Thursday, February 9, 2012

retro tv t-shirt

My sweet husband, Michael, celebrated his birthday last month. One of his presents was this retro t.v. t-shirt.


The t-shirt was inspired by one of our all time favorite TV shows, The IT Crowd. It is available on Netflix Instant. I definitely recommend it with one caveat- British TV allows much more foul language than American TV. There are a few F-words sprinkled throughout the series-- less than one an episode. It's like a PG-13 movie. Anyhow, one of the main characters, Roy, wears lots of great t-shirts. This one was my favorite:


I recreated it with freezer paper stencils and fabric paint. This was my first time doing a freezer paper stencil on an adult sized t-shirt. I struggled getting it centered and level, as I am sure you can tell! Little kid t-shirts are much easier. If I hadn't left it to the last minute (literally- I did this the morning of his birthday!) I would have bought a new shirt and tried again. Live and learn, right? I also wish I had made the t.v. a little larger.


I do really love how the antennas and the details of the t.v. (the switches and speaker and legs) turned out though.


Michael was very happy with this present. He put it on immediately and wore it the rest of the night. See all those candles? He's OLD! :)

17 comments:

Tricia said...

It looks great! I'm impressed with all of the line details on the knobs. Great job.

Tonia L said...

Ohhh..he is old! Just kidding! You did a great job on the stencil. I've done a couple but never on an adult shirt either. Stopping by from the BCC.

Alie said...

Tyler & I LOVE The IT Crowd. I think Moss might be my favorite.

Michael's shirt is very cool. For an old man, he sure is a snazzy dresser :)

Lindsey Johnson said...

That is awesome. My husband would be so happy! We LOVE the IT Crowd. (We were a little embarrassed to tell some of our friends how much we liked it, but it became a quick favorite all around--even with the foul language.)

Saville Family said...

My hubs loves that series, too. I have to admit my favorite episode is the visit from Aunt Irma....we own the series on DVD, that's how much the hubs (also named Michael) loves it. Great job!

Jenn Kirk said...

Love it. I think it looks great especially considering how tricky and sticky the paper can be at times!

mara said...

I could make the cake, the t-shirt, not so much. I love British TV more than anything. AB FAB is my favourite.

sunnie said...

Yay for IT Crowd!!! Its one of our favorites too! "The Work Outing" is the BEST episode!! :)

merathon said...

next time you should make one like this: http://www.zulily.com/p/light-blue-sumo-tee-toddler-boys--12454-496169.html?pos=1&

reminiscent of your Halloween costume a couple years ago!

Awaiting Ada said...

Thanks for the tip about The IT Crowd, super hilarious!

Brenna @ Almost All The Truth said...

Wow, I think you did a great job on the shirt. I have never tried a freezer paper stencil, but it looks great! I may have to remember that for upcoming birthday gift ideas. Love when I can actually make something!

Mags [Margaret] said...

Of course :) love!

Claudia Hall Christian said...

Happy Birthday, husband! :) I hope you had a wonderful day.

I love IT crowd as well! I subscribe to Glimmer on Twitter. (He writes IT crowd and other funny shows.) Via Twitter, I get this funny inside view of the show. Have you subscribed to him?

Erin said...

@claudia- I'm not on twitter but I might just join to hear more from the writer. That's awesome!

Kaylyn said...

I found your blog on pinterest and I am addicted!!! LOVE your style and all the things you have found to repurpose! That's my kind of sewing. Keep up the good work! =)

albertt thomson said...

nice post..Birthday t-shirt

Mary Perez said...

love it!

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