Magazine article Sunset

Sweatshirt Shenanigans

Magazine article Sunset

Sweatshirt Shenanigans

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Sweatshirt shenanigans

"Wear what you like' has double significancewhen what you're wearing is a custom-designed sweatshirt--decorated with an image taken from a treasured snapshot or bit of artwork.

To create a sweatshirt for yourself, a familymember, or a friend, first select an appropriate image. Enlarge the image, if necessary. Then transfer it onto the fabric (by tracing it over carbon paper) and color it in. Chain stitching in embroidery cotton makes outlines and writing.

Our examples show a variety of art techniques,from undemanding to rather tricky. To create something like the casually sketched terrier pup, you might enlist the help of an artist acquaintance.

For each sweatshirt, you'll need:

Solid-color cotton-polyester sweatshirt(about $13 to $17 adult size, $6 to $12 child size)

Corrugated cardboard: 18 by 25 inchesfor an adult-size sweatshirt, slightly smaller for child-size one

Carbon paper (about four sheets)

Colored permanent fabric markers (about$2 each), fabric paints (about $5 per 2-ounce bottle), acrylic paints ($3 to $7 per 2-ounce tube), or fabric pastels (about $2.50 per box of 15), available at art supply stores

Pearl embroidery cotton (about 90 centsper skein)

Crewel needle (long eye, pointed end)

You'll also need tracing paper, an iron,transparent tape (all optional), a ball-point pen, and plenty of pushpins.

Preparing the image

Choose an image to transfer onto thesweatshirt: a child's drawing, for example, or a black-and-white or color photograph.

If working from a photograph, avoid imageswith heavy shadows. In the photocopy enlargements, dark or shadowy areas can appear as gray blotches with little detailing.

To enlarge the photograph, use a copyingmachine capable of making enlargements (about 10 cents a sheet); a photocopying store should have one. If you wish to fill a space larger than 11 by 14 inches (maximum paper size for most copiers), enlarge sections of the image, then tape the pieces of paper together.

If working from artwork, enlarge the image,following instructions above; or, if the image is the right size, work directly from the original. To preserve the drawing, copy outlines and important details onto tracing paper (you may need to tape several sheets together).

Transferring the image

Preshrink the sweatshirt by putting itthrough a wash and dry cycle. Then slip it over the cardboard rectangle, pull it taut, and knot sleeves in back. If needed, use pushpins to secure the sweatshirt further.

Next, place carbon paper over the shirt'sfront (taping multiple sheets together). …

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