Sew Geeky: May the 4th be with you


It was sort of a dream of mine that I would someday get a chance to team up with the nerd-fabulous Sew Geeky duo of Max California and Sew Chibi. Well, I have arrived! And on May the 4th no less. When they asked me if I would whip something up to celebrate May the 4th with them, I looked at my schedule and knew it was already overbooked. So naturally I did a big ERMAGHERD and said yes!

If you’ve never heard of Sew Geeky, it’s the brainchild of the two crazy talented ladies I linked to above. A semi-regular blog event in which they choose a geeky theme and make ridiculously cool stuff to go along with it. And what else could you possibly do for May the 4th, a bonafide geek holiday of epic proportions, than STAR WARS.

So what have I prepared for you?……A dorky joke to start with……

stormtrooper bow-tie-fighter tank by girl like the sea

The stormtrooper bow tie fighter tank

Have you ever wondered what a stormtrooper does when he wants to get fancy? Of course you have. This idea all started with my husband’s commentary while I was discussing the upcoming Star Wars sewing. A passing comment about a bow tie fighter eventually simmered in my brain until this came out.

stormtrooper bow-tie-fighter tank by girl like the sea

Violet thinks I’m funny.

the bow-tie-fighter stormtrooper tank by girl like the sea


I created a freezer paper stencil for this project and mixed it with a little freehand painting. (Hey guess what! I’m going to share my stencil with you!)

My trooper suffered a bit as I decided to be impatient (probably an indwelling sith trait?) and not wait to rip the stencil off until after it had fully dried. The baby started screaming from his bed halfway through the ripping, and I was caught between finishing the task or abandoning it and risking wet paint getting on the shirt from the top of the stencil while I was gone. Sooooo I made haste and a bit of a wobbly mess.



stormtrooper bow-tie-fighter tank by girl like the sea

To finish off his dapper look, I gave mister trooper a couple of buttons.

stormtrooper bow-tie-fighter tank by girl like the sea

For the tank, I used the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern and altered it a bit. Maybe I’ll create a tutorial for that someday. Ha.

I also ghetto tie dyed it by wadding it up and throwing it in a denim colored dye bath really quickly. Like 3 parsecs (except a parsec is really a unit of length right? I never got Han’s brag.) The fabric is harvested from one of my husband’s dingy old undershirts, and it was both unattractive and yet too white for a messy kid. I just wanted to tint it slightly, but not so much that the stencil didn’t stand out in black. It turned out pretty much exactly as I hoped.

stormtrooper bow-tie-fighter tank by girl like the sea

 “Clover, these ARE the droids I’m looking for!”

stormtrooper bow-tie-fighter tank by girl like the sea

Don’t worry about Clover. She didn’t get left out of the tank top fun. She’s hiding something there, but you’ll have to wait a couple days to see it because it’s for a different occasion

stormtrooper bow-tie-fighter tank by girl like the sea

I don’t think this kid is turning to the dark side anytime soon. Especially since she’s so close to that power outlet in the background of all my pictures. Instant source of the light right there….

stormtrooper bow-tie-fighter tank by girl like the sea

What’s your favorite Star Wars episode? Mine is Empire Strikes Back. I know….so expected! Hoth just makes me happy. Wampas and AT-AT’s, yo. And the Han and Leia kiss getting interrupted by C3PO….YES. Is anyone else ever reminded of 3PO when they’re watching Tim Gunn?…..

Did you know I chose a white Pentax KX DSLR because it looked like a stormtrooper? True story.

stormtrooper bow-tie-fighter tank by girl like the sea

There’s always a money shot with Violet.

Oh, and I have a present for you. Should you be inclined to make a trooper stencil for yourself, I’ve got just the thing!

stormtrooper stencil by girl like the sea

The trooper head is scaled to fill most of a piece of printer paper, so adjust it accordingly when you go to print it out. I didn’t include the bow tie fighter because it’s half freehand painting and kind of convoluted for a stencil.

Once you’ve traced it, cut out the black sections. If you’re creating a fabric stencil, use freezer paper and iron it onto your fabric with high heat.

Download stencil HERE


Now, be sure to head over to Sew Chibi and Max California to see the amazing stuff they’ve cooked up. Seriously. I’m humbled to be in their presence.

Thanks for visiting, and may the 4th be with you! We’ll be dressing our kids in Star Wars stuff and marching their little Yoda heads off to the comic book store.


  1. says

    Wobbly stencil there is NOT!!! It’s perfect Tara! So sweet and SEW GEEKY (I’m such a massive dork!) You’re tie dying skills are so impressive. I am all derpy when it comes to dying fabric! And Thank you for sharing the stencil! I can’t wait to see others use it (or use it myself if I can find the time 😉 So amazing are you for agreeing to do this on top of your bevy of projects! I am thrilled to see what else you come up with all month!
    And I’m a bit predictable as well for the same reasons: Episode V for the cuddly wampas and the clumsy @@ (saw that as a pun on pinterest and I HAD to use it 😉

    much sith-es,
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  2. says

    I don’t speak Star Wars so my son had to interpret for me (and now thinks you are the coolest mom/person ever!). I asked what a droid is and he said, “Mom, *everyone* knows what a droid is!” Everyone but me, apparently. You’re so cool, Tara! 😉

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