Some of my favorite makes are the ones that I feel a ton of inspiration for. I’ve had this top taking up a lot of space in my mind lately.
It all started when one of my 5th grade student (I teach art to K-5) wore a tie-dye pink sweatshirt that said “cool vibes”. I thought it was so cute. I didn’t see myself wearing “cool vibes” but as I thought about it, I loved the idea of Art Vibes. Sort of like, sending my students all the creative feels when I wear it.
It’s already getting quite warm out and I also didn’t want to completely steal a 5th grader’s look, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to try out a free top pattern. This is the Paige Piko from Made for Mermaids. I have no idea if it’ll stay free, so if you are interested, pop over and download it just in case.
I sewed up the size Blue. Made for Mermaids uses a color sizing, to avoid the number trauma. I did my normal small bust adjustment as well. I chose to do the hi/low top to tunic version. I really love the fit. The only change I would make is the arm opening isn’t very big, so I would widen that on my next one.
I was convinced I needed to keep the tie-dye concept from my inspiration. I wanted a tie-dye that looked artsy, as well as light enough for the lettering. It also needed to be a high polyester count for the Cricut Infusible Ink. Here is the fabric I used. I was a little worried that a polyester jersey wouldn’t be comfortable but it is. To be honest, I always get confused on what the different substrates of jersey feel like/which I like best.
Cricut Infusible ink
I was so excited to use this product. I’ve actually gifted Infusible Ink twice but never bought it for myself. It’s just so pricey. I could justify it for gifts but not for myself. Anyone else like that? well, I this idea in mind and there was a sale, so it was go time. The pack had 2 sheets, grey triangles on black, and black & pink triangles on grey. It’s imitating the look of stone. I used the grey triangles on black.
I was very happy with the consistency of color on the different parts of the tie-dye. I do wish I had raised the letters an inch or 2. I did hold it up and check before pressing. But I also applied the Infusible Ink prior to sewing it up. That’s ok, I didn’t want the letters on the boob range like most graphic tees, since I’ll wear it to school. I don’t need to draw attention to boobage at school.
I am super impressed with the results, but I have to be honest about my feelings on the directions. They sucked. I couldn’t find directions anywhere included. On the box it says “read application instructions on Cricut.com/infusibleink”. I did go to the website. I don’t think it was super user friendly. I was dissapointed they made assumptions that you would use their easy press. I have a heat press. So the instructions said something like have on high heat for 75 seconds. My heat press calls for a temp. Thankfully, my heat press came with different products and application time/temps. I used that and it worked well. I think it was 375 for 60 seconds.
Thank you for reading. I hope it was helpful. Feel free to ask any questions. I always do my best to help.