The “Little Green Man” Shirt
The Facts- The “Little Green Man” Shirt
⁃ Fabric: Organic Cotton Jersey
⁃ Pattern: KS 3299
⁃ Year: Contemporary
⁃ Notions: Strips of interfacing for the shoulder seams, spraypaint
⁃ Time to complete: Two-three weeks- maybe 15 hours including the stencil
⁃ First worn: March 11, 2012
⁃ Wear again? Yes, absolutely!
⁃ Total price: $28
We’re huge fans of the Lorax book in our house (that movie better be good!). I spent some time looking for the *perfect* Lorax stencil to cut and paint and add to my husband’s collection of street-art style t-shirts. This is by far the most challenging stencil I ever cut- lots of long, delicate lines and tiny details.
Organic cotton is a dream to work with, and even better to wear. As it ages the fabric becomes soft, almost plushy and even my husband notices the difference. Cotton in general also takes the spraypaint the best of any other fiber I’ve tried. I use ordinary spraypaint I picked up from the hardware store.
Unfortunately, it’s not my best final design- some areas “bled” around the stencil. Last time, I made a light colored design on a dark background and discovered I needed many many more layers of paint than when I make a dark design on a light background. I got carried away painting Mr. Lorax. The lesson? Make sure to apply THIN layers of paint and let it dry thoroughly between applications. the good news is that underneath, the design is quite clear and crisp. Some of the bleeding came off in the wash, and perhaps in time the design will be clearer.
My husband is happy with the final result and that’s what matters to me. He and I have been working together on a series of these type of t-shirts, I only have one more to go. We like collaborating on the artwork, so in the future we’ll probably buy blank t-shirts and stencil them, rather than making the shirt from scratch.. Though after a dozen or so hours cutting a stencil, an hour spent making a t-shirt seems like no sweat!
If you’d like to see how I do my stenciling and maybe try your hand at it, check out the two-part tutorial on my blog: