Collector Peter Jeffery bought the first version prototype of the “Friendly Emoji” T-shirt from ShimmyShim’s table at the London Fashion Doll Festival. And later posted this picture of it in the Sindy Collectors Corner Facebook group. I like his perfect colour pairing with the yellow pink and black tartan. The miniature kebabs in the picture are so funny… they look ready for a huge party of hungry people. Or should I say a huge party of emojicons?
This first version of this T-shirt was printed on a cotton mix jersey by a company which uses digital dye sublimation techniques. It is a print-on-demand service where you can upload a design, and receive a printed piece of fabric back, within a few days.
I found the first batch of prints on the cotton mix to be lighter and less saturated than I had hoped for. So for the second round of prototypes, I went for a polyester lycra fabric. The fabric sample seemed brighter and less washed out.
Here’s the second version. I made the icons in the design larger, as well as changing the fabric. The new fabric is a heavy lycra 250gsm. It’s pretty chunky for a doll’s T-shirt. I’ll give the 140gsm lycra a test as well, but it seems the 1:6 scale clothing makes the print on the lightweight fabric seem a little transparent. Perhaps it’s because the ‘grain’ is larger in relation to the small size of the garment? It’s counterintuitive as you’d imagine a lightweight fabric to come out feeling thicker on a small scale. Somehow the heavier fabric feels good at doll size. Not easy to sew though.
I’m still not totally happy with the design: I’d like to tweak it so that the stitching can’t run across any of the faces. And I might adjust the top two rows so that they are vertically in line with the bottom three. Or maybe a polka layout would be better…
Compared to the first version:
I have been through the same process with the “One of the Girls” slogan T-shirt. The second version on the heavy lycra is modelled here by Emily, a Sindy friend of Wendy Lyon. She has also chosen a tartan skirt to pair it with! Lovely to see these ideas and I’d never have thought of tartan for these Ts but it really sings. It’s thrilling to see these Ts out in the world, brought to life by collectors.
I have new category on the eBay shop for ShimmyShim own brand stock.
Also working to open a ShimmyShim Shopify store soon and this is likely to feature exclusives. I will probably offer the final version T-shirts on this shop. Final-final that is😆
Thanks to Wendy Lyon and Peter Jeffery.
Always happy to see your styling, vignettes and doll scenes – please post in the comments if you have any to photos to add.