The march of fashion and the fall of my own stylistic footsteps have rarely been in concorde: while the world raved about ditsy prints in the 90s I was militantly into plain colours, when it demanded acid hues I was all about metallic blue. Now that the tyranny of early-90s fashion and loose crop tops has revolved around to meet me again I’ve fled from photo t-shirts and a sea of endless daisy patterns into my own designs.
So far the William Morris Co continues to disappoint by not licensing a single William Morris t-shirt and most all-over print t-shirt companies object to the use of copyrighted material, so I am at present denied that particular satisfaction.
However. William Morris wasn’t the only person to design patterns. For a start there’s my friend Fi, the redoubtable Fiona Hogarth, who is currently in the process of coming up with a dense, foliage-heavy design in green and gold for me as per request:
There are also places that sell printed jersey. While most of this is horrible and also expensive (as is often the case with fabric for some reason: bad enough that it costs and arm and a leg without making it look revolting as well, companies!), there is the occasional gem:
Leading to me going cheerfully nuts and churning out a pair of leggings and a t-shirt which I cannot wear at the same time because I look like I ought to be preaching in a Pentecostal church somewhere in Walthamstow: an admirable pastime, but not one to which I could non-hypocritically surrender myself, what with the atheism and the whiteness and everything.
However as separate garments they’re Tony-Tiger-Grrrrrrreat, and I’ve solved the previous problem of saggy leggings by being a rational adult and making the pattern a size smaller than usual because it is stretchy. I never claimed to be swift on the uptake.
As previously mentioned, there are also all-over-print services now of the sort I’d have killed for when I first started a Cafepress pit in 2003.
Print All Over Me allow the commercialisation of your designs, and I have one or two impressive and high-resolution patterns to drop on there (see below): however, while the base price of their t-shirts ($38.00) is already steep (and the leggings, at $55.00, even steeper), the shipping costs are at their cheapest $44.00. No, I have not put the decimal place in the wrong part of that sum. Yes it does cost more to ship the already expensive item than it does to buy it.
I do not think I will be making many sales, and certainly not enough to reimburse me the t-shirt I bought myself:
Frankly, I think the William Morris Co. need to pull their finger out and start licensing t-shirts of their patterns, or I’m going to have to start wearing the same godawful “clever” t-shirts I wore in 1997.
And no one wants that.