Go Bears! + Tutorial

Pattern: my old t-shirt standby, McCall's Misses' Tops M6164
Fabric: jersey knit, bought at Mood! 
Cost: about $5

I am a bad alum. Come game time, I have a great job thanks to my diploma, lots of Cal friends, but no bear t-shirt! Luckily, a t-shirt is much easier to make than a diploma or new friends, especially if you sew! I'd also been dying to try making a cool printed t-shirt every since Cirque du Bebe made this amazing one for Vintage May. After reviewing my options for doing an image transfer, I decided to just sharpie it on there (although I still want to check out this Cirque du Bebe's recommendation for Lesley Riley TAP Artist Transfer Paper). The other fun thing about this shirt is that it's not the classic mascot, but rather my own take on the theme. Instructions for making a fabric bow-tie can be found here.

I have also been feeling a little experimental in my computer skills lately. Starting with this tutorial, I made my picture into a little sketch to highlight the shirt. If you're interested, give it a try! The instructions are for GIMP, a free Photoshop like software (although the instructions should work for Photoshop as well). For a tutorial on how to crop out the background and leave only the garment (for the bottom layer in the tutorial), check out this video.

Happy sewing!


  1. cute as hell tshirt, even cuter way to show it off! this is a great way to make your own croquis too, i've done that (but with the poster edges filter).

  2. Love the shirt! and thanks for the photo tutorial :)

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! The shirt is also super cute!


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