To quote Scottish poet Robert Burns (in modern English) “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men go often askew”.
Yes I know it’s currently July 6th but that means it’s only two days late! We were fortunate that our little sweet pea had a great vacation and enjoyed herself but all good things must come to an end and the so-called “threenager” took over.
The bad weather combined with an even fouler mood meant that we didn’t even try to enjoy any holiday festivities and all of my work on this 4th of July outfit was mostly in vain. At least she’s adorable today!
Continue reading if you want to learn how to make a scoop neck bow back shirt or skip ahead if you already have your shirt ready to go and just want to learn about the stars.
Modifying any shirt to have a scoop back and bow is easy! All you need to do is lower the back neckline by several inches (this is a Key West Tank* from New Horizons Designs). I traced the original neckline so you can see the difference. The new neckband measurement should be 80% of your neck opening (opening * 0.8) plus half an inch for the seam allowance. Attach it to the shirt.
Fold the shirt in half and measure the length from the neckline to the fold line at right the place you want the middle of the bow to be. Use a pin to mark that place.
Cut the bow 6″ tall (you probably will want a taller bow for larger shirts) by two times that length + 1″ seam allowance. Mine was 2.5″x2 + 1″ = 6″. Cut a 1.5″ x 3″ piece of fabric for the center of the bow.
With right sides together, fold the bow piece in half width-wise and sew together. Also with right sides together, fold the center of the bow in half length-wise and sew together to create a skinny tube. Turn them both right side out and center the seam along the back sides.
Sew the ends of the center piece together to create a ring and slide it into the middle of the bow. Fluff it a little to get the bow the way you like it.
Slide the bow into the shirt and pin the sides to the neckband seam. The bow has a 1/2″ seam allowance to it should stick out further than the seam.
Sew it in place and then you’re done!
Now it’s time to move onto the stars. I’ve already written a detailed post about freezer paper stencils here so I’m going to skip to the painting part.
I bought red and blue glitter paint and we went to town on that shirt once the stars were in place! This shirt is going to require lots and lots of dabs of paint – but warning! “Dab it!” sounds very different coming out of a three year old’s mouth.
You’ll want to make sure that there’s paint completely surrounding the stars so they’ll have defined edges. The painting should be done in multiple rounds for best results. We did this shirt on and off over 3-4 days. (and I forgot to take more pictures. Sorry!)
We wound up with paint all down the shirt thanks to the Artist so the dots had to continue down to the hem. I probably should have encouraged her to taper the density so there isn’t that defined line…
Peal the paper stars off and look at your beautiful work of art!
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