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Glow in the Dark Dragon Tee! (And Giveaway!)

Kicking Off The Changing Up The Tee Blog Tour

When it comes to sewing, it’s easy to skip over the basic t-shirt. They’re pretty cheap and easy to buy from the store, right? Well, today I’m going to inspire you to 1) Make a t-shirt, and 2) Change up that t-shirt!

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This month’s Sewing Blue Blog Tour, hosted by Made for Little Gents, and sponsored by GYCT Designs*, has each blogger take the GYCT Primary Tee* and make it go beyond the basic pattern – whether with HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl), applique, color blocking, dye, pockets, modifying the neckline, or something else!

**Read on for a discount code and giveaway!**

About the Fabric

For my version, I knew I wanted to use this amazing Glow in the Dark Dragon euro knit fabric from Mabel Madison! (Mabel Madison actually have an entire line of Glow in the Dark prints if dragons aren’t your thing! There’s cats, solar system, rockets, arrow hearts and more! I even have word that *dinosaurs* are coming soon!)

Because I’m stingy and want to conserve my Glow in the Dark as long as possible, I decided to use a solid navy by Stenzo. People. This is SO FRICKING SOFT! I just want to touch it all day long! If you’ve never tried Stenzo solids, you totally must! They’re just gorgeous!!


I decided to break out my Silhouette Cameo* and use HTV for the very first time! I don’t know why I hadn’t got around to doing this sooner, because it’s actually really fun and this particular design required hardly any weeding, so it was really easy to do! I found this design in the Silhouette store. I do have the software to design my own things, meaning I could have made a dragon that looked exactly like the ones on the fabric. But that would have meant learning to do something else new and I just didn’t feel like doing that!


I’m lazy.

But this design is still cool, right??!


Here’s a pic of it in the dark – it’s so hard to capture on my camera, but the longer you keep it in the light, the brighter it will be in the dark.


Oh, and both my older two kids are now requesting Glow in the Dark pajamas.

I might have unleashed a monster.

About this Pattern

My son is tall and skinny, so I used the size 2 GYCT Primary Tee* and added about 2 1/2 inches to the hemline and 3/4″ to the sleeves. When I first cut the neckband I don’t know what I did… It was supposed to be 14″ but as I was installing it, I realized it was way too small for the neckline. So I recut it at 14.75″ and then it was a little too big (I also decided to make the band slightly taller, cutting it at 1.75″ rather than 1.5″). And then I realized that I must have somehow cut the original band at more like 10″. So, the neckband is a little wavy and that’s all my fault. But I wasn’t going to rip it out again!


The GYCT Primary Tee & Dress pattern also includes a dress with optional sash, so you do have a couple of options with it. And until July 15, 2018 you can save $2 using code “SEWBLUE” on the Primary Tee & Dress pattern!

But wait, there’s more! I mentioned a giveaway! For your chance to win $30 to spend in the GYCT Designs Shop, just head over to the Rafflecopter and follow the instructions there. Open worldwide!


Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear how you plan to change up your next tee!

Check out what other bloggers are doing and come up with ideas for changing up the tee by following along with the blog tour below:

Fri. June 29
Made for Little Gents (Intro to Tour)
Mon. July 2
Family of Makers
Tues. July 3
Made for Little Gents
Wed. July 4
Thurs. July 5
Made by Laura!
Fri. July 6
Auschick Sews
Mon. July 9
Kate Will Knit | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy
Tues. July 10
Tenille’s Thread | Mahlica Designs
Wed. July 11
Momma Newey’s Makes | Our Play Place
Thurs. July 12
My Sewing Roots | Elli and Nels
Fri. July 13
Dreams and Stitches | Stylin’ Stacy



Disclosure: I’m a Brand Ambassador for Mabel Madison and received 1 1/2 yards of Stenzo fabric complimentary for purposes of review and promotion. 


I received the GYCT Primary Tee pattern complimentary for purposes of review and promotion.

20 thoughts on “Glow in the Dark Dragon Tee! (And Giveaway!)”

  1. This is a fantastic use of your glow-in-the-dark fabric! I’ve had my boys request things to be glow-in-the-dark but I haven’t done anything yet. I think it might unleash monsters as well. 🙂 Great job!

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  2. I love doing freezer paper stencils to personalize my kids’ tees. One that I’ve done regularly for my sports fan boy, is putting a name and number on his soccer tees. I also have done a lot of faux longsleeves under short-sleeved tee, if that makes sense! Love making t-shirts for my kiddos.


    1. I have never done a freezer paper stencil! Though now that I have the Silhouette Cameo I’ll probably stick with HTV for a while! I definitely need to make him some more t-shirts! (though what he actually NEEDS is pants!)


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