it comes to sewing for my little man, so I am very excited to be here today, and so thankful to the lovely Melissa and Stacey for including me!
When I heard about the idea behind the Sew in Tune series, I immediately panicked, and then couldn’t get the theme song for Strawberry Shortcake out of my head. (In case you are confused, that is neither a “song”, nor “boy-themed.” Useless.).
Fortunately I came to my senses quickly and thought of the Elton John classic, Rocketman. Crisis averted! No boys dressed as fruit here! Just pure, outer space, rocket awesomeness.
3. Use the rocket shape again to trace the image onto the black t-shirt, in the position you want it.
Now, here I used the highly technical method of “sticking pins through the critical points of the rocket on the shirt, and through the same points on the applique piece underneath.”
Basically I wanted to make sure that when I cut away the black fabric, the white fabric would be lined up properly underneath with the red areas in roughly the right places.
I am sure by now you are wondering why on EARTH I didn’t just paint the t-shirt after attaching the plain white fabric. Seems ever so logical! I didn’t, because I didn’t want to be trying to work paint under the black edges of the t-shirt without making a gigantic mess. And this crazy method actually worked pretty well. If you have a better way to do this, by ALL means go for it.
4. However you’ve managed to align the two pieces of fabric, now you need to stitch around the rocket shape on the outside of the shirt.
5. Carefully, leaving a narrow border next to your stitching, cut away JUST the black fabric, leaving your beautifully painted rocket ship showing through!
You might find you need to touch up a few small areas, but overall it should align well and look pretty good.
Come by Pintuck, and I will show you how to make pants with cargo pockets like these.
To finish the outfit off, I decided Sam needed a rocket pack.