I made this for a friend's baby born a few weeks after my little guy. They're both nearing 5 months now. Obviously, I have way more time to craft than post about crafting.
Anyway, I'm delighted to say that my friend and her husband were thrilled with this shirt, and keep it on hand (since it doesn't fit the babe yet) to parade around to anyone who comes to visit. Yay!
The bird/banner design is courtesy of the stitch it kit, I think. The little wonky heart on the bum is me, and the text on the arms are an exact replica (as much as can be) of the tattoos the baby's daddy has on the underside of his forearms.
I made that baby's daddy pose for a close up shot of his arms crossed over his chest, and took two just in case. I then sized and printed the photo in black and white so that the text was just the right size for the sleeves, traced the text with a Sulky Iron On Transfer pen, and then ironed those bad boys onto the back sides of the correct sleeves. I'll be honest, I took some of the detail out of the text, because it would have been too much for such a small space.
Then, to embroider, I think I used 3 strands of black embroidery floss and rolled the sleeves so that I didn't have the full length of the sleeves between my hand and the bit of fabric I was stitching. I didn't use stabilizer because I think that would have made the rolling and manipulating a bit tougher, and no hoop, because I don't believe they make them that small, besides, without stabilizer, I think it would be a bad idea anyway.
I cannot emphasize enough how very difficult this was. I don't want to say it was impossibly hard, or I would never do it again, but it was darn challenging, and I was soooo happy when it was over and I could get back to stitching on fabric in a hoop, and not have to cramp my poor little hands trying to squeeze them into tiny little baby shirt sleeves, and yet avoid stretching the knit t-shirt fabric.
I chose a 6-9 month size top, thinking it would take me a great deal longer than it did (yay!), but I'm glad I did regardless, because any tinier and I don't know if I would have followed through with the sleeve tattoos.
Anyway, I'm such a big fan of Jenny's designs--who else would have such perfect complimenting designs to my daddy's-tattoo copy?
Thanks for looking!!