the dog-print t-shirt

I asked for opinions here a while back on a dog-portrait knit fabric I was considering buying. It got mixed reviews; I went ahead and bought it. Here are the results, so far. I made a t-shirt, in which I combined the dog-print with a cream knit. I still have quite a bit of the dog-print fabric left, and will probably come up with another project or two where I can use it in small doses.

1-2 (worn to work): dog-print tee; cream cotton full-legged pants with narrow button cuffs (Kleen); stone denim jacket (French Dressing Jeans); black Birkenstocks; gray backpack (Rebecca Minkoff). (I wore black and white snake-print sneakers to work instead of the Birks.)
3-4 (worn after work): dog-print tee; khaki jeans shorts (Kut from the Kloth, Natalie); white and taupe lace-up sandals (P.Monjo) and black and tan platform sandals (Naot).

I welcome your thoughts and suggestions! 

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  • Peri replied 2 years ago

    Oh that is so cute!! I love it!

  • kellygirl replied 2 years ago

    Adore this! So fun, Sharan! Awesome white pants too!

  • Bijou replied 2 years ago

    There is a Westie in the print, I love and adore this! A totally unbiased view.

  • Bijou replied 2 years ago

    There is a Westie in the print, I love and adore this! A totally unbiased view.

  • JAileen replied 2 years ago

    That is awesome! I like all of the outfits. Well done!

  • chewyspaghetti replied 2 years ago

    I think it's really cute and I like the way you broke up the print with the solid. Very fun top and it looks great how you styled it.

  • Brooklyn replied 2 years ago

    I LOVE it! I want one! The knit sleeves are genius. YLF!

  • Barbara Diane replied 2 years ago

    I love how the top is cute and graphic. And how the print is broken up. Very cute. 
    Question-I love my flat Naot's. How is the comfort of the higher ones?

  • replied 2 years ago

    Love it!

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    Beautiful know, funniest thing, I saw a dog print shirt like this for sale recently...

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Thanks, all!
    Brooklyn, thanks!The print is also knit.
    Barbara Diane--these Naots are comfy, but the most comfy ones I've had. I haven't worn their lower sandals, though; I've had flat shoes that are among my most comfortable footwear.

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    No, really Rachy?

  • rachylou replied 2 years ago

    Yes! I thought of you and wanted to take a pic but didn't have my phone!!! :p

  • AviaMariah replied 2 years ago

    I love it and especially with the white pants.

  • skylurker replied 2 years ago

    Well, just seeing the thumb, before I opened the photo, I was about to say : it's too kitsch for me, but in full picture : I quite like the black&white print.
    I prefer #1, because it's less sporty probably.
    I hope there's a yorkie in there or you'll be in trouble with the Queen Stylist ;)

  • Helen11 replied 2 years ago

    I love it, too. Bet I'm not the only one who wants one just like it! The plain sleeves and ?side panels are genius.

  • Staysfit replied 2 years ago

    I would put in an order. I think you could mass produce these for your YLF dog loving friends!

  • Mirjana replied 2 years ago

    Fantastic t-shirt, so fun, it looks great how you styled it all are beautiful.

  • Colette replied 2 years ago

    LOVE! Is that a Shih Tzu or Maltese, I can't tell but either way can I place my order? Especially like the way you placed the pattern and grounded it with the solid sides and sleeves. And your styling is fab as always.

  • Meredith replied 2 years ago

    This turned into a fun top. I was unsure of the fabric when you posted, but the white sleeves really make this work.

  • Xtabay replied 2 years ago

    It's beautifully designed, and you look wonderful in it.  But now the cats are demanding equal time!  :)

  • Joyce B replied 2 years ago

    You made a great top and outfits!

  • shedev replied 2 years ago

    I like the top.

  • Runs With Scissors replied 2 years ago

    FANTASTIC.  If the fabric wasn't sold out I'd totally make myself a knockoff!  

  • La Pedestrienne replied 2 years ago

    Really cute. I'd wear this in a heartbeat!

  • unfrumped replied 2 years ago

    I love it combined with the white and cream. I think that really " makes" it though of course black could have been used but would be more expected. The cream makes it more dressy or perhaps playful, somehow when you'd think the opposite might be true. You have such a great sense of design!

  • replied 2 years ago

    Oh what fun! I love the black and white graphic vibe. Very arty with the loose cotton pants and a lovely warm weather casual look with the shorts. 

  • Suz replied 2 years ago

    Well, I love it. And my daughter wants one with cats.  :)

  • Maneera replied 2 years ago

    I LOVE it!!! This is a conversation starter. Between you & guys make me wanna start taking sewing classes so I can start making my own 'unique' clothes too!

    You know what else you can do!!! Try a summer shift dress....same concept...and you can pair with black or cream knit fabric. Perhaps have the dog print in the front and keep the back plain? Just an idea!

  • Tanya replied 2 years ago

    That is an adorable top, and I love the way you have styled it.  it looks graphic and modern to me, not kitch-y at all.

  • Chris987 replied 2 years ago

    Love it! Great design  with the cream sleeves and the banded neck. Putting real photos onto fabric doesn't always look that great but this fabric is great, especially with the silhouettes interspersed with the photos.  My fav look is with the shorts and naot sandals - simple and lovely!

    For all the cat lovers (including me) I just found a kitty print on the same website where the dog fabric came's pretty cute too! It's called "kitty party"

  • Aida replied 2 years ago

    It turned out great! Clever to combine with the cream, makes it look more .. Upscale? Can't think of the word ;) than doing a solid tee of the printed material. LOVE with the billowy white pants in the first look! Those are soooo fab.

  • Angie replied 2 years ago


    How can you in a doggie tee not be Killer all round, Sharan. 

  • Karie replied 2 years ago

    I LOVE IT! Brilliant idea to combine it with cream panels on the sides.

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Thanks, everyone, for your comments! I appreciate all the dog-love, and thanks, Chris987, for offering something for the cat-lovers, too! I'm glad to hear the design is a hit.

    Yes, Bijou, there is a Westie! And Collette, it looks like a Maltese to me.
    Skylurker, there is no Yorkie, alas, since all the dogs pictured are black or white.

    Maneera, I love your idea of a shift dress. Now I want to get into my sewing room and work on that one! I have another fabric that will coordinate, so I could use the dog portraits judiciously. I like the dress idea, because it's not another t-shirt. I don't know how many dog t-shirts I need. (though I see there is some demand for them here. I'm not ready to go into business--too many other things I want to make.)

  • Alexandra replied 2 years ago

    Oh, smashing top! I love the dog print. And the top looks great with the white pants and jacket. (With the shorts, too, but I'm partial to those super cool white pants)

  • UmmLila replied 2 years ago

    I think I missed the original post. I love this t-shirt. I have a hard time finding graphic tees that I like because I have to identify with the message in some way. The dogs are doing it for me.

  • gilli replied 2 years ago

    Fantastic! Specially with the white pants.

  • Angela K replied 2 years ago

    Both outfits look great but I love #1. The tee with those pants is fab. Do you have a link or a find for those? And you really should go into business, your designs are really unique.

  • Sally replied 2 years ago

    I love this.  Did you make it?  I'm so envious.  I have a sewing machine but I'm too lazy to teach myself.

     I had an aunt who was a tailoress and when ever I went to stay with her, she would whip me up a couple of dresses in a really pretty design.  

      I think its nice to have unique items in your wardrobe that speak to you.  I have just bought pants today similar to the ones you are wearing here....great to see how you have styled them.  

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Angela, I don't. They are by Kleen, and I got them at a local boutique.

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Sally, yes, I made the t-shirt, not the other items. Your aunt sounds very talented. My mother made a lot of my clothes, and I learned from her. If you want to learn to sew, you don't have to do it yourself; you can take some classes to get started. It's much easier that way.

  • Jeanie replied 2 years ago

    What a great print!  I say with a print like this you just have to go big. When I first saw the print my thought was that you should do a dress.   I like the shift dress idea.  In fact I have a shift dress from H&M with a smaller dog print.  

  • bella replied 2 years ago

    It is so playful, I love it! I had envisaged it with black panels, but I see that it works even better with cream. Fantastic job!

  • deb replied 2 years ago

    So darn cute!!!

  • Style Fan replied 2 years ago

    Hey there is a Samoyed on that T shirt!  Of course I love it.  Great idea to mix it with the white material.

  • Cococat replied 2 years ago

    I love it. You have done a brilliant job making it and styling it.

    Now I want a cat tee, a dog tee and a budgerigar tee. :)

  • anchie replied 2 years ago

    I had no doubt when you showed us this


    fabric that you will come up with something great.  

  • viva replied 2 years ago

    Love it, and I am totally surprised that I do. I missed the original post but this is quite amazing work. It's the use of the cream and the color blocked sleeve and sides that are so brilliant, Sharan. As Aida says there is something upscale about it, or sophisticated - not your typical graphic tee. I could easily see a cream shift with a strip of the doggy faces at the slides and/or in the middle of the front in a narrow ribbon, somewhat the inverse of this design. I think there is a lot of potential for using this adorable print in special ways with your incredible skills. Can't wait to see what else you do.

  • Janet replied 2 years ago

    That is awesome! Love it all.

  • Ledonna N. replied 2 years ago

    Yes this is pretty bad meaning good.  I'm loving these pants. 

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Viva, I was thinking I'd like to play with the design that way, too--a horizontal panel. Thanks for the ideas!

    CocoCat, I have no idea what a budgerigar is--off to Google!

    StyleFan, yes, your Samoyed is included! What a pretty face.

  • Sara L. replied 2 years ago

    The tee came out great!  I love it!

  • Fern replied 2 years ago

    I seriously love that shirt! great use of blocking and not a bit kitschy!

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