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« on: January 09, 2009 08:01:19 AM »

I guess this is where this goes.  It involves applique, along with other things, but mostly applique.  Ok, a kind of long story.  So, I was in MS visiting my family over the holidays. I decided that I needed to make shirts for my nieces and nephews and first up is a shirt for my niece Sophia. She's 3 and just about the cutest thing ever.  Here's a cute picture of Sophia and my 5 yr old, Sebastian, at the drive in here in TN. This was when my sister and the kids and my mom came to visit this past summer. 



Anyway, Sophia's favorite book is Purplicious. I've never read it because my only girl is 10 and it's way below her age range. Apparently it's about a girl whose favorite color is pink. The girl gets teased by all her classmates because they think pink is for babies and black is the new cool color. The little girl gets all sad and stuff and starts wearing blue all the time until she meets a new friend who's nice and who encourages her to mix pink with blue to make purple. Then the little girl is happy again, I guess. The moral to the story is that kids are sometimes a**holes and you have to do what makes you happy and find friends who will support you in that rather than make you feel like crap. But kid books can't use words like a**hole, so you get a book like Purplicious that deals with a real issue in a cute way that kids can understand. So, I decided to make Sophia a Purplicious shirt. I took a look at the cover:



Rather than creating something loosely based on the cover, I decided (like an idiot) to just try and copy the cover exactly. So I did. Here's the result:



This is mostly machine applique, with a few bits of hand-sewn applique. There are also some parts that I stenciled. The stenciled parts are: the big paintbrush, the palette, the little girl's facial details, the name of the book, and the line underneath that. The machine appliqued parts are: the big purple rectangle, the dress, the individual pockets, the little bow, individual sleeve cuffs, the collar, the face and neck, the arms, the hair, and the beret. If you're thinking that's a lot of pieces, you're freaking right. The hand-sewn appliqued parts are: the two very VERY small paintbrushes, the little wand, the thumb (on the palette), and the fingers (on the big paintbrush). All of the fabrics I used were scraps from old clothes belonging to me and my kids. Luckily, Sophia tends to love everything I make for her. Plus she hardly grows at all, so she'll be able to wear it for a looooong time. Here are a few close ups.

The little girl's face and the lettering:



The big paintbrush that was stenciled on and her really small fingers.



Her small paintbrushes, wand, and little pockets:



I hope she loves it!

P.S.  My machine applique skills are a little shoddy, but some of the pieces were very small and I figure it's for a 3 yr old and she won't notice. 


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stylinmommy
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2009 08:30:13 AM »

Wow, it looks amazing!!!  I love all the detail work.
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wonderfulnthebest
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2009 08:42:28 AM »

Really good job you did! I'm sure she will love it!!
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Caine
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2009 09:21:46 AM »

It's wonderful! And she will love it, how can she not?
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2009 09:36:46 AM »

Stunning details! I'm sure she'll love it! Looks fantastic!
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2009 10:18:44 AM »

I love it! I think it came out great. Also, your description of the book made me laugh.
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Rascalrose
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2009 10:59:52 AM »

OMG your book review is hysterical. You should run over and stick it on Amazon.  I love the shirt and the mixture of the applique with the stenciling.  Your niece is a lucky girl!
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2009 12:30:10 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments:) 
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2009 01:43:00 PM »

Wow!  That was a ton of work, it's great!  The children are cuties!
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dlanna
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2009 01:52:03 PM »

This is amazing ... I'm am so hitting "this rocks"! She must totally love it! Shocked
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