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Sometimes stores just don't have what your looking for and you need to make them yourself, I had an idea for a button up shirt with the Super Mario World map as a print and this was my end result. 
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Step 1: Designing the Fabric

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To design the print, I found an image of the map from Super Mario World online. Since it was pixelated I took it into photoshop and cleaned up the entire image. 

Once I had the map cleaned up I tiled it out to create the print. 

I printed the design out in a few different sizes to get the right scale that I wanted. 

This was my first time getting custom printed fabric and I'm sure it won't be the last because it is very exciting! I used Spoonflower  to get it printed and if anyone wants to purchase the same fabric I used you can find it here in my spoonflower shop.

This was also the most I've every spent on fabric, about $70.00 for 2 yards, but I did get the most expensive kind (Silk Crepe de Chine) and the quality was great. I was also worried about the print quality but the colors are bold, and the edges of the images and nice and crisp.

Step 2: Creating the Pattern

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To create the pattern I took one of my shirts and traced it onto pattern paper. I marked all of the seams and edges, including the armhole. Since the shirt I traced didn't have sleeves, I drafted some from the armhole measurements.

Once I had the pattern traced, I checked to see if all of my seams matched and adjusted where needed.

I tested out my pattern by sewing a sample which worked out nicely and I was ready to start the real thing. 
qcombus made it!9 months ago

Went with Organic Cotton Sateen and a long sleeve design. Unfortunately the colors didn't stay as bright throughout the washes. This is how it looks now.

mactothefuture (author)  qcombus9 months ago

Whoa great job!! So exciting to see someone make this project, and your shirt turned out awesome! Having fun making the neighbors jealous? : )

Sorry to hear about the colors fading, are you putting it in the dryer? If you let it air dry it should help to keep the colors bright. Just a thought : )

Thanks so much for sharing!

Yeah, pretty much everybody likes it! But you must already know that :)

As for the fading I've been super careful with it (cold, gentle wash + always air dried) but it still faded. Might have been the combination of the fabric and die that's not that durable or some other factor. Oh well, it doesn't make it any less cool. :)

Thanks for the inspiration and for making me discover spoonflower, I'd never have thought that you could order custom fabric.

field500 qcombus5 months ago

Qcombus - Did Spoonflower have any suggestions and/or insight about the fading?

qcombus field5003 months ago

Sorry for the late reply field500.

Unfortunately the fading is part of the process and there isn't much more that I could have done. The upside is that most of the fading occurs during the first wash so it hasn't faded much since this summer.

field5005 months ago

Great instructable! Very thorough with plenty of helpful photos. :-) I don't mean to be negative or anything, but I'm just wondering why you chose to make your own pattern instead of buying one?

mactothefuture (author)  field5005 months ago

Thanks so much! Glad you liked it : ) I have to say I enjoy the process of making my own patterns and creating the custom fit for me : )

Getting a good fit is my problem/challenge. :-/ I don't have a woven shirt that fits well in the shoulders, or I'd follow your lead. Well, hopefully I can alter a purchased pattern to look half as nice as your custom one. :-)

This is mind-blowing. I thought it was bought first :) Good job!

Impressive! Good luck in the contest!

thecapper1 year ago

I love it! You did a great job, and I had no idea that custom-printed fabric was possible. Thanks!

nemalim1 year ago

cool project! and thanks for the link to spoonflower website - I always wanted to print my own fabric

rkintz1 year ago

I was wondering if you take orders for this shirt? I have a sister that plays this game. Thanks

kaijura1 year ago

that is seriously cool!

You are a master of fabric!! The way you lined it up is perfect. Super impressive :D

mactothefuture (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago

Thanks!! That was a challenge...!! : )

How did I not know this was a thing?!

mactothefuture (author) 1 year ago

Thanks everybody! Glad you guys like it! : )

I LOVE it!

kevenr171 year ago

Nicely Done!!

Mrballeng1 year ago

You are my hero. 1UP!

You. Are. A. Genius!!! Super Mario World was my first video game that I played EVER! This, along with the Yoshi doll instructable are really touching indeed!
iluvmygirl1 year ago
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome!!!!!!!! Great job.....Mario is the best game ever!!!!!!

This looks great! I just saw it in your Yoshi instructable and wondered where you got it :D