Applique. It's like drawing with fabric.
And most of the time we classify it as being something just for the kiddos.
Onesie by Chirp and Bloom
kids T by Tiny Modernist
I admit that I've been a victim of this narrow-minded way of sewing, myself. ;)
Thankfully, I was freed by a recent customer who ordered a couple of appliqued tanks.
For her grown-up self.