November 18, 2010

I Am Ironman...da-na-da-na-da-na-na-da-na-na!

You know how the song goes.  Rex's most recent obsession is Ironman.  Yes, it's a little more normal than a mustache obsession.  From what I've seen, I think most boys from 2-12 are pretty obsessed with him.    Let's be honest.  He's cool.  Well, I've told you before that I'm not a big fan of the in-your-face-character-shirts.  Plus, they usually cost more because you're paying for the name.  So, today we're sticking it to the man and making a really cheap and easy Ironman tee.  Who's with me?

I bought a $3.50 shirt from Wal-mart.  Rex and I wanted the shirt to look like Ironman's suit.  That way when he wears it he is Ironman, you know.  I thought it would be way too large of an image to try and do a freezer stencil for it.  So, I used my fabric markers instead and drew it on.  I have the these markers and I really like them.  Just apply light pressure so you can move smoothly on the shirt.  Too much pressure and you'll keep catching on the shirt.

I looked at a picture of Ironman's suit (there are a lot of versions out there) and drew on the lines carfefully.  If you don't feel comfortable doing this you could sketch them with a disappearing marker or pencil first.  I always start with really thin lines and then I perfect them when I thicken them up.

Then a took two layers of white knit (because one was too see-through) and cut a triangle.  I pinned them on where I wanted and sewed around the edges.  Because knit tends to shift a little I use a larger seam allowance and then just trim the edges afterwards.

I trimmed one layer closer to the edge and left one a bit longer.  Then I took my fabric marker and drew an outline around the bottom layer.  In hindsight, I wouldn't bother to do that because the fabric rolls in a bit after it's been washed and then you see the backside where I didn't color it black.  Anyhow, just sew them on and trim the edges. 

He was really excited about this one.  As soon as he put it on he said, "Mom do you want to sit on the couch and watch my moves?"  He likes to get up on the ottoman to work his magic.  I wish you could hear the sound effects, too.  It's pretty entertaining.

And what would a post of Rex be without his cheesy smile?

This one would be a great easy gift for any little guy in your life.

Thank you for reading!


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