The t-shirts are go! Made by kindred spirit Kate, of Cornwall-based Syrup and Salt. You can get yours here.
My prototype was a size S, and it is really quite S, so Kate made the first batch made up in M and L. Because even if you can easily fit into an S, it’s a bit cooler and more modern to wear your t-shirt loose.
But, one of the reasons I chose Kate to make the shirts is that she can make these to order with a quick turnaround, so if you want an S one, just ask.
They are a snip at £20. They are a lovely t-shirt, pre-washed with a cute, discreet “the spike” logo in navy flock. FLOCK, GUYS, FLOCK!! LIKE THE WALLPAPER. It’s very touchable.
The t-shirt is a perfect weight with plenty of stretch and give. It falls nicely. I love mine. Buy yours here!
Kate uses no plastic in her packaging and your t-shirt will come wrapped in brown paper and sealed with recycled tape. I know these things are important to you.
Those of you not on Instagram will not know that I have hired a web designer to turn The Spike from blog into more of a website.
This only means good things for you: it will be easier to navigate, I will import the best recipes from Recipe Rifle on here, there will be a books section and some kind of bit where you can ask fellow Spikers questions and we can all reply.
We have, I’m sure you will admit, become a sort of community, a hive mind (without the sting in the tail of, say, Mumsnet) so I hope this will be useful.
My web designer, Cat, is a marvel. She came highly recommended and she is brilliant and making me do all sort of work on this that I have been too lazy to do before but should have done.
And as you know, good things don’t come cheap; my initial plan was to make the t-shirts a sort of not-for-profit thing but in fact that’s kind of babyish of me.
The t-shirts are a little bit more expensive than they absolutely have to be, but all my share of the profits will go to paying for the new website. I will have to sell 300 t-shirts to break even, so this is definitely not a money-spinner – but every little helps.
And also, I think I personally would rather pay a bit more for a t-shirt to financially support and feel genuinely invested in a blog I quite liked, rather than pay less just to have a t-shirt with the name of a blog I quite liked on. I hope that you feel the same way.
My dream of course is for two people to see the other wearing one of these t-shirts and strike up an instant best friendship. It could happen!
Raichelle Weller says
Done it…& some other stuff too , hope you get a commission 😳
Sarah Thompson says
Looking forward to the Website Esther! And the T shirts are a great idea and look fab x
Rebecca Kell says
Great Esther, I have just ordered my t-shirt and can’t wait for it to arrive so I can start wearing it! Good luck with the website
Ordered! The link goes to the S&S homepage. Had to hunt around to find the tshirt. Can you change it to the page with the tshirt itself?
Aggghhh! Sold out already 😞
It’s only 07:30 and all the size 10/12 are sold out. Grizzle grizzle grizzle hope the rest of my day gets better x
Ordered! They also have great sweatshirts…so happy to support and looking forward to the website!
Marylebone Mum says
Thought I’d be smart and order it before I make my morning cuppa…. nope, sold out already! Grrr the one time I have a half-term lie in til 7.30 is the one time I shouldn’t have
Well done on selling out the first batch so quickly. I was going to ask for a different size but there doesn’t seem to be anywhere on there to do that. X
I was going to ask if Kate can ship to the Channel Islands (you’d be surprised, especially as it’s the same postage as UK…) and I’m sure she’s totally lovely so will but I see they are all sold out. Will there be anymore?
Helen Sweeney says
Sold out!! Not sure how to order one as there doesn’t seem to be contact details on the website
Already sold out!! Hopefully re-stocking… I’ve sent her an email…
Congratulations on the tshirt being so popular!
Another vote for more t-shirts, please. Maybe a pre-order system? (I can appreciate you may not want to risk having a half-tonne of spares on your hands.)
Are you wearing a S in the photo?
These look great! I definitely need a small though, a 10-12 would drown me – and not in a relaxed cool kind of way. I would also be willing to pre-order if that makes life easier.
PS. How cool is the Frida Kahlo tshirt on the S&S site?! Want.
Oh no! I missed it too, so busy celebrating that my son actually ate some of his breakfast, would definitely pre order.
Ooh Esther think the ultimate dream is to meet you while we are both wearing the t-shirts!
Jo R says
I’ll definitely have one when the next batch is go.
Hilary Stephens says
Sold out! More PLEASE!
I want one too!!! Will wait for the next batch. I’m so bloody excited to see your website. Elaine x
Bloody hell sold out fast! Very excited to hear about website!
I’m so pleased that you’re doing this!!! I want to buy a t-shirt (I might buy 2) but they’re all gone. I am very excited about the rebooted spike.
I would love one too please but all sold out. Great idea. Hope i meet someone wearing one.
I am EXTREMELY excited for the new website!
…and if the nice t-shirt lady could possibly do some larger sizes, that would be ace. I’m a 14-16.
Seconded! My boobs need breathing room.
Looking forward to the next batch and well done on selling the first lot so quickly! If you’re looking at doing more sizes a ‘true’ 14 would be good…
Really looking forward to the website revamp and hopefully one day bumping in to a fellow Spiker! Xxx
susanne wicks says
New website sounds amazing, would have loved a t-shirt! Will keep an eye out for restockage.
Kate Sansom says
Sold out – happy for you, sad for me! Looking forward to another run so I can grab one.
Something i’ve been meaning to ask for ages … why is the Spike called the spike? I’ve probably missed something really clever. X
Hi Emma! It’s in reference to the old-fashioned spike they used to use in newspaper offices – unused copy would go on a “spike” and everything here is unused copy… I liked the idea that this was kind f a behind the scenes what-didn’t-make-it to the paper batch of writing. sometimes the most fun…
Could we have a shopping bag?? I’m really not a tshirt person, even for the Spike, but I AM a canvas shopping bag person …
YES THIS PLEASE!
Marylebone Mum says
Ooh if we are doing requests, could you post the actual dimensions for the different sizes so can judge which size to go for when the next batch comes out please ? (unless it’s on the website and I missed it)
So happy for you that the first batch sold so fast – I’d like a v-neck version if possible for those of us with boobs bigger than a B cup. Cannot wait for the new website to go live.
As a fellow sufferer of long back disease I’d love to see more pictures of the shirt on/untucked or actual dimensions of each size.
Excellent news about the website!
Esther says “I’ve got some T-shirts…” and everyone is immediately “Yes please!! But what about navy/I’d quite like a v-neck/how about bags?”
I love Spikers xx
Looking forward to the website and identifying like minded souls by the wallpaper-like flocking over their hearts.