Sometimes in life, you just have to go for it, right?
I’m so incredibly excited to unveil the Oui In France T-shirt Shop. Everyone likes a cool t-shirt, so to that end, I’ve created three France-inspired women’s t-shirt designs now available for sale that I know you’ll love as much as I do. It’s a project I’ve been throwing around for over a year now and have been working hard behind the scenes to make it come to life. For my Francophiles out there, I hope you’ll check out my t-shirt designs and support me in this new endeavor. I also need a favor please… 😉
Francophile t-shirts? Yes, please! Introducing the Oui In France shop
UPDATE as of 2022: My shop is now here and has grown over the years to include all kinds of Francophile merchandise all designed by me.
So ahhhhh, where to begin? My palms are sweaty. I’m making more typos than usual. I have a stupid smile on my face. I’m an equal mix of nervous and excited and hopeful with a big dose of HAPPY.
If you’re reading this, it means my Oui In France T-Shirt Shop is open for business and I couldn’t be more excited to deliver that news. It’s a work in progress but for me, done is better than perfect.
It’s always scary to embark on something new, but I’m a woman of action. I’d been kicking this idea of t-shirts around for a while now and just had to do it — right in time for holiday delivery.
If it’s a flop and only two of you buy shirts, well then, at least I tried. But I am not one to sit around and wait for everything to be perfect or to fall into my lap before taking the first step. Nope, that’s not me. So here we are…
First, the details.
I’ve teamed up with a local French artist to help conceptualize my Francophile design ideas… et voilà. The designs were originally hand drawn and painted on paper — totally custom — and are not available for sale anywhere else aside from my shop linked here.
As I explain below, the shop is offering 3 women’s t-shirt designs in limited quantities to start. All designs are printed on the same style white tee. It goes without saying, but I SO hope you’ll click over to check them out. They’re US$24.99/each (plus flat-rate shipping).
They’re printed here in France and I mail each one personally with my special touch. 😉 I offer reasonably priced worldwide shipping of course, so order NOW for Christmas delivery! All the details are over on my shop’s site here. The first batch will be shipping on Dec. 1 so order your size before it sells out!
Orders received after Dec. 1 will go out within 2 business days.
About the shirts:
I did not take choosing a base t-shirt or a printer lightly. If you know me, you know I don’t half-ass anything.
They’re high-quality tees
Not only are the shirts themselves high quality, but the designs are just as beautiful as the shirts. These are NOT flimsy, narrow-fitting tees that you can get for $1 at Walmart that will last 2 wash cycles.
I carefully went through 9 samples before deciding on “the one.” I chose the Tee Jays 100% cotton Sof-Tee for its flattering, relaxed fit that will work for a variety of body types. It’s made of soft long-fiber ringspun combed cotton and is double preshrunk.
It’s flattering to a woman’s shape without being clingy or overly revealing. It’s body-skimming but somewhat relaxed in the fit as you can see in the photos. It’s also long enough to cover your stomach. The shirt drapes nicely but isn’t boxy and feels nice on and soft not scratchy.
Oui In France t-shirts are on par with what you’d find from popular women’s brands.
My ordering advice: Order your normal t-shirt size. I wear a medium and am pictured in all the t-shirt photos in my normal size, a medium. The shirt runs true to size but please email me if you need additional sizing advice. I want happy customers!
They’re high-quality designs
As I said, these are my custom design ideas that a local French artist then sketched and painted. The watercolor texture of the macarons isn’t just an effect — they were actually hand painted. The designs were not designed on a computer with stock images or standard fonts. They’re one of a kind!
About printing: I’m working with a local printer who has specialized in textiles for over 20 years. All shirts are printed Direct To Garment (DTG). The designs are printed into the fabric of the tee and are not iron-on transfers or anything like that. The designs print kind of how a tattoo feels on skin — when you run your hand over the graphic, you won’t feel anything and there’s no bleed through to the back of the shirt.
Why did I start the shop?
I love cool t-shirts
We all need clothes! Plain and simple, I’m a lover of t-shirts. They’re easy to wear, casual and affordable, and I’d pick a comfy, well-designed t-shirt over a fancy dress or high-maintenance outfit any day. If you’re a France-loving reader, I hope one of my t-shirts will be the newest addition to your wardrobe. I have a bunch of t-shirts in my closet and I tend to gravitate to ones for Francophiles. It was a natural progression that this t-shirt-lovin’ gal would create her own line.
To try something new and express my creativity
I’m always thinking of new ideas for blog posts, new things to do in the area, new places to visit, etc. My mind is always moving forward and trying to do more and be more. Stagnation isn’t an option. I like trying new things and am so inspired by all the creativity I see both in person and online… I wanted to try a new creative venture, so here it is! 😉
Some other things to note
- My blog isn’t changing. The Oui In France T-Shirt Shop is a new project which is on an entirely different site. You may see me promoting my shop on my blog from time to time, since duh, but the shop is a separate site that you can visit here. You can still count on twice weekly content on Oui In France.
- As I mentioned, I worked with a local French artist to hand draw and paint the designs. The French flair is real! The designs aren’t stock images that you can find anywhere. I did my best to incorporate a touch of France and French life with designs I’d be proud to wear. I hope you like them!
- The beta version of my shop has just 3 women’s t-shirt designs printed on white tees that I’m offering to start, and then based on your feedback and sales, I may decide to offer new designs or even branch out to other products like tote bags. Feel free to email me your requests and tell me what you’d like to see. 😉 Also, you can sign up for my shop email list here (separate from my newsletter) to be notified of new designs, promotion, general updates, etc.
**♥**I wholeheartedly appreciate your support.**♥**
I can’t stress that enough. It’s absolutely terrifying to launch something new because of the inherent risks and putting yourself out there, but at the same time, it energizes and motivates me.
Also, I’ve been blogging on Oui In France for over 4 years now and it’s just a hobby for me — it’s not how I earn a living. To help cover hosting costs and other fees that go along with having a blog, I decided to pursue this t-shirt venture instead of putting ads up everywhere or focusing on sponsored posts, both of which don’t feel right to me. The Oui In France T-Shirt Shop will let me exercise my creative side in a new way.
Because I’m relying on word of mouth for my launch and not a marketing budget, I’d like to ask you for a favor.
If you’d be so kind, whether t-shirts are your thing or not, I’d really appreciate it if you’d share this post or a direct link to my shop to help get the word out.
A little share on social media, your own blog or even a quick email to a Francophile friend would mean so much to me. If you personally aren’t interested, cool, but maybe your mom, wife, sister, daughter, niece, cousin or friend is. With the holidays coming right up, one of my Francophile t-shirts would make a great gift for someone on your list.
Sign up here for the Oui In France Shop mailing list to stay in the know about new designs, updates. etc.
So again, un grand merci!
Thank you for being here! Cheers to new endeavors and sweet Francophile t-shirts. 😉 Head over to the shop here!
How exciting Diane! Wishing you all the best in your new venture.
Appreciate that, thank you!
Sarah Conte Philly says
Ooooh j’adore! Ils sont disponibles en V-neck?
Bonjour Sarah, merci! Pour l’instant, mes tshirts sont seulement disponibles avec un col rond. Mais si marche bien, peut-etre que je pourrais en faire en col v ! Quel dessin preferes-tu ?
Sarah Conte Philly says
Sarah Conte Philly says
Merci! (désolée, grosse mal polie!)
Julia Weich says
I am SO excited about your new endeavor!!! I just ordered my FIRST t-shirt and look forward to ordering many more. I will certainly share this excellent news with all of my friends!!! Bon courage, Diane!
You’re so sweet, Julia, thank you so much for your support!!
Julia Weich says
Received my t-shirt and I LOVE it!!! The quality is amazing and it fits perfectly! It is definitely a woman’s t-shirt which makes it very, very fashionable. I wore it today with a blazer over it (while Christmas shopping) and received many cool comments on it. Thank you for your fabulous design and I encourage everyone to buy one!
YAY! That makes me SO happy, Julia. Thanks for taking the time to leave this comment. Made my night! If you’re comfortable with it, would love if you sent me a pic of you wearing it so I can share on social media! Thanks again and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Julia Weich says
Yes I will! One day when I’ve actually combed my hair!!! Merry Christmas!
Very nice! All the best to you Diane in this new venture! Can’t wait to get my t-shirt.
annette charlton says
Hi Diane, as promised I have shared the great news of your t-shirt shop on twitter and facebook. I would love you to check them out to see if you are happy with the tweet and post and if so, I’ll redo another couple of times over this week. Cheers and the very best of luck… Annette @afrenchcollection
Thank you so much, Annette! Tote bags coming this weekend 😉
I am a little late to the party (school > internet) but this is so great! I am so impressed by all the work you have done to make this happen, congratulations on your new creative endeavor!
Thank you so much. ;-))))))))))))))