My Monster Tour

In Australia we don’t really celebrate Halloween in quite the same way that its done in the USA. However, we do like to have a bit of fun with it, and this year I made some basic t-shirts, and then embellished them with some special glow-in-the-dark embroidery!

The Pattern

I used the Primary Tee by GYCT to make all of these t-shirts. This is a great basic t-shirt pattern which has a size range to cover all three of my children – although, Mathilda is now in the largest size, so I will have to find another good basic t-shirt for her very soon. I have been using this pattern an awful lot lately (see this blog post about Jonathan’s birthday outfit and some colour-blocking), it is just so easy to use. It also comes with a dress version included – I have made that as well (although I haven’t blogged about that yet), so it is a good all-rounder.

The Fabric

This plain black fabric is a poly-lycra blend from Spotlight. I had originally bought it for something else, but never ended up using it for its original purpose, when I bought it, it was on sale and it was the end of the bolt, so it was really cheap. It is lovely and soft, however, I’m not sure how long it will last.

The Thread

I used Gutermann Sulky Glowy Thread for these embroideries. I had never used this before, but just thought that it would be a bit of a fun thing to do. The thread itself is about the same price as regular Gutermann thread, and it comes in different colours – although these colours are extremely pastel, so it is hard to see the colour when stitched, it basically just looks like white.

I did this one in pink:

This one in orange with a little bit of blue:

And this one is a layered design with pink, orange and blue:

Interestingly, all three colours glow in green! Which is kind of cool. And they do glow, I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical, but it worked, and I even managed to get photos of that:

The unicorn is the hardest to see because it is the finest of the three designs, whereas the heart is much easier to see.

The Embroidery Designs

None of these designs are specifically designed to be used with glow-in-the-dark thread, but they did all work out pretty well.

This Skeleton Unicorn is from Urban Threads (and I think that is currently on sale). Veronica wanted a unicorn, and this one was perfect, she loves it.

The pumpkin is from – I chose this one because Jonathan is not really into scary or creepy things, but he does really like this more festive pumpkin design.

And Mathilda likes all things creepy, but she’s still really girly at heart, so a heart made from skeleton fingers was the perfect design for her, this one is also from Urban Threads.

The Verdict

So the t-shirts fit great, they are soft and comfortable, the designs are cute, and they glow in the dark – which is a bit of fun.

We are happy with them.

And some more pics of the three of them together:

You can see there are some different ideas about modelling here.

We even tried dancing, they are doing ‘the floss’ – actually only one of them can do it, can you guess which one?

But they are my little monkeys:

Blog Tour

Make sure the check out all the other awesome blog posts for this Blog Tour hosted by Sewing By Ti:

Monday, October 1st- Sewing By Ti (intro)
2nd- Tales from a Southern Mom
3rd- Shalini’s Sewing Space
4th- Tenille’s Thread
5th- Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 8th- Back 40 Life
9th- Family of Makers
10th- Made for Little Gents
11th- Big Fly Notions

Sunday, October 14th- The Fairy Dust Bin
17th- Sewing With D
18th- 52 Week Sewing Challenge
19th- Auschick Sews
20th- Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

Sunday, October 21st- The Bear and the Pear Atelier
22nd- Seams Like Style
23rd- Seams Sew Lo
24th- My Heart Will Sew On
25th- JOT Designs USA
26th- My Sewing Roots
27th- Manning the Machine

Monday, October 29th- Frulle Mieke
30th- Sew Like a Sloth
31st- Sewing By Ti

Thanks for reading!


  1. This is so insanely cool!!!! I love that thread. I have just started machine embroidery and am a bit overwhelmed by all the amazing possibilities. This is great inspiration, well done!

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