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A Top...with a "Tattoo"

This top for my niece Willow was such fun to make!

Willow's "Tattoo" Top

Inspired by a post on Stacy's Blog quite a long time ago, I purchased the book "Tattoo Tees". It is a Leisure Arts book, IBSN- 978-1-60140-766-5

The book has several transfers, meant to resemble "tattoos". What I really like about these transfers is that they are shaded, intended to look like they've faded over time.

So, after I had sewn a quick knit top based on an Ottobre pattern that, when finished looked so...very...boring, I applied one of the transfers. I think it gives the top just enough panache to please a hip kid.

Lindsay asked:
"... how did you get this to look so perfect? My iron-on attempts always look sloppy."

It helps that this iron-on is not meant to look perfect, LOL! And I was lucky that this kid-size top fit on my ironing board...I didn't have to reposition anything in the middle of pressing. Also, instead of just putting paper between the layers of the shirt to prevent "bleed through", I used a piece of heavy card-stock paper (the kind from which I make my pattern blocks). That gave me a nice firm surface on which to press. After I taped the transfer to the shirt with painters' tape, I lowered my ironing board a bit, then really "leaned" onto the iron for extra pressure. All that and some luck gave me a good result :)

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Blogger Trudy said...

The top is very hip. I'm sure she'll love it.

6:15 PM  
Blogger mermaids said...

very pretty.... and totally cool. she will love it!

8:11 PM  
Blogger Gigi said...

That is so cool! I must order that book.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it!

9:00 PM  
Blogger Nancy K said...

The stencil makes this look very rtw and of the moment. Great look

9:03 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

I love those tats! They've been on my list to purchase since I saw them on Stacy's blog, but never got around to it. That's a clever way to use them,. Very nice top.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

That is so cool! I wonder how many of those books get purchased because of your blog. LOL.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Sew Lind said...

What a great idea!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

I saw Stacy's post too and thought how cool. But seriously Pam, how did you get this to look so perfect? My iron-on attempts always look sloppy.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous phyllis said...

Gotta get this book - both DD's will be so into it!

10:31 PM  

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