I am running woefully behind in getting started on my 2013 Spring/Summer collection, Jungle Flora, because I’ve spent the past week laboring over a t-shirt design of all things. There was clear winner in the screen print poll, by the way: Everyone seemed to like this drawing the best:
So, I plan to produce screen prints of this design only, since the cost to make a single screen print ran a little higher than expected. But instead of printing on the standard American Apparel t-shirt, as most everyone seems to do these days, I wanted to come up with a couple of unique t-shirt designs of my own, and possibly a tank top as well. So I spent this week drafting and producing a first design.
This fabric is a very lightweight, soft, cotton-rayon blend with a bit of sheen to it. As a result, it ends up looking more like a blouse than a t-shirt, but I wanted to offer at least one design that had a sense of delicate femininity, to flatter the Jungle Flora collection.
The problem with this fabric however is that it is not very conducive to a screen print. If I produce this shirt, I’ll pick a basic cotton jersey, sans sheen — something that will allow the print to stand out. The other dilemma, is where to place the print. Perhaps low around the hip? What’s certain is that I don’t have much more time to experiment. I still haven’t purchased my Jungle Flora fabric, which must happen this week.