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I’m always so pleased at how my tee shirts come out! These shirts were all made for markets and Etsy, so pick one up for yourself!

Many thanks to Lorraine for modeling on our trip to Seattle.

yellow-blue bicycle shirt This is a “re-issued edition” of the original bicycle shirts. I really love this yellow fabric; in dimmer lighting it takes on a gorgeous warm tone that can’t be captured.

yellow-blue bicycle shirt detail yellow-blue bicycle shirt yellow-blue bicycle shirt back

And another bicycle tee. It’s got a design very similar to this earlier shirt, but of course since I drew it myself there are little differences.

green bicycle tee green bicycle shirt detail

I’m very excited about these mushroomy shirts! I love mushrooms in so many ways. There’s the green shirt with the orange drawing as well as a light grey shirt with aqua fungi and I’m not sure which one I like more.

green mushroom shirt green & orange mushroom shirt aqua mushroom shirt

As always, every drawing is done by hand, so they are always unique. I made my own tee shirt pattern that looks great on everyone. I use a fabulously soft and silky jersey from Fabric Planet that is a dream to wear. The shirts are free sized, meaning they will stretch and drape to accommodate and flatter your figure.

On another note, I can’t quite decide for myself between “tee shirt” and “T shirt.” I need to have a standard format for my website and Etsy shop. Any opinions?




It seemed time for a fresh batch of tee shirts. I’ve been playing with a lot of new designs and styles, expanding from just the bicycle-themed shirts. I like having the drawings on pockets–it gives me more flexibility than if I stuck to all-over drawings only.

As always, these shirts are cut from my own pattern. The soft stretchy jersey fits just about any body beautifully! And, they are all available in my Etsy shop.

robot heart pocket tee robot heart pocket detail

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I call this one Robot Heart, named after a particularly rockin art car at Burning Man. The robots of the future will love and carry red balloons!

peacock pocket tee peacock pocket tee detail peacock pocket tank

I really love these peacocks! It’s such a great bird for stylization and color experiments. Jason even says they look slightly alien. I made one peacock tee shirt and another scoop-neck tank.

bicycle love pocket tee bicycle love pocket tee detail

Well, I can’t stay away from bicycle shirts completely! This one really spells it out–bicycles are fun, no room for arguments.

Many thanks to Lorraine for modeling these outside the Rendezvous bar in Seattle!

You can also see this post on Craftster.




This shirt is very similar to the large batch of bicycle shirts I made in March, but I used a different version of the bicycle drawing, which is highlighted by the two ink colors. Also, the jersey is thicker and more aqua than the previous shirts.

bicycle hill t shirt bicycle hill t shirt

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As always, I made the pattern myself. The image was drawn on by hand with fabric markers, then heat set. I like the degree of individuality this gives my shirts; even when I’m doing the same design five times each one turns out different.

This shirt was snapped up by a friend for his girlfriend’s birthday, which happens to be the same day as mine.


completely hand-made bicycle tee


After the failure of my first attempt, I decided to start from scratch. My idea was to make several bicycle shirts for sale, so I decided to go for a complete Made by Julianne package. Voila, the new tee shirts I have made!

blue shirt with violet ink yellow shirt with red ink, L blue shirt with red ink M green bicycle shirt blue with orange ink red bicycle shirt green with orange ink blue with green ink, M blue with red ink

Aaaaaand they’re available on Etsy!

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That’s right, each shirt is 100% made by me! I picked up several yards of super-soft, fine jersey in the Fashion District with our friend Svetlana and then developed a pattern that would be flattering to many different shapes. Each shirt is sewn individually, and then the art is applied with heat-set fabric ink.

bicycle shirt bicycle shirt collar

bicycle shirt back and side bicycle shirt back

While the bicycle design on each shirt is very similar, there are differences in each drawing: the bicycle, the pattern rainbow, the field of flowers, and the glowing sun changes from shirt to shirt.

blue shirt, green ink detail green shirt orange ink detail yellow shirt red ink detail blue shirt red ink detail

I also made a point of using a ladies’ classic bike frame, since most images of bicycles feature men’s bikes with a horizontal bar across the frame. I think that’s kind of ugly. I love my vintage Schwinn and Galaxy Flyer and wanted a way to declare that passion even when I’m not on my wheels.

Annie in a green shirt Annie in a green shirt

I’ll be selling these Freret Market in NOLA. If you need to have your own my Etsy shop is always open.


bicycle tee


In the spring of 2007 I did this drawing of a bicycle on a pattern rainbow over a field of flowers and have always wanted to use it for something. Finally I tried it out on a tee shirt, and I’m pretty pleased with the result.

bicycle tee bicycle tee

I love bicycles, I love rainbows, I love patterns, and I love fields of flowers! Plus I like tee shirts, so this project pleases me greatly.

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bicycle tee sleeves bicycle tee

I used an unbleached American Apparel shirt I got for $1 in Missouri and a red fine line Sharpie Jason had hanging around his desk. I put a cardboard box inside the shirt to keep it taught and then started drawing on the fabric. When I was finished I set the ink with an iron, which has done a pretty good job. I’ve washed the shirt in the sink a couple times and there’s been some slight bleeding, but really it’s more like a faint pink glow around the lines and I like it that way. I think I will try another shirt using a different ink, maybe a fabric marker.

bicycle tee

making the bicycle tee making the bicycle tee

UNFORTUNATELY the ink did not hold up to a machine washing. At all. Well… Time to re-think and re-vamp this project! Its reincarnation turned out soooo much better than this American Apparel prototype!