Creature of the night

Are you a night owl or a wild fox?  Wild animal motifs trend was a rage on the Fall 2012 runway. Tiger and fox to owl and snakes, animal faces made a fierce appearance on many Fall shows from Burberry to Kenzo. The owl and fox details spotted on the Burberry show were my favorite and has inspired me to sketch out my own Burberry inspired owl print on a T-shirt using fabric markers. Take a look at the pictures below from some of the fall 2012 runway shows featuring wild animal motifs. 

Below are two collages with all the different types of owl motifs that were spotted on the Burberry show. From knitted and sketched out to embellished, all the designs are super simple with imperfect lines and edges.

Here is my version of the Burberry inspired owl. It looks better in real and goes really well with tweeds, velvets, military themed pieces, red gloves and studs.


  • T-shirt Old navy 
  • Fabric Markers by Marvy Uchida (Available @ Michaels, Joann Fabrics or Blick)
  • Tracing sheet (optional))
  • Fabric chalk


  • Trace your favorite owl design on to the tracing paper.
  • Draw a dotted outline of the owl design on the T-shirt then connect the dots. 
  • The lines don’t have to be too precise. Make the design a little edgy and long.
  • Use no more than three colors for the design.
  • Shade two places on the face with a touch of brighter color. For example: I used brighter colors on the nose and to shade the insides of the eyes. 
  • Leave a lot of open spaces and stay away from drawing too many lines. The half done look is perfect. Imperfections only make it cuter.  
  • It’s harder to sketch on fabric than you think. An embroidery hoop might help keep the fabric taut and prevent mess ups. Also, short strokes work better in my opinion. 

I regret not using an embroidery hoop so I am going to try this project again. Do you like this project? What did you think of the Burberry show?  What’s your favorite animal? Would you try to make your own Owl T-shirt? Would love to read your views and comments. 🙂

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  25 comments for “Creature of the night

  1. September 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Oh how I love the owl thing going on! it is just so cute and the symbolism behind the owl always intruiged me. I really like the DIY idea! I should definitely give that a try!

    • September 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      It is a cute project and I like owls for some reason 🙂

  2. September 4, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Wonderful DIY, you have been inspiring with amazing DIY’s 🙂

  3. September 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    love those new collections <3<3

  4. September 4, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    The owls are cute. I love your DIY project!

    • September 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks! I am glad you liked it 🙂

  5. September 5, 2012 at 3:05 am

    i haven’t really looked at the fall collections yet, because it’s still summer here in texas. nice selections on this post. 🙂

    • September 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      The weather is still in a transition mode here but I like some of the fall colors and designs so much that I think it’s fun to adopt. Plus, they are already in stores now. It’s officially fall according to retailers 🙂

  6. September 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I love the peak of animals from the runway! Love your diy!

    • September 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      I am glad you loved it. 🙂

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  8. September 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Very beautiful. I prefer the owl.
    Very amazing your t-short, congratulation your project it’s very nice and interesting 😀

    • September 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      I liked the tiger, fox and other animals too but the owl was an easy target for DIY project and I think it goes well with the season. 🙂

  9. September 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I’m loving this trend and your DIY is quite timely. Thanks for sharing!
    My fave animal would be a bunny but perhaps that’s better for spring than fall 😉

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • September 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Bunnies are more spring than fall but they are super cute too. I am glad you like this trend. 🙂

  10. September 7, 2012 at 1:10 am

    That is awesome! I had to do a double take for a sec cos it looks amazing and couldn’t believe it was DIY. Seriously fantastic job!

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    • September 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much! That is very sweet of you to say that. I think I did an ok job. I wish it was better. I had very little time to finish up the project soI could post it on time. I wish I had more time to experiment. 🙂

  11. September 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Complimenti, sono molto belli i tuoi gufi, brava!! felice fine settimana…ciao

  12. September 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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  14. September 9, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Love this post 🙂 I saw the cutest owl necklace in Kohls today from the LC collection amazing.

  15. September 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

    You have a great blog! I’m following you now, hope you follow me back 😉
    I love those owl-clothes!
    xx Luna

  16. September 9, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Very nice, thanks for the comment, follow each other?

  17. September 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Great post, I love Wild Thing, I want the DKNY!

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    September 9, 2012 at 10:49 pm

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