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 ), 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.