Eli has long loved Baby Einstein. He signs (his version of the word) “glasses” when he wants to see it. He inspects the DVD for the Baby Einstein logo before approving it for insertion into the DVD player, often exclaiming “Oh, oh, oh!” when said logo is located. Actually he is now quite a bit less addicted than he was a few months ago, for which I am glad. I should have made this shirt much earlier, but it’s made now and I think he’ll get plenty of enjoyment from it.
The Baby Einstein face I copied freehand onto freezer paper and then carefully cut out using small embroidery scissors. If I do this again I’m going to get myself an exacto knife!
The freezer paper stencil was then ironed onto knit fabric. Then I applied the fabric paint over the stencil.
In my haste to get as much done before Eli woke from his nap I removed the stencil while a few areas of paint were still a bit damp. Baby Einstein now has an extra freckle, dimple or perhaps a zit. I’m sure it will bother me much more than it will bother Eli.
I traced around a bowl placed over the image with a sliver of soap.
I didn’t like the placement the first time. That’s the beauty of using the soap sliver… the line where I goofed just becomes extra clean after the wash.
I trimmed around on the soap line.
I then added a circle of Heat ‘n’ Bond to the back that was slightly smaller than the fabric. This way I didn’t have to sew through the Heat ‘n’ Bond when I attached it to the shirt with embroidery thread.
In making this shirt I learned experientially about the way the same pattern in different fabrics can fit differently. I made the pattern by tracing a 4T shirt that fits Eli well. When I used it to make the giraffe shirt (with a much heavier knit material) it came out fine in the length but is a bit tight around the chest when putting it on or taking it off. I also had to cut the neck hole of that shirt larger to accommodate his big noggin. The same pattern used in this shirt made with recycled T-shirts ends up being a bit big on Eli all around. That’s fine with me because I know he won’t be growing out of it any time soon.
While on the giraffe shirt I had to cut the neck hole bigger, on this shirt the neck hole was too big right from the beginning. I used the neck ribbing from an adult medium t-shirt with no adjustments.
I hope to find a basic t-shirt pattern that will work well for Eli that comes in various sizes soon. Ottobre has been suggested to me as a good place to look. Any suggestions as to which particular Ottobre edition I should purchase for this?
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- A Boy and His Giraffe (folkhaven.wordpress.com)
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