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I mentioned to @nicasiosilang that I once tried to explain intersectionality in Mandarin, but ended up with something along the lines of “the… the… feminism… but… more… [how do I say identities?]” To which Nicasio replied, “no no i love it, that on a tshirt: THE FEMINISM BUT MORE.” I had the supplies on hand and had made similar T-shirts before, so this one was born. 🙂

First, I designed the T-shirt by penciling in a text layout, taking measurements of the text I’d written, and drafting a pattern in Photoshop with all-caps Helvetica (because, as Roger says, all-caps Helvetica is TRUTH) to match those measurements as closely as possible.


Then, I numbered the letters from 1 through 4 because I wanted to alternate between four fabrics. I used my clear quilting ruler to take a rough measurement of the combined widths of the letters so I knew how much fabric and heat bond material I’d need.


I cut heat bond material to those measurements and attached them to the wrong side of the fabrics I was using. Then, I followed the outline of the letters I’d printed and painstakingly cut all the fabric out by hand with fabric scissors. :’) I literally hand-kerned the letters and ironed them onto the T-shirt following the heat bond package instructions. After that, I sewed around the edges of the letters to help them stay put through washes.

Final T-shirt. It’s so beautiful.
THE closeup
I learned through cutting out these letters that each limb of a capital E in Helvetica is a different length.
floral closeup
That floral fabric *-*
S closeup
The Helvetica S is also quite distinctive. It feels much more oval than other Ss.
B closeup
Cutting out the holes in the B was terrible 😐 X-acto knives don’t seem to do well on fabric.
M closeup
Thank goodness almost all the letters were straight lines. This O was the first curvy one I did, and it shows.
R closeup
Roger, nerd that he is, complimented me in particular on this R. I have to say that I’m really proud of it too. Not only for the pretty fabric, but for cutting out that teeny tiny almost-serif on the right leg.

I also followed this tutorial to add hand-crocheted lace edging to the sleeves. I had to change the width of the blanket stitch spacing to accommodate for my thinner thread, but, other than that, it was pretty straightforward. I also used black thread for the blanket stitch to make the edging look more seamless.

So cute!!

I love this shirt so much. Nicasio is the best for enabling me to do this. As I told Nicasio, the most wonderful things happen when people who make things and people who make people make things get together. 🙂

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Hi everyone! I'm Stephany, a 20-something grad student in linguistics who loves doing any kind of DIY stuff. You'll find recipes and instructions for arts and crafts here, plus whatever other lifestyle posts strike my fancy. Feel free to leave questions and comments on my posts or send a private message. If referencing me in the third person, please use they/them pronouns. Thanks, and enjoy your stay!

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