Saturday, November 19, 2011


Peter turned XI last month. Using Roman Numerals for his age shirt was his idea, but I used the idea first on his brother's shirt (IX) because his birthday came sooner.

I have to admit, since I studied Chinese in college, the first thing I think of when I see "xi" is the Mandarin word "west".

I used freezer paper stencils and am pleased with how it turned out. I seem to get the best results with black fabric paint, possibly because it gives the best coverage over colors.

I can't believe he's 11, sniff. I don't know where all the years have gone. Only 7 more years 'till he can vote! Will he want an XVIII shirt then?

Black and grey jerseys
Reko Raglan Sleeve Top: Ottobre 4-2008-26


  1. I hope Peter had a happy birthday! I love the roman numeral birthday shirts and will definitely be "borrowing" the idea for Patrick's XI birthday in April!

    ps I also love that raglan pattern. I used it for the first top I sewed for Pat.:)

  2. Happy birthday to Peter :-) love the shirt and if he's anything like my son who is 18 and about to vote for the first time next weekend he will definitely want a shirt made with love by you and continuing on a family tradition. Don't worry Joy they are even more fun as they get older. My kids are 20, 18, 14 and 11. It just gets better although they do start to want to stay up all night again much like when they were babies lol and can't understand why the olds have to get some shuteye.

  3. Great shirt! I would like to stencil more, but it is all too fiddly for me...well fiddly in the sense that I would have to get paint out and not let the kids near it and wait for it to dry without fingers poking it. Obviously my mothering skills are lacking something that you have!

    Happy birthday to Peter - he looks like he loves the shirt.

  4. My oldest turned XI in September...I totally can relate to the sentiment. Great shirt!

  5. Yeh, we sniff with you but also look forward with you to the exciting days ahead for a young man so crammed full with potential.

  6. Happy birthday to Peter! He look so smart in his new shirt, and I love how you use contrasting fabric for the raglan sleeves. This is such a great idea!

  7. Aww! He's Tyo's age. I'm not sure where the time has gone... All I know is that the teen years are way, way too close. Happy Birthday! :)

  8. This is a fabulous idea. I love freezer paper stenciling but haven't down it for a long time. Maybe it's time to pull out the fabric paint again.

  9. What a great idea for a birthday shirt! Particularly for a boy, it is so hard to have good craft ideas for boys.

  10. You can add to the years as he grows... Until 14 I guess.

    I really like this, and I love how you facilitate your family's creativity. :)


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