Princess T

Here’s a shirt that I made for one of my favorite little girls (other than my own), who is having a birthday party next week. It was a ton of fun. I got to use lots of tools from my kit, including applique, reverse applique, beading, embroidery and drawing. I actually drew the outline freehand, which I don’t usually do. Normally, I find an image online and manipulate it in Photoshop to get what I want. However, there were just so many Princess images online that it would have taken me days to wade through them all. Once I sat down with a pencil and paper, it was so easy that I wondered why I don’t work this way more often.

I used a bunch of fabrics that I had lying about for the image. It is a metallic synthetic, silk taffeta, necktie silk, poly tulle, and silk charmeuse. The hair is 12-strand silk embroidery floss, a glossy rayon embroidery floss, and a silver metallic floss. I used all strands, then after I tied them on I pulled the strands apart.

I find it extremely difficult to render facial features on embroidery, and I dislike almost every example of embroidered facial features that I have ever seen. An exception is the Asian embroideries at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. But then again, I don’t pretend that my embroideries are museum quality. They are respectable 4-year-old birthday present quality, though.

applique detail



  1. Posted January 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I ADORE this t-shirt, it’s so special and unique! You must sell them in your Etsy store!

    • Posted January 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I have thought long and hard about selling kids clothes on Etsy. Unfortunately, the draconian US laws surrounding testing of childrens’ products for sale make it pretty much impossible to legally make any one-of-a-kind toy or article of childrens clothing to sell.

  2. Posted January 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    How perfectly adorable! Now, this is one way to please your princess without having to use pink, shine, sparkle, or TV characters. Love the perfect balance of sophistication and fun!

  3. Posted January 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    LOVE. IT. It’s so beautiful and sure to be a hit for the recipient. Lucky girl!

  4. Posted January 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a great T-shirt, Claudine. Like Marie said, I love that it’s not pink, TV-related or over-the-top sparkly. You’re so creative – I love reading your blog posts!

  5. shams
    Posted January 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Really cute!!! I love your princess!! She has so much character – like a children’s book illustration. Maybe you need to make a series of these and make a book. 😀

  6. Posted January 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Adorable! I am sure it will be worn to death.

  7. Posted January 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It’s adorable. Very “storybook”.

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