Tuxedo T-Shirt Tutorial

When casual meets formal...

There is no doubt that convincing a toddler to wear a tuxedo (PLUS keep it clean!) could be a real chore!  As this summer approaches, we are anticipating TWO weddings within a short 6 weeks.  My husband's 2 younger brothers both became engaged this winter and both will marry this summer.  Although we plan to have Little Man dressed in style for the weddings, I think that we have the perfect outfit in mind for other wedding events!

This project has been a long time in coming.  The idea for a tuxedo shirt has been brewing for a while.  Kind of a spin-off of the adorable tie oneises all over blogging land a year or two ago.  My only problem was that Google Images failed to provide me with a suitable tuxedo silhouette that I could use as my template!  With this challenge in mind, I decided to embark on a Photoshop journey to create my very own tuxedo design!

I started out with a plain old white t-shirt from my favorite store, Hobby Lobby!  I washed it first before getting started.
The hardest part about the entire project was creating my tuxedo shirt silhouette!  I created this design from scratch.  I am still a Photoshop novice, so this was a small triumph for me.
I used my Sure Cuts a Lot software to get the size of the tuxedo silhouette just right.  Also, when using heat transfer vinyl, you actually create a mirror image of your original before cutting.  I connected my computer to my Cricut and cut away...
I cut my image out of black flocked vinyl. (The same kind I used for my Mr. Lucky shirt.) I love that it has a velvety fuzziness to it.
Next, I followed the directions to iron on the heat transfer vinyl to the t-shirt.  You need a regular old piece of paper to sandwich between the iron and vinyl to keep the plastic layer from melting.
After it cooled completely, I peeled off the clear plastic layer leaving behind the vinyl.  This part is always so magical to me!


The only thing missing now, of course, was a little bow tie....
Second only to my love for vinyl is felt, of course! I used a bow template to cut a bow tie out of red felt and ironed it on using Wonder Under.  Piece of cake!  To feel completely secure, you could sew all the way around the bow tie just to be sure you can wash it over and over.
Now I just had to convince Little Man that suspenders were totally cool (which only took a few minutes!), and we have one.cute.outfit!
I do have a baby version in the works, and it is adorable!!
Enjoy your day, my friends!
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  1. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says

    ADORABLE! Fabulous job!

  2. The Miller Five says

    Ha ha ha ha ha! Holy crap that is sooo cute!! So is little man of course!

  3. Our really empty nest says

    Too cute, I may have to "borrow" this idea! Sue

  4. I am so impressed. That is SO cute Alison!

  5. oh my goodness, that is adorable!

  6. Pati @ A Crafty Escape says

    He would look good in anything, but I love this idea!

  7. So cute..the t-shirt and the model!

  8. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says

    This is sooooo cute Alison!!! Your little guy is so handsome! I love the shirt too. 🙂

  9. Cox Family says

    Wow! That does not look very easy to me:/ I have no clue how to use photoshop and I have a Cricut but do not know about hooking it to my computer. So much to learn. You are awesome:)

  10. Erin @ Crafts and Sutch says

    Oh, your little guy is just a doll! …and he looks so debonair in his casual tux!

  11. Kara @ Mine for the Making says

    Oh my goodness! Your little guy is SO SO CUTE! Esp in that adorable shirt with those red suspenders!! Nice job!


  12. wow, what a great job! I am impressed with your photoshop skills! Good job!!



  13. Anonymous says

    this is very cute and very clever!!!

  14. reasonstoskipthehousework says

    Such a cutie patootie! I would love you to link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party! I also would love to see the Bib from Lil' Luna linked up! I have a similar pattern for a bub using a hand towel – I should get it blogged about soon! Thanks for such inspiration!

    Reasons To Skip The Housework
    Tuesday Time Out Link Up Party

  15. So cute! The suspenders complete it! Love it!

  16. Mandi@MandiBeingCrafty says

    So cute! I love it!

  17. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says

    thanks for linking up your adorable shirt! LOVE!

  18. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    That's really cute, but he's even more adorable. 😉 You did a great job with the Cricut…I know a lot of bloggers are doing really neat projects with their SCAL. Thanks for the visit!

  19. Oh my gosh that's so stinkin adorable! With the red suspenders no less! I'd love to have you link this to my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-9.html

  20. Cute baby,He look more cute when he starting to wear Tuxedo Shirt and suit.Look more elegant.

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