Onesies can be especially boring and utilitarian, but these remind me of the beautiful embroidered tunics you see in Mexico.
While we're on onesies, you don't have to wield a needle and thread to embellish a fun kids tee. Like this adorable design using lace and fusible webbing from American Quilting.
Or these using freezer-paper stencils from Lovely Indeed:
Mastering these techniques will be helpful for festive Halloween gear. I'm going to have a toddler Gaston from Beauty and the Beast this year, and I'm hoping to keep the tee shirt decorations comfortable so he can wear it again.
My template is based off this cute tee from See Ann Sew, who does an amazing Belle dress, too:
I found a red tee at the dollar store in a size bigger than the youngest is wearing now, and I snagged it instead of hoping to find a plain tee at the thrift shops.
I picked up a belt, gold fabric paint, and yellow fabric from SmArt. Here's my model with a moon pie, celebrating the recent eclipse.
Like Gaston, he's scrappy and doesn't know when to quit. Here he is in his last fight, versus a nap.
No one won.
Our Halloween setup is becoming more elaborate with each trip to Goodwill or Southern Thrift. My last finds included a rough-looking bird ...
... and the twins. I've always thought these statues were spooky to begin with.
After a coat of gesso, I coated them in solid grey "granite" acrylic paint mixed with a bit of gesso to lighten it.
Then, I shaded them with black acrylic, trying to imagine the path rain might take if these were outdoors.
Finally, I pounced a dry brush through drops of lighter grey, light blue, and black and pounced it over the pieces as needed to age them and break up the solid color. They will still get some finishing touches, but they are looking good and ghostly.