Anyway, back to yellow. Not being one of my favorite colors, I just don't have a lot of yellow fabric, but I was still resolutely against the idea of changing to a more practical thread color. So, I dug around in my stash and eventually came up with a striped men's t-shirt, purchased at Goodwill for 50 cents in yellow, grey and blue. Perfect.
When I began to cut the shirt apart for reclaiming, however, I realized a) why it was at Goodwill and b) why it was 50 cents. The sewing was appalling! One side seam was a little bit to the front of the shirt, and one side seam was a little to the back, and both were sewn at a slight diagonal to the stripes. I probably could not mess up a shirt that badly if I tried. This made cutting it out very difficult, and I had to take some liberties with the pattern's width. I would certainly have expected more from the OP brand, but whatever. I made it work.
As for embroidery, I HAD to use this new design from Urban Threads. It's totally perfect for my video-game obsessed 8 year old. But then little Skoober saw the finished product and said, "Is that shirt.... kinda like mine?" I had to break it to him gently that it was not, in fact, a shirt for him, but he could wear this one when he's older!
Pattern: Ottobre 2/03
Embroidery: Urban Threads