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1  Wonder Woman & Batman Shirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Morra Sutherland on: May 25, 2010 06:18:03 PM
Much like my DC Blackest Night circle skirt (posted about a year ago and still super-comfy even though it's been rendered obsolete by Brightest Day's white lantern symbol  Cry), these shirts are what happens when crafty people can't find mass produced comic book attire in their size... or when they want to make their hubby the envy of all his friends.

Batman the Animated Shirt:
So, a few weeks before Free Comic Book Day 2010, my family and I were spring cleaning when we discovered two lightly used curtains from the 90s bearing images from the Batman animated series.  To my delight, they were deposited into my custody with the decree that I could do with them as I pleased!  After the maniacal laughter subsided, my hubby, who is a huge fan of Batman, asked if I could possibly make him a shirt.  He's also a fan of George Perez and Two & a Half Men, so we bantered a few ideas around as to how the shirt should look and after about a week of plotting, cutting, and sewing, this was the result:



I ended up using only about 3/4ths of one curtain for the front (yay! more for later!) and all of the black broadcloth I had been saving for another project.  I actually ran out of black as I was cutting out the pieces for the shirt (the material is so thin I had to cut out a lining for every piece), so something had to give somewhere.  Thus, the sleeves are lined with a bright yellow broadcloth that flashes and catches the eye like Robin's cape when the wearer moves their arms.  The back of the shirt, for those who are curious, is just plain black.

Wonder Woman Shirt:
Only one day to go until Free Comic Book Day... the Batman shirt was finished except for the buttons.  About early-afternoon is when I decided I wanted a new shirt too.  I had a red t-shirt that was terribly plain and boring.  I also had some starry fabric that reminded me of the Golden Age Wonder Woman's skirt and some shimmery gold fabric that would make a great belt and crest... 6-8 hours later, I had this:







The crest, belt, and "skirt" are all attached to the formerly plain t-shirt.  The crest ended up a little crooked (serves me right for late late night applique), but when I'm wearing the shirt it straightens up a bit.  I used a metallic thread to attach the belt piece, so the shirt is a little bit scratchy on the tummy right now, but that issue is improving with repeated wear and washing.  Other than that, it's comfy and everything I wanted it to be. 
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2  DC Blackest Night circle skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Morra Sutherland on: June 24, 2009 10:54:48 AM
So here's the scoop...
     My household loves comic books with a passion and for the longest time everyone else in my household had an article of clothing with a comic book character or logo on it, except for me. When we would go out to free comic book day or some other such event as a family, I was left out because everyone else could go in their finest in geek chic and I had none.
     Yeah, I guess I could have worn something that my hubby had, but it's just not the same, you know? I wanted -- nay needed! -- to have something that was mine, something that would fit me and that had my sort of style in it. I tried to find something mainstream that would work, but nothing worked. When we had money to spare on wardrobe, there was nothing I liked or it didn't fit properly (yes, Fantastic Four shirt, I'm talking to you!!!). There was much lamenting!
     And then DC comics decided to come out with a rainbow of lantern-ness... and a crafty little light lit up over my head. I had some gorgeous space fabric that I had collected... cloth comes in many colours and is fairly inexpensive, as is thread... and I needed to practice my applique techniques anyway... and so I made this:










Pretty nifty, eh?
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