Sew Ready to Play Super Mario Brothers with Skirt as Top

Today we’re being joined by Kristin from Skirt as Top. You’ve got to check out her post from yesterday about ‘The Fantastic Mr. and Mrs. Fox’ from her Film Petite series. I’m so in love with it! I first started following her blog during her run as a contestant on Project Run and Play. And I’ve loved everything since! I’m honored to have her here today!!

Welcome Kristin!!

hi, i’m kristinand i’m so happy to be here!

growing up, i was the kid who didn’t have any sort of video game system at home and was constantly trying to talk the neighbor kids into playing nintendo.  if you were the kid with a nintendo, you probably had an annoying friend like me, right?  i was pretty persuasive in getting the neighbor kids to play (not too difficult), and i especially loved super mario bros.  i’m talking about the original one…super mario 2 was fine, 3 was better (remember how you could drop behind the background?) but the original was the best.  it’s still fun…have you played it lately?  do you remember how to turtle top?  i could never quite get the hang of it.

so anyway, it was almost a no brainer that i needed to make my toddler son a super mario t-shirt for this series!

super mario bros flashback tee

i used my favorite basic pattern, made by rae’s flashback skinny tee, and knit fabric from two sale rack men’s shirts (my tips for sewing with sale rack t-shirts here).  i appliquéd a mario scene right onto the front!  the scene appliqué idea came from my friend cherie, and what exactly to put on there came from a quick google search of super mario bros images.  want to make one?

gather scraps together in the appropriate colors along with some steam-a-seam lite fusible web…

super mario bros flashback tee

draw a grid of 1/2″ squares for the stairs then cut them out, and a strip of woodgrain fabric at 1/2″ for a base.  sketch and cut out clouds, a pipe, a hill, and bricks.  i then added a little stamped mushroom left over from one of my project run & play creations!  i just played around with the scraps until i had the shapes i wanted.

super mario bros flashback tee

add the fusible web to each piece and arrange the scene on the front piece of the shirt, not yet sewn together.  once you have everything where you want it, fuse it down with an iron and then stitch around each item with black thread, for a sketchy outline look.  if you’re good with a free motion foot i’d recommend that here for the little curves, but i used my regular foot and just lifted it up a lot as i sewed around.

super mario bros flashback tee

finish the shirt as instructed per the pattern, slap it on your little guy, and he’ll be looking like a child of the ’80s in no time!

super mario bros flashback tee

i love how this skinny tee clings to his toddler belly…

super mario bros flashback tee

and he likes how soft and comfy it is!

super mario bros flashback tee

ready to play!  thanks so much for having me, louise!!

PS – i didn’t even realize when i was making this how close the colors and theme were to narelle’s post from the other day!  woops!  who doesn’t like old school video games, eh?


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  1. thanks so much for having me, louise! i got such a kick out of making this silly little shirt for my little guy. 🙂

  2. Love the shirt and honestly, kind of love that I have the Super Mario Bros. music stuck in my head now, too. 😉 Seriously, great, great shirt!

  3. Cuuuute shirt. Looks super stylish and comfy, which really is the best combo. Cute belly and love the pants too! Thanks for the shout out!

  4. Adorable Kristin! What a fun shirt!

  5. OMG I need to make one of these for my 4 yr.old!! He would love it 🙂

  6. That is way too cute! Love it! Thanks for linking up to Throwback Thursday 🙂


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