crewcuts inspired t-shirt tutorial

Ever drool over J. Crew’s line of kid’s clothing, crewcuts?  Then you are in good company and will love a couple of our posts this week…  Starting with this one.

As cute as the crewcuts duds are, if you are used to shopping at old navy & target (like moi), the price tag is enough to keep you from clicking “checkout”.  However, a good option to splurging on their new arrivals is to shop the sale, & an even better option is to recreate it yourself.

Take the tee pictured above.  I saw it in the “looks we love” page, shown below:

You can buy it for $38 (here), OR DIY it by watching our applique tutorial here.

You’ll need:
> double sided fusible web OR a glue stick (to keep dots in place while you sew)
> smallish piece of fabric.  we used the tossed anchors from our shop. (a fat-quarter is big enough)
> pre-washed t-shirt, new or from the closet
> sewing machine OR a thread & needle & some good shows on the DVR
> fabric scissors.
> iron and ironing board

And a cutie pie to wear it.

The dots on Tilly’s shirt are between 1.75 and 2 inches round.

I used a t-shirt from her closet that was previously purchased at H&M (my fave place to find plain t’s) and had a couple small stains on it that the dots would cover up.

While we are on the subject, here is a:

If you have trouble with DIY’s because they never turnout right, it’s probably one of two things.  1.) you are being too hard on yourself and only focus on the flaws or 2.) there is nothing good about the foundation you started with.  In other words, it’s hard to make a hanes tee from the craft store resemble a crewcuts shirt when the shape & style is so “off”.  So, try using a t-shirt that is cute without any design on it.

Hope that tid-bit helps…

… and that you aren’t annoyed that I’m sharing a (borderline) obnoxious number of pictures of Tilly in her polk a dot shirt.

We had dots (l.o.l.) of fun with this “photo shoot” and I couldn’t pick just a couple.

If you are diggin’ this tutorial, let us know in the comments below & come back in a day or two for a crewcuts inspired boy t-shirt that does not require sewing.

Oh, and don’t forget to pin for safe keeping!

x o   .   r a e   +   j a n e 

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  • papa August 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    You have an amazing gift!
    I love!!!

    • rae August 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      oh, dad. you are too sweet. love ya!

  • Katelyn August 15, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    ADORABLE! Thanks and what great tips! We love designer duds for less and this is a fantastic example of how to achieve and adorable option. Can’t wait for the little dudes example!

    • rae August 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      thanks katelyn! working on the boy version right now! xo

  • Erin August 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Rae, grace loves crew cuts too! She tapes pictures from the catolog in her closet for inspiration I guess 🙂 I can’t wait to try this with her when she gets home from camp! Thank you!

    • rae August 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Erin, omgosh! i think that is so cute! what a fun girl. xo

  • Scott August 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Nice work Rae. Now, if I could only sew…

  • meghan August 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    You are so crafty! Love this. I think a polkadot onsies would be pretty stinkin cute too. And you have the cutest model around town.

  • drelli August 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    OMG. I can’t wait for the boy version. Tilly is just the cutest and the tee is PERF!

  • Shio W. February 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I heart this tutorial and your daughter is sooo cute! I love her purple glasses, my little 8 yr. old wants fake lenses so bad! Excited to try this one out sometime! And I am totally adoring your blog, glad I found it!!! 🙂


  • Robyn September 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Love your site! Love all the creative things you do! And tilly is delicious!

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