I can’t believe I didn’t blog about this project yet!
We decided to use this T-shirt to announce the news of our new baby to our families, back in November. We told Husband’s parents over Skype: our daughter was wearing the shirt, and we called them to chat like normal. We didn’t say anything, but we waited for them to notice! It was a similar situation for Husband’s sister! We actually saw my parents in-person, so we changed our tactics slightly. It was at Thanksgiving, and we asked my parents to take a family photo for our Christmas card. We put V in the T-shirt and handed over the camera to my mom. She was so intent on taking the photo that she didn’t notice until my dad started tapping her on the arm– “Look at [V’s] shirt!” Haha! It was perfect. After they discovered the news, we brought out a print of the ultrasound photo and took our Christmas card photo.
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At the time, I couldn’t find in stores any “Big Sister” T-shirts that I liked, so I decided to make my own. I have a lovely sewing machine and it has a fantastic embroidery attachment that has gone virtually unused since I bought it! It was high time that I figured it out.
I purchased a T-shirt on clearance from Target for $2.50.
After speaking with a saleslady at the Husqvarna Viking center in the fabric store, I purchased some stabilizer. Because I’m a scaredy cat and needed moral support, Husband helped me set up the embroidery functions to spell out “sister” on the front of the T-shirt. It took him quite a bit of maneuvering to get the embroidery hoop set up on such a small little piece of clothing! But Husband persevered and got everything set up just right.
The sewing machine did its magic…
…and then I added the letters to spell “BIG” using machine applique.
The letters are cut (using templates I printed with the computer) out of scrap T-shirt knit. (It’s actually a melon color– I had trouble getting the color balance correct in this photo.) I used cheapo fabric fusing material to secure the applique letters in place, attached some more stabilizer behind, and used a satin stitch to do the edging with my sewing machine. It’s not a perfect job, but I think the T-shirt turned out pretty cute!
My daughter has definitely picked up on my delight in photography, and she has appropriated an old (battery-less) digital clock as her own “camera.” (The buttons make very satisfying clicky noises.) During the “photo shoot” for this blog post, she wanted to get in on the action and take some pictures herself, haha!