a skateboarder’s tee

My oldest son has recently discovered skateboarding, and even saved up his money to buy his first skateboard. I’m all in for encouraging them to be outdoors whenever possible, and I feel like this came at a perfect time for him. Last week as I was trying to get ideas for things to make him that he would wear, I went out and asked what kind of clothing he’d like to see added to his wardrobe. His response to me was simple, some tees, maybe a hockey one, maybe a skateboard one.

Since we’re going into summer, I figured the skateboard idea was more appropriate! I mean I love that he’s passionate about hockey but sometimes one needs a break right?!?

I was a bit stumped with what I was going to do for a tee when he suggested a skateboard shirt. So I turned to Pinterest to try to get some ideas but I wasn’t coming up with anything that I liked or that was kid appropriate. Then I turned to Etsy. This is my favourite resource for svg files when I’m stumped and can’t come up with my own ideas. I just searched skateboard svg and went from there.

Since the older they get, the more opinions they have, I asked him to sit down with me and tell me what he wanted and liked. He quickly landed on this listing. It’s a good thing he picked because this was honestly NOT what I was going to go with! hahaha. In my mind it’s just not what I thought he was describing when he said he wanted a skateboarding tee… and that is why I get them to help me now 😉

Now came time for the actual shirt. I decided to go with my trusted Rowan Tee pattern by Titchy Threads. According to his measurements he fit into the size 8 for chest and 10 for length, but he prefers his shirts on the looser side, so I went with the size 10 overall. I’m really pleased with the fit. It’s loose fitting on him, without being overly baggy like a store bought shirt would have been.

When it came down to the colours of the shirt, he chose a basic white jersey I had on hand (similar to this laguna jersey) and decided he wanted the transfer to be in gold. Again, not colours I would have picked if he wasn’t there so I’m glad I asked his opinion first! And a quick side note here, this is the beauty about sewing isn’t it?! You can easily and quickly make a basic and plain tee for your kids that fit properly and the material will last so much longer then if I had gone to the store and bought a plain tee to do this transfer on! Not even considering the fact that plain tees are so hard to come by!!! Ok now back to details….

The transfer was a little hard to photograph since it has a bit of a sheen to it, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. I used this teckwrap vinyl and so far it’s lasted me pretty good, although I would like to actually compare it to Cricut’s vinyl. This metallic one came out even better then the regular coloured ones, so that was a really good surprise.

Overall he was really excited about this tee and wore it’s already being worn to school! Which in my books, is a total win! Even better when it gets snatched up the second they see it’s finished!!

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