Coffee is my BFF

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My love for coffee goes way back. I definitely drink WAY too much, but really….is that even a thing? Too much coffee? Sacrilege! There was a point when I was younger (with WAY less life experience) that I thought it would be a good idea to give up sleep and just drink 9-12 shots of espresso per day. No…that is not a typo. This plan was my temporary demise as it led to Mono. Mono when you are 20, working full time and going to school full time with rent and bills….yeah…that’s bad news. It was miserable and I vowed to quit all forms of caffeine. I did quit for a while….actually I quit for the majority of 7 years….right around the time my first sweetpea was born and my husband bought me a Keurig for Christmas. Then when she was 9 months old, I found out sweetpea number two was on the way. I have had a two-cups-per-day habit since then, more than that when I was crazy enough to finish my Bachelor’s degree with a 4-month push of double full-time enrollment. During that time I drank REVV.

Now here I am, still in school, working on my Master’s in English and Creative Writing, back to work full-time, still have my two sweetpeas, except they are older and crazier now. Needless to say, coffee might as well be a family member. So, I thought I would make a shirt to show my love and dedication to coffee because….well…COFFEE!!!

I had actually been lacking sewing inspiration for almost a week…WHAT?! I know! It was HORRIBLE!!! I wanted to want to sew and create, but I could not decide on a project for longer than five seconds. It was horrible and sad. What sparked this inspiration, you might ask? This fabulous gold glitter HTV!!! It is just so gold and glittery, two things I am loving lately.

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I could not decide on a fabric, pattern, etc. for a week and then I remembered I had that gold glitter stashed away for the right project and everything just sort of fell together. It was wonderful and energizing. Suddenly I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The other day, when I was walking through Target to pick up some Valentine’s Day chocolate for my husband, I saw this set of pajamas and fell in love with the saying. I opened up Photoshop, whipped up some cute typography, and imported it in to my Silhouette Studio to trace.

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While this was cutting, I quickly cut and sewed a Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions, finished the neck band and created faux arm bands (which I can get away with because I have stubby, short arms), and decided there was NO WAY I was going to hem the bottom because I HATE (HATE HATE HATE) hemming knits and I didn’t have the time to deal with Wonder Tape or slowly using my walking foot. I had a playdate to get to (since I was unexpectedly told to leave my job a week early and decided to see that as a positive and an opportunity to see my friends!!)!. So, I looked through my trims and found this awesome vintage lace my mom’s friend had given to me (UBER generous, no?!?).

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So I “measured” out how much I needed by laying the lace along the front of the shirt, doubling that and adding just a tad extra for good measure. I know, it’s a super accurate method. So, I serged the lace on, right sides together, then ironed the seam upwards (I ironed…I NEVER iron! It was crazy, but also super worth it!), then top-stitched to keep the lace laying nicely.

 With the shirt finished, all that was left was to get this HTV on there. So I quickly weeded the cut sheet of vinyl and arranged the shirt on the ironing board as symmetrically as possible on my ironing board (because I’m not cool enough to be on team-heat-press just yet :P), placed the decal on the shirt, again, super scientifically by eyeballing to make sure it looked centered. I put my ironing cloth over it and pressed firmly at 30 second intervals until I had the transfer securely attached. The end result?  Possibly my favorite shirt to date!

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Okay, now I need to go drink more coffee! Have a great day!

About arosephoto

I am a budding portrait photographer who spent the last 7 years as a photographer and journalist in the Marine Corps. I have always wanted to be a successful photographer outside of the Marine Corps, so I am giving it a go!

4 responses »

  1. Love your shirt! I really enjoy seeing your creations on FB (GC groups and P4P group)! You are such an inspiration that it IS possible to get sewing done while having kids and lots of other stuff going on. How do you like your Silhouette? I’ve been thinking about getting some kind of machine to do the vinyl cutouts but I can’t decide which one.

    • After buying my Silhouette, I wish everybody could have one because the possibilities are endless!!!! I design something in Photoshop, trace it up quickly in Silhouette Studio, then cut it out. It is so easy! It is an extension of sewing for me in that I am not stuck with the choices stores feel like offering to me because the masses will like them….I get to make what I want, without limits. DOOOOOOOOO ITTT!!!!!

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